This Rough Magic
British actress Lucy Waring believes there is no finer place to be "at liberty" than the sun-drenched isle of Corfu, the alleged locale for Shakespeare's The Tempest. Even the suspicious actions of the handsome, arrogant son of a famous actor cannot dampen her enthusiasm for this wonderland in... show more
British actress Lucy Waring believes there is no finer place to be "at liberty" than the sun-drenched isle of Corfu, the alleged locale for Shakespeare's The Tempest. Even the suspicious actions of the handsome, arrogant son of a famous actor cannot dampen her enthusiasm for this wonderland in the Ionian Sea. Then a human corpse is carried ashore on the incoming tide ...
Publish date: 1964
Publisher: HODDER AND STOUGHTON
Pages no: 285
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Mystery Thriller
, Romantic Suspense
, Gothic Romance
This one of my favorites of Stewarts! She really makes you want to travel the world!
This novel was written 50 years ago, but with one exception, it reads as fresh now as it did then. The story is Stewart’s classic romantic suspense. There is a love interest and danger, a villain and Shakespeare, a plucky heroine and a bevy of charming male sidekicks. Everything unfolds on the pasto...
"Here was I, Lucy Waring, being asked into the water for a game." This Rough Magic follows the usual Mary Stewart formula - exotic setting (Corfu), heroine in peril, hero who doesn't seem like a hero at first and of course a rocking good mystery to be solved. "The body was lying half in, half out, o...
I did also enjoy this one, set on Capri. I had never in my life heard that Capri might be the inspiration for the island in The Tempest, though. Everyone I’ve ever known about has thought it was the New World. However, that may be a more modern interpretation. [Feb 2012]
Mary Stewart is one of my favorite-but-forgotten-on-the-shelf authors. But even so, I had trouble with This Rough Magic. Maybe it's because I have never read The Tempest, but I found this novel really neither captured nor held my interest the way Ms. Stewart's other books have. It was a good read...
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