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Three Novels of Suspense: Madam, Will You Talk?, Nine Coaches Waiting & My Brother Michael

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cloth, 639 pages
Published 1960 by M.S. Mill/William Morrow & Company
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Diane Lynn
Buddy read with Linda and Hj

Another wonderful story by the master of romantic suspense. Charity Selborne and friend, Louise Cray, take a car trip to Avignon in Provence. Mary Stewart does a wonderful job of introducing the other guests at the hotel where these two young women are staying. Most of these guests enter into the plot in one way or another. Charity kind of stumbles into an ongoing situation and I really can't say anymore than that. What starts as a very pleasant vacation for Charity,
"Madam, Will You Talk?" - the first book written by Mary Stewart and you can tell. It was still good, just not up to her usual standard. Fast-paced action, everything gets resolved rather quickly. It was exciting though but almost made me tired. Two young English women go on vacation in France and one unintentionally wrapped up in an adventure with a young boy who is staying at the same hotel, with his step-mother. They are on the run from the boy's father, a man who is rumored to have committed ...more
Jolie Beaumont
I'd never read anything by Mary Stewart before, so when I found a collection of three of her books (my collection has "Wildfire at Midnight" and not "My Brother Michael") at a second-hand bookstore I was quite excited. Then I read the introduction, where Ms. Stewart informs us that these books are her first efforts and, well, I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that I was quite disappointed. "Madam, Will You Talk?" is a very formulaic suspense story that even manages to make Provence seem dull. B ...more
I just reread these three books because I'd loved them so in the past. Mary Stewart writes some of the best romantic adventures. The romance is skimpy and somewhat unbelievable, but it satisfies some girlhood fancies, while the adventure and mystery is topnotch. My favorite is Nine Coaches Waiting. If you know a teenage girl given to reading, send her this one. The heroines tend to like the heroes to be somewhat bossy, but the heroines are spunky and brave in their own right.
My good friend actually checked this out from the library for me and gave it to me to read, and I was so glad when I had finished them. She raves about a Merlin series by this author that I have yet to read, but in this book I particulary love the second story. All three were good, although I found it funny how the author frequently has her characters quoting lines of poems to each other as if they're common knowledge and that's an everyday activity--but maybe it's just me!
My Brother Michael: Now I know why I liked this as a teenager. Does not hold up well but I still like the background of Greek art and architecture.

Nine Coaches: Remembered a good deal of the plot once I got going, but enjoyed it for the most part. Though there's a rather implausible Cinderella story at the same time which detracts from the suspense. The suspense holds up much better than the relationships/romances.

Did not reread Madam, Will You Talk?
These were the first romantic suspense my mother allowed me to read. This volume is one of the few I saved from her huge library of book club edition books. "Nine Coaches Waiting" will always have a special place in my heart, as it takes me back to being 12 years old, with the luxury of curling up in a chair or under a tree to read the summer hours away.
I enjoy and have read almost all of Mary Stewart's books, but they often are fairly similar in their plots...they are fun escape books that are interesting to read, usually involving foreign places, a mystery and some romance...
I just finished Madam, Will You Talk? It was good, but I like Nine Coaches better. Both myateries take place in Europe. They have a good amount of suspense, but nothing to keep you awake at night. Romance is woven in nicely :)
I have read each of these about 3 times. Love Mary Stewart.
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Lady Mary Stewart was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.

She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she
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