Book Review: “The Lost Concerto” by Helaine Mario

August 4, 2015 at 7:53 pm | Posted in Books | 2 Comments
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Helaine Mario in her new book, “Lost Concerto book coverThe Lost Concerto” published by Oceanview Publishing introduces us to Maggie O’Shea.

From the back cover:  Note by note, chord by chord, The Lost Concerto builds to a riveting crescendo.

A woman and her young son flee to a convent on a remote island off the Breton coast of France.  Generations of seafarers have named the place Ile de la Brume, or Fog Island. In a chapel high on a cliff, a tragic death occurs and a terrified child vanishes into the mist.

The child’s godmother, Maggie O’Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of her husband and best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist. But then a recording of unforgettable music and a grainy photograph surface, connecting her missing godson to a long-lost first love.

The photograph will draw Maggie inexorably into a collision course with criminal forces, decades-long secrets, stolen art and musical artifacts, and deadly terrorists. Her search will take her to the Festival de Musique, Aix-en-Provence, France, where she discovers answers to her husband’s death, an unexpected love―and a musical masterpiece lost for decades.

A compelling blend of suspense, mystery, political intrigue, and romance, The Lost Concerto explores universal themes of loss, vengeance, courage, and love.

In the Dictionary under Suspense the definition is simply, “The Lost Concerto”. This is the kind of story that Director Alfred Hitchcock used to delight us with. Ms. Mario has given us a thriller. She has taken an innocent godmother and plunged her into a world of suspense, high drama, secrets and vengeance. “The Lost Concerto” is a highly intriguing mystery. Most certainly this is a page-turner that will keep you highly engrossed. Don’t start this book late at night as it will cost you sleep as you try to finish it before you go to bed. I am so glad I found this highly talented author and am looking forward to more from Ms. Mario.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  1. Thanks for introducing us to this suspense novel and sharing your thoughts on it with us. It’s on my TBR stack!

  2. thank you for this beautiful review. helaine mario

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