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    • ISBN:9781444711103
    • Publication date:26 May 2011

Wildfire at Midnight

By Mary Stewart

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The second novel of romantic suspense by the beloved novelist Mary Stewart, featuring mysterious ritual murder on the beautiful island of Skye . . .

The original queen of the page-turner Mary Stewart leads her readers on an unforgettable ride across the Isle of Skye in this tale perfect for fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym.

'Mary Stewart is magic' New York Times

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

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

Following a heart-breaking 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.

'Stylish, educated novels . . . a natural successor to Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte' Guardian

'There are few to equal Mary Stewart as an entertainer' Daily Telegraph

Biographical Notes

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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  • ISBN: 9781444710984
  • Publication date: 17 Mar 2011
  • Page count: 288
  • Imprint: Hodder Paperbacks
There are few to equal Mary Stewart as an entertainer. What makes Miss Stewart different from the others . . . is that though her plots are good, her characters are better — Daily Telegraph
I cannot think of anyone who tells stories quite so well — New York Times
She set the bench mark for pace, suspense and romance - with a great dollop of escapism as the icing — Elizabeth Buchan
A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors. — Harriet Evans
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