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About Firebird

Firebird has it all—mystery, suspense, drama, politics, romance, and sensitivity. And added to that are vivid locations—Maine, New York City, Washington, D.C., and Russia—and an author that makes you feel like you are there. Now mix in rich characters with heroic bravery and devotion to family, friends, and country, and you have an incredibly powerful novel. Throw in twists and turns, threats, and a great plot, and you have an electrifying thriller.


“Mario has once again hit all the right notes with Shadow Music, drawing the reader into a landscape of art and music . . . using a tuning fork of spine-tingling suspense.” —Sandra Brown, New York Times best-selling author

“Gripping, intense, and lyrical, [Shadow Music] is a heartbreaking journey wrapped in a page-turning mystery. Ruthless greed, devastating courage, long-lost secrets—and a riveting ending that's a crescendo of emotional realization, deep understanding, and haunting inspiration.” —Hank Phillippi Ryan, USA Today best-selling author

“Mario writes with the soul of a 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—a story that’s a page-turner and a deeply felt character study.” —Gayle Lynds, New York Times best-selling author

“Skeletons bang on closet doors, longing to be set free—and free they are in this terrific mix of mystery and mayhem. Every page is fraught with danger and surprise. [The Lost Concerto is] a true banquet for thriller readers.” —Steve Berry, New York Times best-selling author

“Richly atmospheric, excellent can't-put-it-down pacing, enticing, and compelling characters. [The Lost Concerto is] really terrific storytelling.” —M. J. Rose, New York Times best-selling author

“If you love classical music, a challenging thriller, a twisting mystery, and complex characters, The Lost Concerto is for you. Lushly layered, full of evocative prose and surprises, and wonderfully told, this one’s a must-read. I couldn’t put it down.” —J. T. Ellison, New York Times best-selling author

* “Music is not just backdrop [The Lost Concerto] here but also a character that permeates Maggie’s life . . . bolstered by the transformative power of classical music, Maggie finds what has been lost, including herself. Brava!” —Library Journal (Starred Review)

"…fans of romantic thrillers will be enthralled." —Publishers Weekly