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Publisher's Summary

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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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By GoryDetails on 12-06-04

Lively tale, well told

I should say at once that Lord John Grey is my favorite character from the Outlander books. Here he gets an entire novel to himself. I enjoyed the book when I first read it, and liked it even better with Jeff Woodman's nicely nuanced reading. Granted, it may be a frustrating experience for Clare-and-Jamie fans, as they are barely mentioned here. Likewise, it might be a bit confusing for those who come to this book without having read the Outlander books at all, as they'll be wondering why Lord John keeps thinking about this Jamie character. But I've always liked John Grey best, so this is the perfect book for me - and I thoroughly enjoyed the period detail of some of the seamier parts of London.

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4 out of 5 stars
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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1 out of 5 stars
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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5 out of 5 stars
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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4 out of 5 stars
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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1 out of 5 stars
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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