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The Moonspinners/Nine Coaches Waiting/The Ivy Tree/Madam, Will You Talk?

4.48  ·  Rating details ·  130 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Hardcover, 816 pages
Published June 1st 1979 by Octopus/Heinemann (first published 1979)
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Kirsty
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Moonspinners - 3 stars
I read Mary Stewart's The Moonspinners for the Greece stop on my Around the World challenge. I was interested in the story, which is set specifically on Crete, immediately. However, it did not capture my attention quite as much as her other books; I kept waiting for something to happen which would hook me until the end of the novel, but such a thing never quite came. This is the first of Stewart's books which I have read that feels overly dramatic; normally, she balance
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Linda
Jun 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Buddy Read of Madam, Will You Talk with Diane Lynn & Hj 3.5

All the elements of a good Mary Stewart novel are here:
A strong female lead in Charity Selborne
A child in danger in David Shelley
A man who may or may not be a villain and murderer in Richard Shelley
Throw in some Insta-love and stir well!

We also get a potential wicked step-mother,(view spoiler)
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Sarah
Dec 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having previously read The Ivy Tree, I wanted to read more Mary Stewart. This book combines four into one and seems like a lot of Mary Stewart at once. Of the four, Nine Coaches Waiting is my favorite, Followed by The Ivy Tree, Madam, Will You Talk and then, finally, The Moonspinners. All are tales of suspense, with very romantic undertones and an old-fashioned quality that I rather liked. They are set in the 50s/60s so one has to accustom oneself to the lack of modern technology and references ...more
Tweety
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Suspense lovers
Recommended to Tweety by: Dorcas
The Moonspinners, 4 1/2
My opinion on The Moonspinners, https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Nine Coaches Waiting 5
I love the suspense in this one! Nine Coaches Waiting: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

The Ivy Tree, 4
Here are my thoughts on The Ivy Tree: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

Madam Will You Talk? 5
I loved this one! Here's my review of Madam, Will You Talk?: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
Helen Yeomans
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed all Mary Stewart's early books, and some of her historical books. She had a deceptively simple style that pulled you in and allowed her to work quite effectively on your emotions, while being light and literate and entertaining. My favourite of all her books was always Madam Will You Talk?. It was probably the first one I read and I loved the lazy sidekick and the small boy (like her heroines I've always had a soft spot for small boys) and the car chase. But all the books in this editi ...more
Kate Boham
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-fiction
Such a fun anthology. Mary Stewart's novels are among my favorite books, ones I pick up and read over and over. Her stories are full of adventures happening to ordinary people and I can say to myself, "that could happen to me and, of course, I would prevail by the strength of my wits" from the safety of my comfy chair. And, a little romance never hurt a good story...
Ashley
Aug 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
i only read the moonspinners. too busy to read all 4 books right now. good but wayy different than the movie!
Anne
Jun 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Yup. I'm going to read them all (again) start to finish. Ahhh... summer!
Anita
Feb 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
I reread her books frequently. Good clean, intelligent fun.
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Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, 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, an
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