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Violins are our lifeblood. Amongst the many master craftsmen who worked here were Stradivarius and Guarneri.
Sara works for Dellearti Design Hotel in the heart of Cremona. Just over ten years ago the hotel won the European architectural design award . That speaks for its elegance and attraction. You will find it in the historic centre of the city situated among buildings exuding medieval charm. Set like a jewel between Piazza Duomo, considered one of the most beautiful squares in Europe and the hub of the city nightlife, the famous Teatro Ponchielli the hotel presents itself as a dream of a contemporary style. Steel, glass, dark wood, natural light, minimal lines and at the same time great atmosphere accompany the guests from the lobby to the garden.
You will enjoy a holiday here in quintessential Italy..
Paul Adam is a thriller writer you have probably never heard of but his book is set in Cremona and features a violin.
On a pleasant June evening, four men gather at a comfortable rural home outside Cremona, Italy, for their monthly indulgence in the playing of string quartets. They are very old friends: a priest, a policeman and two luthiers (it is Cremona, after all, where the building of stringed instruments has a very distinguished history). They share wine, laughter, music and stories, then contentedly disperse. A few hours later, one of the luthiers is found murdered in his workshop, stabbed with one of his own chisels.
The shop has been searched, not violently but thoroughly, yet nothing seems to be missing. The luthier was a well-liked elderly man, and his murder is extremely puzzling. The only clue is that he seems to have been recently wrapped up in the quest for a rare, and quite possibly apocryphal, violin. The policeman calls in the second luthier for consultation and together they set out on a trail that takes them to Milan, Venice and even the north of England.
I enjoy a mystery that introduces me to a new area of expertise. Adam immerses us in the world of fine violins, giving a wealth of specialized information without ever appearing to lecture, or straying from the story. Everything fits.
Our narrator -- the investigating luthier -- is an extremely likeable man, intelligent, warm-hearted, with strengths and flaws that combine to show his humanity. We are on his side from the beginning; the author helps us feel his distress and confusion at the loss of his old friend, and we glimpse older pains, some self-inflicted, as well as the joys and satisfactions of a life well lived. If you read through the book you get an understanding of both Cremona and the satisfaction that attaches to the art of violin making.
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