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Lord John And The Hand Of Devils by Diana Gabaldon
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Aug 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: glbtq, historical-fiction, mystery
Recommended to Julia by: I read all Gabaldon
Recommended for: People who are following the Lord John series...

This was a somewhat frustrating book, but that’s entirely my fault.

If I’d first read about this book on Gabaldon’s website or Amazon, or even opened the book before buying it, I’d have known that two of three novellas that make up up this slim volume I’ve already read. Ah well. It’s still Gabaldon and therefore worthy of the hours I spent with it.

In the first story Lord John investigates a murder in a tony London men’s club. The second story, “Lord John and the Succubus” has him investigating what the Prussian and English soldiers he is commanding say is a succubus, but is in fact, an Austrian bit of spying. “Lord John and Haunted Soldier” begins with him suffering the effects of PTSD and answering a summons to a Commission of Inquiry. The cannon Lord John was commanding in Germany blew up and they are desperately trying to pin it on him. Failing that, his half-brother who makes munitions, when it was one of nine cannons that blew up. It seems the Navy is stealing copper from the Army. And the ones who pay the price for that are soldiers…

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