The Unknown Ajax
This is an odd book for Heyer. It doesn't follow any of her usual conventions. It isn't truly a mystery, though there is a bit of a mystery and it isn't a screwball comedy, though there are comedic moments. The plot moves slowly. It's difficult to understand Hugh until he wants people to know his story and then his personality becomes clear. The romance is also very subtle and not really the focal point of the novel. I did not understand the references to Ajax, however, a quick search of one of the quotations in the novel brings up Shakespeare's Troilus and Cressida, a play which I have not read. I enjoyed the last quarter of the book the most but wished for more scenes with Hugo and Anthea to finish up that plot thread. This isn't my favorite Heyer novel but it's worth a read for her fans. I wouldn't recommend novice Heyer readers starting with this one because there is an enormous amount of slang, almost too much and the story is character based rather than plot based.