Nine Coaches Waiting, Paperback
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Linda Martin understands what is to be lonely: her parents died when she was young, and she was raised in an orphanage.

When she is hired as a governess to the orphaned young Philippe, Comte de Valmy, Linda finds a kindred spirit in the lonely little boy.

But Philippe is the heir to a vast estate in Savoy, and his dangerously handsome uncle may be willing to kill to ensure that Philippe never inherits it. Wrapped up in my own loneliness and danger I hadn't even seen that his need was the same as my own. Nine Coaches Waiting is the fourth novel of gothic suspense by the beloved author Mary Stewart, a classic of mid-century writing that has delighted generations of readers.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781444711073



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Wow. I'd heard a lot of praises about Mary Stewart but somehow I didn't expect this. The most fitting adjective I can think of is 'lovely'. Stewart's writing is probably the most confident I've encountered in a long time - she has the extraordinary gift of coaxing a setting to come to life effortlessly with very few words. Her characters are fleshed-out and full of life - Philippe, the child, is one of the few portrayals of a lucid, smart child who's not helpless (he knows exactly what's going on and has been protecting himself) I've read in any genre except perhaps fantasy. I loved the mystery and the romance (though Linda does say that she should probably hand over the matter to men, being 'just a woman' after all, which is the reason for the four stars, otherwise it would have been five, Stewart's a bit sketchy gender-wise if you ask me) and I enjoyed her fabulously rich language and descriptions. Linda is one of the most likable characters I've met and despite the mood being quite gloomy sometimes due to the murder plot enfolding, the details Stewart includes and the sheer loveliness of her characters made my reading experience feel like a treasure. It read almost like a fairytale, something the author acknowledges cheerfully in the book. What a great, great book - I don't think I've ever read anything like it.

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