This book is enjoyable however it is not as wonderful as Ms. Gabaldon's Outlander series from which she takes the title character Lord John. Do not expect to encounter any of the characters from her other books - this is a story which gives one insight into Lord John.
I love Lord John and this glimpse into his life fleshes him out so much more for the Outlander tales as well...the only regret about novels regarding him is that they take away time that could be used writing about Jamie and Claire. THIS IS NOT TIME TRAVEL like the Outlander series; rather it is an opportunity to see the scope of Gabaldon's scholarship as her research into the back warrens of underground London are fascinating!
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I probably would have enjoyed this more if I wasn't expecting it to be as good as Gabaldon's Outlander series. I had a lot of trouble getting into this one. I'm glad I didn't give up on it. I found the second half of the book more exciting than the first.
Delos - reviewed Lord John and the Private Matter (Lord John, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 2
I liked it. Granted, she's not a murder mystery writer, but it was a nice break from the Claire and Jamie saga. As always with her books, you'll learn a lot about daily life of the rich and poor in this historical era, in an entertaining way.
I'm a HUGE fan of the author's Outlander series, but I really struggled with this one. Much harder to follow and enjoy than the "Jamie and Claire" books. But, I'll continue on with them, and hopefully enjoy them more.
I have read all of the Lord John books and have found they are very well-written and absorbing. As an earlier reviewer mentioned, this series on Lord John is a nice change from the Outlander series. If you do find you struggle with this first one, hang in there....it's worth reading to the end! I'm just wishing there were more books out about Lord John:).
Lord John is working on unraveling several mysteries in this novel. He is rather clever and his inner communications are very amusing. I did enjoy this book but having read both Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and Lord John and the Hand of Devils first, I rather enjoyed those a tad more.
I honestly don't think I would have continued this series, if I had read this book before the other two in the series. It's good but rather unassuming and not altogether interesting enough to warrant a series. Though I must say, that book 2 and 3 were spectacular and I'm hoping a 4th is in the offing.
I love Diana Gabaldon's "Outlander" series...I own the whole series and won't be parting with them! Lord John is a minor character that Ms. Gabaldon has pulled from the "Outlander" series and has written a few books about his life. I wasn't as impressed with this series as much as the "Outlander" series.
As a big fan of Diana Gabaldon, I didnt need to know anything about this novel to know I wanted to read it. Lord John is a character I quite enjoyed in the Outlander series, and I was glad to find this, his first solo novel, at the library recently. I did not know this was going to be a murder mystery until I started reading it, and what a lovely little mystery it was!
We follow Lord John through various scenes in London, trying to unravel the mystery of the murder of OConnell, as well as a familial mystery Lord John happens to stumble upon. Im not the kind of person who tries to figure out a mystery ahead of time, so I was just along for the ride and I really enjoyed it. Not only do we get to spend the entire time with Lord John, he speaks throughout the book of Jamie Fraser, our dashing hero of the Outlander novels.
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Fans of the "outlander" series know Lord John. This book is set in London, and is something of a mystery. It contains Gabaldon's usual excellent writing but no Jamie or Claire (Outlander fans take note) This is a must-read for true Gabaldon fans.
Lord John Grey (apparently a popular character from the Outlander series) discovers quite by accident that his cousin's fiancée, the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, is afflicted with "the pox." As he struggles to come up with a way to break the engagement without ruining Olivia's reputation and future chances at another good marriage, he becomes embroiled in a murder mystery, espionage, and missing persons.
Lord John and the Private Matter has a fast-paced and intriguing plot, and Gabaldon's dialogue sparkles and entertains. This Recorded Books version is wonderfully performed by Jeff Woodman who magically makes these characters come alive.
You will not be disappointed as the plot takes sudden left and right turns keeping you guessing the entire time. I think you will even be surprised when "all is revealed" at the end.
Lots of fun in Gabaldon's other world (not the Outlander series). I want to listen to more Lord John Grey novels. Wonderful English navy yarn during Napoleonic wars era, though the wars are background. Story is very creative and first rate.
Another great story from Diana Gabaldon, this one is about Lord John. It is a side story and a great read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a bit shorter than the Outlander books, so not quite as detailed. Fans will enjoy this one!
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. (From the book jacket)
And interesting mystery that involves Lord John Grey from the Outlander series. The story takes place after Jamie Fraser's imprisonment and before Lord John begins to take care of Willie (Jamie's illegitimate son).
The mystery begins with the murder of a British soldier and missing documents. Lord John Grey is swept into discovering what happened. All of the story could greatly affect the Grey household as Grey's cousin is set to wed a wealthy nobleman that Grey is sure has the pox. In trying to discover if the man has indeed got syphilis - the whole mystery unravels.
A very entertaining story with well plotted scenes. Each character adds to the story and all are well developed. The plot thickens with the addition of whoever is wearing the green velvet dress.
Another great story from master storyteller Diana Gabaldon featuring a wonderful hero, Lord John Grey. This is a book that even those who do not care that much for historical romance will like because it has an interesting setting (18th century aristocracy in England) and a mystery-like plot.
Very entertaining story about one of the important characters in Gabaldon's Outlander series. From the back cover:
The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John 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 comrad-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 that he holds dear. From the bawdy houses of London's night world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, 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.
In a bold new novel, New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon weaves a dazzling tale of history, intrigue, and suspense--and brings back one of her most beloved characters from the Outlander novels: Lord John Grey. The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John 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 2 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, 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.