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The Lord John Series 4-Book Bundle: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, The Scottish Prisoner [NOOK Book]

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Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series, delivers captivating tales of history, intrigue, and suspense that feature one of her most popular characters: Lord John Grey. This thrilling eBook collection—featuring three novels and one collection of novellas—follows Lord John as he defends his country, ferrets...
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The Lord John Series 4-Book Bundle: Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, The Scottish Prisoner

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Overview

Diana Gabaldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Outlander series, delivers captivating tales of history, intrigue, and suspense that feature one of her most popular characters: Lord John Grey. This thrilling eBook collection—featuring three novels and one collection of novellas—follows Lord John as he defends his country, ferrets out spies, and unravels a haunting family mystery.
 
LORD JOHN AND THE PRIVATE MATTER
 
“Packed with vivid description and detail . . . transports readers to eighteenth-century London.”—BookPage
 
London, 1757. Lord John Grey, a nobleman and a high-ranking officer in His Majesty’s army, has just witnessed something shocking. But his efforts to avoid a scandal are interrupted when the Crown appoints him to investigate the brutal murder of a comrade-in-arms. Obliged to pursue two inquiries at once, Major Grey finds himself ensnared in a web of betrayal that touches every stratum of English society—and threatens all he holds dear.
 
LORD JOHN AND THE HAND OF DEVILS
A Collection of Novellas
 
“Gabaldon’s strengths are on full display.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
In Lord John and the Hellfire Club, Lord John glimpses a stranger at a gentleman’s club—and is drawn into a maze of political treachery and a dangerous underground society. In Lord John and the Succubus, English soldiers in combat are rattled by a lethal creature that appears at night, and Lord John is called to investigate. In Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is thrust into a baffling case that forces him to confront the prospect that a traitor is among the ranks of His Majesty’s armed forces.
 
LORD JOHN AND THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE BLADE
 
“First-rate . . . [Gabaldon’s] writing is always vivid and often lyrical.”—The Washington Post
 
It’s been seventeen years since Lord John’s father was found dead, accusations of his role as a Jacobite agent staining the family’s name. Now, Lord John’s brother has mysteriously received a page of their father’s lost diary, convincing John that someone knows the Greys’ secrets. So he turns to the only man he can trust: the Scottish Jacobite Jamie Fraser. But when Jamie yields the missing piece of an astounding puzzle, Lord John must decide whether his family’s honor is worth his life.
 
THE SCOTTISH PRISONER
 
“Engrossing . . . masterfully paced, with exciting plot twists, swift reversals, and robust characterizations.”—The Globe and Mail
 
London, 1760. Paroled prisoner Jamie Fraser has sworn off politics, fighting, and war. Until Lord John Grey shows up with documents that expose a damning case of corruption against a British officer. But they also hint at a more insidious danger. Soon Lord John and Jamie are companions on the road to Ireland, a country whose dark castles hold dreadful secrets, and whose bogs hide the bones of the dead.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780345546036
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 4/8/2013
  • Series: Lord John Grey Series
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 1536
  • Sales rank: 12,161
  • File size: 6 MB

Meet the Author

Diana  Gabaldon
Diana Gabaldon is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the wildly popular Outlander novels—Outlander, Dragonfly in Amber, Voyager, Drums of Autumn, The Fiery Cross, A Breath of Snow and Ashes (for which she won a Quill Award and the Corine International Book Prize), and An Echo in the Bone—as well as the related Lord John Grey books Lord John and the Private Matter, Lord John and the Brotherhood of the Blade, Lord John and the Hand of Devils, and The Scottish Prisoner; one work of nonfiction, The Outlandish Companion; and the Outlander graphic novel The Exile. She lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, with her husband.

Biography

To millions of fans, Diana Gabaldon is the creator of a complex, original, and utterly compelling amalgam of 18th-century romantic adventure and 20th-century science fiction. To the publishing industry, she's a grassroots-marketing phenomenon. And to would-be writers everywhere who worry that they don't have the time or expertise to do what they love, Gabaldon is nothing short of an inspiration.

Gabaldon wrote her first novel while juggling the demands of motherhood and career: in between her job as an ecology professor, she also had a part-time gig writing freelance software reviews. Gabaldon had never written fiction before, and didn't intend to publish this first novel, which she decided to call Outlander. This, she decided, would be her "practice novel". Worried that she might not be able to pull a plot and characters out of thin air, she settled on a historical novel because "it's easier to look things up than to make them up entirely."

