Vanessa March, two years married and very much in love, is propelled to Vienna by a shocking discovery. In her charge is young Timothy Lacy, who also has urgent problems to solve. But what promises to be no more than a delicate personal mission turns out to involve the security forces of three countries, two dead men, a circus and its colourful personnel and the famous white stallions of Vienna.
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This was the first Mary Stewart book I ever read, and it hooked me immediately. I have since read every book she's ever written, many of them multiple times. As a young teenager, I looked to the heroines (who are always young women facing difficult situations with courage, grace and intelligence) as role models on how to become a woman. I love the mix of exotic locals, mystery and romance in Mary Stewart's novels.From the Inside Flap:
Lovely Vanessa March did not think it was a strange for her husband to take a business trip to Stockholm. What was strange was the silence that followed. Then she caught a glimpse of him in a newsreel shot of a crowd near a mysterious circus fire in Vienna and knew it was more than strange. It was downright sinister.
Once again Mary Stewart unfolds a masterpiece of intrigue, terror, and suspense in this headlong-paced tale of a young wife's search for a missing husband....
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Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, 1983. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. VINTAGE. Usual signs of a well read book but good overall condition. May not look good on your bookcase after reading and probably not suitable as a present unless hard to find elsewhere SECURE DAILY POSTING FROM UK. 30 DAY GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0002045583
Book Description Hodder & Stoughton, England, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Good+. Book is shelf worn to the base and has a spine tilt , typical ex library markings. Jacket a little sunned at the spine and creased but quite reasonable. Bookseller Inventory # 002944
Book Description Hodder and Stoughton, London, 1982. Hard Cover, 8vo, 3rd Impression of uniform edition. Book Condition: Good Plus. Light edgewear. Boards and interior very clean. Dust jacket: Good. Moderate edgewear and rubbing. Tears between front cover and flap top and bottom. Not Clipped. Bookseller Inventory # 019657