'I am simply a 'book drunkard.' Books have the same irresistible temptation for me that liquor has for its devotee. I cannot withstand them.' L.M. Montgomery

'There are no faster or firmer friendships than those formed between people who love the same books.' Irving Stone

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Airs Above the Ground by Mary Stewart

Isn't this the greatest cover?!
  Lovely Vanessa March did not think it was strange for her husband to take a business trip to Stockholm. What was strange was the silence that followed. Then she caught a glimpse of them in a newsreel shot of a crowd near a mysterious circus fire in Vienna and knew it was more than strange. It was downright sinister.
  Once again Mary Stewart unfolds a masterpiece of intrigue, terror, and suspense in this headlong-paced tale of a young wife's search for a missing husband...

"A Tale of breathless excitement against a background of breathless scenic beauty."    ~Cleveland Plain Dealer

I don't think I've read a Mary Stewart I don't like yet. Another great gothic suspense novel! The book started off a little slow of action but it was concentrating on building the background and relationships. I really enjoyed the relationship that developed between the heroine and the young man she was escorting to his father in Vienna. After finding his father, he and Vanessa went on a wild ride together piecing  together the mystery that was Vanessa's husband and then the mystery surrounding the circus and the Lipizzan stallions.

After solving the mystery of Vanessa's missing husband Tim and she are pulled into the dangerous world of her husband's and the mystery that took him to Vienna in the first place. Desperate chases on dark castle rooftops and up dark misty mountains. Wonderful tension and suspense and atmosphere galore! I really hated to see this one come to an end as I was quite taken in with the characters. These three characters would have made a superb series! If your going to pick one Mary Stewart to read I'd say start with this one!

This book counts for Shadowy Figure for the Vintage Scavenger Hunt - Silver Age   @ Bev's My Reader's Block. That makes 6 for me in the silver age!

Peggy Ann


  1. I love the sound of this book, and I'm always looking for more Mary Stewart stories.


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    1. It's really great when the book counts for 3 challenges! Having fun with the Scavenger Hunt, Bev. Thanks for changing it up this year!

  3. Once upon a time, Peggy Ann, I made it my pleasurable business to read ALL of Mary Stewart's books, this one among them. I've always remembered this title and its meaning. Don't remember the story of course, but I know this was one I really enjoyed and recommended to friends. I was a big fan of gothics and also read Victoria Holt and a few others. These are such wonderful books. Maybe it's time to reread some of them.

    1. I read a lot of gothic in my teens, Yvette, but never Mary Stewart!

  4. I have been wanting to find some Mary Stewart books to read. Maybe at the book sale this year ...

    1. They are well written, fun, easy reads, Tracy!


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