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)
People who wonder what homosexual life in the 1700s England would be like
Maybe davina porter.
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.
It's been several years since I first read this story and while it was good then, I thoroughly enjoyed it this time. Maybe the difference is having read so many of the long books, I have come to thoroughly enjoy Lord John Gray.
He is a man of honor and quick wit. Watching him unravel the mystery of the spy in his brother's regiment and work to save his cousin from an fortunate marriage, is an enthralling experience.
In future, I'm sure I will return to the Private Matter again! Diana's stories seem to get better with each retelling.
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.
I didn't expect to enjoy this story but Diane Gabaldon's writing brought every character alive. An intriguing story that kept me guessing to the end.
Say something about yourself!
Tried this based on the quality of Gabaldon's outlander series. Just didn't cut it for me. I won't continue the series. A bit of a bore for the most part.
"Dull, Gabaldon trading on her name."
Thoroughly enjoyed Outlander books, apart from the last few. This should have indicated that perhaps author had run through her ideas.
This book is slow, dull & spends an inordinate length of time having anxiety attacks re the state of Lord J's attire!
"Good book strange narration"
Really enjoyed the story but the narrator had a strange way of pronouncing some words!
"A bit of a surprise"
The subject matter of the story was a bit of a surprise and I bought this simply because I like the outlander novels so much. This is no outlander novel though which is, to be fair, made quite clear. It sits quite separately from the outlander sequence although I understand that other novels in the series mention outlander characters or feature them in some small way. I'd say - if you are looking for other outlander stories then this sequence doesn't fit the bill but this first story in The Lord John Grey series was very enjoyable, well read and seemed over so quickly which, for me, is always a sign that I have enjoyed it. I just bought the next in the series as a result of listening to this one and am looking forward to listening to it at bedtime.
As a long time lover of Diana Gabaldons Outlander books I love reading/hearing more of the life of one of my favourite secondary characters Lord John. Great story and very good narrator. If the voices are not right for the characters gender/different stations etc I cannot continue listening to an audiobook. Will definitely buy the rest of the Lord John audiobooks if Jeff Woodman or someone just as accomplished is narrating.
"very much a man's story"
the cover was misleading and the story was very much of it's time.
entertaining, but not what one would expect from ms Gabaldon.
"Only for Fans"
Easy listening, light
When Lord John went to Lavendar House for the first time
English, Upper Class
No, I listen to it in the car and I was happy to stop and start
I am listening to The Outlander Series whilst swimming, so the Lord John novels are for light relief in the car. I wouldn't recommend reading them as standalones as in themselves, they have little about them. As part of the series though, they are certainly integral
"Enjoyable and undemanding."
Enjoyable listen but probably one for Diana Gabaldon fans, since John Gray is a character from her Outlander series. It?s a well written story with lots of historical interest. The reading is adequate although the narrator does rather overdo the ?Englishness.? Easy on the ear if you want something undemanding.
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