Originally published in 1954, The Toll-Gate is a regency novel by Georgette Heyer. Unlike the other books I’ve read by Heyer, The Toll-Gate is not so much a regency romance as a regency mystery with a bit of romance. The novel is set in 1817 in the Peak District, which is an upland area in north central England mainly in Derbyshire (which is also the setting for many scenes in Pride and Prejudice).
Captain Jack Staple is on his way to visit a friend, when he discovers a toll-gate untended except for a small boy. He quickly discovers a mystery in the disappearance of the boy’s father and decides to pretend to be a mysterious cousin to the boy to investigate the case.
For the rest, please check out my review on Austenprose. Also tune in to Austenprose for a chance to win a copy of The Toll-Gate. I must admit that this is the only Georgette Heyer novel that I've read that I didn't care for particularly. Don't let this turn you off - I have loved all of her other novels. Have you read The Toll-Gate? What did you think?
Stay tuned for another guest blog on Austenprose about Sprig Muslin on Sunday!