Tuesday, September 16, 2008

The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer

The Toll-Gate is a regency novel by Georgette Heyer. Unlike the other books I've read by Heyer, this is not so much a regency romance as a regency mystery.

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 boys father and settles in as a mysterious cousin to uncover the case. Along the way he finds love with Nell, the local squire's granddaughter.

This book was entertaining and a good mystery, but not as much a romance as I was expecting. Also the book seemed to get caught up in jokes doing with the vernacular of the lower classes. I could understand what they were talking about mostly, but felt left out of the joke. Plus I must admit to a great dislike of books and the overuse of authors feeling the need to spell out the vernacular of the times.

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