Monday, July 12, 2010

Madam, Will You Talk?

by Mary Stewart

In an earlier post I mentioned how my high school best friend and I touched bases with each other recently.  Since then we've been corresponding through email and sharing bits about life and suggestions for good reads.  This is one of Diane's suggestions.

I remember reading a book a long, long time ago by Mary Stewart but I don't remember the title so maybe I'm up in the night or dreaming or both!  I also remember my mother and my aunt reading the series about Merlin & King Arthur written by Stewart.  They had good discussions about them and my recollection is that they loved the books.

I really can't say why I haven't really delved into a Mary Stewart novel before this.  I think I associated them with older women and I figured they were written so long ago they may be too dated.  This book was written in 1954.  I do know I associated them with the romance genre and that is a big turn-off for me.

On Diane's recommendation I read Madam Will You Talk.  Totally and thoroughly delightful.  I loved it!  There's much more mystery and suspense then romance and the mystery was great.  There were lots of surprises and adventure.  The only problem I had was how fast the perceived enemy became the love interest.  I mean 'snap your fingers' fast. 

Will I be ready more of Stewart's work?  You betcha!  Can't wait, but first I have a couple Louise Penny's that I've put off for too long and I have an ARC I need to read before the end of the month.  And I need to ask Diane which one she recommends next.  It's always so thrilling finding new authors and new books, isn't it?


Zibilee said...

I have Stewart's Merlin Trilogy on my shelf, bought after hearing such rave reviews of it. I am glad to hear her other books are really good as well and that you enjoyed this one. I will have to keep it in mind!

Anonymous said...

I think it's really amazing that you should mention a Mary Stewart book this week. I wrote about my love for her on my weekly Bookish Nostalgia post last Wednesday. I have loved Mary Stewart's books for so long. Read my first one in junior high. I did enjoy MADAM WILL YOU TALK many years ago. Glad that you will be checking out more of them!

DRogers said...

I enjoyed Nine Coaches Waiting, which I read when I was maybe seventeen. I think there's another one called The Stone House or something like it that I liked. If you liked Mary Stewart, you also might like Barbara Michaels.