Books: Short Notices: Jan. 5, 1968

THE GABRIEL HOUNDS by Mary Stewart. 320 pages. Mill-Morrow. $5.95.

As a writer of romantic thrillers, England's Mary Stewart, 51, has found a steady audience in the U.S.; her novels have regularly made the bestseller lists. The Gabriel Hounds ranks a cut below her earlier works, but it still offers her familiar, quick, neatly joined narrative and travel-poster background (Lebanon this time). There is also a crumbling castle for just the right touch of the gothic, and an anti-anti-hero who is restless, wealthy, athletic, loves poetry, and drives a white Porsche. With...