The impulse to set her novel in 18th-century Scotland didn't stem -- as some fans have assumed—from a desire to explore her own familial roots (in fact, Gabaldon isn't even Scottish). Rather, it came from watching an episode of the British sci-fi series Dr. Who and becoming smitten with a handsome time traveler in a kilt. A time-travel element crept into Gabaldon's own book only after she realized her wisecracking female lead couldn't have come from anywhere but the 20th century. The resulting love affair between an intelligent, mature, sexually experienced woman and a charismatic, brave, virginal young man turned the conventions of historical romance upside-down.

Gabaldon has said her books were hard to market at first because they were impossible to categorize neatly. Were they historical romances? Sci-fi adventure stories? Literary fiction? Whatever their genre (Gabaldon eventually proffered the term "historical fantasias"), they eventually found their audience, and it turned out to be a staggeringly huge one.

Even before the publication of Outlander, Gabaldon had an online community of friends who'd read excerpts and were waiting eagerly for more. (In fact, her cohorts at the CompuServe Literary Forum helped hook her up with an agent.) Once the book was released, word kept spreading, both on the Internet and off, and Gabaldon kept writing sequels. (When her fourth book, "Drums of Autumn," was released, it debuted at No. 1 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list, and her publisher, Delacorte, raced to add more copies to their initial print run of 155,000.)

With her books consistently topping the bestseller lists, it's apparent that Gabaldon's appeal lies partly in her ability to bulldoze the formulaic conventions of popular fiction. Salon writer Gavin McNett noted approvingly, "She simply doesn't pay attention to genre or precedent, and doesn't seem to care that identifying with Claire puts women in the role of the mysterious stranger, with Jamie -- no wimp in any regard -- as the romantic 'heroine."'

In between Outlander novels, Gabaldon also writes historical mysteries featuring Lord John Grey, a popular, if minor, character from the series, and is working on a contemporary mystery series. Meanwhile, the author's formidable fan base keeps growing, as evidenced by the expanding list of Gabaldon chat rooms, mailing lists, fan clubs and web sites -- some of them complete with fetching photos of red-haired lads in kilts.

Good To Know

Outlander may have been Gabaldon's first novel, but she was already a published writer. Her credits included scholarly articles, political speeches, radio ads, computer manuals and Walt Disney comic books.

Gabaldon gets 30 to 40 e-mails a day from her fans, who often meet online to discuss her work. "I got one letter from a woman who had been studying my book jacket photos (with a magnifying glass, evidently), who demanded to know why there was a hole in my pants," wrote Gabaldon on her web site. "This strikes me as a highly metaphysical question, which I am not equipped to answer, but which will doubtless entertain some chat-groups for quite a long time."

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    1. Also Known As:
      Diana Jean Gabaldon (full name)
    2. Hometown:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Date of Birth:
      January 11, 1952
    2. Place of Birth:
      Flagstaff, Arizona
    1. Education:
      B.S., Northern Arizona University, 1973; M.S., Scripps Oceanographic Institute; Ph.D., Northern Arizona University, 1979
    2. Website:

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    a bit interesting.....

    I can't say they are all mystery books in the typical sense on the word. I does begin with a mystery and continues from there in the life of Lord John, a homosexual man in the Victorian era. Well researched and quite interesting but I found Lord John to be a bit flat and not my kind of character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 5, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    Love These Stories!

    This series is a great read. Good mysteries woven around the story of Lord John, making him a real and very likable character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2014

    Almost as good as tje Almost as good as the Outlander series

    Dont expect this to be "part of" the outlander series, alfhough it is the same people, just with a different character focus. Had a bit of trouble following the story. I had just finished reading all 7000+ pages of the Outlander books. Still VERY good

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2014

    Lord John fan ...

    If you are familiar with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon you already know Lord John Grey. This series expands on his character outside of that series. I sometimes do not like her writing and choice of using extremely outdated English in her telling of the stories (having an e-reader with a dictionary is a blessing!!) hence the 4 stars. That being said, I have to stress that I love her books and will continue to read whatever she writes. You can read and enjoy the Lord John series as a stand alone since each novel or novella is a complete story unto itself.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    I have followed the Outlander series faithfully since 91 & s

    I have followed the Outlander series faithfully since 91 & so I felt I should follow the LJG series since it tied into the other at some points.  While it did provide a  good bit of information involving the outlander series it can stand on its own two feet as another great series by Gabaldon.  I really enjoyed reading about things from John Greys point of view. How he became the man he turned into was inspiring in some ways, heart breaking in many others. This series is worth reading! 

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  • Posted March 7, 2014

    Not worth your time

    I am a huge fan of the Outlander series, but this is a drag. The only good thing about the books are they fill in a few,very few, blanks from Outlander.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2014

    Boring

    I'm very disappointed in this series of books about Lord John.
    It was a waste of 40.00.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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