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The Resource Lord John and the private matter, Diana Gabaldon, (overdrive ebook)

Lord John and the private matter, Diana Gabaldon, (overdrive ebook)

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Lord John and the private matter
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Lord John and the private matter
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Diana Gabaldon
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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 investgate 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
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  • After accidentally observing a spot on Joseph Trevelyan’s “privy member,” Major Lord John Grey finds himself in a devilishly difficult position because Trevelyan is about to marry Grey’s cousin, who has no idea her fiance is infected with the pox. As he searches for a discreet way to confirm his suspicions, Grey is dragged into a different kind of investigation. British Army requisition papers have vanished in Calais, and Grey must find out if there is some connection between their disappearance and the recent murder of a possible spy Sergeant Timothy O’Connell. Grey, who has a secret of his own to protect, begins an investigation into O’Connell's death, which, interestingly enough, leads to Trevelyan and a mysterious woman in green velvet whose identity may provide answers to all of Grey’s questions. New York Times best-seller Gabaldon promotes Grey, a popular secondary character in her Outlander series, to a starring role in this thoroughly entertaining and wonderfully witty historical mystery set in the richly detailed, occasionally bawdy world of Georgian England. -- John Charles (BookList, 10-15-2003, p393)
  • Rendezvous Review: Set in 1757 London, at the outset of the Seven Years' War, the story revolves around Major Lord John Grey and, to quote the author's notes, it is "part of the OUTLANDER series, taking place within its timeline--but focused on an adventure separate from the lives of the main characters." Several times in the book, John's thoughts stray to Jamie Frasier as he ponders his attraction to the highlander and attempts to cope with his own unsettling sexual preferences. What begins as a private inquiry into the sexual practices of the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan, the man engaged to John's cousin, expands to an investigation into the murder of a soldier suspected of being a spy. 18th Century London comes alive under the author's scrupulous eye for detail. Ms Gabaldon's ability to integrate historical fact with fiction is renowned. This promises to be an intriguing and informative series. -- Sara Sweeney (Reviewed 11-01-2003)
  • Trouble befalls Lord John Grey (fresh from minor roles in Gabaldon's bestselling Outlander novels) when he accidentally discovers that the Hon. Joseph Trevelyan, his cousin's betrothed, may have what those in 1757 termed "the pox" or "the French disease"—syphilis. Before he can figure out an appropriate way to handle this delicate matter, he becomes involved in the investigation of the mysterious and grisly murder of a military colleague suspected of being a spy. Gabaldon (The Fiery Cross ; Drums of Autumn ; etc. ) stitches these two plots together into a compelling narrative that also offers a wealth of juicy details about 18th-century London, especially its homosexual underbelly. Lord John, who reminisces about his dead lover, Hector, and the "lean, hard body" of an old flame, learns that Trevelyan may be traveling from one house of ill repute to another of a different sort: at the Lavender House, both buyers and sellers are men. Among his various trials and tribulations, Lord John must discern the identity of a mysterious figure in a green velvet dress spotted in both of these establishments and investigate the mysterious death of a similarly attired man, found with his face bashed in. Grey is a competent and likable sleuth, and Gabaldon's prose is crisply elegant. Her many fans will be happy to learn that this is the first in a series about the travails of Lord John Grey. (Oct.) --Staff (Reviewed September 15, 2003) (Publishers Weekly, vol 250, issue 37, p41)
  • A popular supporting character from Gabaldon's best-selling "Outlander" series, Lord John Grey gets his own novel (and possibly his own mystery series) in this work. The tale begins in the summer of 1757 when Grey inadvertently glimpses a suspicious sore on the "privy member" of the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan. Suspecting that it is syphilis, Grey is tempted to ignore what he's seen, except that his young cousin Olivia is engaged to Trevelyan. He can't let her marry someone with a deadly venereal disease! Grey is sidetracked from his familial responsibilities, however, by his investigation into the murder of fellow soldier Tim O'Connell. A mysterious woman in a green velvet gown may hold the key but only if Grey can uncover her true identity. Gabaldon's lively prose and gift for historical details make this an enjoyable read. Fans of Lord John will appreciate learning more about his past. Strongly recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 7/03.]—Laurel Bliss, Yale Arts Lib. --Staff (Reviewed September 1, 2003) (Library Journal, vol 128, issue 14, p205)
  • Lord John Grey, a minor character in Gabaldon's wildly popular Outlander series, investigates a murder—and is forced back into a world he'd hoped to forget.A casual glance at the Honorable Joseph Trevelyan's privy member when both men relieve themselves reveals something that Grey would rather not see: a small chancre. Given that there is no cure for syphilis in 1757, and since Trevelyan is engaged to his cousin Olivia, Grey considers himself obliged to confirm—in secret—whether her fiancÉ is poxy. Like any other valuable commodity in the mercantile city of London, information has a price, and its purveyors come from all walks of life. Grey's comrade-in-arms, Harry Quarry, a practical sort, tells him to make inquiries among the whores at Trevelyan's favorite brothel before they commence their official assignment: investigating the mysterious death of a fellow soldier, who may have been a spy. A very young prostitute, whose rough Scots accent evokes Grey's lingering (if unrequited) affection for Jamie Fraser, tells him that Trevelyan has been seen dressed as a woman, secretly entering the Lavender Club, where, after the death of his lover Hector, Grey once found some comfort in the arms of other men, though he was half-crazy with grief and drink. The plot thickens when a streetwalker is found viciously murdered, her face beaten to pulp. But she turns out to be a he—and Gabaldon takes readers for a walk on the wild side, offering an intriguing look into London's gay underworld, from dark side streets to elegant clubs—and, briefly, to tender scenes of love, emotional and physical, between men. But her chief focus is on the deepening mystery surrounding Trevelyan, his mistress, his shadowy dealings, his sexual identity, and those who serve his complex desires.A compelling and unique period mystery for the author's legion of fans. (Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2003)
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Lord John Grey novels
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0001
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Diana Gabaldon
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Lord John and the Private Matter
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<p>Adored bestselling author Diana Gabaldon brings us the first book in a new trilogy featuring many of the characters from her wildly popular Outlander series. And in a special bonus for eBook readers, this volume of <b>Lord John and the Private Matter</b> contains a second Lord John adventure--a novella entitled <b>Lord John and the Hellfire Club</b>--purely for your e-reading enjoyment!<br><br>In her <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure--a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world--eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents--and life is good for a soldier.<br><br>The year is 1757. On a clear morning in mid-June, Lord...
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<p>Adored bestselling author Diana Gabaldon brings us the first book in a new trilogy featuring many of the characters from her wildly popular Outlander series. <br><br> In her <i>New York Times</i> bestselling Outlander novels, Diana Gabaldon introduced millions of readers to a dazzling world of history and adventure--a world of vibrant settings and utterly unforgettable characters. Now one of these characters, Major Lord John Grey, opens the door to his own part of this world--eighteenth-century London, a seething anthill of nobility and rabble peopled by soldiers and spies, whores and dukes. Great Britain is battling France for supremacy on three continents--and life is good for a soldier.<br><br> 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.<br><br> 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. From the bawdy houses of London's night-world to the stately drawing rooms of the nobility, and from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas ruled by the majestic fleet of the East India Company, Lord John pursues the elusive trails of a vanishing footman and a woman in green velvet, who may hold the key to everything--or nothing.<br><br> The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical mystery by an author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.
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