Madam, Will You Talk?

Madam Will You Talk Much of a strange and tragic drama of revenge lust fear and death has already been played by the time Charity Selborne arrives at a plush resort in the South of France But by befriending a terrifie
  • Title: Madam, Will You Talk?
  • Author: MaryStewart
  • ISBN: 9780688020170
  • Page: 460
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Madam, Will You Talk?
    Much of a strange and tragic drama of revenge, lust, fear, and death has already been played by the time Charity Selborne arrives at a plush resort in the South of France But by befriending a terrified boy and catching the attention of his enigmatic, possibly murderous father, Charity has inadvertently placed herself center stage.
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    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.Her unofficial fan site can be found at marystewartnovels.

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  • 99c Kindle sale, Oct 4, 2017 This is my second favorite Mary Stewart book, and it s brand new to the Kindle in the U.S as are all of Stewart s suspense novels her U.S fans are greatly rejoicing So grab it on sale if you have any fondness for the old fashioned romantic suspense novels Nobody does it quite like Mary Stewart It s about 1950, and Charity, a young English widow her husband died in WWII , is traveling with her former co worker, Louise They begin their leisurely vacation with a stay in [...]


  • There is an old fashioned elegance about Mary Stewart s writing A stately polish with a then a hint of an old 1950 s Hollywood movie.Whatever minor quibbles I as a modern reader have about some of the outdated social s found between the pages of a Stewart novel, it is only that minor They are easily overlooked by the smooth and soothing way in which Stewart can pull the reader into her world of danger, intrigue and romance Ultimately, however, her incomparable sense of descriptive place is what [...]


  • Both Hannah and Jeannette wrote such excellent reviews for this, I m not sure I have much to add In fact, here are the links to their reviews.Hannah s reviewJeannette s reviewI did think this book was a lot of fun though While I was reading, I kept thinking of old 1950s Hitchcock movies with icy blondes, big heavy cars, and sinister villains LOL So I thought, wouldn t it be fun to cast this puppy with stars from the fifties They would have to be English, of course, since most of the characters [...]


  • Take one brave heroine who drives her snazzy convertible like Mario Andretti.Add thrilling car chases on twisty roads in the south of France And a mysterious but magnetic stranger who s always just a few car lengths behind.Mix in splendidly described settings from Avignon to Marseilles.Stop for a quick bite at a roadside bar where even the croissants are to die for Or savor a lavish meal on a terrace Add some moments of true terror when a man who might just be a murderer is spotted on the water [...]


  • Very mild spoilers ahead.This was my first experience of Mary Stewart I gather she was a bit of a phenomenon in the 1970s, but the idea of romantic suspense must not have appealed to me at that time The incentive to read this particular novel was an extended buddy read and the fact that the novel is set in the south of France, where I ll be spending a couple of weeks in March this year The novel was first published in 1955 and it shows It has a dated quality with references to smoking than I wo [...]


  • Buddy read with Hannah, Misfit, Willowfaerie, Jeannette, Laura, Leslie, Kim, Joanne, Marg, SarahC, Jemidar, WillofaeriePage 2 How was I to know, that lovely quiet afternoon, that most of the actors in the tragedy were at that moment assembled in this neat, unpretentious little Proven al hotel Pont du Gard, AvignonSt Benezet Bridge Pont d Avignon Page 18 I looked about me, resigned to the fact that almost everybody in the hotel would probably be English too But the collection so far seemed varied [...]


  • This is my first read by Mary Stewart Written in 1955, it s definitely dated in many aspects from constant smoking where barely a scene went by without someone lighting up to social attitudes Reading it is like watching old Hollywood movies where sophisticated people eat, drink, smoke, drive glamorous cars and deal with mystery and intrigue The story starts off placidly but you are told things are going to quickly change as all the players are in place There is suspense and tension abound includ [...]


  • I am going to review 3 Mary Stewart books all in one since I just finished reading them all Madam will you talk, This rough magic, and My brother Michael Let me just say that reading a Mary Stewart novel is so very very refreshing You know that at the end you will feel nothing but satisfaction I don t know how she does it, but the chemistry between her heroines and the leading men are FABULOUS I find myself not being able to pin point why they are just meant for each other but they just ARE and [...]


