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Lord John and the Hand of Devils

(Lord John Grey 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)

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Diana Gabaldon, the New York Times bestselling author of Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade and the wildly popular Outlander novels, delivers three tales of war, intrigue, and espionage that feature one of her most popular characters: Lord John Grey. In the heart of the eighteenth century, here are haunted soldiers . . . lusty princesses . . . ghostly apparitions . ...more
Hardcover, 302 pages
Published November 27th 2007 by Delacorte Press
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Tatiana
Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Diana Gabaldon's Lord John series
This collection of 3 stories (one short story and 2 novellas) is a must-have for all Lord John fans. It took me some time to figure out how these stories should be placed in relation to the 2 Lord John novels, so here is the order to save you trouble:

Lord John and the Hellfire Club (short story)
Lord John and the Private Matter (novel)
Lord John and the Succubus (novella)
Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade (novel)
Lord John and the Haunted Soldier (novella)
The Custom of the Country (nov
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B the BookAddict
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: GR
Shelves: short-stories
I rarely read short stories so my rating probably reflects my impatience at the brevity of these tales. I've just finished Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) and picked up this Lord Grey book while waiting for Voyager (Outlander #3) to be available at my library. Gabaldon tantalisingly drops the name 'Jamie Fraser' in each of the three stories and that itself was enough to keep me reading.

Hellfire Club: After an acquaintance is murdered, an event whch John Grey witnesses, he finds himself inexpl
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Christine (AR)
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it
A collection of three novellas.

The first, Lord John and the Hellfire Club, I'd already read as part of one of the other Lord John books. I wasn't too impressed then, and upon re-reading it's still just meh. However, as it's the first Lord John story, it's worth reading.

The second, Lord John and the Succubus, comes between the two Lord John novels and explains his relationship with Namtzen. It was okay as a mystery, but I wish I'd read it before the novel it precedes.

The third, Lord John and the
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Julianna
Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Historical Fiction, Historical Mysteries, or LGBT Fiction
Reviewed for THC Reviews
Lord John and the Hellfire Club - Lord John and the Hellfire Club is the first novella in Diana Gabaldon's Lord John Grey series. I'm not sure if it's the shortest story she's ever written, but it's by far the shortest one by her I've read to date. In this novella, she's taken Lord John Grey, a popular secondary character from the Outlander series, and given him a mystery to solve, thereby turning him into an amateur sleuth, which is what I understand he'll be doing thr
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Sarah
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book! As an avid read of the Outlander series as well as a fan of the Starz series, I just had to read the Lord John series as well. Personally Lord John is one of my favorite characters in the series. I have read the first two Lord John novels preceding this one (Lord John and the Private Matter and Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade) and each time I am drawn in by Gabaldon's writing and the development she has provided for his character. In each of the novels what I find a ...more
Gaijinmama
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
#11 Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon


Lord John and the Hand of Devils by Diana Gabaldon


This collection of one longish short story (11,000 words) and two novellas (about 100 pages each) stars one of my favorite secondary characters from Gabaldon's Outlander
series. I'm madly in love with her romantic hero,Jamie Fraser, but lifelong Hag that I am,
I would ***LOVE** to sit down and have a nice pot of Earl Grey with Lord John, preferably with liberal amounts of brandy splashed in for
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Candice
Jan 22, 2011 rated it liked it
John Grey is one of my favorite fictional characters ever, so to say I have mixed feelings about the Lord John series is a bit of an understatement. I love reading about Grey's life when he isn't with Jamie and Claire (the main characters from the Outlander series where Grey is a secondary character). But I'm completely thrown by the stories themselves. They're set up as mysteries, which is fine, but the cast seems to number thousands, and by the time we get to the point where the mystery is sol ...more
Andrea Manzanilla
Bien.
Jane
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where I got the book: B&N clearance rack.

Do you have to be a Lord John Grey fan to read this book? I think not. Or not even, possibly, a fan of Gabaldon's Outlander series, although if you're not there will be one or two references to red hair that might confuse you. This collection of three stories (one short, one long-short-story length and one novella) is a decent introduction to Lord John and to Gabaldon's 18th century.

