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Lord John And The Private Matter (original 2003; edition 2003)

by Diana Gabaldon

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Title:Lord John And The Private Matter
Authors:Diana Gabaldon
Info:Delacorte Press (2003), Hardcover
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Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon (2003)

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Although this book is a spin-off from the Outlander series, you don't need to have read any of them to enjoy this book. It's a great mystery story, and can be very hard to put down. I really didn't know how this book was going to finish up, each part of the puzzle solved seemed to create even more questions.
Some people have commented that they were reluctant to read this book because the lead character is gay. Yes, he is, but it is not something that dominates the book, it's a part of his character that leads to some interesting complications in his quest to solve the mystery. Actually I must say it's the best handling of a gay character I've come across. It's not really any different than reading about a straight character, apart from some of the opinions of other characters. ( )
  AngelaJMaher | Aug 26, 2018 |
1757, London, one year into the Seven Years' War when Great Britain is fending off France on three continents. Nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Lord John Grey, has unwittingly observed that his cousin's fiance, the Hon. Joseph Trevelyan, has syphilis (aka 'the pox' & 'the French disease'). The wedding must not go ahead! Before he can figure out how to arrange for her to be released from the engagement without causing a scandal, he becomes involved in the investigation of the murder of a military colleague and possible spy, Sgt. Timothy O'Connell. British Army requisition papers have vanished in Calais, and Grey must find out if there is some connection between their disappearance and O'Connell's murder. A good read. ( )
  DebbieMcCauley | Apr 27, 2018 |
[Lord John and the Private Matter] is such a disappointment for me considering I’ve dearly loved all of Gabaldon’s books in the [Outlander] series. There has been a 2 year lull between the last Outlander and the final book in the series; hopefully 2018 will be the year for that final book! In the interim I thought I would try her novel about Lord John Gray, who was a minor character in the Outlander series. He should stay a minor character because not enough information is given us in this book to make him anything else. About 75% of this book is built around the queer culture of London in the early 1800’s and it’s not interesting enough to sustain the plot! There was an entire cast (too many) of characters that were often times confusing. No more Lord John Gray for me! Audiobook (400 pages) 2 stars ( )
  tess_schoolmarm | Apr 10, 2018 |
I enjoyed the mystery, intrigue and learning more about Lord John's backstory. As many other reviewers have said, it's important to know that this is a completely different kind of book than the Outlander series. However, it's quite enjoyable in its own right! ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
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To Margaret Scott Gabaldon and Kay Fears Watkins,
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0385337477, Hardcover)

Adored bestselling author Diana Gabaldon brings us the first book in a new trilogy featuring many of the characters from her wildly popular Outlander series.

In her New York Times bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure—a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world—eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents—and life is good for a soldier.

The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal that might destroy his family are interrupted by something still more urgent: the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade in arms, who may have been a traitor.

Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society—and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London’s night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything—or nothing.

The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.

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First of new trilogy featuring Lord John Grey of the Outlander saga. Returned from Scottish exile in 1757, Lord John pursues a traitor--a business complicated by family, by his own memories of the Jacobite rising. . . and of James Fraser. But Grey is a soldier, honor and duty are his companions on an adventure that leads him through the brothels and the molly-walks of London, and onto the seas ruled by the powerful East India Company. Author res: AZ. (www.outlandersaga.com) BRODART CO., c2008.… (more)

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