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Murder Among Friends

One of Our "Literary Lions" of Mystery Has Passed Away: Mary Stewart

Picture of Mary Stewart and Library Journal logo from Library Journal

Mary Stewart has been a major influence on whole generations of readers -- including your MAF moderator. She is also one of our previous "Literary Lions" of the Mystery that we read each September. We read her wonderfully atmospheric novel, The Ivy Tree and had a great discussion on it. Help me pay tribute to her this month, and take out one of her wonderful stories, curl up with it and a cup of tea - then let us know what you think of it.

If you love great fantasy novels as well, her Arthurian trilogy featuring Merlin (The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, The Last Enchantment) is well worth exploring too! (There is a related story called The Wicked Day if you're an Arthurian enthusiast.)

Click here to go to the Mary Stewart books we have at Lisle Library.

The following is the nice tribute Library Journal did for Mary Stewart, and a link to her obituary from the New York Times.

Mary Stewart (1916–2014)

Readers worldwide are mourning the passing of a legend in the world of romantic suspense. Credited by many with launching the genre with the publication of Madam, Will You Talk? (1954)—in which a young war widow’s quest to help a young boy leads her into danger and love while she is vacationing in the south of France—Stewart penned 14 more superbly crafted, compelling, and suspenseful adventures, some of which stray into contemporary gothic territory, in addition to several excellent children’s books and her classic Arthurian novels (The Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills; The Last Enchantment; The Wicked Day; and The Prince and the Pilgrim). Although written decades ago, Stewart’s books remain classic and compelling reads; libraries worth their romance should own a complete collection of them.

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Mary Stewart's Obituary in the New York Times

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