I've said a lot of what I think about the Lord John books in my revie
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Richard Derus
Dec 18, 2011 rated it liked it
Rating: 3.25* of five

Gabaldon's writing is of the kind I call "serviceable" but her characters either make you swoon, pant, sweat and holler, or they leave you completely cold. I fall on the non-hollerin' end of category A. I like these people, Lord John especially having a claim on me because he's a shirt-lifter (or Warmbruder, depending on where we are geographically).

This book is a collection of three novellas that Gabaldon wrote about the good Major Lord John Grey. One was written for this
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Jujubee
The drums were beating in the distance, ordering the troops.
The thrum of them beating his blood, in his bone."


Completed anthology Lord John and the Hand of the Devil October 5, 2018
The author spins an excellent puzzle of local folk lore, gypsies, family loyalties, amongst the harsh realities of war and military politics. Seemingly unrelated at the onset, but no less tramatic, a double murder mystery engulfs Major Grey's circumstance in his current post. There was a lot of pieces spinning here,
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Misty
~Lord John and the Hellfire Club (3.5 Stars)
(short story - 0.5)

~Lord John and the Succubus (3.75 Stars)
(novella - 1.5)

~John and the Haunted Soldier (3.75 Stars)
(novella - 2.5)
Carol Oliveira
Mar 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I love lord John. I hope he finds happiness, like he had with Hector when he was young, by the end of the Outlander books.
Linda ~ chock full of hoot, just a little bit of nanny ~
Lord John and the Hellfire Club (#0.5, comes before LJ and the Private Matter)

The only actual short story in this short story collection, this sees John immediately home from his stint as warden of Ardsmuir Prison, where old acquaintances are eager to catch up. Some of them a little too eager. He finds himself in the middle of a murder mystery and conspiracy.

This one is pretty quick and to the point, with only a couple of chapters, but Gabaldon knows how to pack a lot of detail and info into a
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Tracey
Feb 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I love it when a team comes together. I've been very much a fan of Diana Gabaldon for some time, and I like Lord John Grey very much. And as it turns out I utterly love Jeff Woodman's narration. He's wonderful. He has excellent timing, a marvelous gift for character, and, clearly, a sense of humor that suits Grey down to the ground. He reminds me a great deal of Simon Vance, actually, to the point that I double checked to make sure it wasn't he under a pseudonym. It wasn't. The only issue I have ...more
Robert
Oct 22, 2007 marked it as to-read
The Lord John series are a MUST read! This really delves into the characteristics of the 18th century gay community - or rather that of a closeted gay male who is also a British military officer and how he deals with issues of the day. In a more subtle way, they are also a series of mystery novels but not being categorized as being such. A lot of interesting information to be found here and the author is outstanding as her previous works have attested.

Go on.. get a copy today!
Ish Healy
Sep 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Genre: Novella, Historical, Mystery
Rating: A

Once again I’m going to start off a review of a Lord John story by referencing the first Lord John story, "Lord John and the HellfireClub." My critique there was that because of the brevity of the work some of the plot was lost due to all the details that Gabaldon includes in her writing. This issue is remedied in "Lord John and the Succubus". Part of this remedy is because of the increased length, while still being a novella it i
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Lusitarius
Matkani Lordi John Greyn mukana on ollut mitä miellyttävin ja viihdyttävin. Diana Gabaldonin kirjat hupenevat vauhdilla kirjahyllyssäni lukutahtini vuoksi, enkä tiedä kuinka oikein tokenen niiden loputtua.

Tämä kirja sisältää kolme lyhyttä novellia Lordi Johnin elämässä. Tarinat sijoittuvat Lordin yksityisasia ja Lordi John ja veitsenterän veljeskunta -kirjojen ympärille. Luin kyseiset kirjat ennen tämän kirjan lukemista, jotta pystyisin paremmin sijoittamaan tarinat aikajanallisesti Lordin elämä
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Sheila Melo
This is a collection of three novellas about Lord John which have all been previously published. The stories about Lord John are a spinoff of the Outlander series.

