The Moonspinners by Mary Stewart

It's the Crete light that makes everything magical, that and the touch of Mary Stewart. Indeed, I was off to read another one of her suspense books. I've not written any author in the blog as much as her.

Her stories are more of something to immerse in and not much a race to solve the puzzle. In The Moonspinners, even with the element of mystery, the pace dawdles and pulls us up short to appreciate scenic views and little pretty corners.

Nicola, our heroine, sets off on her own in a remote village off the island of Crete to enjoy a holiday only to come upon two suspicious strangers while hiking in the mountains. Before long, she got caught between their troubles with a risk to her life.

Stewart almost captures the heat of the Mediterranean, weaving with it a little imaginary fairy tale of the moon and maiden spinners. It hasn't much to do with the plot, really, but merely a gloss finish to a moonlit landscape.

The book is, quite so far, more turbulent in action than the ones I've read (albeit more witty, too). The few ones I did were more subtle in mystery and the suspense delicately placed. Here, there is charged atmosphere between characters, the heroine quite daring and fiery than Stewart's subdued and quiet women though they are all always solitary (and traveling), and the dangers actually upped the ante.

But I didn't finish this in one go. Its dynamics are different, too. Often, the romantic notions appear in the latter part of her books and continues till the end, but here, they met soon on her arrival but their time together got cut short for a long while (this is where the lull moments come in but which the clues are cemented strongly) then things pick up in the last third of the story.

Interestingly, despite the sometime volatile atmosphere, a few characters here are rather amusing and concedingly admirable  giving much luster to the book. It's not one of my favorites but I wouldn't mind reading this again, especially on a summer with the sun beating down and I'm on the shade sipping my glass of iced tea.


Young, beautiful, and adventurous Nicola Ferris loves her life as a secretary at the British Embassy on the lush island of Crete. Then on her day off, she links up with two hiking companions who have inadvertently stumbled upon a scene of blood vengeance.

And suddenly the life Nicola adores is in danger of coming to an abrupt, brutal, and terrifying end . . .

Title: The Moonspinners
Author: Mary Stewart
Genre: Suspense, Mystery
Published: 2003
Publisher: HarperTorch
Rating: ♨♨♨ 1/2 ( 3 and half - There's witty banters to tide things over and the warm descriptions of the island life.)