Touch Not the Cat

Touch Not the Cat 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 t

  • Title: Touch Not the Cat
  • Author: MaryStewart
  • ISBN: 9780688030599
  • Page: 435
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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, diBryony 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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  • MaryStewart

    Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information 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, and three books for young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of romantic suspense and her historical novels Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland, spending time between Edinburgh and the West Highlands.Her unofficial fan site can be found at marystewartnovels.


  • We often don't realize the comparative idiocy of youth until we're older. Awhile ago, we had a new employee in my company. Newly graduated from college, she's only 22. The rest of us, being old, wise, ancient creatures of mid-20 to 30-somethings, looked upon her with contempt. "She's a baby!" we howled. "I was so stupid when I just graduated from college and I thought I knew everything!" To be sure, 10 years from now, we will reflect and look back at our relative stupidity now and say "I was so [...]

  • "It’s barely a year since the things happened that I am writing about, but I find that I am already thinking of my father as if he were long gone, part of the past. As he is now; but on that warm April night in Madeira when my love told me to go and see him, Daddy was alive, just."In 2016, I added Mary Stewart to my list of treasured authors. This was done with much enthusiasm following a several-month love affair with her Merlin and King Arthur series. I gushed about those books and was deter [...]

  • 3.5 stars. Like most Mary Stewart mystery/romances, this book is a little dated: usually it's the massive smoking, nylon nightgowns and alpha heroes in MS novels; this time it's the ESP. Also, my paperback's 1970's cover didn't help:Still, I thought it was an enjoyable read. Mary Stewart really knows how to evoke the scenery, whether it's exotic locations or the English countryside. The telepathic link that the heroine, Bryony, shares with an unknown relative started out as a little bit of an ey [...]

  • “Bryony. Tell Bryony. Tell her. Howard. James. Would have told. The paper, it’s in William’s brook. In the library. Emerson, the keys. The cat, it’s the cat on the pavement. The map. The letter. In the brook Tell Bryony. My little Bryony be careful. Danger Perhaps the boy knows. Tell the boy. Trust. Depend. Do what’s right. Blessing.”An incomprehensible cryptic message. Words written down verbatim from the ramblings of a dying man. But was he really a victim of an accident or a victi [...]

  • There is a reason why I have always loved Mary Stewart. She can grab me and keep me and not release me until the last word is down on the last page. I love her mix of mystery and romance, and having read this so long ago that I had zero memory of it, it was like a new mystery and a new romanceWhat Joy! I know others will always argue with me that she isn't a "serious" writer, but I don't care. All of life doesn't have to be serious or studious, some of it should be fun and enthralling and naught [...]

  • A re-read from several decades ago, the suspense novels of Mary Stewart never fail to please. In this offering, penned during the groovy 1970's, Stewart was no doubt making Touch Not the Cat more relevant for the time period by adding the gift of telepathy to her heroine Bryony Ashley, and Bryony's mysterious telepathic lover.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 [...]

  • I've recently re-discovered Mary Stewart and even though I read this book many years ago, more than enough time has passed for me to feel it was a brand new read. The only Mary Stewart title I have read often in the last 30 years or so was Airs Above the Ground (there are horses in it, it HAD to get read over and over) but I did not know if Touch Not The Cat would be as fast-paced as Airs. I tried not to expect anything, tried to read it with the fresh eyes that my long absence gave it.I liked t [...]

  • Crossposted toGothic Book Reviews. 2 stars--it was okay.First, a warning: a character in this book uses the n-word, which shocked me in a Mary Stewart novel.I liked the telepathy elements of this book, and the setting (a crumbling manor house) is always a favorite. However, not a lot happened here. Mostly the heroine drifts from conversation to conversation and things happen around her--she's not very proactive. The ending is fast, and I'm not sure justice was done.Not her best, in my opinion.

