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Lord John and the Private Matter is the first novel in the Lord John Series by Diana Gabaldon. It was first published in 2003. Chronologically, the novel follows Lord John's tale in the novella "Lord John and the Hellfire Club", and is followed by another novella, "Lord John and the Succubus".


It begins when Lord John sees something shocking in his London club—and it takes a lot to shock Lord John, given his own background and experiences. He’s a younger son of a noble family, a career soldier, an honorable and intelligent man—and a homosexual, in a time when being homosexual was a capital offense. If his private life is ever discovered, everything he cares about will be destroyed, and very likely, so will he. Consequently, his investigations into the shocking occurrence at The Society for the Appreciation of the English Beefsteak, and the subsequent murder of a woman in a green velvet dress are hedged with personal danger and constant risk—a risk he’ll take for the sake of his loyalties to family and regiment.



  • The audiobook recording of Private Matter, narrated by Jeff Woodman, received AudioFile Magazine's Earphones Award.[1]

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  1. AudioFile – Reviews. Lord John and the Private Matter. Accessed 24 August 2016.

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