The Black Moth

The Black Moth

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When Lord Jack Carstares is falsely accused of cheating at cards, the young nobleman accepts the blame to protect his brother. Alone and friendless in his European exile, Jack is obliged to develop his skills as a swordsman -- an accomplishment he puts to use upon his return to England, where he embarks upon a new career as a highwayman. Chivalrous Jack, like Robin Hood, steals only from the rich and shares his loot with the needy. And when he foils the attempted kidnapping of raven-haired beauty Diana Beauleigh, his rescue sets the stage for a thrilling romance and a chance at redemption. Georgette Heyer's debut novel, written as a diversion for her ailing brother, abounds in the qualities that make her books perennial favorites with lovers of historical romance: colorful characters, sparkling dialogue, and lively plotting punctuated by swashbuckling action. Set in the 1750s, The Black Moth is rich in Georgian-era atmosphere, offering a compulsive page-turner that novelist and critic Margaret Drabble praised as "stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty."
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Dover Publications,, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780486821160
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 pages)
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Mar 28, 2017

This is Georgette Heyer's first novel, written when she was 17, and it's noticeable, but I still enjoyed it a lot. Some people say the characters are stereotypical and flat, but I quite liked them all. Heyer definitely liked her villain, who is the inspiration for the Duke of Avon in "These Old Shades." If you like Georgette Heyer's works, definitely read this one, although don't let it be one of the first. The only really bad thing I have to say about this book is that this library copy is atrocious. Whoever printed it should probably be fired. The cover has a pixelated image worse than a 90s computer game, plain, boring text for the title, and the inside text is tiny and hard to read, with tons of white space left on the top and bottom. If I had ever printed a book like this, I would have chucked them all in the garbage and redone it, no matter the cost. It was printed in 2017! Books should not look like this!

Jul 25, 2015

Tried to listen to the cd of this but found the reader's rendition of Lavinia too unbearable to hear. Liked reading it better. Not Heyer's best, but definitely worth reading. I enjoy hearing books read by a robot more than when read by a reader who, to me, misses the mark and exaggerates or otherwise distorts the author's words of a character.

Apr 30, 2013

Another of Heyers best, read this the first time in one sitting, I couldn't put it down.

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