Lord John is a character in Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She set out to write a short story about him and ended up with a full length, normal sized novel. Now, if you’ve read any of the Outlander series, you know that those books are BIG! This one is very short in comparison. I love the fact that this was supposed to have been a short story and is actually a 300 page novel. Anyway…
From Goodreads: “The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord John Grey emerges from London’s Beefsteak Club, his mind in turmoil. A nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s army, Grey has just witnessed something shocking. 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 may have been a traitor. Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of treachery and betrayal that touches every stratum of English society—and threatens all he holds dear.”
For the most part, I would consider the Lord John stories that I’ve read so far to be much more ‘light’ than DG’s other writing. (Slight spoiler: the shocking thing that he saw, while in the privy, was that his cousin’s fiance has a syphilis poxed…mmm…haaa…well, private member.) His attempts to deal with this discretely don’t always work out and everything ends up tying in to the main mystery of the killing of another soldier.
Lord John and the Private Matter was a lot of fun to read. It was well-researched (which you would expect from Gabaldon) but wasn’t written with the same level of detail as Outlander. This isn’t a bad thing as it gives us another insight into her writing and storytelling ability.
I highly recommend the Lord John series and am looking forward to the next installment.