Napoleonic thriller. Lt. Martin Jerrold, disreputable cad with good family connections, finds himself dispatched to Dover to deal with smugglers. Uncovers Dastardly Plot. Foils it. The end.
Jerrold isn't an especially likeable character (though his misadventures are occasionally amusing) and no one else -- except possibly the mysterious Post Office employee, Nevell -- stands out. There's some nice period detail, though, and it's quite readable.
Worst thing about this book: having finished it, I read the teaser for the second one, which sounds ever so much more fun.
reposted here from LJ in order to keep all my reviews in one place