Book review: “Paganini’s Ghost” by Paul Adam

I was completely hooked by Paul Adam’s first book featuring Gianni Castiglione (The Rainaldi Quartet) and so was keen to read this when I heard about it. If you like classical music – particularly Italian, particularly for the violin – and are interested in the history of violins and how they are made you will find both these books very interesting. The setting is really quite unusual. In this second outing for Signor Castiglione a very fine historical mystery is explored, alongside the obligatory couple of murders. I say ‘couple of murders’ slightly dismissively because I quite see they need to be there, but they don’t come close to Castiglione in the way that the violent death in the first book did and thus the reader is less exercised by them. But I was riveted by the historical mystery. Brava, Signor Adam – bis, per favore. And in the meantime he has a substantial catalogue of novels set in other milieu which I’m looking forward to reading.

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