The year is 1757. On a bright June day, Lord John Grey emerges from his 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 ...Read MoreThe year is 1757. On a bright June day, Lord John Grey emerges from his 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 might well 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 level of society - and threatens all he holds dear. From the bawdy-houses of London's night world to the drawing rooms of the nobility, from the blood of a murdered corpse to the thundering seas of the East India Company, Lord John follows the elusive trail of the woman in green who may hold the key to everything - or to nothing at all. The early days of the Seven Years War come brilliantly to life in this historical adventure mystery by the acclaimed author whose unique and compelling storytelling has engrossed millions of readers worldwide.Read Less
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Great reads. Gabaldon is a great author exciting stories and wonderful research
Dec 20, 2012
something different from gabaldon
Having read all the books in her series about James and Clare, I was not expecting what I found in this book. She is an excellent writer but her subject was a bit sleazy. I would recommend the book, but it is not for everyone!
Apr 1, 2010
I enjoy Diana's writings as they have so much history ribboned in them. Sometimes she runs on a bit and I find in hard to understand unless I have a dictionary and her handbook close at hand,but I thoroughly enjoy everything she writes.
Feb 11, 2008
Not the spectacular work you may have come to expect from Ms Gabaldon, but compared to what else is out there in historical fiction it is certainly good and entertaining if not mesmerizing,romantic or cult inspiring like her Outlander series. There is too little thrillers and mysteries out there and far too many dippy, pornographic historical romance novels. So, all in all, I'm glad this helps tip the balance. Worth reading.
Sep 10, 2007
Excellent "Short Story"
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.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-09-15 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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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