I was very saddened to learn of the passing of one of my very favorite authors, Mary Stewart, on May 9. Here is a link to The Guardian tribute. They’ve said everything I feel about her books so much better than I can say it. I will always treasure her books and read them throughout my life.

If you want to read some of the reviews that people wrote for Mary Stewart Reading Week you can go here.

My favorite of her books that I’ve read so far is Nine Coaches Waiting. What is yours?


  1. I was so sorry to hear that she had died – but so glad that you & Katrina re-introduced me to her books. I still have quite a few of hers to read. Actually, I was just checking for them at Half Price Books, before I heard of her death. My favorite so far is The Ivy Tree.

    • I still need to get to The Ivy Tree – I think I may be saving it for last. I’ve never found any of her books at HPB or other used book stores so I’m glad I was able to buy the recent reprints online.

  2. Sad to hear this news, but glad that you shared it and the Guardian article. It’s amazing to hear that she had the same publisher for her entire career!

  3. It’s very sad she died – her books are among my favorites. I really love Nine Coaches Waiting as well, and This Rough Magic. I feel like I need to go read her books now!

  4. Sad to hear this, too. I’ve still only read Stormy Petrel but I’m looking forward to reading my next.

  5. Such sad news! I still haven’t properly read any of her books, but I always meant to. I still shall! My mother also recommends Nine Coaches Waiting all the time, so that’s probably the place to start.

    • Nine Coaches Waiting is amazing, but I’d also recommend Madam, Will You Talk? or The Moonspinners for your first experience of her. They are all addicting.

  6. I was so sorry to hear this news. There are still quite a lot of her books that I haven’t read, but my favourite so far is the same as yours, Nine Coaches Waiting. I loved The Moonspinners and The Gabriel Hounds too.

    • I have yet to read The Gabriel Hounds, but now I want to get to it soon. I’m so glad she left us with such fantastic books!

  7. What a magnificent innings she had – I was interested to read in the obits about how shy, almost uneasy, she was about her achievements. She has brought me a great deal of pleasure. My favourites? I think The Ivy Tree (for the plot) and Madam, Will You Talk (for the setting).

    • Her uneasiness about her success makes me like her even more! I’ve heard so many great things about The Ivy Tree and I can’t wait to read it.

  8. Sad to hear she has passed but what a wonderful legacy of books she has left behind. I have only read Wildfire at Midnight but I loved it and look forward to reading more.

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