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Secrets, Squires, Mystery & Murder in Derbyshire's Hills,
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This review is from: The Toll-Gate (Paperback)
Captain John Staple is on his way to visit a friend at his hunting lodge when a chance meeting with a scared boy left in charge of a toll-gate on a wild night changes all his plans.
In less than twenty-four hours, he not only realises that he's stumbled onto a dangerous mystery, but he's also fallen head over heels in love at last. And so the huge, fearless 'Crazy Jack' becomes a surrogate gatekeeper/father figure until he can solve the mystery surrounding these Derbyshire hills and that plaguing the life of the local squire and his beautiful grand-daughter Nell, whom John is determined to marry.
His sojourn will take him below ground and into the jaws of death as well as find him crossing swords with such characters as a moralistic highwayman, loyal-to-death servants, murderous men and also those of Bow Street, and all the while, he will be trying to win the hand of the Amazonian Nell for his own.
A fast-paced, eventful adventure romance, with the traditional Heyer-style 'happy ever after'. All the characters are engaging in this story, even the urchin Ben, and the Toll-Gate features a truly larger-than-life hero. Captain John is certainly the man you want in any crisis!