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With more than 10 million copies in print worldwide, New York Times best-selling author Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series is a global phenomenon. 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 captivating.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
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"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)
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By Tina on 05-07-14

If you're missing Outlander.....

If you're considering this book because you love Outlander you'll be disappointed. I originally dove in with the mindset of Jamie, Jamie where is JAMIE!!!! He is a mere whisper a passing breeze in the Lord John series. If you're considering it because you love Diana Gabaldon's style and rich writing you'll like it. I for one loved the Lord John character and had no problem with this story. I would caution those who find it distasteful that Lord John Grey is a homosexual, and there is romance and sex in the series. I loved it once I got over wanting it to be more Outlander!

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By Martha on 08-03-11

My Least Favorite in the Lord John Series

I tried to actually read this book when it was first published, but sadly, was unable to finish it due to boredom. I just didn't care about Lord John at the time. I only began to read this series for something to do while waiting for the next book in the "Outlander" series to be released. That said, I guess I care a little more about Lord John now, since he's became more of a major figure in the Outlander series. The audiobook version of "Private Matter" is better than the actual hard copy. Lord John can be funny, but is also rather snarky at times. He is a good amateur sleuth and Diana Gabaldon is a good mystery writer; however, I'm not all that much of a fan of the mystery genre, being more of an admirer of straight-forward historical fiction. If you want to fill out your knowledge of Jamie Fraser's character while he and Claire were separated for twenty years after Culloden, I recommend reading the Lord John series, especially "The Brotherhood of the Blade".
(NOTE: There is a review of "Lord John and the Hand of Devils" on Audible.com by one "D. McCoy" that I found quite helpful. This reviewer lists the proper order in which to read the Lord John novels/short stories since order is particularly important with this series. If you listen/read them out of order, you may find that you have more questions than answers. Also, I do recommend the Outlander series to readers of the Lord John series. It is MUCH longer, has many more interesting characters, and readers will discover Jamie Fraser, the love of Lord John's life and, IMHO, one of modern fiction's most compelling and enigmatic characters. Though he is straight and VERY married, he and Lord John do become quite bosom friends once they reach an "understanding". This says something to me about the likeability of Lord John and his overall sense of honor.)

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By Graham on 05-19-16

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!

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By Silvernin on 06-30-15

Good book strange narration

Really enjoyed the story but the narrator had a strange way of pronouncing some words!

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By Margaret on 02-04-17

Another intriguing mystery for Lord John fans

I enjoyed this story because I'm a Lord John fan after meeting him in the Outlander series.
The story starts off a bit disjointed but soon smoothes out to a satisfying conclusion.

The narrator seemed to be concentrating more on perfecting his English accent than delivering expression that matched the action being described. Overall a pretty good performance though.

Recommended for fans, as others might not appreciate the Lord John character as much.

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By victoria on 05-04-15

natarion not good

this book needed to be narrated by davina porter to match outlawed series. not good

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