Madam, Will You Talk?

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Madam, Will You Talk?
First edition
Author Mary Stewart
Cover artist Eleanor Poore
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Mystery
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date
Media type Print (hardcover)
Pages 224
OCLC 1297412
LC Class PR6069.T46 Mad

Madam, Will You Talk? is a novel by Mary Stewart, first published in 1954. It is Stewart's first published novel. The title is a quotation from a folk song, Madam, Will You Walk?: the line "Madam, will you walk and talk with me?" is quoted at the start of Chapter 17.

Plot summary[edit]

Charity Selborne is on holiday in Provence with her friend and former colleague Louise. Before her marriage to Johnny Selborne they both taught at the same school in the West Midlands. Charity is now a widow; her husband's plane was shot down in France during the war. She is staying at the same hotel as David Shelley and his stepmother, Loraine Bristol. Mrs. Bristol has taken David to France from England. David's father, Richard Byron, an antique dealer, who has been accused of murder, is pursuing his son across France.

Also staying at the hotel are John Marsden, who is English and reads T. S. Eliot at breakfast, and Paul Véry, who is French. Both have parts to play in subsequent events.