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The Black Moth Paperback – June 14, 2010
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"A distinctly witty and enchanting tale. " - Rundpinne
"A great story, set in a decadent time period. What more can you ask for in a great romance?" - Debbie's Book Bag
"The Black Moth is a nice story, enjoyable in its own unseasoned, romantic way." - A Book Blogger's Dairy
"Witty and cunning with sharp dialog that kept me entertained throughout." - Book Junkie
"Everyone is in love with dashing Jack Carstares!" - HistoricalNovels.Info
"Heyer builds suspense into the story that kept me reading... Pure fun. " - Jenny Loves to Read
"Richly detailed... The world depicted by Heyer was just fascinating." - Becky's Book Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Jack Carstares, the disgraced Earl of Wyncham, left England seven years ago to save his family's honour. Now he is back, roaming his beloved south country in the disguise of a highwayman. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Top customer reviews
There's nothing on these pages that will tax your mind but there's plenty here to divert it and to delight the reader who enjoys period fiction and novels of manners that are peppered with occasional derring-do. Not too sugary nor too spicy but acerbic enough to add the perfect touch of tartness that keeps this novel light yet avoids being "light-weight"-- a tasty summer niblet of fiction.
With that, I was soon caught up in the plot anyway and enjoyed the book. (See other reviews for plot summary). The only thing that I really didn't like is that this book is not set in the typical Regency time period. I definitely prefer Regency. This book is set in the Georgian period, where the men wore wigs, powders and patches. Some men walked with mincing steps. I find all that a bit effeminate, and it was hard to imagine the heroine exuding masculinity, when he was fussing over his rouge pot!
The book is bound more like an Honours thesis than a novel: it's about 25cm by about 20cm, essentially foolscap. The typesetting is poor enough to make grown editors weep (or laugh and then weep); it's spaced so strangely that it's nearly impossible to read. There isn't even any text on the spine of the book, so it looks quite a lot like just a thick yellow magazine, when it's on a shelf. The cover photo (which is bizarrely inappropriate for the actual content of the book, and was presumably sourced by some work-experience kid googling "moth" and just using the first pic they found) wraps partly around onto the spine, in an obviously accidental way. Perhaps best is the blurb, which reads "Georgette Heyer (1902-1974) was an English historical romance and detective fiction novelist. This is the story of her younger brother." Uh, no it isn't. If you read the blurb of any decent edition of this book (or wikipedia or anything else) you will discover that this was a book which she wrote to entertain her younger brother during his convalescence after an illness. Her brother was not a dashing adventurer from the previous century. Obviously.
I seriously think that what's happeed here is that someone has found the text of this book online, then just printed it out in Word on ordinary printer paper and gotten Fedex Kinkos to bind it for them.
On the whole, then; I recommend you buy this book, but not this edition of this book, because if you've even once seen an actual novel before, you could probably have done a better job making this yourself.