  • I am lucky to have not read an abundance of Stewart s romantic suspense novels in the past, so that I can read them now These are so like the mystery stories that have always drawn me in These books make me thankful to be a part of my generation As a young reader, I wanted to be like the Mary Stewart heroine smart, a traveler, well spoken, well read, with a little bit of a past All the rest in a Mary Stewart novel is just icing on the erudite cake And it still is.Stewart also has a mind for conc [...]


  • It was great Charity is a very memorable heroine Adventurous and independent I think she is one of Mary s best I loved following her around and a few certain danger scenes will remain unforgettable OH, and the dog, Rommel I often notice how Mary has animals as fairly important characters important to the storyline in her books The dolphin, and cat, in This Rough Magic, The hounds in The Gabriel HoundsI greatly enjoy this about her books as an animal lover myself I always look for them when begin [...]


  • This is my second favorite Mary Stewart, I just love the mix of suspense I can t write a synopsis, I just can t I loved this book too much, I wouldn t ever be able to write a fitting synopsis so I m just going to say what I loved which was everything The Hero was perfect in a none perfect way, the heroine did a lovely job driving she had me on the edge of my set There where midnight car chases on the cliff edges, puzzles as to who was to be trusted and who wasn t and, suspense Thrilling, scarry [...]


  • 4.5 An amazing first novel, even though the coincidences are a bit hard to swallow.Beautifully captures the spirit style of Southern France, right down to the fact you are looking through a haze of cigarette smoke all the time I really felt like I had been taken on a journey Charity was another brave resourceful Stewart heroine I liked the character of Louise very much So many older romances don t show true, deep friendship between women, but this book does view spoiler I do have a few criticism [...]


  • Not my favourite of Mary Stewart s novels, but it s what the library had when I felt like revisiting It probably hasn t really been long enough since I first read them, but ah well they re still fun Stewart was brilliant at establishing a sense of mood and place a hot French town, dust on the roads, shade under the trees, a cool breeze when you drive fast but sticky and heavy when you re stuck in traffic I enjoy Charity s character, her past, and the fact that despite that tragic past, she uses [...]


  • What an exciting and absorbing story This author certainly knows how to describe places as you feel you are right there next to the heroine, experiencing her adventure I loved the setting lovely descriptive phrases used for it, the heroine and her brave and smart decisions, the men in the story were they the good guys or bad guys, hard to tell the way the author told the story and the exciting climax of the tale.I think to date this has to be my favorite Mary Stewart story But don t hold me to t [...]


  • 3.5 starsCharity Selborne is on holiday with a friend in the south of France, but in true Mary Stewart fashion, she s soon mixed up in a potful of mystery and intrigue when she meets a young boy in terror of his murderous father I ve just spent an hour on another review, and I have floors to vacuum and laundry to launder Hannah and Jeannette have already written such excellent reviews, review that mirror my thoughts on the book, and you can read them here and here But please don t miss Willowfae [...]


  • This was the author s first published book, and it shows The writing is not nearly as polished and luminous as in her later novels Too long descriptions dominate the narrative, making it slow, and the constant reminders that the story will be a tragedy, that there is a murderer on the loose, that the heroine will be terrified some time later in the novel diminish the impact of the scary events, when they finally do happen The heroine s motivations are also unclear Why does she involve herself in [...]


  • This was a bit of an odd bird the oldest yet of the Stewarts I d read, I think, dating clear back to 1955 And this time around I really noticed it, than with her other books The thing that stood out most strongly for me in this thing was how many characters were smoking, and how often the heroine especially seemed to do it a lot for comfort Barely a scene went by without someone lighting up Talk about your ways to date a novel, eh Between that and the thing being set in the south of France, it [...]


  • Interesting variety of covers on the different editions I do think I d have read the book differently if I d read it under a modern looking cover I d probably have objected to all the drinking and smoking if I didn t realize what era it was from.Well it was fun I, personally, have never read anything like it before Even though I know nothing about the cars, the setting, the brand names, etc Stewart made me feel like I did, or at least that the understanding that I was getting from context clues [...]


