Flashback Friday – My Brother Michael by Mary Stewart

The description of the site, the sense of awe at the beauty of Greece, the friendliness of the local people, all combine with the fascinating story to make this one of the best efforts by remarkable author. ~ Shadow, Guilty Pleasures 

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Mary Stewart, author of many bestselling novels, has been often compared with the Brontë sisters. Her 1960 classic My Brother Michael, with its superb mingling of romance and suspense, its vivid descriptions and overtone of impending disaster, is further evidence that the comparison is richly deserved.

Perhaps Camilla Haven unintentionally invoked the gods that afternoon in the crowded Athens café when she wrote to a friend, “Nothing ever happens to me.” But a few hours later, an extraordinary train of events had dispatched Camilla to Delphi, to be in the company of a charming but quietly determined Englishman named Simon Lester. Simon told Camilla he had come to the ancient Greek ruins to “appease the shade” of his brother Michael, killed some fourteen years earlier on Parnassus. From a curious letter Michael had written, Simon believed his brother had stumbled upon something of great importance hidden in the craggy reaches of the mountainside.

And then Simon and Camilla learned that they were not alone in their search . . .

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Sometimes a book can actually change your life. My Brother Michael, by Mary Stewart affected mypurestdelightaward life by adding an item to my bucket list-someday I want to visit Delphi, Greece.

Delphi is the setting for this sophisticated murder mystery told in first person. Camilla Haven is searching for her place in the world after breaking up with her fiance. She finds herself in Greece with very little money, when she takes advantage of the chance to go to Delphi by taking a car to Monsieur Simon there. But while Simon himself comes to her rescue in driving the car through a local village, he claims he did not request the vehicle-and the mystery begins. Simon is in Delphi on his own pilgrimage: to find the site where his brother Michael died during WWII- and discover what Michael hinted at in his letter home before his death.

As Camilla and Simon set off to explore the Greek countryside, they come to learn and appreciate more about each other. There is no explicit sex in the book, but the attraction between the two is clear. Complicating their journey is a sultry beauty who lusts after Simon and the news that the man who murdered Michael may be back in Delphi.

Camilla’s character is revealed slowly and more through the eyes of Simon than her own comments, but Simon is a great character, strong, heroic, and self-sufficient but caring.

The description of the site, the sense of awe at the beauty of Greece, the friendliness of the local people, all combine with the fascinating story to make this one of the best efforts by remarkable author.

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