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The Lost Concerto Hardcover – July 1, 2015
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“Music is not just backdrop here but also a character that permeates Maggie’s life. With the help of a vigilant retired colonel and bolstered by the transformative power of classical music, Maggie finds what has been lost, including herself. Brava!”
―Library Journal (Starred Review)
“Maggie becomes ensnared in a perilous game of cat and mouse that moves between France and America and brings her into contact with murderers, terrorists, and CIA agents. Musical artifacts and stolen art also figure in the action, which builds to a highly satisfying resolution...fans of romantic thrillers will be enthralled.”
"Skeletons bang on closet doors, longing to be set free and free they are in this terrific mix of mystery and mayhem. Every page is fraught with danger and surprise. A true banquet for thriller readers."
―Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author
“If you love classical music, a challenging thriller, a twisting mystery, and complex characters, THE LOST CONCERTO is for you. Helaine Mario proves it’s never too late to write a great novel. Lushly layered, full of evocative prose and surprises, and wonderfully told, this one’s a must-read. I couldn’t put it down.”
―J.T. Ellison, New York Times best-selling author
“Richly atmospheric, excellent can't-put-it-down pacing, enticing and compelling characters. Really terrific story telling. A perfect package― a stunning debut!”
―M.J. Rose, New York Times best-selling author
"Simmering just below the dark and turbulent surface of THE LOST CONCERTO is a sense of secret joy that makes it a thriller like no other. With her gift for confident, intelligent storytelling, Helaine Mario transforms the gritty subjects of murder and international terror into matters of the heart. THE LOST CONCERTO is radiant."
―Laura Benedict, author of BLISS HOUSE and ISABELLA MOON
"With a musician’s attention to the emotions that help us create a picture of our world, Helaine Mario weaves imagery with a thrilling plot."
“Picturesque, passionate and pulse-pounding, Helaine Mario’s second novel is a gem of a thriller that has the taste and aroma of a perfectly blended wine. The author has given us entrances into classical music, art theft, terrorism, clandestine government operations and romance…This is a bravura thriller performance from a writer whose lyrical prose works well in counterpoint to the music aspects of the story line. She hits all the right notes.”
"THE LOST CONCERTO is a unique mystery intricately entering the world of professional musicians while still maintaining the passion for the music, her loyalty to her godson and friend, and the story. Each page masterfully unfolds to reveal a small piece of this intricately woven puzzle into an outstanding novel with realistic characters who are driven to their limits in achieving what they believe is right."
―Midwest Book Review
"As tension mounts, it is so easy to put yourself in Maggie's shoes. THE LOST CONCERTO by Helaine Mario races to a conclusion that kept me almost breathless. Maggie's determination and courage drives this work to an ending I did not expect But one that was the right one. Don't miss THE LOST CONCERTO.
"Holy smokes, this story takes a reader on an intriguing journey! There are twists and turns that one never sees coming, making this a real page turner. Even after having to set it down for a few days, one will pick it back up and be sucked right back in. Mystery, murder, intrigue, terrorism, stolen music and artifacts….there is a lot going on in this story, but Ms. Mario keeps the flow going so well that it’s easy to keep track of all the players. Maggie is heartbroken but finds the strength she needs even in the face of danger, and a love interest to help her find her way back to life…sigh. Brava Ms. Mario, Brava!!!”
About the Author
Helaine Mario grew up in the New York City area and is a graduate of Boston University. She has served on many nonprofit boards while residing in the DC area. A passionate advocate for women's and children's issues, she is the founder and president of The SunDial Foundation, which contributes to over 30 DC area nonprofits. Helaine and her husband Ron now live in Arlington, Virginia, and Sarasota, Florida. The Lost Concerto, her second novel, was inspired by her son Sean, a classical pianist.
Top customer reviews
That said, the plot was interesting and the settings divine.
Her characters--and there are many, including a 3-legged dog who plays a great supporting role--are well developed and memorable. One does not need to flip back to the beginning to be reminded of who they are! Of course there is some romance and the chief protagonist, Maggie O'Shea, must struggle with the love she had for the father of her child whom she believes died in the bombing of the American Embassy in Beirut, her recently deceased husband, victim of a tragic and mysterious boating accident, and a new man who is thrust into her life and is unlike either of the others.
This is a solid second novel for Mario and, having read the first as well, leaves me eagerly awaiting the third!