RIP XIII: This Rough Magic

This Rough Magic, by Mary Stewart: set on the island of Corfu, quotes from Shakespeare’s The Tempest, smugglers, murder, actors, young love, a dolphin. Who could ask for anything more?

From the publisher:

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.

Then a human corpse is carried ashore on the incoming tide …

This was a wonderful, fun read. I must read (or reread) more of Mary Stewart’s novels!


This was my fourth book read for the Readers Imbibing Peril XIII  challenge.

6 thoughts on “RIP XIII: This Rough Magic

    1. Robin Post author

      Tabor, I read a lot of her books years ago and am just now starting to reread some of them. This one was fun and I enjoyed it all over again. Some of the others, not as much as I did years ago.

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  1. Kay

    I’m so glad you chose this one to read. It has been years and years since I read it, but I really want to read more of my ‘old’ books next year. It’s my goal anyway. We’ll see how I fare. I’ve got another Mary Stewart book on my RIP-possibly-read list – TOUCH NOT THE CAT. Have you read that one? It’s a later book. I think I first read THIS ROUGH MAGIC maybe when I was a teenager.

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    1. Robin Post author

      Kay, I’m not sure I read Touch Not the Cat, but it’s also on my list to read. I really liked This Rough Magic all over again. And I’m loving my rereading focus this year!

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  2. Kristen M.

    I actually just got a Mary Stewart book in the mail this week — The Little Broomstick! It’s the basis for an anime I just watched so, even though it’s obviously for about second or third graders, I’m excited to finally give her a try. 🙂

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