LORD JOHN AND THE HELLFIRE CLUB: Lord John is approached by a man who bears a resemblance to Jaime and agrees to meet with the man about a political problem. The man is soon murdered and Lord John investigates and is drawn into the Hellfire Club. This is a very short story (around 40 pages) which gives a glimpse into Lord John's life a
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Lori Cornett
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
There’s a comment on the back cover of this book that describes it as a “collection of the ghost of desire”, a perfectly apt description that I never would have thought of myself. In fact, I was very glad to read it beforehand. It allowed me to go into each of the stories looking for the ghost, ghost that were certainly as haunting as those that linger in graveyards and one that actually did! I found this book wonderfully detailed, funny at times, and truly heartbreaking at others. I really love ...more
Betty
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book and Lord Gray is one of my favorite characters in the Outlander book's so nice that he has his own story's to follow
Alana
Apr 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010_04_april, nook
Lord John and the Hands of Devils is a collection that contains three Lord John mysteries... one simply called a short story and the other two meriting the designation "novella" from the author. Prior to starting the Lord John novels, I should have done a bit of research, as the first of these stories comes before the first novel in chronological order... similarly, the second story comes before the second novel and then the third story finishes things up. Reading them out of order doesn't neces ...more
Joana

# Lord John and the Succubus (#1.5)

First of all I love the tittle of this novella. A succubus? Wooo, what are you up too, my dear John?

While is stationed in Germany, among the Hanoverian regiment led by Stephen Von Namtzen, Lord John is set in the midst of a mystery that it's spreading the fear among the troops. A "nigh hag" is coming to men at night, to suck their seed and their lives, a succubus.
Now, John doesn't believe in superstitions, but between the dangers of the french and Austrian armi
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Melanie
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story picks up right after the events of Brotherhood of the Blade. The gun crew to which Lord John belongs is brought before a board of inquiry to answer for their actions involving a cannon explosion that cost Lt. Phillip Lister his life. The explosion injured many men, including Grey, who possesses the shrapnel extracted by the surgeons.


When the cannon goes missing, Grey ends up with the only remaining evidence to substantiate poorly constructed weapons that could prove Grey of his innocen
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Karen
Ah another Lord John book. In all honesty, I am only reading these so that I can understand the crossover in Echo in the Bone (and I am expecting more crossover in Written in My Heart's Own Bloody next year).

I finished this book last week, and already I am struggling to remember the stories. They are bland, especially when compared to the exciting main story of Jamie and Claire. The mystery never really grabs me, and I find that the plots become so convoluted that I can't keep people straight;
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Cindy
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"Lord John & the Hellfire Club" - as DG says, this is a short story (although she was a couple of thousand words over the limit) and it featured LJG in one of those times not covered in the Outlander series. The ending does seem a bit rushed, but overall I liked it. 4 stars

"Lord John & the Succubus" - in this novella, we find LJG in Germany as a liaison between the English and Prussian army. There's a touch of the supernatural - there's a suspected succubus on the loose, preying upon uns
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Edee Fallon
Well, I've put off reading this series because I have been having issues with breaking my Outlander Big Books cycle. It's all I have read since May and I am currently on my third reading of the series. These books fall between Voyager (which I just finished again yesterday) and Drums of Autumn, so I thought this time I would give them a go.

I see a lot of mixed reviews for this series, and I understand why. Any fan of Outlander will either love this series because they are a huge LJG fan (as I am
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Andrea
Dec 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Diana Gabaldon, and Historical Fiction
Favorite Quote: "Christ, was he going to die in public, in a pleasure garden, in the company of a sodomite spy dressed like a rooster?" - Lord John and the Haunted Soldier

ETA, 3/8/15: I read this collection in January 2015,and reread in late-Feb/March, which should tell you how much I enjoy the series and LJG as a leading character. (I rarely reread) I thoroughly enjoyed Hand of Devils each time, and recommend to fans of Historical Fiction, particularly those who enjoy a smart-ass protagonist a
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Robin
Jun 24, 2009 rated it liked it
This book is a short story and two novellas that should be read in chronological context because there are frequent references to characters and events that happen to Lord John in Gabaldon's Outlander series where the character first appears, and in the full-length novels about Lord John. A major element of Lord John, the ways he is written and the various challenges he must negotiate, deal with his sexuality, which was confusing in the first story, but became clearer in the final two tales. For ...more
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Diana Jean Gabaldon Watkins grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona and is of Mexican-American and English descent. She has earned three degrees: a B.S. in Zoology, a M.S. in Marine Biology, and a Ph.D in Ecology.

She currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona .

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