"Engaging relationship drama"
Six years ago Justine's beloved mother, popular chef
Pauline Pagett, died, but Justine has not let go. Instead
she feels betrayed by her sister and father, as she never
had the opportunity for closure. Instead of moping in
Manhattan, Justine fled to Paris where she has lived and
worked on a magazine. When her lover, Chef Henri St.
Pierre, reveals he stole recipes from his mentor, Justine
exposes him. Henri sues as he insists she invaded his
privacy as this was bedroom talk not article discussion.
Her angry editor sends Justine back to New York where she
is to write the biography of renowned musical conductor
Sophie DeLyon. To Justine this is a chance to regain her
reputation, but burying the hatchet with her family she
feels will prove too difficult for her. As she meets
Sophie's family and renews her relationship with Austen
Bell, the superstar's former son-in-law, a brief lover, she
finds her subject much more complex than she expected.
This is an engaging relationship drama that emphasizes the
need for closure when a beloved individual dies. The story
line grips the reader once Justine returns to New York as
the incident in Paris seems unreal as one must ask why the
magazine's legal department was not doing their job.
However, the story takes off back in the States as the
audience observes an insightful look at dysfunctional
families with a lot of romance on the side.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted April 24, 2003
Grief-stricken Justine Pagett fled to Paris after her
mother's death, but scandal forces her back to the States
to redeem her tarnished reputation as a journalist.
Commissioned to write a piece on the eccentric classical
composer Sophie DeLyon, Justine finds herself part of a
mysterious deception and a temptation she cannot give into.
An expertly crafted opus of obsessive passions and
poisonous shame, of brilliant achievements and brutal
deception, Sheet Music confirms M. J. Rose's place at the
forefront of today's top psychological suspense writers.