Lord John is in a difficult spot. His cousin Olivia is engaged to marry the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, but he has just observed something of a rather personal nature that, if confirmed, might put an end to any talk of marital bliss. Determined to investigate further, Lord John is distracted when the Crown calls for his services. A comrade in arms has been slain, and to complicate matters, the victim may have been a traitor. Now Lord John has not one, but two puzzling mysteries to solve.
©2003 Diana Gabaldon; (P)2003 Recorded Books, LLC
"Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side....A compelling and unique period mystery for the author's legion of fans." (Kirkus Review)
Not a swashbuckling hero..the type I favor. Too bad as Diana Gabaldon is one of my favorite authors.
Adequate entertainment but not one of those books that you hate to turn off. I am a fan of Gabaldon's detailed narratives that bring the characters to life. And if you love the characters she creates--there's nothing better. Unfortunately, although I liked Lord John in the Outlander series--I am not a fan of the snarky character the emerges in this series. SO, loved the writing, not a huge fan of the characters or the storyline.
After listening I wanted to take a shower. The author emphasizes all the dirt, literal and figurative, of the era. Syphilis, murder, treason, poisoning, buggery, and petty theft all challenge ineffective Lord John who wades through the mucky underside of London in search of truth and justice. At one point the carriage in which Lord John rides is pelted with night soil and that pretty much summed up my lack of enthusiasm for Lord John. Near the end of the book Lord John asks himself why he didn't just ask one simple question right at the beginning of his trials. I asked that too. I'd say the mystery here is only a tempest in a teapot except there are no teapots in this novel. Tainted booze, bad food, brothels (male and female), running sores, malarial fevers, syphilitic madness, infanticide, and wife beating leave little room for any polite society. So little in fact that you wonder why Lord John even cared to begin with.
I really enjoyed the Outlander series and Lord John was just so charming so I was looking forward to hearing his own stories. He is just as entertaining here. Most people who didn't recommend this book didn't like it because of the homosexual sex in the book, but it was very tasteful and there was not alot. I don't think it was any reason to not like the book. It's a very intriguing mystery.
Another great by a great author. I'm only subtracting a star because I don't think it would be near as much fun to hear this story without the others in the Highlander or Lord John series. WELL writen. All of her character feel like you are tring them on for size!
Believer in what you can't see
That all the relationship were a little different than what I expected, but I'm glad the story try to include all types of relationships. .
None of my books compare to this audiobook, it is a little realistic tale, but unexpected turn of events that involved not only .a professional side on Lord John's life but personal also.
The narrators voice brings the time period to life and does a great job with the voices. Surprise ending.
Mind your own business
Yes because I like Lord John and this is his own story but it also not as good as the outlander series but maybe the other Lord John books are better.
I think the women who narrates the outlander series would have made it better.
I think part of my problem with this book was the narrator. He was boring so it made the book less interesting.
It wasn't the worst book I've listened to. There were some exciting parts.I will listen to another Lord John as long as it's a different narrator.
Yes, if you have been reading the entire Outlander series.
the most interesting was the "who done it" part of the story line.
I really enjoyed all of the Outlander series so far. I haven't enjoyed these additional short stories that are part of the series. It seemed to me that there wasn't enough action.
yes. The different regionals were a plus in the audio edition. It develops the personalities
This was the first performance of J.Woodman that I had listened to.
I liked the fact that this character is more fully deveolped and explored. His thoughts and story where an intriguing sideline in other books, but here he becomes more fully developed and a more interesting character.
I like the fact that it uses the characters of previous characters and let's the reader see the into the workings and life of a character of another novel.
The reader helps bring this the story to life and gives it a depth that it would not otherwise have. Also allows the listener to relax and enjoy the story.
Would have liked to listen all in one sitting but life doesn't allow that at this time.
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