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The Moon-Spinners (original 1962; edition 1962)

by Mary Stewart

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Title:The Moon-Spinners
Authors:Mary Stewart
Info:Hodder and Stroughton (1962), Hardcover
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Another of Stewart's that is has a Greece setting, but I liked this one so much more than My Brother Michael. The heroine, Nicola, runs into a wounded Englishman and his friend on her way to a hotel for her vacation and finds herself unable to turn away from the trouble he and his missing brother are in. The best part of this one has to be Nicola, she was no twit who decided to get involved in a dangerous affair that was none of her business out of curiosity, she had very believable motives for getting involved and she was not stupid about trying to gain information from potentially dangerous people. My only real complaint about the book was that we didn't get to find out more about the villain(s), who seemed like they would've been very interesting characters ( )
  Book_Minx | Jan 24, 2015 |
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  JosieRivers | Dec 28, 2014 |
Bought for a bit of silly light reading. It took me dreadfully long to get round to it, despite that, because I had such a long period where I didn't feel like reading at all. I think it's well-broken now, though: I ate up The Moonspinners in less than a day.

It's a ridiculous story, really: I think I said of one of Mary Stewart's other books, Touch Not the Cat, or maybe The Gabriel Hounds, or both, that it's really The Famous Five for adults, with a dash of romance and some exotic scenery. Since I knew that, that's what I read it for, though, and so I enjoyed it quite a bit. It does get genuinely exciting, as long as you can buy into it, and while the mystery is solved fairly easily, the tension holds. ( )
  shanaqui | Apr 9, 2013 |
I was happy to be able to enjoy this book again after reading it first almost half a century ago. It has stood the test of time pretty well. I was tickled to read little passages that were so important to many of us young girls at the time, particularly the author reinforcing the idea that women were not to be considered week, helpless and good for nothing much.

It was a battle for the heroine of the book Nicola Ferris to be taken seriously on the one hand, while on the other she was able to accomplish quite a bit just because she was underestimated as a woman!

I was not as impressed by the romance as I was on the initial reading. Nicola seemed a bit gullible and she wore her heart on her sleeve after meeting a poor sick and injured individual, Mark who was far from his best. Not that we were given much detail about Mark's character.

I will look forward to reading one or two more of these stories! ( )
  Condorena | Apr 2, 2013 |
1960s romantic suspense. A young woman working at the British Embasyy goes to Crete for an Easter break with her cousin, and walks into a cover-up of a murder and a witness in hiding. The mystery is not in whodunnit, but why. An excellent romantic suspense with a vivid sense of place. ( )
  JulesJones | Aug 29, 2012 |
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Lightly this little herald flew aloft...,
Onward it flies...
Until it reach'd a splashing fountain's side
That, near a cavern's mouth, for ever pour'd
Unto the temperat air...
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Young, beautiful, and adventurous Nicola Ferris loves her life as a secretary at the British Embassy on Greece. On leave from her job as a secretary in Athens, has been looking forward to a quiet week's holiday in the lush island of Crete, enjoying the wild flowers and the company of her cousin Frances. Then on her day off, her impulse led her on a little-used path into the foreboding White Mountains. She links up with two hiking companions who have inadvertently stumbled upon a scene of blood vengeance, that involving a young Englishman and a group of people tied together by blood and the bonds of greed.

For the first time in her life Nicola meets a man and a situation she cannot deal with... A man in hiding -- for reasons he could not explain. Warned to stay away, Nicola was unable to obey. And before she realized what she had uncovered, she found herself thrust into the midst of an alarming plot in which she would become the prey... And suddenly the life Nicola adores is in danger of coming to an abrupt, brutal, and terrifying end....
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Young, beautiful, and adventurous Nicola Ferris loves her life as a secretary at the British Embassy on the lush island of Crete. Then on her day off, she links up with two hiking companions who have inadvertently stumbled upon a scene of blood vengeance.

And suddenly the life Nicola adores is in danger of coming to an abrupt, brutal, and terrifying end . . .

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Nicola Ferris, a secretary at the British Embassy in Athens, is vacationing in Crete when she comes upon Englishman Mark Langley who has been shot and left for dead in an incident in which his brother was kidnapped, but she runs into trouble when she decides to do a little investigating on her own.… (more)

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