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  • Touch Not the Cat

  • By: Mary Stewart
  • Narrated by: Zoe Mills
  • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (96 ratings)

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Touch Not the Cat

By: Mary Stewart
Narrated by: Zoe Mills
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Summary

An exceptional novel of dark family secrets - danger lurks behind every shadow in Mary Stewart's classic novel of romantic suspense.

Ashley Court: the tumbledown ancestral home of the Ashley family, all blessed with 'the gift' of being able to speak to each other without words. When Bryony Ashley's father dies under mysterious circumstances, his final words a cryptic warning to her, Bryony returns from abroad to uncover Ashley Court's secrets. What did her father's message mean? What lies at the centre of the overgrown maze in the gardens? And who is trying to prevent Bryony from discovering the truth?

Tell Bryony. The cat, it's in the cat on the pavement. The map. The letter. In the brook. Tell Bryony. My little Bryony to be careful. Danger.

©1976 Mary Stewart (P)2019 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Mary Stewart is an amazing authored.

I read a large number of her paperbacks many many years ago and enjoyed them but had forgotten much of the stories and certainly do not remember reading this one and I certainly found it difficult to put it down. It was even more scary than her other books at times.
The narrator was good but it was one of those voices that I find can get irritating for me after a while. I am sure many people will find nothing wrong with it however.
Anyway a jolly good read

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A memory of a past loved book!

I first read this when I was around 14 and an avid reader. It was my introduction to Mary Stewart, thanks to a local librarian in the village where I lived.
When I saw it on Audible, I couldn’t resist the pull - and I’m so glad I picked it! The story is every bit as good as I remembered. The plot pulls you in, and the characters are fully alive.
Looking for another of her books now!

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Read second time

I read this book many years ago as a young adult and loved it but now that I have read hundreds of books I didn't love it second time around or at least that is what I concluded. So not sure. its not boring, its read well and you might love it but you won't hate it.

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A little bit different from MS's other books

I read this book many years ago and enjoyed it just as much on audio. A supernatural element to this book which added to the story and gave a twist at the end.

A story that reminds me of Barbara Michaels books - an element of danger, romance and supernatural - unfortunately not available on audio:-(

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A wonderful old-fashioned tale

Beautifully written and suspenseful novel.

I am re-visiting Mary Stewart as her sometimes over-wordy rhetoric translates beautifully to audible!

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Over descriptive

Great tale, intelligent & gripping. However, too many "fanciful descriptions" about the view, countryside, weather, etc., etc.,

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beautiful

a beautiful reading of my favourite book by my favourite author. absolutely loved it. looking forward to listening to the rest of Mary Stewart's books

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Surprisingly excellent

When I first bought this audio I returned it after three chapters. The telepathic element was ok, but the heroine's continual referring to her telepathic soulmate as "my lover" was mega- cringe and I had to return the book.
BUT.... eventually I had listened to all the other MS books and decided to give this a second chance, so bought it again, determined to steel myself against the cringy "my lover" stuff.
Then the amazing happened. The references petered out and I was sucked into the plot and one of the best romances in Mary Stewart's books. It was excellent, albeit darker and different from her usual work. But now my favourite after Nine Coaches Waiting.

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Touch not the cat

This book would make a wonderful film mystery, murder, romance, fantasy, It has everything. Grips all through .

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Disappointing and a little icky

I love some of Stewart’s other books but this one is pretty awful. The heroine is foolish. Her so-called psychic relationship makes no sense. And then there’s the incest…. cousin marriage was not a thing in the 1970s in England…. !

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