Queen of the bodice-rippers Georgette Heyer published one of her historical romances every year from 1932 until her death in 1974. Most of them featured a saucy but plucky heroine, but the Toll-Gate has Captain John Staple at the centre of the story. Back from the battlefront, he is already bored with his quiet civilian life in the country. When he stumbles upon a mystery involving a disappearing toll-gate keeper, nothing could keep the adventure-loving captain from investigating. Along the way he encounters highwaymen, Bow Street runners and his most dangerous adversary Nell Stornaway, the lady destined to capture his heart. This Book Club edition was published in 1955 and is in very good condition.