You can see how much I enjoyed Touch Not the Cat because on the back of it I've bought the bargain Mary Stewart set! Despite the flaws that many of us remarked on, I found the book a very pleasant read, perfect for when something soothing is required, and so I'm looking forward to the pile here on the left.
It seems clear that the novel we read was not Mary Stewart's best (vexingly, I'd found it listed as a favourite on one or two websites and so thought I was choosing a winner), but there were sufficient positive comments to indicate that most of us have taken something worthwhile from it, and we live to read another day.
Of the rest of her work, The Merlin Trilogy has many fans amongst you - and I'm glad to say I've bought the first part, The Crystal Cave, as well as what's shown here; several people also mentioned The Moonspinners, and Teresa and LizF speak well of Wildfire at Midnight. Meanwhile Rosie likens Mary Stewart to Kate Morton and Rachel Hore, and that comparison spurs me on to get something by Rachel Hore whose books I've yet to read though they come very warmly recommended.
Lastly on the subject, I'm very glad to hear from Barbara that Mary Stewart is indeed alive and well and still living in Argyllshire, presumably in the house we see her in in this television interview.