The Gabriel Hounds
It's all a grand adventure when Christy Mansel unexpectedly runs into her cousin Charles in Damascus. And being young, rich, impetuous, and used to doing whatever they please, they decide to barge in uninvited on their eccentric Great-Aunt Harriet—despite a long-standing family rule strictly forbidding unannounced visits. A strange new world awaits Charles and Christy bey...more
This book gets off to a rather slow start, as Christy Mansel runs into her second cousin Charles in 1960's Damascus. He's a good-looking guy who tools around in a white Porsche 911S.
I think I like him already.
They have dinner, chat, flirt a little, then meet up again in Beirut, Lebanon, where Charles encourages Christy to look up their Great-Aunt Harriet, who lives in a dilapidated ...more
On the surface, it sounds fantastic, some intrigue in ...more
It's all a grand adventure when English Christy Mansel unexpectedly runs into her cousin Charles in Damascus. And being young, rich, impetuous, and used to doing whatever they please, they decide to barge in uninvited on their eccentric Great-Aunt Harriet—despite a long-standing family rule strictly forbidding unannounced visits. Because when the Gabriel hounds run howling over the crumbling palace of Der Ibrahim in the Lebanon, someone will shortly die....more
A strange new world awaits Charles and Chr
Ok, thoughts gathered.
I've wanted to read this book for a very long time as it has a (tenuous) link with a Georgette Heyer favourite Venetia. The link turned out to be gossamer thin, but this didn't stop me enjoying the book. The book started to feel vaguely familiar & I think it may have been serialised in one of the British women's magazines. These magazines were also the first way I experienced Georgette Heyer & Lucy Walker A N ...more
To a crumbling castle high in the mountains of Lebanon. The castle is the scene of much of the action and features hidden passageways
And a lovely garden in the old seraglio
Alas, the plot was rather too fevered and implausible to really pull me in and the romance was something of an afterthought.
Group read with the Mary Stewart group
First line: I MET HIM in the street called Straight.
Christabel Mansel is on vacation in Damascus. She runs into her "cousin" Charles and the two of them decide to drop in on their great aunt Harriet. Harriet is a modern day Lady Hester Stanhope living in her palace "Dar Ibrahim" up in the mountains of Lebanon. Harriet has a reputation for being quite eccentric.
Christy visits Aunt Harriet first. Charles arrives later and things just ...more
I think I appreciated it more, this time. I w ...more
Another thing that bothered me was the love story between the cousins - that weirded me out more than I thought it would. Also, it was really predictable from page one, and I like my ...more
It's fun, in that way, and pretty mindless. The main character/narrator is female, but spends most of her time being rescued by men, despite being allegedly headstrong and capable. She does have spark, though. Halid ...more
Not romance, not suspense, not mystery, just . . . ugh. The villains are repulsive. The heroine smokes dope "by mistake." Nothing happens except stuff that creeps you out.
Why, why, why, do I go through boxes of junk that are none of my business?
Note: I could not find my edition listed actually. It is hardcover, 1967 William and Morrow. It only has 244 pages.
I just realized I did not finish my review. I absolutely enjoyed this book. I had never read abou ...more
The Gabriel Hounds is set in Lebanon in a now unrecognisable Middle East. Two youthful cousins, Charles & Christy, have a chance meeting in Damascus and decide to meet up in Beirut and go to visit their mysterious, eccentric and reclusive Great-Aunt Harriet who lives in the style of an Ara ...more
Christy and Charles decide to visit their Aunt Harriet and things take a surprising turn which takes both cousins into intrigue and danger. I found myself engaged in trying to figure out the mystery as the story went on.
The descriptions are ...more
"The Gabriel Hounds" is a very enjoyable read, but also a melancholy one: today, all the places described here are only associated with war and terrorism. Sadly, the easy-going sightseeing of the protagonists in Lebanon and Syria is a thing of the past.
apart from the "travel" aspects of her books, like the characters, am amused that i STILL enjoy them, lo these close to 50 years later...
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Lady Mary Stewart, born Mary Florence Elinor Rainbow, was a popular English novelist, and taught at the school of John Norquay elementary for 30 to 35 years.
She was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time. The author of twenty novels, a volume of poetry, an ...more