Stylish, romantic, sharp, and witty. ?Margaret DrabbleA disgraced lord, a torious highwaymanJack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyndam, left England seven long years ago, sacrificing his hor for that of his brother when he was accused of cheating at cards. Now Jack is back, roaming his beloved South Country in the disguise of a highwayman.And the beauty who would steal his heartNot long after Jack's return, he encounters his old adversary, the libertine Duke of Andover, attempting the abduction of the beautiful Diana Beauleigh. At the point of Jack's sword, the duke is vanquished, but foiled once, the Black Moth has intention of failing again? This is Georgette Heyer's first vel?a favorite of readers and a stirring tale to be enjoyed again and again. A tale of love and adventure, clearness and charm, and an originality to delight?a tale to stir one's blood. BOSTON EVENING TRANSCRIPT A romance of the eighteenth century, with a wicked Duke, self-sacrificing elder brother, weak younger brother, highwayman, gambling, abduction, and rescue all complete. THE SATURDAY REVIEW A well-filled story which keeps the reader pleased. THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT Wonderful characters, elegant, witty writing, perfect period detail, and rapturously romantic. Georgette Heyer achieves what the rest of us only aspire to. KATIE FFORDE
The late Georgette Heyer was a very private woman. Her historical novels have charmed and delighted millions of readers for decades, though she rarely reached out to the public to discuss her works or private life. It is known that she was born in Wimbledon in August 1902, and her first novel, The Black Moth, was published in 1921. Heyer published 56 books over the next 53 years, until her death from lung cancer in 1974. Heyer's large volume of works included Regency romances, mysteries and historical fiction. Known also as the Queen of Regency romance, Heyer was legendary for her research, historical accuracy and her extraordinary plots and characterizations. Her last book, My Lord John, was published posthumously in 1975. She was married to George Ronald Rougier, a mining engineer, and they had one son together, Richard.