The Lost Concerto: A Novel

The Lost Concerto: A Novel

by Helaine Mario


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ISBN-13: 9781608092215
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 08/16/2016
Series: A Maggie O'Shea Mystery Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 1.10(d)

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 founded the SunDial Foundation, which contributed to over thirty charitable organizations every year for twenty years. 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.

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The Lost Concerto 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fine story telling only marred by the r Omanric Fine tale marred by the icky romantic major thehe. Germaine.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
I know this is a cliché. I could not put this book down! Maggie is grieving the loss of her husband and best friend. She believes her husband lost his life in the chase to find her godson, the son of her best friend. This leads her into a web of danger and intrigue. This is a never ending, edge of your seat read. Between stolen art and musical masterpieces, you never know which way the story will turn. That being said, I loved the suspense of this novel, I just wish there had been more history attached to some of the artifacts discussed in this novel. The tale is a little manipulative in places, but that is ok by me. I loved the wild ride!
VicG More than 1 year ago
Helaine Mario in her new book, “The 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 The child’s godmother, Maggie O’Shea, haunted by the violent deaths of her husband and best friend, has withdrawn from her life as a classical pianist.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. 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.”
dramacjc More than 1 year ago
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. The Lost Concerto is a book that will send you on an adventure filled with mystery and romance. Maggie O’Shea is the main protagonist; she’s a former pianist who gives up music following the deaths of her husband and her best friend, and the disappearance of her godson. Maggie’s life is put into further turmoil when she learns from the FBI that Zachary Law, her former lover and father of her son could be alive and connected to her friend’s murder. Together with the help of Colonel Michael Beckett, Maggie sets off across France to find the answers she needs. Throughout her journey, Maggie uncovers secrets about all those involved in the case, including the reason for Zach faking his death and Victor’s dealings with stolen art and music. She also learns to love again as she spends time with Michael, even though they seem like opposites they bring out the best in each other. What I loved most about the book is how well-developed the characters are, I was drawn to everybody and their back story. Maggie, even though she suffered great losses in her life, she proves that she can be a strong-willed woman. I loved her relationship with Michael, earlier in the story he comes across as someone with a tough exterior, but as the story goes on, he lets down his guard and lets Maggie into his world. Zach, at first I didn’t like him because of what he did to Maggie, but once I learned the reason behind his actions, I softened towards him. There’s lots of mystery throughout the book to keep you intrigued, the plot twists were great and some of them will leave you shocked. If you’re looking for a mystery novel filled with lots of action and a dose of romance, I suggest checking out The Lost Concerto.
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
The Lost Concerto is an emotionally haunting and mesmerizing Contemporary-Noir page-turning thriller. Mario’s storyline is timely and highly addictive made even better by her powerful, passionate narrative filled with darkness and light. Her dialogue is delightfully alluring and intense, alive with witty musical analogies and her settings both in Europe and stateside are breathtaking. Her characters are all magnificent both the good and the bad. And the piéce de résistance was her amazing, courageous, unsinkable heroine and her remarkable, masterful storytelling that engaged me from page one and didn’t let go even after, The End! Nearly a year after her husband’s tragic death concert pianist Maggie O’Shea is paid a visit by an agent from the Department of Justice who opens a Pandora’s box of heartache, intrigue, murder and terror plots by showing her a simple photograph. In the picture is a remarkable likeness of her first love, the father of her son who perished in the Middle East 30 years ago. And if he’s somehow still alive why has he never contacted her and why is he pictured with the man responsible for the murder of her best friend and disappearance of her godson? Military intelligence officer, Colonel Michael Beckett is still recovering wounds suffered in Afghanistan when he’s contacted by Sugarman who is looking for protection for a concert pianist he’s using as bait to catch a bad guy. DOJ agent Simon Sugarman “Sugar” is determined to get this vicious monster for all the right reasons and personal ones too. But he must be out of his, the end justifies the means, mind to think the rag tag team of amateurs and has-beens he’s put together to catch him will come out unscathed.