Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesdays Tomes: The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer

Tuesdays Tomes is a weekly book review of vintage books available free on-line. This is the last review.
The Black Moth by Georgette Heyer
This is Georgette Heyer's very first book. The Queen of Romance wrote this fun rollicking adventure when she was just a teenager and I thought it was the perfect book to finish out the year and to finish up with Tuesdays Tomes.

Jack Carstairs is the eldest son of the Earl of Wyncham but he is disgraced and his place for all intense and purposes has been taken by his younger brother, Dick.  Six years earlier, Dick cheated at cards but Jack took the blame-this made him an outcast from society. So what did he do? He became a highwayman!-- but of the Robin Hood type.

Meanwhile, weak brother Dick has married a very spoiled but very beautiful woman. Her brother, the Duke of Andover, has far too much influence over her and Dick...influence that is not good for either of them. Is he truly a villain?

Enter the beautiful and sweet, Diana Beauleigh...will she change Jack's fate?

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Set in the mid 18th century, Heyer already shows her wonderful attention to historical detail and one of the most interesting and fun parts of the book are the "moral lessons"...it seems that being  a card cheat was just about the worst thing you could be. (There are, to our sensibilities, far worse villains in this book!)

Delightfully read by Sibella Denton, you can download the free audio-book here or the free e-book in pdf. e-Pub or Kindle format here.

Yes, this is the last Tuesdays Tomes weekly review. It has become harder to find interesting books, read well, than it used to be and I feel that after more than a year and half of weekly reviews, its time to call it a day. I will leave the links to the reviews on the sideboard and I will write reviews when I've read something that I want to share. I'll see if there are enough to make it a monthly feature or to just leave it as a sometime thing. I hope you've enjoyed reading the reviews and that they led to some fun books...I know I've enjoyed writing them.


krisgray said...

Thank you for the great reviews! Happy New Year!

Elaine/Muddling Through said...

Miri, I completely understand. But I have enjoyed your take on these books you've reviewed and have listened to many of them because of those reviews. Thank you for all you've shared!

Roslyn said...

Oh I agree Miri it is time for a sabbatical at least you have been dedicated to faithfully writing Tuesday Tomes so many of us could find a good read without risk!
Thx for that & best wishes for 2012!