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The Toll-Gate by Georgette Heyer

The Toll-Gate (1954)

by Georgette Heyer

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Found this to be quite serious for a Heyer novel. I missed the type of humour that one normally expects to find. The plot itself was fine but needed more sparkle. ( )
  PhilSyphe | May 31, 2016 |
John "Crazy Jack" Staple is rich, well-bred and, since the end of the Napoleonic wars, bored. A chance meeting at a toll-gate with the beautiful granddaughter of the local squire leads Jack to stay in a small village. While he woos Nell, he notices a number of unlikely coincidences...and eventually figures out a deadly local plot. Although I liked both Nell and Jack, and thought them well-matched, Nell basically disappears after the first third of the novel. The rest of it is Jack's adventures with the local criminals, which are particularly annoying due to the heavy dose of "theives' cant" they provide. Heyer's novels would have been greatly improved if at least half the Regency slang was removed. This is a better Heyer romance than many, but not the best. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
One of Heyer's earlier historical novels - rather too much action for my tastes, and a huge number of dull and irrelevant people in the first chapter.

Nonetheless, the main character, Captain Jack Staple, is an excellent creation: large, adventurous, loyal and impulsive. He befriends a scared child looking after a toll-gate and lands himself in considerable danger in a very exciting climax.
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  SueinCyprus | Jan 26, 2016 |
An enjoyable reread of a favourite author, very well narrated ( )
  quiBee | Jan 21, 2016 |
This is slightly different from Georgette Heyer`s typical book, with less romance and more adventure and humor. The slang and idioms used were quite challenging and amusing. All in all, an entertaining read. ( )
  Connie-D | Jan 17, 2016 |
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”How can I know that you are to be trusted? I never set eyes on you until yesterday!”

Captain John Staple had enjoyed active service too much ever to settle for a life of humdrum respectability. The post of gate-keeper to a toll-house in the Pennines appeared to offer certain unexpected and agreeable diversions.

This exciting witty novel tells how the handsome dragoon becomes involved with an engaging highwayman, a taciturn Bow Street runner and a stolen hoard of gold coins whilst protecting the squire’s attractive niece from black villainy.
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Captain John Staple’s exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack among his fellow Dragoons. Now home from Waterloo, life is rather dull. But when he finds himself lost and benighted at an unmanned toll-house in the Pennines, his soldiering exploits pale away besides an adventure — and romance — of a lifetime.

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Captain Staple's exploits in the Peninsula had earned him the sobriquet Crazy Jack amongst his fellows in the Dragoon Guards. Now home from Waterloo, life in peacetime is rather dull for the adventure-loving Captain.

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