Sunday, 4 October 2015

Review: Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon (Lord John Grey #1)

Title: Lord John and the Private Matter
Series: Lord John Grey #1
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Publisher: Arrow
Publication Date: 7 October 2004
Pages: 464
Genres: Historical Fiction, Mystery

Lord John and the Private Matter

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.

The first full sized novel featuring Lord John Grey. 

The reader is introduced to a little bit of Lord John's life, such as his family, his place within society and politics. The mysteries and intrigues in this book were so engrossing though I found the resolution kind of anti-climatic.

I loved all the historical details about the gay scene in 18th Century London, and of the death sentence syphilis presented. Lord John's homosexuality is explored a bit more in this book, and I began to see the need for secrecy and the paranoia that inevitable must accompany such a secret in the time period.

All in all the story was intriguing but I felt the book was dragged on a little longer than it needed to be.

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