  • 4.5 Stars. I loved it! It's a great mystery with twins, an old family estate, a pretty large inheritance, paranormal elements, possible murder, a side mystery about two lovers, a moat, the coast, a strong female lead, a maze, and the word "cat" in the title. Works well for me! I am beginning to get to reading or re-reads of all of Mary Stewart's books as I am having a fairly easy time collecting them (good hard backs) at used bookstores and thrift stores. This is one of my favorites! So much I l [...]

  • I love this book far more than I probably should. I read it at such an early age that it imprinted itself upon me and become my image of what the perfect book should be. I know this, objectively speaking, and yet I love it all the same. What I keep telling myself is that it must have been a good book in order for me to fixate upon it the way I did, so I don't feel too terribly guilty about my deep and abiding love for it, misplaced as it may seem to other people.I first heard about this book whe [...]

  • Bryony Ashley's father is critically injured by a hit and run driver, and he's only able to live long enough to leave a cryptic warning that she's in danger, the rest of his words seem to make no sense at all. Or do they? Devastated, she returns to her cottage near Ashley Court, the family's ancient estate in England, which cannot be sold or broken up without the approval of all members of the Ashley family. As she tries to sort the puzzle left by her father, Bryony also has a secret of her own [...]

  • Touch Not The Cat is a unique offering from author Mary Stewart and it did not disappoint! I loved the heroine, the descriptions of the ancestral home of the Ashleys, and the way Stewart wove a bit of history and Shakespeare throughout. I was swept along as the mystery and the romance unfolded and I was absolutely intrigued by this story. But once again, it's the walk down memory lane that stirred all sorts of nostalgic emotions for me and made me hesitate to put it down for even a moment.I was [...]

  • A reread for me, since I felt the need for something familiar during the readathon. It was one of the first Mary Stewart books I read, and it’s one of the more openly fantastical ones. It’s got the usual set up of the plucky young heroine, a landscape that’s important to her or exotic or otherwise worth describing lovingly, and the man she eventually marries. The fantastical part is the telepathy between them, the bond; Stewart uses it well, creating interesting dilemmas and confrontations [...]

  • Not one of the best Mary Stewart’s I’ve read – The only thing that saved this book was the wonderful ‘come alive on the page’ setting descriptions. The derelict manor house, the overgrown maze the secret gazebo all became vivid in my mind.Sadly the story just didn’t grab me. When Bryony's father dies, his house and land will not go to her because she is a woman, but she does have a say in if or when it is sold. Her male cousins also have a stake in it. Bryony has a kind of telepathic [...]

  • I just adore this book. I love the way it unwinds, I love the characters, I love the peril—which seems so real, and ties into the past so well—and the story-within-the-story at the end of each chapter. Mary Stewart doesn't always allude to another story to tell the current one, but this is one of the books in which she does that, in which the tale of Romeo and Juliet—already familiar to the reader—serves as framework and comparison and contrast to what is taking place on the page. The he [...]

  • ++Spoilers++WTF did I just read? Ever have one of those momments? I never have until now.This is not your typical romance by far. The writing is so very different than what I'm use to that it took me a while to get into it. The author spends far too much time describing in very flowery ways, the scenery, in nauseating detail in fact. I usually love when the author is so descriptive, but here it just angered me, and I ended up skimming through those parts. Perhaps I wouldn't have minded it so muc [...]

  • This is one of those books that I enjoy re-reading from time to time, in fact I have just bought it again in hard cover as my old paperback was in pieces.In this era of portable phones and ever-present electronic communication, the concept of “thought transference” may sound tame and obsolete, but if one is prepared to be transported back to a simpler time (and, let's face it, for most of us fiction represents escapism), entering this novel's atmosphere will plunge the reader into a world at [...]

  • I read a whole bunch of gothic romances back when I was in high school, but after I discovered historical romance, I never looked back. Now, having become disenchanted with most of what is published as "historical" romance these days, I've been expanding to other genres, including reexamining genres I enjoyed in the past. Mary Stewart and Victoria Holt were pretty much the queen of gothics back in the day and when a number of MS's books were released on Kindle at $1.99, I bought several. Touch N [...]

