Excellent "Short Story" Sep 10, 2007
Throughly recommended for both the die-hard Gabaldon and the curious new comer, this book is not a part of the Outlander series per se, but takes place in the same time frame and involves some of the same characters. Familiarity with the Outlander series is not necessary to understand or enjoy the plot of the book, which revolves around an incident outside of the main Outlander narrative. This novel may be viewed as somewhat spoilerish for Voyager, as is set chronologically during or after the events of that tome.
This engaging novel revolves around a (relatively) minor character in the Outlander series, but far goes far beyond the short story/character study it was originally conceived to be. The change in Gabaldon's narrative voice from the Outlander novels is impressive and enjoyable; Lord John's adorable fussiness is a delightful departure from Claire's dry practicality.
The story is a tightly wound tale of suspense, convoluted, unpredictable, but never tedious. Overly verbose at times, perhaps, but that tends to be a hallmark of Gabaldon's writing.