  • First, what I liked the descriptions of France Avignon, Marseilles, etc and the actual mystery The scenery was appealing, and I actually believed the mystery.Next, what drove me crazy the hero literally chases the heroine around the South of France, and though she drives fast and makes some impressive feints along the way, he still finds her Way too many coincidences to accept there as in the antiques store Also, the characters in this book must have a deeply rooted mistrust of the police becaus [...]


  • One of my all time favorites Charity Selbourne is on vacation with her friend in Provence when she gets caught up into another family s crisis, which not only ruins her vacation but changes her life.


  • A Mary Stewart classice s a master at crafting heart pounding car chase scenes When I read her descriptive passages of nature and foreign settings, it is pure poetry Really of a 3.5 star, but it s Mary Stewart so I ll round up Thornyhold is still my favorite.


  • This is one of Mary Stewart s very first books from 1955 and there is an incredible plot flaw that I can t imagine getting past any editor other than some goofy romance editor anywhere Let me explain.Charity Selborne is a young widow in England who lost her husband Johnny when his plane was shot down in WW2 She used to be a teacher at a girl s school but is left well off enough that she does not have to work Off she goes on a vacation in the south of France with Louise who was a fellow teacher a [...]


  • This book is an old favorite that I haven t read in ages, but I m happy to say it still holds up for me Stewart s literate writing and vivid descriptions set the standard for romantic suspense Who else but Stewart could maintain the suspense of a mad car chase through Provence while taking the time to make the countryside come alive But for the wind of our movement, the day was utterly still under the pitiless sun of late morning the leaves of the planes that lined the road hung heavy, in thick [...]


  • One thing about a hideous day on public transport is that you can really get some reading doneThis was a re read I read and enjoyed all of Mary Stewart s books in my teens, but I think only once which is probably why my memory for them is so vague I certainly did not remember anything about this one at all.It was entertaining and as I found myself in the parts of France that I ve come to associate with Kate Mosse I was very struck with the quality of the writing beautiful, often poetic, witty.Th [...]


  • First read when I was thirteen I just loved this book, with its painful glimpses into the horrors of World War II in the years immediately after, overlying medieval times, and the peeks at Avignon and far ancient history, full of its own passions.The car chase was thrilling because of the vivid descriptions of the south of France, but also it was the first time a woman had agency she wasn t being rescued, or frightened, she was behind the wheel metaphorically as well as physically.I also loved [...]


  • When I was in high school, I discovered these Gothic romances, and they sustained me for several years After plowing through the ones that were already published, I watched for each new book to arrive My 5 stars reflect how much I loved them when I was 15 Eventually, Mary Stewart turned to the Arthur saga, about which she wrote some captivating and captivatingly long novels, but they couldn t capture my soul like the romances did.


  • One of my favorite Mary Stewart books Charity Selbourne is a WW2 widow whose pilot husband taught her about car engines and gave her driving tips this detail becomes very important as the story progresses Charity befriends a young boy while on vacation in France, meets the boy s father, finds intrigue and a 2nd love Charity s remembrances of her beloved Johnny and the realization that he prepared her for a possible life without him bring tears to the reader s eyes.


  • Okay, I m stealing a friend Carie s review because I think she says it perfectly This was just fun Takes place in 1950 s Suspense Car chases Mistaken Identities Love at first sight Charity, our heroine, holds her own She is tough and lovely and saves the day You can tell it was written in the 1950 s lots of smoking and innocence.


  • A wonderfully atmospheric mystery Read all of Mary Stewart s books years ago and this mystery is still as engaging and entertaining the second time around An author who can create an aura of cozy sinisterness so well.Other reviewers have already alluded to the synopsis so no point in rehashing but this book has a wonderful location, France A comfort book of a bygone time.


  • I have two big books that are a collection of Mary Stewart novels It s these big books that first introduced me to Mary Stewart many years ago I think I m very fortunate that my earliest reading isn t the YA mostly crap that supposedly speaks to kids these days, but very well written gothic thrillers romantic mystery thrillers written pre 1970 Madam, Will You Talk is one of those books that I return to again and again for the adventure of the story and the clarity of the writing Opening one of M [...]


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