This story starts with the disappearance of a collection of renowned paintings at the end of WWII. Most were carried off by fleeing Nazis, but a few fell into the hands of an unscrupulous art dealer, and another, Matisse’s Dark Rhapsody, was filched from the Germans by a young Austrian girl named Gisela. Maggie O’Shea, an American concert pianist, is drawn into the search for the missing works of art. But she’s not the only one. A sinister figure, referred to only as Dane, is desperate to find the paintings for himself. He and Maggie have crossed paths before, the unspecified encounter leaving both seriously injured. The plot moves along nicely, albeit with some coincidences that stretch belief – the art dealer’s grandson just happens to be Maggie’s godson; remarkably, a fellow pianist turns out to have the Matisse; and Maggie, following an unrelated lead in Vienna, fortuitously runs into Gisela’s wartime friend. The writing, while clear, is overly descriptive and often flowery. It’s also burdened with too many ominous forebodings and excessively mushy love scenes. Dark Rhapsody will likely appeal to readers of romantic thrillers but perhaps not to mainstream-mystery enthusiasts.
|Page Count||368 pages|
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|Category||Mystery, Crime & Thriller|