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Title: This Rough Magic
Author: Mary Stewart
Premise: 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. (King County Library System)
Opinions: Originally written in 1964, this is book is one of my all-time favorite books (and definitely my all-time favorite Mary Stewart book). I started reading Mary Stewart novels when I was a teenager and loved books with mystery, strong female characters, and a touch of romance. This book has all of those aspects as well as a fantastic locale (the Greek isle of Corfu), history, and even a dolphin.
Lucy Waring decides to take a break, after the play she was staring in folds, to visit her pregnant sister at her villa on the Isle of Corfu in Greece. Hoping for a few weeks of relaxing vacation to recover from her disappointment at the plays short run, Lucy instead finds herself immersed into a mystery as the Corfoite family that works for her sister is informed of the death of their son and brother, Spiro, who was accidentally thrown overboard while on a sailing trip with Godfrey Manning (the photographer that he is working for) during a midnight photography trip. Things quickly spiral out of control as Lucy finds herself being shot at by a silenced rifle while swimming with a dolphin in the Villa's private bay, and then later discovers another body washed ashore nearby. Lucy has to decide who she can trust, and as she takes matters into her own hands to help solve the occurrences that turn her restful vacation into a nightmare.