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Dark Rhapsody has been honored as the WINNER, 2018 BEST BOOK AWARD in the Fiction: MYSTERY/SUSPENSE category—sponsored by American Book Fest. I am grateful, and so happy, and I congratulate all the finalists and other winners. We all pour our hearts and souls into our books, and being recognized is a lovely honor.

Dark Rhapsody

Maggie O'Shea Mysteries, Book 2

Dark Rhapsody
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"Mario writes with the soul of poet, painting her characters
and scenes with deft touches of insight and wit."
   —Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author

In 1945, an Austrian girl discovers a priceless Nazi treasure near a remote alpine lake and sets in motion a decades-old secret that will change lives for generations to come.

Many years later, classical pianist Maggie O'Shea is preparing her return to the world of music. Instead, a nightmare of a haunting rhapsody and hundreds of roses from a psychotic stalker propel her into a world of terror. Forces drive her to revisit the mystery of her mother's death, her father's startling disappearance, and a terrible secret from World War II. Maggie finds herself on a collision course with a brutal, disfigured killer who threatens those she holds dear—an aging pianist with a long-buried secret, a grieving cellist, a charismatic Maestro, and the crusty retired colonel she has come to love. Chord by chord, Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody becomes the heart of this story of profound loss, courage and love. Music tells our stories...

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(Note—author royalties will be donated to The Helaine and Ronald Mario Fund to support women, children and families.)

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Praise for Dark Rhapsody

"From Manhattan and Washington to Vienna and Salzburg, Dark Rhapsody by Helaine Mario takes the reader on a suspense-rich journey into a violent collision of the worlds of lost art, famous musicians, and international politics. Mario writes with the soul of poet, painting her characters and scenes with deft touches of insight and wit. Her heroine, Maggie O'Shea, will burrow into your heart. Dark Rhapsody is that rare novel—story that's a page-turner and a deeply felt character study."
   —Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author

"As much about art as music, [Dark Rhapsody] reveals the transformative power of both."
   —Library Journal

"Romantic suspense fans will find much to like."
   —Publishers Weekly