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Publisher Description

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • 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.
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.

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. Gabaldon aptly transports readers to eighteenth-century London, with all its reeking humanity and glitteringly elegant excess.”BookPage

Fiction & Literature
September 30
Random House Publishing Group
Penguin Random House LLC

Customer Reviews

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Lord John and the Private Matter

After finishing the eight current Outlander books, Diana Gabaldon has become my favorite author. This short novel is quite different from the Outlander books. This one is reminiscent of an Agatha Christie murder mystery with a Dickens sort of cast of characters. Lord John Grey is employed to find out the mystery surrounding the death of an army Sargent believed to be a traitor. The plot becomes very tangled, with additional murders and some strange assignations. This does not have the drama of any of the Outlander books, but is much lighter in tone.

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