Book review: Lord John and the Private Matter

Diana GabaldonIf you have read the time-travelling ‘Outlander’ series by Diana Gabaldon, you will be familiar with the character of Lord John Grey. This is a historical detective story starring Lord John in his own right, without Jamie and Claire Fraser. Many Gabaldon fans will bemoan the lack of the Frasers, but Lord John is a quite capable protagonist.

Gabaldon is an experienced storyteller and she paints a picture of London in 1757 which the reader trusts as authentic. The plot pushes on as Lord John gets involved in two separate matters which in the beginning I found a little confusing, but which inevitably became neatly entwined. Along the way he encounters an eccentric German, a sweet whore and a dodgy molly house, all of which he deals with in his distinctive charming and intelligent manner. Lord John is certainly worthy of his own standalone series, and can be read independently of the Outlander series. This book is more than just a tale for readers suffering from Fraser-withdrawal syndrome. And it is also much shorter, Gabaldon could never be accused of writing novellas.
If you like this, try:-

‘The French Lesson’ by Hallie Rubenhold
‘The Lady of the Rivers’ by Philippa Gregory
‘The Secrets of Gaslight Lane’ by MRC Kasasian

‘Lord John and the Private Matter’ by Diana Gabaldon [UK: Arrow]

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