THE ADMIRAL’S DAUGHTER, by Julian Stockwin

8/series. Further adventures of Thomas Kydd brings our hero, and his elegant sideman Nicholas Renzi, back to England for a theoretically unpromising tour of coastal duty on a small ship, his beloved Teazer. He’s up against a skilful smuggler, he thinks he’s in love with the Admiral’s delightful daughter, he still strives to become the compleat gentleman…how on earth does he manage to blow it all? Once again, Stockwin delivers a mesmerizing tale; Patrick O’Brien would approve. It’s a 4. In its genre, actually, it's a solid 5.