- Series: A Maggie O'Shea Mystery (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 448 pages
- Publisher: Oceanview Publishing (July 1, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1608091511
- ISBN-13: 978-1608091515
- Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 1.4 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 131 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,675,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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!
Sophia “Fee” Orsini and her young son Tom flee for their lives. They end up on the Isle of Fog in a derelict chapel. She is found there and stabbed to death trying to save her son. Tom disappears.
Maggie O’Shea, a classical pianist, is Tom’s godmother. She is already devastated by the death of her husband Johnny in a sailing accident off the coast of France when she receives news of Fee’s death and the disappearance of her godson Tom. Maggie cannot play the piano any longer; she feels she just doesn’t have it in her any longer. Fee’s husband Victor Orsini is someone Maggie knows as a bad man. He is controlling and won’t allow Fee her friends or even her little dog any more.
Enter Simon Sugarman into the picture. He is a government agent who met Maggie earlier when she was asking questions about Fee’s death. He brings with him a provocative picture.
Maggie learns of the possibility of her first love and father to her now thirty-year old son Brian still being alive after he was reported missing in the bombing in Lebanon thirty years earlier. All of these things draw her back to France.
What follows is a race around France chasing clues.
This book was plodding at best. The story was erratic and inconsistent. The boy didn’t speak then he did. The characters were not likeable. Maggie was so into her own grief that she had no consideration for anyone else. I did not like her. The bad guy was – well just bad. I won’t be reading any more of this author’s novels.