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The pioneer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her listeners on an unforgettable ride across the Isle of Skye in this tale perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym. 

Following a heartbreaking divorce, Gianetta retreats to the Isle of Skye hoping to find tranquillity in the island's savage beauty. But shortly before her arrival a girl's body is found on the craggy slopes of the looming Blue Mountain, and with the murderer still on the loose, there's nothing to stop him from setting his sights on Gianetta next....

One arrogant wing of rock thrust itself across the sun, flinging a diagonal shadow over the bay. My eye was drawn to the great lonely bulk of the mountain in the east, stooping over the valley like a hawk. Blaven. The Blue Mountain.

©1956 Mary Stewart (P)2018 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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An old friend, now updated with great narration

I was so pleased to discover that after all these years Mary Stewart's stand alone novels appear to be being recorded, one at a time. I've already listened to This Rough Magic, and it seems that Emilia Fox will be reading Madam, Will You Talk for us by November. Based on the first two releases, if all the books are likely to follow, it seems we could be in for an enjoyable winter!
This book is set in 1953, during the Coronation, a lifetime ago for so many, but it's still a murder mystery with a difference and whilst sorry to disagree with the other reviewer on Audible.com who also first read it in her teens, I think it does stand the test of time. It's of its time, and that was a different world, but that doesn't mean the story no longer works. It does.
The risks to climbers in the Cuillins hasn't changed, nor has the changing weather and sudden blanketing mists on Skye. It's the classic small group of people in one place (here a hotel) who have a dawning realisation that accidents are not accidents but murder - probably by one amongst them - and that slowly builds the tension. No spoilers, just give it a go.
Wildfire has never seemed, for me, to be one of the best of Ms. Stewart's stand alone novels, and the characters in the book aren't as strong as in some (such as This Rough Magic,The Ivy Tree or My Brother Michael) but they are strong enough to hold the story together. All in all, it still works
The narration is really good. I hope Lucy Paterson is commissioned to read some of the others, hopefully still to come.

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  • Julie
  • 08-08-18

Excellent

As with all of Mary Stewart's books, the story is terrific, and characters are well drawn. The performance was great, right down to the tough-to-do Scottish accents. I just wish more of Ms. Stewart's books were available.

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  • Sharon
  • 10-08-18

Maybe if you are an unsophisticated adolescent....

you might enjoy this story. I did, when I was 13 or 14, and it is embarrassing to admit that. This heroine's spunkiness beggars belief, as does her stupidity. And her willingness, even eagerness, to believe - based on zero evidence - that her ex-husband is a sick, twisted, serial killer is appalling. And her inability to shoot the real killer as he inexorably advances on her is disgusting.
Ugh.

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