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My Brother Michael - Mary Stewart A British teacher of classics wishes for adventure and finds it, in Greece, where she encounters a man trying to solve the mystery of his brother's death in WWII. Stewart writes an erudite novel of suspense, full this time of classical quotes, ruined temples, and the ancient and recent history of Greece. There is art and goats and the strong sense of place. There is the amazing pacing of Stewart novels, with time in the chance to have a leisurely picnic and time even for the characters to get bored. But the reader never does. Unlike modern writers of suspense, Stewart doesn't strain credulity with last minute escapes from crashing helicopters. Her novels are grounded in the mundane, rooted firmly in ugly buildings with no hot water, but livened with clever people trying their best.