The Black Moth

A Romance of the XVIII Century

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Author: Georgette Heyer
Published: 1921
Language: English
Wordcount: 93,075 / 269 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 90.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 18,542
Added to site: 2008.11.09 22592

Jack Carstares, disgraced eldest son of the Earl Wyncham, returns home in secret to live as a highwayman, the only way he can remain in the land he loves. Injured while foiling the abduction of beautiful Diana Beauleigh by the infamous Duke of Andover, Jack is taken in by Diana's Aunt Betty, and his recovery is surrounded by mystery and intrigue.

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fence with me, I beg! You can trust me, surely?"

"Certainly, sir."

"Then do not keep up this pretence with me; no, nor look so hard neither! I've watched you grow up right from the cradle, and Master Dick too, and I know you both through and through. I know you never cheated at Colonel Dare's nor anywhere else! I could have sworn it at the time--ay, when I saw Master Dick's face, I knew at once that he it was who had played foul, and you had but taken the blame!"


"I know better! Can you, Master Jack, look me in the face and truthfully deny what I have said? Can you? Can you?"

My lord sat silent.

With a sigh, Warburton sank on to the settle once more. He was flushed, and his eyes shone, but he spoke calmly again.

"Of course you cannot. I have never known you lie. You need not fear I shall betray you. I kept silence all these years for my lord's sake, and I will not speak now until you give me leave."

"Which I never shall."

"Master Ja


Average Rating of 4.8 from 5 reviews: *****

A really nice story with some twists and good character development.Very enjoyable.


I am so glad to see a Georgette Heyer book here on manybooks!! She is such a good writer and has the best characters.


Another great Georgette Heyer read.
I have read all Ms Heyer's Georgian & Regency novels - there is no one who can beat her for a good historical romp! I love them all!

Linda Otto

How can one not love Georgette Heyer. I read this some 40 years ago. It is such fun. I am so happy to have had the opportunity to read it again here. Lots of derring-do and frivolity written by a very accomplished historian. Enjoy!

H. Cox

Best historical novelist in the business. Delightfully light and entertaining

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