Friday, November 29, 2013

Eileen Putman: The Dastardly Duke

January 1998 is the publication date of Eileen Putman's The Dastardly Duke. She wrote a few other regencies for Signet. This story is a "My Fair Lady" story with our duke wagering that he could turn any female into a lady of the ton! When he is introduced to Hannah Gregory, he wonders if his heart will become forfeit!

Allan Kass illustrates one of his last covers here but a delightful one. I like the heroine's simple blue gown. Even at age 80, Kass gets the details correct as we see a country cottage set in a sylvan landscape. Note the thatched roof on the cottage and the grass growing between the slabs of cement.

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