Synopses & Reviews
Witty...a cheerful extravaganza.
-The New Yorker
His exploits were legendary...
Captain John Staple, back from the battlefront, is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating.
But winning her will be his greatest yet...
The plot thickens when John encounters the enigmatic Lady Nell Stornaway and soon learns that rescuing her from her unsavory relatives makes even the most ferocious cavalry charge look like a particularly tame hand of loo. Between hiding his true identity from Nell and the arrival in the neighborhood of some distinctly shady characters, Captain Staple finds himself embarked on the adventure-and romance-of a lifetime.
Spritely and good fun.-New York Herald Tribune
Once again Georgette Heyer has directed her comic genius along the fictional highway of early nineteenth-century England, but this time...cleaves with refreshing persistence to the commoner levels of life.-Chicago Sunday Tribune
Told in elegant prose with exceptionally humorous dialogue by the Queen of Regency romance.-Good Book Guide
It takes a lot to unnerve Captain John Staple, a man with a reputation for audacious exploits and whimsical nonsense. But when he finds himself mired on the moors--on a dark and stormy night, no less --John hardly expects to find a young, frightened boy who's been left alone to tend a toll gatehouse....
Never one to pass up an adventure, John decides to take up residence in Derbyshire as a gatekeeper until he can find the lad's father. But as John investigates the suspicious disappearance, he begins to unravel a far more complex mystery.
And at its center is a woman--the very one to tame John's reckless spirit....