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Wildfire at Midnight
by Mary Stewart
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HarperTorch, 2003 (2003)

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* *   Reviewed by Rashmi Srinivas

Set in the 1950s, the story begins when Gianetta, a tired and troubled supermodel, decides to take a break from her hectic London life and take much needed R&R at a remote hotel on the Scottish Isle of Skye. Once there, she is shocked to find in residence her divorced, sarcastic husband, well-known author Nicholas Drury. Gianetta soon learns that a young girl was recently murdered in a bizarre manner in the surrounding mountains, and that the hotel's residents are the main suspects in the ongoing case.

There are plenty of intrigues among hotel residents and only the newly arrived Gianetta is free from it all ... or so she thinks until she finds herself the bone of contention between her suave ex and a handsome, charming mountain climber. More surprises are in store for Gianetta when two female guests disappear and it looks like they too might have been murdered. Though her amateur sleuthing gives Gianetta an idea of who the killer is, will she have the strength of character to tell the truth?

Wildfire at Midnight is full of surprises and excitement, with a setting similar to that of many an Agatha Christie mystery - a lonely, fog-shrouded hotel where one by one, residents are murdered. With the surety that the killer's one of them, suspicion and tension rise to an fevered pitch. It falls to newcomer Gianetta to solve the mystery before she herself becomes a victim. Atmospheric descriptions of surroundings are breathtaking. The mystery is also very good, and nail-biting tension is maintained till the very end.

Once again Mary Stewart successfully hooks her readers and reels them in with an arrestingly gothic mix of action, adventure and mystery in this reissue of one of her early romantic thrillers.

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