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Airs Above the Ground [Kindle Edition]

Mary Stewart
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Vanessa March, two years married and very much in love, is propelled to Vienna by a shocking discovery. In her charge is young Timothy Lacy, who also has urgent problems to solve.

But what promises to be no more than a delicate personal mission turns out to involve the security forces of three countries, two dead men, a circus and its colourful personnel and the famous white stallions of Vienna.

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From opening to finale, this zestful romantic adventure grips, amuses, frightens and delights (Sunday Telegraph)

Mary Stewart is magic (New York Times)

She set the bench mark for pace, suspense and romance - with a great dollop of escapism as the icing (Elizabeth Buchan)

A comfortable chair and a Mary Stewart: total heaven. I'd rather read her than most other authors. (Harriet Evans)

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Murder, mystery and the famous white stallions of Vienna

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 622 KB
  • Print Length: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (26 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004XCFR40
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #52,224 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Mary Stewart, one of our most popular novelists, was born in Sunderland, County Durham and lives in the West Highlands. Her first novel, MADAM, WILL YOU TALK? was published in 1955 and marked the beginning of a long and acclaimed writing career. All her novels have been bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. Her book for younger readers, THE LITTLE BROOMSTICK, LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE, and A WALK IN WOLF WOOD, quickly met with the success of her other novels. In 1971 she was awarded the International PEN Association's Frederick Niven Prize for THE CRYSTAL CAVE, and in 1974 the Scottish Arts Council Award for LUDO AND THE STAR HORSE.

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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As a teenager I devoured Mary Stewart's romantic suspense novels. While I have now outgrown some of her more Gothic and brooding stories, I recently reread "Airs Above the Ground" and found that it had lost none of its charm. The exotic Austrian setting -- with its mountain villages, traveling circus, and Lippizaner stallions -- is enthralling. What makes this story special, though, are the wonderful characters -- drawn here with a light touch, humor, and wonderful chemistry not always in evidence in other Mary Stewart novels. A wonderful read!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Genre Classic 20 Jun. 2005
This is the kind of book I can imagine lots of people being sniffy about, cheesily packaged and unashamedly romantic - probably a lot wouldn't even pick it up in the first place. Well that's their loss, but I'd like to get a read-mary-stewart campaign off the ground. She is so good: a deft and clever writer who wears her literary nounce lightly. I adore her stories, her settings and her feisty (but not too feisty!) heroines. No one else is as consistently good: let's hear it for romantic fiction! I've been chastised on the bookwormonthenet blog for offering qualified praise to writers like Mary Stewart and for using phrases like 'pulp fiction' - but no, it is no slur. These are stunning books by a vastly talented writer. I also think film producers ought to be trawling the stewart back catalogue: I can just see Cate Blanchett as the heroine of Airs Above the Ground and the whole sub-plot around the Austrian circus, spies and a lost Lipizzaner stallion would translate fabulously to the wide screen. Go on, someone, do it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Let This One Get Away 13 May 2011
This book is my favourite of Mary Stewart's works. So far I've read it at least three times, the last time being a year ago and it still works its magic on me.

Vanessa March is unusual for Mary Stewart's heroines in that she is (happily?) married, so there isn't the normal kind of romantic intrigue running through the thriller/mystery. However the novel opens just after an argument between them, which quickly leads into a mystery which our heroine (of course) is compelled to investigate, a quest which takes her to Vienna.

Vanessa is a (sort of) modern heroine - intelligent, she has qualified as a vet - a fact which has a pivotal role to play in the eventual unravelling of the mystery - but of course this author can't have a feminist as her protagonist, so Vanessa believes that her career should play second fiddle to her husband's? And what exactly is her husband's career? Is he who his wife thinks he is? Is he having an affair and has their young marriage already hit the rocks?

Mary Stewart's description of Vienna is so real that I can't go there without feeling I'm with her characters, but readers are not allowed to lapse into thinking Vanessa is on holiday. Danger lurks beneath the surface because this is a gripping thriller to keep you reading into the night. Nor is humour neglected. A cameo in the shape of one Carmel Lacy at the beginning will have readers smiling, while later tension is defused by a series of wry observations. A perfect holiday read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Stewart's Best 20 May 2012
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Having read nearly all of Mary Stewart's opus (except for the children's books), I would rank this particular story among my top five favourites. The title refers to the classical dressage movements performed by the famous Lipizzaner stallions at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. One of the most enjoyable aspects of Mary Stewart's books is her thorough research. I am particularly well qualified to say that, in this novel, the equestrian theme is impeccably and satisfyingly accurate and Lady Stewart's passion for horses really shines through.

The story opens on the tragic aftermath of a fire and follows a troupe of circus performers travelling through the Austrian countryside and, here again, Stewart's descriptions are a delight, and the reader is transported into a world so vividly drawn that it is difficult to imagine its modern counterpart. The other usual elements of Mary Stewart's writing are all here: intelligent narrative, a gripping plot with many twists and turns, superbly drawn characters and more than a dash of humour. One of the pivotal scenes toward the end of the book is pure comedy, coming on the heels of a rather robust Bond-style chase.

If you have read and enjoyed other Stewart novels, this is one of the best. For those who are new to her work, it would be a very good place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating and entertaining 7 Oct. 2011
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I'm so pleased to discover Mary Stewart's books again. I've read them all before but am happily looking forward to reading them all again. She has such a great touch with setting description and character building. And I enjoy the humour, too. They're all captivating and entertaining, but I think this one, 'Airs Above the Ground' is my favorite - well, it was when I was reading these books before. It'll be interesting to see if my taste has changed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless favourite 8 April 2013
I don't think I've ever been disappointed by a novel written by Mary Stewart, and Airs Above the Ground is no exception. It's written beautifully and coherently, with the odd light touch of humour.

I've always loved her strong, descriptive writing, and although these days her style may seem a little dated, I actually find that I turn to her novels precisely because of the way she writes.

This is my third time of reading this, and the storyline, the writing, and the characters are all as fresh as that first time. Highly recommended for lovers of timeless fiction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I have read this before but enjoyed the re-reading in spite of knowing...
I have read this before but enjoyed the re-reading in spite of knowing what was going to happen. A good romantic thriller.
Published 1 month ago by Eileen Robinson
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this one and have read it many times over ...
I love this one and have read it many times over the years. I bought this for my Kindle, so it is always available
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5.0 out of 5 stars Airs Above the Ground
This book was bought to replace a previous copy which I had loaned to someone and did not have it returned. I would recommend Mary Stewart's books. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs. R. Goodwillie
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
An excellent story, Beautifully told. Wonderfully descriptive, glorious horses and breathtakingly beautiful scenery. Exciting plot. Could not put it down.
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Published 6 months ago by carolyn mccay
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a great adventure, and I loved it
It was a great adventure, and I loved it. I am also a horse lover and interested in the Viennese School and found all that fascinating. One of the best.
Published 8 months ago by Sara McCREA
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service
Excellent service thank you. Enjoying the book too.
Published 9 months ago by Plushrose
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Long-time favourite; really well-developed characters and interesting situations
Published 11 months ago by SusieQ
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this story even though the style is rather dated
I love this story even though the style is rather dated. This was my second copy if the book and I have read it at least 6 times. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Marilyn Gough
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
good story
Published 13 months ago by Janey Gee
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