MADAM, WILL YOU TALK?

Mary Stewart

Madam, Will You Talk blends biting description with sheer terror as only Mary Stewart can. Charity Selborne, a lovely war widow, and her irreverent artist friend, Louise Cray, arrive in the South of France expecting a conventional holiday. The vistas of Provence delight them, and Charity is pleased to meet a young man of thirteen who is having trouble with his dog. He introduces himself and Charity is charmed—until she senses a terrible maturity behind his grave eyes, and shortly hears the rumors about his father. From this point on the tension mounts steadily until it reaches the breaking point.

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Madam, Will You Talk blends biting description with sheer terror as only Mary Stewart can. Charity Selborne, a lovely war widow, and her irreverent artist friend, Louise Cray, arrive in the South of France expecting a conventional holiday. The vistas of Provence delight them, and Charity is pleased to meet a young man of thirteen who is having trouble with his dog. He introduces himself and Charity is charmed—until she senses a terrible maturity behind his grave eyes, and shortly hears the rumors about his father. From this point on the tension mounts steadily until it reaches the breaking point. The thirsty summer heat, the noise of cicadas, and the dust of country roads all contribute to the superb realism of Mary Stewart's very first novel.

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  • Chicago Review Press
  • Paperback
  • July 2015
  • 264 Pages
  • 9781613731635

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About Mary Stewart

Mary Stewart was one of the queens of the romantic mystery genre. She was the author of 20 novels, including the Merlin trilogy, The Ivy Tree, The Moon-Spinners, My Brother Michael, Nine Coaches Waiting, and Thornyhold.

Praise

A neatly contrived chase story [with] a most satisfactory burst of violence at the end.” —The New Yorker

A fast chase in polished prose.” —Time

The suspense is nicely handled, and you'll like Miss Stewart's humor and narrative pace.” —San Francisco Chronicle

Topflight reading entertainment. It combines a story of mystery and suspense with an intriguing background.” —Los Angeles Times