Genre of book
This is the second in the series of Lord John books but can be read as a stand-alone. In this book Lord John is searching out the reason behind his father's death. Although ruled a suicide Lord John knows it was murder. A page of his late father's journal was delivered to both his brother and his mother. Also Lord John has been attacked twice. Lord John is now determined to find out if his father was a Jacobite and who murdered him.
Lord John's mother is getting remarried and there is a new brother, Percival Wainwright to be introduced to and get to know. Percival is so attractive and seems to be equally attracted to Lord John. But this is the era where homosexually is the gravest of sins and severely punished.
Gabaldon writes books that are very readable. I loved the story of Lord John and Percival and loved the descriptions of war in Prussia and France. However, I found the story about Lord John's father very confusing. Whether it was the number of characters involved or the use of initials (Mr. A) or the storylines that seem to go nowhere (Jamie Frasier's letter writing), I was lost and unable to figure out what was going on.
The other nit I have is the total out of character sexual boasting by Lord John to Jamie. It was so unlike Lord John I couldn't believe what I had read and had to re-read it a second time.
First Line: "To the best of Lord John Grey's knowledge, stepmothers as depicted in fiction tended to be venal, evil, cunning, homicidal and occasionally cannibalistic."