[19], Gabaldon's third full-length Lord John novel, the 560-page The Scottish Prisoner, was published by Delacorte Press on November 29, 2011. [21] According to Gabaldon, the volume is delayed in the US and Canada until February 2014 when the rights to The Space Between in those areas revert to her. [22], In 1761, Lord John is sent to Jamaica in command of a battalion to put down a slave rebellion and soon finds himself investigating a mystery involving snakes, spiders and zombies. I really didn’t expect to like this book as much as I did, even harboring affection for Gabaldon’s Outlander books, and especially the character of Lord John Grey, whom I find to be adorable and heartbreaking. It's quite fun to see him in his element back in London. Like many other "Outlander" fans, I've been reluctant to even attempt to read this second Gabaldon series which centers on a secondary gay character first introduced in "Dragonfly in Amber." This novel set in the early days of the Seven Years War and post-Jamie Fraser first encounters offers the reader much historical insight while also setting the scene to further the story told briefly in Gabaldon's VOYAGER. I think I sort of got satiated with Jamie and Clare’s saga. Lord John and the Private Matter Page 21 “Well, then, d’ye want Lord John to go back there and rummage the place?” Quarry asked, impatient. The first edition of the novel was published in 2003, and was written by Diana Gabaldon. In Grey's first full-length novel set in 18th century London, nobility and the rabble cross paths, while whores and dukes solicit one another. Q&A. It begins when Lord John sees something shocking in his London club—and it takes a lot to shock Lord John, given his own background and experiences. 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 … The character returns, as an adult, in Voyager (1993) and Drums of Autumn (1996). Lord John and the Private Matter, starring one of the most popular Outlander characters, captures all the adventure and magic of the series while delivering a fresh tale that is utterly … He, along with the secondary characters, are a delight to make the acquaintance of. Download for offline reading, highlight, bookmark or take notes while you read The Lord John Series 4-Book Bundle: … 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 might well … So I picked it up even though I have, like, negative interest in reading the Outlander series that this is connected to (it's really long! [12] Publishers Weekly said of the novel, "Grey is a competent and likable sleuth, and Gabaldon's prose is crisply elegant. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. I simply didn't feel like going through the same pain and suffering again. Lord John and the Private Matter Page 1 . I havent read anything else by Diana Gabaldon and I probably never will. Paperback The #1 New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon weaves a dazzling tale of history, intrigue, and suspense in this first novel featuring one of her most popular characters from the Outlander saga: Lord John Grey. [21], In April 2013 Gabaldon released an e-book collection called The Lord John Series featuring all three of her Lord John novels (Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and The Scottish Prisoner) as well as the initial three novellas collected as Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John and the Hellfire Club, Lord John and the Succubus and Lord John and the Haunted Soldier). Which is to say, I wrote this book under the delusion that it was a short story (well, hey, people have different standards). Praise for Lord John and the Private Matter. " A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s Army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. Lord John and the Private Matter "It seems you're a handy fellow with a needle as well as a razor, Tom." Please login to your account first; Need help? Secretly homosexual "in a time when that particular predilection could get one hanged," the character has been called "one of the most complex and interesting" of the hundreds of characters in Gabaldon's Outlander novels. "Lord John and the Private Matter" is not an action yarn. Lord John and the Private Matter "No, it would have taken a large rucksack, or a sail bag--something of that sort--to cart it all away. Chapter 1 When First We Practice to Deceive London, June 1757 The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, a Gentlemen’s Club It was the sort of thing one hopes momentarily that one has not really seen—because life would be so much more convenient if one hadn’t. [33] With the August 2016 casting of David Berry as the adult Grey for season three of the series, Joanna Robinson theorized about the possibility of an eventual spin-off series. The Lord John Series 4-Book Bundle: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, The Scottish Prisoner - Ebook written by Diana Gabaldon. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. See all 6 questions about Lord John and the Private Matter…, Books that will distract you while waiting for the next outlander installment, Lord John and The Private Matter (LJG #1), Lord John and the Private Matter - Gabaldon - 3 stars, Krissy & Angie - Lord John and the Private Matter, The"Lord John and the Private matter" review by Susan Lussier, Jennifer C. & Vi - Lord John and the Private Matter. Not entirely a success - this book is neither meaty, complex and id-pleasing (like Gabaldon's Outlander series) nor witty and smart (like a successful mystery novel), and ends up mediocre. When Gabaldon was invited to write a short story for the 1998 British anthology Past Poisons: An Ellis Peters Memorial Anthology of Historical Crime, she was interested in the challenge of writing a shorter work but hesitant to use any of the main characters from the Outlander series for fear of creating "a stumbling block in the growth of the next novel. The year is 