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Lord John and the Private Matter by Diana Gabaldon
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Apr 24, 2008

really liked it
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Lord John was introduced (with detail) in the third "Outlander" novel, "Voyager". During "Voyager", he is assigned as the overseer of Ardsmuir Prison, where Jamie Fraser is captive. When the men of Ardsmuir are sent to work in America, Lord John arranges for Jamie to work as a groom for the Dunasays, a family close to his own.

"The Private Matter" begins soon after Jamie begins his employ at the Dunasay manor. Lord John is spending time at home, helping his cousin Olivia to plan her wedding to Joseph Trevelyan, a judge. Lord John makes a surprising discovery, and, while investigating a murder, becomes involved in a more complicated situation than he expected.

I greatly enjoy the character of Lord John. In addition, Ms. Gabaldon creates an engaging and surprising tale of betrayal and scandal. And while "The Private Manner" is well-written and intriguing, I prefer the interactions of the Fraser/Randall/MacKenzie family and their assorted friends and enemies.
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