  • A centuries-old castle in Britain, complete with a moat and a maze – check.The aristocratic Ashley family, gradually disintegrating as the 20th century marches along – check. A plucky heroine Bryony, with a telepathic gift that’s popped up in her ancestors now and again – check.Bryony’s father dying under mysterious circumstances – check.A convoluted inheritance and the furtive, faintly menacing cousins with obscure goals – check.A simple but charming (and handsome, of course) cast [...]

  • There is no argument that Mary Stewart uses marvelous descriptive phrases when setting the stage for her books, and she did not fail here. As a reader I got the idea of exactly how derelict the manor house was, how overgrown the maze was and also was able to witness the gazebo tucked secretly away within the center.However, as far as storyline went, this one was extremely slow-moving. In the course of half the book, we see the heroine return to her family estate, discover missing items and findi [...]

  • My first by Stewart***1992 Jan 01Holds up amazingly well, still suspenseful, romantic, and surprisingly realistic***2009 July 14One of those early-read and therefor beloved books. Even back in 76 or so, when I had very little experience reading romance, it was clearly a different sort. More like Rebecca than anything else. A romantic thriller with a surprising amount of realism, and the Stewart trademark: tons of literary references.Still holds up. Still beloved.

  • I'm reading my way back through Mary Stewarts and enjoying them. This one was recommended by Alison L because I like the ones with a touch of magic best, and it was exactly what I wanted - so thank you! As ever, first person, as you'd expect a little bit quaintly dated, but as always a great story, a nice romance, and some nasty baddies. I really enjoyed this, a fun, gently and beautifully written read with lots of action, though I confess I got a tiny bit bored towards the end, hence the 3 and [...]

  • A quick and fun read -- it would've been quicker if I'd had motivation to read at all lately, but there you go. Like The Gabriel Hounds, it made me think of it as an adult version of the Famous Five, with romance added on. Mary Stewart's penchant for having the hero and heroine be related is a little odd to me -- however distant the relationship, it strikes me as odd.Anyway, there's something very comfy about Touch Not The Cat, despite evil twins and moneygrubbing families. The writing is compet [...]

  • My first Mary Stewart. It was enjoyable, I just found myself giggling whenever Bryony would say, "Lover?" It was a little too cheese ball for me, and had me thinking of the snl hot tub skit w Will Ferrell. But all the rest was great. Definitely will read another one of hers.

  • I've read this book several times over the yearsMary Stewart is one of my favorite authors even though she isn't contemporary. It's probably a nostalgia thing. This one has a kind of fantastical quality that her other (romantic suspense) books don't have. It's still enjoyable.

  • This is one of Mary Stewart's light romances with a bit of a mystery thrown in - or is it the other way around? a mystery with a bit of a romance thrown in. Good holiday reading.

  • No toquen al gato, ES UNA NOVELA QUE RESULTA BONITA EN FORMA, AUNQUE ALGO AMPULOSA EN ESTILO Y MÁS TRATÁNDOSE DEL GÉNERO QUE TOCA, PERO SIMPLONA EN RESULTADO. PARA PONERLO GRÁFICO: CÓMO UNA FLOR PRECIOSA QUE TE ATRAE Y CUANDO VAS A OLFATEARLA, NO HUELE.Pero voy con su argumento y después mis apreciaciones acerca de la novelaByrony, tras la muerte de su padre en un misterioso accidente, debe lidiar con los trámites de la antigua mansión en dónde residían, la cual debe ser legada a sus p [...]

  • Pretty much my favourite of Mary Stewart's books. A blend of romance, thriller and paranormal mystery, it holds its age with style. Only going to prove that a great story can transcend the writing mores of any particular era.Bryony Ashley is woken by her mysterious lover, communicating with her telepathically, about her father's critical condition after an accident. She leaves her job as a receptionist in Madeira to travel to his bedside but does not arrive in time before he dies.Returning home [...]

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