The Crystal Cave: Dark and dull

The Crystal Cave is Mary Stewart’s hallucinogenic tale of Merlin, the shadowy figure of Arthurian legends and post-Roman history. Myrddin Emrys, later to become known as Merlin, is the bastard son of the daughter of the King of South Wales by an man whom the daughter refuses to name. When the story opens, Merlin is […]

The Gabriel Hounds: Suspense with a hashish haze

The plot of The Gabriel Hounds is one that Catherine Morland would have loved, had that Jane Austen creation lived in the 1960’s drug culture. Christy Mansel is on a package tour of the Middle East when she bumps into her second cousin, Charles, who’s on a business trip. The Gabriel Hounds by Mary Stewart […]

This Rough Magic Not Bard Quality

This Rough Magic is a romantic mystery set on Corfu where Lucy Warring, an actress of modest talent whose first London gig folded after a short run, is visiting her pregnant sister whose husband has had to stay in Rome to work. Lucy’s sister and brother-in-law rent one of their island properties to the acclaimed […]