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)
Hmmm, difficult. I love Diana Gabaldon. This work was not her best. Narrator did a fine job but the constant conversation and mystery plot does not start my engine. I never figured out why I care why this O'connell guy got murdered. I can't wait till her next Outlander series book comes out this fall, but Lord John will have to stick to the other series to be interesting.
I just couldn't make myself care about any of the characters, here. All seemed quite shallow, and plot was completely a mystery-who-dun-it - not my genre. Was hoping for something more in terms of character development & adventure, e.g. Outlander series....~sigh~
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Can't wait for the new outlander series book
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.
The narrator does an excellent performance bringing this author's work to life. As with her OUTLANDER series, it is so intricate & interresting, you hope it will never end. It is well worth the listen!!
After being madly in love with every book in the Outlander series and liking the character of Lord John Grey, this book was a letdown for me. The performance was excellent but I just couldn't follow the story, nor do I guess I cared much.
I couldn't finish this book. It was boring and I didn't care about the outcome. Maybe if she could have gotten to the point earlier, but I couldn't stay engaged.
I didn't like any of the characters but I really liked the narrator's voice.
I liked the narrator.
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I wasnt sure I would enjoy a whole book with no Jamie or Claire. This book was entertaining and a good listen. It didn't let me down.
Lord John chases after a guy to bring him to justice all the while he's loaded with his own secret but is willing to use the very same secret to bring down his adversary.
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