Thursday, July 07, 2011


Nine Coaches Waiting, Mary Stewart, William Morrow & Company, 1958, 342 pp

This was so much better than her previous book, Thunder on the Right. I was happy about that because the previous book seemed very amateur to me.

Linda Martin, raised in an orphanage in England, gets hired as a governess to a young French boy. She goes to live at Chateau Valmy, near Lake Geneva on the French side. She finds familial intrigue, a villain and love.

So it is still a romance/mystery like the last book but the writing, the suspense, the characterization are all so much more well done. It is not quite Daphne du Maurier but the potential is there. Now I am looking forward to the next one.

(Nine Coaches Waiting is available in paperback by order from Once Upon A Time Bookstore.)


  1. Looks good! I'm so guilty of judging books by their cover. This one looks like something I want to read. Since you also give it a good review I will try and find it.

  2. It makes sense that you would judge books by their covers, considering what you do. You should be able to find this one in the library.