The original writer of romantic suspense, Mary Stewart leads her readers on a thrilling journey across mid-century Europe in this tale of adventure and deception, sure to be loved by fans of Agatha Christie and Barbara Pym.
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, inadvertently becoming involved in a mystery that spans three countries… and the famous dancing stallions of the Spanish Riding School.
The moonlight flooded the meadow, blanching all colours to its own ghostly silver. The pines were very black. As the stallion rose in the last magnificent rear of the levande, the moonlight poured over him bleaching his hide so that for perhaps five or six seconds he was no longer an old broken-down piebald, but a haute école stallion of the oldest line in Europe. ‘Mary Stewart is magic‘ New York Times
‘From opening to finale, this zestful romantic adventure grips, amuses, frightens and delights‘ Sunday Telegraph
‘One of the great British storytellers of the 20th century‘ Independent (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited