Published in 1959
Rating: Liked it. (4/5)
Apparently, I have wonderful self-control, or so says one of my bosses who heard that I own all of Heyer's Regencies but have not read them all. Yes, it's true: I parcel them out as treats. Once I've read the last one, that's it. It's not like Heyer is going to come back from the dead and write more.
That said, The Unknown Ajax, fun at it is, won't number among my favourites. Despite some lovely dialogue 'twixt the hero and heroine, the plot never really seemed to take off.
I suppose part of the reason is that the plot deals with smuggling. Since I recently read Daphne du Maurier's Jamaica Inn, which dealt with a darker version of smuggling (the Wreckers), The Unknown Ajax seemed too tame by comparison. Also, I didn't like that the hero seemed opposed to smuggling, and even ridicules people who call it a victimless crime, then decides to sacrifice his beliefs when a family member is found to be peripherally involved. (Perhaps that's an indication of the bad state of many of my familial relationships.)
I'll continue to agree with my boss, the best include Cotillion, False Colours and the Alastair novels.