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The Shadow of the Lynx: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Feb 1998

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Product details

  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books; Unabridged edition (Feb. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754001032
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754001034
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,777,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“For a good escapist read Victoria Holt never disappoints.” Netta Martin, Annabel

“The book moves at a cracking pace, and is highly readable. A must for Holt fans.” Birmingham Evening Mail

“It is a robust story, full of violent emotions, love and hatred.” Grimsby Evening Telegraph

“A novel of absorbing interest.” Aberdeen Press and Journal

“A story of love, hatred and high drama that will appeal to all Miss Holt’s fans.” Coventry Evening Telegraph

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About the Author

Born Eleanor Alice Burford, Victoria Holt was one of Britain's most prolific writers of historical romance. Always determined to keep her birth date and private life a closely guarded secret Holt wrote under many pseudonyms – Jean Plaidy was one of her most popular, and was created when she lived near Plaidy Beach in Cornwall. Having written over ninety historical romances, she then began a new series of Gothic romances, the first of which, Mistress of Mellyn, appeared in 1961. The Shadow of the Lynx was first published in 1971 as part of the same series. She died at sea in January 1993, somewhere between Greece and Port Said, Egypt.

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Format: Paperback
I've read a lot of Victoria Holt's books, but since even libraries no longer have them and they are largely out of print, I now get them mainly on ebay. However I was pleased to find a fairly recent edition of this one in an independent bookshop recently, and found it reasonably enjoyable, and refreshingly different from her other books.

For a start, this one benefits from having two narrators, and as such, two female heroines instead of the usual one. All the usual VH ingredients are there - a character (in this case two) that you care about, interesting locations and a slightly zany plot.

Secondly, in this book the author dispenses with her usual outrageous plots and instead we get a storyline that is much more believable but just as compelling.

The only negative (and it's a sizeable one, sufficient to downgrade from 4 to 3 stars)is that it's very hard to believe that anyone in Nora's or Stirling's positions would act as they do. The relationships are just too complex, too contorted. Furthermore, the vilain is so predictable. I won't say more on this so as not to spoil the suspense for anyone new to the author. It wouldn't spoil it for those used to her books, though, because it's so obvious.

All in all, a good safe bet for anyone who has enjoyed some of her other works. For anyone who hasn't heard of her, she also wrote under the name of Jean Plaidy.
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Format: Paperback
Thomas Tamasin spends his life chasing rainbows and leaves his daughter Nora firmly ensconced at school as he chases the biggest one of all and heads for the gold fields of Australia. He soon dies and leaves Nora in the care partner/employer Charles Herrick - also known as The Lynx for his dominating personality. Charles's son Stirling arrives in England to escort Nora to Australia, but they make a curious stop at a country estate called The Whiteladies (named for the nunnery it had been at one time) and Stirling seems to have a strange interest in the estate and it's inhabitants. Stranger still, when Nora arrives in Australia the Herrick home is a copy of Whiteladies.

Nora soon discovers that The Lynx has a mysterious past of his own, falsely accused of theft in England and deported to Australia as a criminal. As the Herrick family's fortune increases it leads them ever closer to the obsession of Charles - enacting financial havoc on those he blames for his false conviction. Nora and Stirling return to England with Stirling bent on completing his father's plans for revenge. They soon insert themselves into the lives of the residents of Whiteladies as Nora fights to stop Stirling before his lust for revenge destroys all their lives.

Whew, that's more plot description than I care to give but there's not much on the product page. I found this book a bit slow paced at times and a tad too predictable, especially the murder attempts on Minta. I also found the alternating POV's between Sara and Minta in the latter part of the book quite distracting. A nice comfort read for a rainy day - it's a good book, just not a great one. 3/5 stars.
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I have red many of VH books (not all yet) but this one stands out! I was positively surprised - the characters were complex and interesting, turn of events surprising and not very traditional for VH books... I liked the sparkling dialogues and main heroine Nora. Some people in their reviews were critical, especially because of complicated love relationships in the book, the comments were that it was unconvincing. But I find that on the contrary - more close to the real life were very rarely true love comes as "I met, I fell in love and lived happily ever after..." I enjoyed the book very much. My only comment /wish would be that the character of Franklyn would be revealed better otherwise in comparison with other characters in the book it was flat and boring.
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Amazon.com: 4.3 out of 5 stars 15 reviews
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good bedtime read 3 Dec. 2014
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A bit of mystery, some gothic elements, romance, and a tale of long-sought revenge. I enjoyed this story a lot. It's well-written and sedately paced, a good book to go back to each night. It did reach a very tense moment, which I won't spoil, but that was far into the book. It's a good lesson on the evils of revenge and how the pursuit of vengeance can harm so many lives.
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great find! 6 Jan. 2015
By James Katsoff - Published on Amazon.com
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This is one of my favorite authors, her books are no longer in print. So happy that I could buy good quality used books on amazon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Mar. 2016
By Mickie Kuchenmeister - Published on Amazon.com
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reading it nbow and hard to put down
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 Sept. 2014
By R Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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My kids love all the Victoria Holt books. This helps to complete their collection.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book 23 Sept. 2012
By Shirley Marciniak - Published on Amazon.com
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I am going to leave most of the 'finding out' to the curious reader. It is a very good book by Victoria Holt. Unknown plots surface. That's all the clues I'm going to give.
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