1757. With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldons Outlander series is a global phenomenon. If his private life is ever discovered, everything he cares about will be destroyed, and very likely, so will he. Despite Hal's desire to leave the secrets of the past buried, Grey seeks the help of his old friend Jamie Fraser, whose secrets may both help and complicate Grey's investigations. [29] Though calling itself an omnibus, the collection does not include the previously-published Lord John novellas The Custom of the Army (2010) and Lord John and the Plague of Zombies (2011),[29] which appear together in the Outlander collection A Trail of Fire. It really didn't have the action and drama that I was expecting...very anticlimactic. He departs to rescue her, accompanied by his valet, Tom Byrd, the ex-zombie Rodrigo, and Rodrigo's wife, Azeel. Lord John and the Private Matter; Page 7; Lord John and the Private Matter Page 7. This one is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with a Dickens sort of cast of characters. I read on Diana Gabaldon's web page that the Lord John series may be read in any order and separate from the Outlander books. Lord John and the Private Matter. transports readers to eighteenth-century London.”—BookPage While I'm still a fan of the character Lord John Grey, the absence of the lovable and magnificent Jamie and Claire highlights all of the weaknesses in Gabaldon's writing. "—Booklist "Packed with vivid description and detail. October 4th 2005 I love Diana Gabaldon. In Grey's first full-length novel set in 18th century London, nobility and the rabble cross paths, while whores and dukes solicit one another. The author of Outlander begins a new series of intrigue, starring some of the characters in her previous beloved books. Ten years ago I devoured the first 4 books of the Outlander series, and then as sudden as the Outlander fever had taken me, it had also left me. Beyond that obvious advantage, Lord John is a fascinating character. Start by marking “Lord John and the Private Matter (Lord John Grey, #1)” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Series: Lord John 1. After reading the first 3 books in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series (Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, and Voyager), this first book in the Lord John Grey series really did not meet my expectations. With a screeching halt I had to temporarily abandon my love affair. Despite the book's somewhat overly convoluted plot, it's an enjoyable, amusing read, and definitely adds to my appreciation of Lord John, who has quickly become a favorite character. [22], Lord John and the Hand of Devils is a 2007 Delacorte Press collection of the first three Lord John novellas: the previously published Lord John and the Hellfire Club (1998) and Lord John and the Succubus (2003), and the new tale Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, exclusive to this volume. Lord John and the Private Matter is the first novel in the Lord John Grey series by popular American author, Diana Gabaldon. [1][3][10][18] As Haunted Soldier is a direct follow-up to her novel Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Gabaldon pushed the publication of the Hand of Devils collection until after the novel's release. Nearing the end of my Outlander journey I realised, as I started An Echo in The Bone (#7) that there were things (and characters) alluded to within the first chapter that I was completely in the dark about. "[1] The Lord John character came to mind. He's what I call a 'mushroom'—one of those unplanned people who pops up out of nowhere and walks off with any scene he's in—and he talks to me easily (and wittily). Lord John is in a difficult spot. Chapter 1 When First We Practice to Deceive London, June 1757 The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, a Gentlemen’s Club It was the sort of thing one hopes momentarily that one has not really seen—because life would be so much more convenient if one hadn’t. It really didn't have the action and drama that I was expecting...very anticlimactic. Grey meets and is joined in his investigation by the handsome Hanoverian Captain Stephan von Namtzen, Landgrave of Erdberg, and takes young Tom Byrd into his employ as his valet. Lord John Grey is employed to find out the mystery surrounding the death of an army Sargent believed … . Praise for Lord John and the Private Matter “[A] thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully witty historical mystery set in the richly detailed, occasionally bawdy world of Georgian England.”—Booklist “Packed with vivid description and detail. But cart it away someone did." The violence, such as it is, mostly happens offstage and most of the clues to the ultimate solution are presented in the course of the numberous conversations Lord John has with the other players in this 'drama of manners'. [32] He said, "It's in the back of our minds as a potential thing, but right now our minds are pretty firmly set on just delivering the second season. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. undefined out of 5 stars with 0 reviews. While attempting to solve the mystery, Grey tries to navigate his perhaps-mutual attraction to the dashing Hanoverian Captain Stephan von Namtzen, as well as to deflect the advances of the beautiful young widow Louisa, Princess von Lowenstein, at whose castle both men are staying. [1][3][10], Set in 1758, the story finds Lord John in Prussia serving as the English liaison officer to the First Regiment of Hanoverian Foot. About this item. This was on the ¥500 yen table at Tower Records, and looked like it was maybe not as crap as everything else offered for the same price. This thrilling eBook collection—featuring three novels and one collection of novellas—follows Lord John as he defends his country, ferrets out spies, and unravels a haunting family mystery. Well they are hefty books, and I had to take a break from them.