Published by Ballantine Books on October 27th 2015
Genres: Historical, Mystery, Suspense
A beautiful violinist is haunted by a very old piece of music she finds in a strange antique shop in Rome.
The first time Julia Ansdell picks up The Incendio Waltz, she knows it’s a strikingly unusual composition. But while playing the piece, Julia blacks out and awakens to find her young daughter implicated in acts of surprising violence. And when she travels to Venice to find the previous owner of the music, she uncovers a dark secret that involves dangerously powerful people—a family who would stop at nothing to keep Julia from bringing the truth to light.
As much as I love the Rizzoli and Isles books, I do like her standalones. Playing with Fire reminds me a lot of my favorite Gerrittsen book, The Bone Garden, tying the past to the present in a very interesting way. This time she chooses a piece of music so haunting that it might actually *be* haunted.
The book takes place in modern time, with a violinist finding a book of music with a very special original piece, and in the past, with the composer of the music. I probably preferred the past- 1940’s Italy, to the present, but only because while I’ve read books that focus on the Holocaust, I don’t think I’ve ever read one that dealt with the Italian Jewish experience. My heart breaks for all the people lost, all the humanity and beauty and dreams and hopes that were crushed under the Nazi war machine.
The book did keep me guessing- was there a explanation behind the strange events taking place now or was there something supernatural going on? It made for a quick, exciting read.
Playing With Fire gets a Midnight Book rating of:
*Part of my A Book A Day challenge