Touch Not the Cat
Bryony Ashley knows that her family's grand estate is both hell and paradise -- once elegant and beautiful, yet mired in debt and shrouded in shadow. Devastated by her father;s sudden strange death abroad, she is nonetheless relieved to learn the responsibility of running Ashley Court has fallen to a cousin. Still, her father's final, dire warning about a terrible family c...more
Who is this mind-melding hero? Is it one of her cousins: Emory, James or Francis Ashley? Admittedly, for most American readers, this is a pretty icky coupling, but apparent...more
This was the last thriller written by Mary Stewart for quite a considerable length of time, as she concentrated on her series of Arthurian novels. It belongs with the novels she wrote later, rather than with the earlier ones, being lighter in tone (more a romance than a thriller), set in England, and with the paranormal playing an important role.
Bryony Ashley comes from a family with a long history, a beautiful ancient house, and no money. They...more
Touch Not the Cat is one of my favorite Mary Stewart's. Bryony Ashley has for as long as she can remember been able to communicate telepa...more
With that, my 13 yr old self was hooked! I finally re-read this book, one of my favorite books from m...more
I'm sure I must have read this in grade school or middle school... and while the book still has its appeal, it's interesting to me to see how far we've come from the 70s. As a young girl, this book held mystery, thrills, romance, and a bit of the "woo woo" in the ESP sense.
It's still a fun book to read, but to my jaded, much older self, not as much of a mystery, suspense, or thriller. But that's not because there's anything wrong with th...more
Definitely not as good as Nine Coaches Waiting, but (I'm keeping it ambiguous so as to avoid spoilers) the relationship at the end between two of the characters was completely sweet and satisfying and everything I could have asked for!
I ran across this book recently at the library. I had a strong memory of reading it years ago and enjoying it. The main thing I recalled was that I'd really liked the premise of a telepathic connection between two lovers who had never physically met. Unfortunately, as I read it again, after years of exposure to fast-paced movies, novels and TV shows, I found myself really impatient for the hero and her phantom lover to actually meet. For me, as a rom...more
Mary Stewart is doubtlessly a very skilled and talented author when it comes to writing about feelings, describing landscapes and buildings, and creating dark, foreshadowing and gloomy atmospheres. And the main characters are always more or less likeable as well.
What she doesn't...more
An author I enjoy reading for mindless entertainment is Mary Stewart. I have a few of her books picked up at various book sales on the cheap, but have really only read those as our library doesn't have many others. I found Touch Not the Cat at a recent library sale and snatched it up.
Mary Stewart writes romantic suspense books, but clean. Think Mary Higgins Clark that are not as dark or scary. I also think Mrs. Stewar's a better writer. I enjoy...more
The Ashley Court is an intriguing setting, as is Nick's side plot. Sometimes Stewart's characters are described more by what they seem and have shown themselves to be than wh...more
Worse still, was her hero! I was disappointed by her interp...more
When I met Stewart O'Nan, he mentioned the title of this book. His mother was a Stewart fan, which is where he got his name.
A pleasant enough plane read, but not as enthralling as, say, Kate Morton's contemporary Gothic novels.
Lady Mary Stewart is a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years, but has now retired.
She is one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for...more