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by Anne Worboys

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ISBN: 0440048141
ISBN13: 978-0440048145
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: Anne Worboys
Language: English
Publisher: Delacorte Press (1974)
Pages: 263 pages
ePUB size: 1773 kb
FB2 size: 1450 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 772
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I was recommended this book by a member of the Mary Stewart Yahoo Group; I suppose that because of the locale--the Greek Island of Mykonos and neighboring archeological site, Delos---this book was thought comparable to one of Mary Stewart's suspense gems. Unfortunately, it was not.

The premise of the book revolves around pale and pretty identical twin, Virginia receiving a letter from her sister Lee, living and running a tourist boutique on Mykonos. It seems that Lee has run into trouble, and then suddenly drops off the face of the earth. A distraught and concerned Virginia rushes to the rescue and along the way encounters a rather unsavory group of people that somehow fit in with her sister's disappearance. The love interest appears early on in the personage of an overly helpful fellow tourist whose motivation isn't Virginia's pretty face, but rather her resemblance to her sister. The nebulous search for Lee leads Virgina and her friend to uncover a plot to remove one of the famous lions of Delos off the island of Delos by a Midas-rich American for his own private collection.

In the hands of a more adept writer, this novel could have contained all the right ingredients for an enjoyable read, the foreign locale, the ever present sense of worry and danger and the attractive engaging characters. However, in the hands of this writer, all the components lack energy, Mykonos does not sparkle in the sun as a unique jewel in the Aegean; the boutique could have been on any island in any country; the sparse descriptions are as devoid of flavor as a serving of wilted moussaka served in too much olive oil. Virginia worries excessively; her attraction to Nat seems contrived rather than the result of a natural progression where a dangerous uncertain situation brings two people together. Nat is a little too blaise, or maybe, he's just a little too 70s laid-back? There is far too much lame dialogue and aloud speculations about Lee's disappearance instead of out and out action to steer the reader towards moments of real suspense or towards forming important conclusions. Overall the novel lacks the sophistication to put it in the category of fine suspense fiction. I also detect a feminist undercurrent (not as blatant) which reminded me of early Barbara Michaels, in particular the rather dated albeit more cleverly crafted "The Sea King's Daughter". Unfortunately, The Lion of Delos fails in all comparisons with the works of Mary Stewart; I would recommend this book instead, to young adult readers or fans of Phyllis Whitney or Dorothy Eden who like their suspense in the older Gothic styles of the 60s and 70s.
The writer of the previous review seems to have a chip on her shoulder about this book, which intrigued me, so I got a copy and quickly read it with great enjoyment. I think it is every bit as good as Mary Stewart's famous romantic suspensers and especially compares well to Stewart's Greece books, THIS ROUGH MAGIC, MY BROTHER MICHAEL, and THE MOON-SPINNERS.

I can't imagine reading this and not wanting to take a trip to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Delos. The descriptive passages are wonderful, the suspense totally breathtaking, and it is filled with interesting archaeological information. I found it to be an adult romantic suspense book, nothing at all juvenile about it. And it does have a feminist viewpoint, yes, but that was popular in the early seventies when it was written, and greatly preferred to today's romantic suspense heroines who are too busy engaging in sex scenes and running like scared chickens from serial killers.

If you are looking for Hitchcock-like thrilling suspense, this is for you. And don't miss the many other thrillers by this English author including HIGH HOSTAGE (Corfu) and THE WAY OF THE TAMARISK (Sicily).