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- Publisher: HarperTorch
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060747471
- ISBN-13: 978-0060747473
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.4 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 181 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,514,047 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Suspense and romance expertly mingled' -- Observer 'Keeps one awake through the long night's journey into day' -- Guardian 'A splendid book at any time' -- News of the World --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The early delightful scene with the dolphin sets this book apart from most other novels of a similar genre and the unforgettable character of Sir Julian Gale adds a strong theatrical dimension which supports the many Shakespearean references and lends weight to Lucy's actress persona. From his very first appearance, I could not help picturing Sir John Gielgud in the part and indeed the beautiful voice and general demeanour would be a fit (not to mention his initials?!). Lady Stewart surpasses herself with some of the most evocative and poetic descriptions I can remember, of people as well as places. This book has everything I love: a fabulous setting, intriguing storyline, well-judged pacing (the second half is a real page-turner), excellent character development, favourite subject matter (Corfu, antique roses, dolphins, stylish Italian interiors, the theatre) and enough surprises to keep the tension going to the very end. This novel contains some of the strongest and nastiest content from this author, yet handled with superb restraint. Sailing enthusiasts will enjoy the accurate and believable on-board scenes and I am glad that Lady Stewart did not dumb down the specific language of sailing for the sake of making it understandable to the uninitiated. I know nothing about boats but found the fast-moving action perfectly easy to follow, in fact it made me curious to learn more.
All the elements that we have come to expect from this author are here: the heroine is beautiful, feisty and intelligent but very likeable, all the supporting characters have a very good reason to be there, the story is original and plausible, the romantic thread is subtly woven, the sense of place beautifully developed with lovely but economical descriptions, and the conclusion satisfactorily ties up all the loose ends. I could easily imagine how, in different hands, this book could have been fifty pages longer without adding anything valuable to the whole. It's one of the few Stewart novels I had not yet read (almost afraid I would not like it as much as the rest) but I would now rate it with the very best from a superb story-teller who consistently surprises me.
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The setting is Corfu , a tiny Greek island rumored to be the playwright's inspiration for the famous play, and the protagonist is Lucy Waring, an actress between jobs who comes to stay with her pregnant sister Phyllida while the latter's husband is traveling. The luxurious setting - a cluster of cliffside villas surrounded by the azure seas of the Greek islands - is the first hook, and a well-orchestrated suspense tale takes the reader on a fun ride through history, Greek culture and a bit of obscure, largely forgotten politics. When a young Greek boy from the island is thought be lost at sea and a local smuggler's corpse is washed up on the pristine beach, Lucy realizes that a few things don't quite jive and decides to find out a little more on her own.
Mary Stewart is best known for her award-winning Arthurian series that began with The Crystal Cave, but the dozens of mysteries and suspense novels she wrote are of much more appeal to me personally. I was thrilled when an imprint of Harper Collins decided to reprint most of them and have really enjoyed reading through them again, as well as discovering some I hadn't known about.