Romantic suspense novelist Mary Stewart has died at the age of 97. Known for much-loved novels including Touch Not the Cat, This Rough
Magic and Nine Coaches Waiting, Stewart was among the first novelists to
integrate mystery and romance. Mary Stewart was one of the most widely read fiction writers of our time.
Stewart was best known for her Arthurian fantasies, such as The Crystal Cave and The Last Enchantment, but also wrote many other novels, including children’s books. Her novel The Moon-Spinners was made into a film by Disney. With over twenty novels, a volume of poetry, and three books for
young readers, she was admired for both her contemporary stories of
romantic suspense and her historical novels. Born in England, she lived for many years in Scotland.