Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen


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. 


Julia buys a piece of sheet music in Italy. This leads to many strange and unsettling occurrences.  When Julia decides to find more about the composer, she gets more than she bargained for. With her marriage on the line and her life in danger, Julia discovers there is more to this music than meets the eye. 

I enjoyed many aspects of this novel. Unlike Tess Gerritsen’s Rizzoli and Isles series, this tale has a good bit of historical fiction.  The characters are great and the story about the music just kept getting better and better. When it flashes back to WWII, I was in heaven, my all time favorite era. 

The only issue I have with many of Tess Gerritsen’s books is I figure a lot of them out before the end. This one had a few surprises for me which added to the story and my love of the tale. 

I have not read Tess Geritsen in a long while. This was like rediscovering a new friend. 


I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review 

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About fredreeca

I am an avid reader and paper crafter. I am a mom of 2 children, 5 dogs and 1 cat. I am a huge St. Louis Cardinals Fan
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2 Responses to Playing With Fire by Tess Gerritsen

  1. macjam47 says:

    Wow! That cover calls to the reader. Great review.

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