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The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart
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The Gabriel Hounds (1967)

by Mary Stewart

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Another great book! Mary Stewart is a must-read!!! ( )
  EmpressReece | Aug 22, 2016 |
Tense without being terrifying, exciting, mysterious, and a low-key romance thrown in for good measure. Very enjoyable. ( )
  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
I always enjoy Mary Stewart's novels of romantic suspense, and The Gabriel Hounds is no exception. I liked Christy's lively and slightly self-absorbed nature; she seemed real and relatable, if not always admirable. But the Amazon summary makes her sound a lot more irritating and privileged than she is! And the novel is great at creating a subtly sinister atmosphere once Christy enters Dar Ibrahim. The place seems to be nothing more than an old, run-down estate, and its inhabitants all treat Christy kindly, at least at first. Yet the book manages to convey an escalating sense of menace until Christy, with Charles' help, must flee for her life. The novel's central mystery, which involves drug trafficking, is both amusingly dated and surprisingly relevant today. I enjoyed the romance and the exotic setting as well, both hallmarks of Mary Stewart's writing style. This book doesn't rank among my favorites by Stewart, but it's still a very solid read if you like the author or old-fashioned novels of romantic suspense.
  christina_reads | Dec 29, 2015 |
Popcorn read, but good storytelling as always, and good landscape painting. ( )
  gwernin | May 29, 2015 |
Eccentric woman family member lives in Lebanon with a castle. Neice by chance has opportunity to check up on her and finds danger mostly from an organized drug smuggling operation operating from the castle. Male cousin comes to the rescue. Too clean of a story with the privileged lives of the English ruling class. ( )
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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.

A strange new world awaits Charles and Christy beyond the gates of Dar Ibrahim—"Lady Harriet's" ancient, crumbling palace in High Lebanon—where a physician is always in residence and a handful of Arab servants attends to the odd old woman's every need. But there is a very good—very sinister—reason why guests are not welcome at Dar Ibrahim. And the young cousins are about to discover that, as difficult as it is to break into the dark, imposing edifice, it may prove even harder still to escape.
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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 beyond the gates of Dar Ibrahim—"Lady Harriet's" ancient, crumbling palace in High Lebanon—where a physician is always in residence and a handful of Arab servants attends to the odd old woman's every need.

But there is a very good—very sinister—reason why guests are not welcome at Dar Ibrahim. And the young cousins are about to discover that, as difficult as it is to break into the dark, imposing edifice, it may prove even harder still to escape . . .

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Obstacles in the path of two cousins wishing to see their reclusive great-aunt in Lebanon make the visit an irresistible challenge as Christy Mansel and her cousin Charles encounter unexpected and dangerous surprises behind the gates of Dar Ibrahim, Lady Harriet's crumbling palace in Lebanon.… (more)

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