REVIEW: Lord John and the Private Matter

book cover of Lord John and the Private MatterThis book is an outlier of sorts in Diana Gabaldon‘s Outlander series. Rather than focusing on the main characters of the series, Jamie and Claire Fraser, this book concentrates on Lord John Grey, a secondary character first introduced in Dragonfly in Amber, the second book in the Outlander series. Lord John is a British soldier who despite finding himself on the opposite side of the Jacobite uprising from Jamie, nonetheless falls in love with him.

None of that really matters in this book, however, which has only a scattered handful of references to Jamie. The book concerns Lord Grey’s turns as amateur detective, as he tries to figure out who killed a sergeant from his regiment, who may or may not have been a spy.

If you enjoyed Lord Grey’s appearances in the Outlander series, you probably will enjoy this book. The character stays true to his previous appearances, and it’s interesting to learn more about him than we know from the Outlander books. But I really only read the Outlander books for Jamie, and his absence here made this an enjoyable but forgettable diversion for an evening. Hey, I’ve read worse …