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Lord John and the Hand of Devils (Lord John Grey 0.5, 1.5, 2.5)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  11,559 Ratings  ·  597 Reviews
A keepsake collection of Lord John Grey's shorter adventures and a spectacular addition to any Gabaldon fan's library, Lord John and the Hand of the Devils brings these three unique novellas together for the first time.

Lord John and the Hellfire Club marks the first appearance of Lord John outside the Outlander novels (and chronologically precedes the novel Lord John and t
Kindle Edition, 322 pages
Published (first published January 1st 2006)
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Jan 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
B the BookAddict
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Christine (AR)
Sep 06, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
I really, really like Diana Gabaldon's Lord John Grey novels, but this collection of shorter stories fell a little bit flat for me. I think what I like most about these books is the character work she does alongside the various mysteries, and there really just wasn't room for any of that in this short of a format. I think there's a reason she normally gravitates toward longer books as a writer. (Sidenote: I'm currently reading the second LJG novel and I think it's hilarious that it's considered ...more
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
Jun 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
#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
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Richard Derus
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
~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  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 22, 2007 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Read Lord John and the Hell Fire Club 09/22/17 3.5*
My review here:

Read Lord John and the Succubus 09/28/17 5*
My review here:

Read Lord John and the Haunted Soldier 10/04/17 5*
No review, but my opinion is Marcus is the haunted soldier ;)
And writing unsendable letters to Jaime (as a dear confident) was heartbreakingly poignant.
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it

# 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
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;
Aug 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
Edee Fallon
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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
Jul 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As good as the other Lord Johns, and just as good as any of them for a Gabaldon-fix between here and Echo in the Bone.

I like Lord John a lot. He sounds like a great guy to hang around with, probably someone you want on your side in a crisis, and things certainly seem to happen around him. His stories are written with Gabaldon's trademark wit and drama. But, somehow, these books don't sing the way Outlander does. I read them waiting for the next Outlander book, and I feel like she writes them in
i thoroughly enjoyed it. being not a big fan of overly long novels, this was ideal. a longish short story and two novellas. john grey is an interesting character and for a change the stories had enough substance and structure to keep me from criticising it like the most recent lord john novel (The Scottish Prisoner: A Novel).
it's a bit odd though that the point of time of these stories is between novels respectively and thus you either have to read a story and then a novel and then get back to
Jamie Collins
I'd give 3.5 stars, if I could. The new story, "Lord John and the Haunted Soldier", is better than the first two which I have already read in other collections. I've decided that while I like reading about Grey himself and I enjoy the other characters in this series, the mysteries are too dry for me. I find at the end that I don't much care "whodunnit" or why.

I'm looking forward to the next book, though: Lord John and the Scottish Prisoner. That's what I really want to read about. How did Lord J
Reem Al Kaabi
Mar 05, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Lord John and the hand of devils by Diana Gabaldon

This book has 3 separate stories. I read the last story that called lord john and the haunted soldier. Generally I love obscurity stories and enjoy read them. This story is not that much interesting. It has many events, which make me lost while I’m reading and require from me to read again to have clear idea about it. The story is tending to the police story kind. Grey was the main character in the story and he was fight against evil.
On the other
Aug 12, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got sick of Gabaldon's Outlander series after the 3rd book, but I can't get enough of the Lord John series. His character was one of the things that interested me in the original series, so I'm so glad she decided to flesh him out. He's a fascinating character, very conflicted and believable. I can't wait for the next Lord John novel but unfortunately she's now working on yet another Outlander novel.
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