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A thrilling tale of adventure and deception set in 1950s Austria, from the queen of romantic suspense and author of Madam, Will You Talk?

‘This zestful romantic adventure grips, amuses, frightens and delights’ Sunday Telegraph

Vanessa March’s husband Lewis is meant to be on a business trip in Stockholm. So why does he briefly appear in newsreel footage of a fire at a circus in Vienna, with his arm around another woman? Vanessa flies to Austria to find her husband – and inadvertently becomes involved in a mystery surrounding the famous dancing stallions of Austria’s Spanish Riding School . . .

Praise for Mary Stewart:

‘Mary Stewart is magic’ New York Times

‘I’d rather read her than most other authors’ Harriet Evans

‘One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century’ Independent

‘She set the benchmark for pace, suspense and romance – with a great dollop of escapism as the icing’ Elizabeth Buchan

Reader reviews of Airs Above the Ground:

‘You feel you are there in the story. This made my holiday perfect’

‘This book has it all . . . thrilling action in a stunning Austrian setting, I loved it’

‘A cracking good story, beautifully written. This is a most satisfying read’

‘Mary Stewart specialises in novels which have you alternately holding your breath as to what might happen, or chuckling to yourself. This is one of her best’

Reviews

A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors.
Harriet Evans
A wonderful wordsmith . . . Stewart was among the first authors to seamlessly integrate a mystery and a romance thus allowing the two to come alive and complement each other.
Scotsman
A writer of considerable skill . . . [with an] intuitive feel for the past and its re-creation in vivid, poetic detail
Telegraph
From opening to finale, this zestful romantic adventure grips, amuses, frightens and delights
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
Mary Stewart is magic
<i>New York Times</i>
Mary Stewart sprinkled intelligence around like stardust . . . She built the bridge between classic literature and modern popular fiction. She did it first and she did it best
Melanie Reid, Herald
She set the bench mark for pace, suspense and romance - with a great dollop of escapism as the icing
Elizabeth Buchan
The stylish, educated novels of Mary Stewart . . . arguably inspired the deluge of bestselling romantic fiction that has flooded the market in recent decades.
Guardian