The Moon-Spinners

The Moon-Spinners

by Mary Stewart

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The pioneer of romantic suspense Mary Stewart transports her readers to the idyllic hills of mid-century Crete in this tale of peril and intrigue that will keep fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym on the edge of their seats.

'Mary Stewart is magic' New York Times

'One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century' Independent

While on a walking holiday through the beautiful, deserted hills of Crete, Nicola Ferris stumbles across a critically injured Englishman, guarded by a fierce Greek. Nicola cannot abandon them and so sets off on a perilous search for their lost companion - all the while being pursued by someone who wants to make sure none of them leave the island . . .

When the big white bird flew suddenly up among the glossy leaves and the lemon flowers, and wheeled into the mountain, I followed it.

'A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors.' Harriet Evans

'She built the bridge between classic literature and modern popular fiction. She did it first and she did it best.' Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781444720495
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton, Ltd.
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 15,907
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Mary Stewart was one of the 20th century's bestselling and best-loved novelists. She was born in Sunderland, County Durham in 1916, but lived for most of her life in Scotland, a source of much inspiration for her writing. Her first novel, Madam, Will You Talk? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for The Crystal Cave, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for one of her children's books, Ludo and the Star Horse. She was married to the Scottish geologist Frederick Stewart, and died in 2014.

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The Moon-Spinners 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Panther_City_Yank More than 1 year ago
Mary Stewart started my love of reading and the written word, and an artful turn of phrase, when I was perhaps in Jr. High. This is my all time favorite. What we now call "romantic suspense" used to be called "gothic suspense." It was a great way to move to adult fiction, find some romance and mystery and learn about a foreign local. I still own most of her books and have lost track of how many times I have read this. Treat yourself. I would recommend all of her pre Merlin books, but my top favorites are "My Brother Michael", "This Rough Magic", "Airs Above the Ground" and "Madam, Will You Talk?" By the way, unlike so many books turned out these days, Mary Stewart's books are well written from a gramatical standpoint and well plotted. She excelled at describing a person or place so you could see it or them in your mind's eye. PLEASE PUT THIS AND OTHER MARY STEWART (pre Merlin) CLASSIC IN EBOOKS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I haven't read this book in years, glad I found it again for my nook
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms.Stewart takes us to Crete circa 1958, and a lovely island and people with a juicy suspenceful mystery. It will make you wish you were there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very happy to have this in my nook I had this book years ago and loan it It is a good book Hope you enjoy it too
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent read. I pick the book up every few years and enjoy it like an old friend. And don't forget to drink hot cocoa while doing so.
tclah More than 1 year ago
I love this book, have read it several times andenjoy it with every reading. The charactors and storyline are wonderful written. 
SerendipityDW More than 1 year ago
I read The Moonspinners years ago and it continues to be one of my favorite books. It is a first class story set in a fascinating location. I love that Nicola is a very ordinary young woman who finds herself embroiled in a situation she cannot in good conscience leave alone. Nicola sets off to do a little exploration on a unexpectantly gained day in the White mountains of Crete and finds Mark who has been shot while witnessing a murder. Mark's brother is missing; his guide is tied to his side and unable to look for Colin (the brother). Nicola intervenes as an angel of mercy and tends Mark for a night while Lambis, the guide does some recon and gets supplies ... AND THEN .. the guys want to protect Nicola by keeping her out of the situtation .... so much for that thought. The story is great ... just a good read ... it is also suitable for tweens because the story is more suspense/adventure romance, than being filled with sex. I read a lot of romance and it is uncommon that a book without a little sex can hold my interest. Mary Stewart's other books are along the same lines and are good too.
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Disney made a movie of this, which was fun. However, the original Mary Stewart script was so much better. This is another of my favorite Stewart writings. Ms Stewart wove her tales around human nature and interesting places. Her descriptions of the Greek isles tempted one to hop on a plane, while her bad folk made you equally glad you were curled up with a book, just reading about them. Kudos for one of the masters of modern mysteries with a nice romance thrown in. It's a steal at this price, too.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Mary Stewart book that I have read, and it is a great book. Wonderful story lines, and great caracters. So much excitment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nicola takes some vacation in a small town in Crete named Agios Georgios. She plans to have a tranquil, quiet vacation. However, her plans change completely when she helps Mark, a man that has seen a murder performed. She is in serious trouble when she gets herself involved. How will she pass unnoticed under the murderer¿s eyes? This is one of those books that you absolutely have to read. It is a book full of suspense. It keeps you reading until you finish it. As a matter of fact, I couldn¿t get to sleep until I finished it and I enjoyed the way Mary Stewart described the Greece landscape.