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The author of the book: Georgette Heyer
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Edition: Chivers Audio Books
Date of issue: December 1st 1998
ISBN: 0754002276
ISBN 13: 9780754002277
Language: English
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Georgette Heyer wrote several mysteries (both historical and contemporary) as well as her more widely known and beloved Georgian and Regency romances. I don't think I'll ever love any of her mysteries the way I do some of her romantic comedies, but this was still an enjoyable read.

Captain John (Jack) Staples has returned from the Napoleonic Wars and is trying to readjust to civilian life, which is boring him to tears. He takes off on horseback to visit an old friend out in the country, but manages to get lost in the stormy night, and ends up at a toll-gate (I had no idea they had those back then!) manned by a frightened boy who's trying to cover for his missing father. Jack, lost and tired, convinces the boy to let him stay the night and promises to try to help him with his troubles in the morning. But morning brings more complications, including a tale of lost treasure as well as an attractive young woman, and Jack decides this is the adventure he's been waiting for. Besides, the boy's father is still missing, and someone has to man the toll-gate!

For a more detailed plot summary, I'll refer you to Qnpoohbear's excellent review (

I liked the hero, Jack Staples, a handsome giant of a man with curly blond hair (BTW it still irks me that the cover of my paperback has a dark-haired guy). He's brave, kindhearted and a little stubborn. He doesn't think he'll ever get married, and tells his mother:"But the thing is I've got no fancy for one of these dashed suitable marriages where you don't really care a fig for the girl, or she for you. I don't mean to offer marriage to any girl who doesn't give me [a] leveller. So I daresay I shall remain a bachelor, for they don't--any of 'em! And if one did," he added thoughtfully, "it's Lombard Street to a China orange that you wouldn't take to her."So it's pretty amusing when, while he's temporarily replacing the keeper of the toll-gate, a tall, somewhat shabby but genteel girl with chestnut hair and humorous gray eyes rides up: "He stood as though stunned, for he had received his leveller at last."

The romance has a lot less ups and downs and twists and turns than the usual Heyer romance. I think focusing on the mystery freed Georgette Heyer to give us a nice, sweet, straightforward romance. Jack and Nell kiss before the 50% mark! And they never have a misunderstanding or major fight! It was kind of refreshing, actually. But the mystery, rather than the romance, is the focus of our tale here, so don't go in expecting this to be like a typical GH romance. The romance is definitely a subplot.

Between that and the fact that the entire story is told from Jack's point of view, you don't get to know the heroine as well as you typically would. Nell is intelligent, capable, and loyal to a fault, but she's much less of a personality than Jack and the colorful secondary characters who fill the pages of this book.

For much of the story Jack is pretending to be a person from a much lower social class. Maybe as a result, this book is chock-full of dialect and Regency-era cant. I'm pretty familiar with the expressions used in Regency books, but this book left most others in the dust when it comes to odd expressions that are hard for modern readers to understand. "A couple of ding-boys, that's certain! I never got a chance to tout their muns."

"Prigged his tattler, too, but I sold that. I'm a great one for a pinch o' merry-go-up . . . I daresay I'd get a double finnup for it, too . . . but when it comes to tipping over the dibs there ain't a lock as isn't a hog-grubber."Frankly, it got pretty irritating after a while.

The mystery in this book reminds me a little of Treasure Island. It was kind of exciting as the book revealed the reason for all of the odd appearances and disappearances in this part of the country, and you had to cheer for Jack's determination to solve the mystery without hurting the people he cares about.

3 1/2 stars, but it left me in a good mood so I'm rounding up.

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Ebook The Toll-Gate: Complete & Unabridged read Online! Georgette Heyer was a prolific historical romance and detective fiction novelist. Her writing career began in 1921, when she turned a story for her younger brother into the novel The Black Moth.

In 1925 she married George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and he often provided basic plot outlines for her thrillers. Beginning in 1932, Heyer released one romance novel and one thriller each year.

Heyer was an intensely private person who remained a best selling author all her life without the aid of publicity. She made no appearances, never gave an interview and only answered fan letters herself if they made an interesting historical point. She sometimes wrote under the pseudonym Stella Martin.

Her Regencies were inspired by Jane Austen, but unlike Austen, who wrote about and for the times in which she lived, Heyer was forced to include copious information about the period so that her readers would understand the setting. While some critics thought her novels were too detailed, others considered the level of detail to be Heyer's greatest asset.

Heyer remains a popular and much-loved author, known for essentially establishing the historical romance genre and its subgenre Regency romance.

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