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Author: Diana Gabaldon
So let me start off with this: I should have researched the Lord John series before I just took the books from my mother and started reading. I had no idea there were novella’s out there and on top of that, no idea that some of them came before some of the actual books.
So on that note, I apologize in advance for anything that I may repeat in any of these reviews, as well as reviewing them out of order. Lesson learned for the future. Okay on to this review.
This is technically the first story of Lord John Grey, after he leaves Jaime Fraser at his new “home”. Lord John is still getting settled into being back in London. The book follows him and his friend Harry Quarry who both worked at the same prison, so they can related to a lot of what they’ve seen in the past couple of years. The story is very short. Like under 40 pages (the whole novella thing). The actual plot is about a murder mystery that Lord John has to solve, which sort of sets up the series to an extent on why Lord John is always asked to look into mysteries and murders. Honestly though, I have nothing else. This was so short that I can’t even think of a valuable review. The only thing I can say is that if you like Outlander and enjoyed Lord John in the series as much as I did, you should totally read these (though you could probably skip this one if you wanted). Also- I love Diana Gabaldon’s writing and characters, like Winston Graham, when I pick up her books, I find myself sitting back and chatting with one of my friends.
One of the perks of buying three of the novella’s in one book called Lord John and the Hands of the Devil is because Diana Gabaldon gives you a little background on why she wrote it, and why she picked Lord John for these short stories. Which I thought was really fun and interesting, I’m hoping she writes more of Lord John later on.