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The Black Moth

Georgette Heyer

Book Overview: 

The year is 1752. Devil, the Duke of Andover, and highwayman Jack, the Earl of Wyncham are at odds over a country squire’s beautiful daughter. Cheating at cards, the marital problems of the younger sister of the Duke and the younger brother of the Earl, and debts beyond imagination form the backdrop for this romance.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I do squander your money. Say you do not care! Say that nothing matters so long as I am happy! Why do you not say it? Does anything matter? Don't be prudent, Dicky! Be wild! Be reckless! Be anything rather than grave and old!" Her arms crept up to his coaxingly. "Take me to London!"

Carstares smoothed the soft hair back from her forehead, very tenderly, but his eyes were worried.

"My dear, I will take you, but not just yet. There is so much to be done here. If you will wait a little longer—"

"Ah, if I will wait! If I will be patient and good! But I cannot! Oh, you don't understand, Dicky—you don't understand!"

"I am sorry, dear. I promise I will take you as soon as possible, and we will stay as long as you please."

Her arms fell away.

"I want to go now!"

"Dear—"

"Very well—very well. We will go presently. Only don't reason with me."

He looked at her concernedly.

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Community Reviews

Reread/buddy read with the Georgette Heyer group. Yeah, sorry to all my friends who are major Heyer fans, but this is staying at 3 stars. It's fun, but very lightweight.

It's got a pretty HIGHLY melodramatic plot, centering around one Lord John Carstares (our hero, Jack) who's been accused of chea...more

This book is hard to review! On one hand, I want to lay into it and point out all the obvious flaws, but on the other hand I am reminded that this was Heyer's first novel at a very young age...so I'm going to argue both points!

First hand:
This book is rambling and ridiculous, the characters are a...more

Oh novel, how do I object to thee? Let me count the ways...

1. The title is a phrase that refers to the villian that is mentioned ONLY ONCE over the course of the novel. And it has something to do with the way he dresses. Really, guys? Can't we come up with something more, you know, related to the...more

My rating system:
*Hate it.
**Nothing there to like.
***Not a favorite, but readable and others might like it and usually do.
****I really like it, but it is not to be confused with a true genius.
*****True Genius.

Unlike other Georgette Heyer fans, this is one of my favorite novels.
I first read it ma...more

"He drew Diana's attention from the first moment that he entered the Pump Room—a black moth amongst the gaily-hued butterflies."

edited 4/23/18 to add info about swearing
edited 4/24/18 to change my TBR plan

The Black Moth (1921, Heinmann) by Georgette Heyer, is a standalone adventure with a bit of...more

They're all idiots.

Okay, here's the twist and my conundrum in rating this book. A good part of this just reads as melodramatic Georgian period llama drama. Overblown. On the other hand, there are parts of this where the absurdity of it is evident--it's mocking the behavior in a Much Ado About Not...more

I love Heyer but not this! I enjoyed the historical details, the fashion, etc. I think it's impressive that she wrote this at such a tender age. It was on target for 3 stars but I found the second half really quite tedious..

Ahhhh, reading my sentimental favourite!

This is the first of GH's novels I read in it's entirety. & wasn't I lucky starting with GH's first book, written when she was only seventeen. I still have my original copy, although the cover fell off on this reading!

According to Jane Aiken Hodge, GH...more

3.5

What a lovely story! It made me smile and laugh, then it made me sad, annoyed, frustrated. I wanted to strangle a couple of characters too and hug and kiss others. At one point it got a bit slow, but it didn't mess up the story.

Don't expect to spend a lot of time with the protagonists, especia...more

This was a thoroughly enjoyable Heyer read worthy of four and a half stars!! The Duke of Andover, otherwise known as The Black Moth, is the wicked villain and it is his shenanigans that drives the plot of this story. He is the most dastardly Heyer villain I have encountered thus far.

The swoony h...more

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