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Touch Not the Cat by Mary Stewart

Touch Not the Cat (1976)

by Mary Stewart

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This book would have been so much better had Byrony not constantly referred to the man she has had a telepathic connection to all her life - but has never met - as lover. Blech! My lover this, My lover that, Where is my lover? Even if the phrase itself was still 'hip' (and thank god it's not) it would still have been really over done. Throw in that she's a virgin and she thinks her lover is one of her cousins (again, I say blech!), and the book ends up with an air of dated, cheesy, melodrama, which is a shame, because it's a cracking good story.

I'm not going to say much beyond that because I think anything else I'd talk about could dim the fun of the story somewhat. It's gothic and oozes mystery and there's a castle and a library and a garden maze. There's even a dark and stormy night where everything comes to a climax (pun may or may not be intended). If only Stewart's editor had nixed the lover crap it would have been an easy 4/4.5 star read. ( )
  murderbydeath | Oct 11, 2016 |
Just love the suspense, action, foreign lands! ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
This is not my usual kind of book. A women with a psychic connection with an unknown man (obviously a relative, but she doesn't know which one of her cousins it is), is partial heir to an estate in England. Her father is killed in a hit and run accident (or is it?) in Germany, and when she returns to England, some family members encourage her to break the family trust and sell some land she has so they can qui9ckly recoup their losses of other people's money. This is basically a book about mood and relationships between the heroine and her neighbors, family, cousins and others from the family's past. A love affair from over a hundred years ago re-appears in part at the end of each chapter, and as the book comes to a conclusion the plot and personality strings are all tied up nice and neat. A good read, but not a great one. Recommended for lovers of English rural estate stories, whodunnit mysteries and some ESP stories. ( )
  hadden | Feb 25, 2016 |
This is narrated by a young woman called Bryony, who has a kind of telepathic connection with one of her male relatives. She refers to him as her ‘lover’, although she doesn’t know for sure who he is.
However this is not a fantasy novel; this odd connection is set in a realistic upper-middle class setting. Written as contemporary fiction in the mid 1970s it inevitably feels dated, yet some of the discussions and ethical beliefs are surprisingly current.

The whole novel takes place over a very short period, as Bryony returns home after a bereavement, spends time with local friends, and attempts to unravel a puzzle. The pace is good, the characterisation excellent, and I found it almost impossible to put down by the time I was half way through. The climax is dramatic, the ending satisfying.

All in all, I enjoyed this very much. Recommended to anyone, adult or teen, who enjoys light thrillers with a gentle romantic theme and a touch of mysticism. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
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Mary Stewartprimary authorall editionscalculated
Dissing, HanneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Eijsden, Cath. vanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Griffin, JamesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Haglund, AnjaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hjerl, Jonnasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McGinnis, RobertIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Porter, DavinaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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And some win peace who spend/the skill of words to sweeten despair
Of finding consolation where
Life has but one dark end.
—From "The Riddlers" by Walter de la Mare
For my uncle George Rainbow.
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My lover came to me on the last night in April, with a message and a warning that sent me home to him.
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Bryony Ashley knows that Ashley Court, the grand estate, is both hell and paradise -- once elegant and beautiful, yet shrouded in shadow. After the tragic death of her father, Bryony returns from abroad to find that his estate is to become the responsibility of her cousin Emory. Her family's estate with its load of debt is no longer her worry. Still, her father's final, dire warning about a terrible family curse haunts her days and her dreams. And there is something odd about her father's sudden death... 

Bryony has inherited the Ashley 'Sight' and so has one of the Ashleys. Since childhood the two have communicated through thought patterns, though Bryony has no idea of his identity. Devastated, she believes, that the mysterious stranger is her destiny... the lover-to-be who waits for her now at Ashley Court. Now she is determined to find him. But passion is not all that will greet Bryony upon her return -- for the crumbling walls of the old mansion guard dark secrets, tragic memories... and inescapable peril.
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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 curse haunts her days and her dreams.

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"Devastated by the sudden death of her father, Bryony Ashley, a young woman with an enigmatic gift of sight, returns to her family's grand estate, Ashley Court, where she comes face to face with dark secrets, tragedy, danger, and a mysterious stranger who is to become her destiny"--NoveList.… (more)

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