Title: Lord John and the Haunted Soldier
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Rating: 4 stars
The story picks up right after the events of Brotherhood of the Blade. The gun crew to which Lord John belongs is brought before a board of inquiry to answer for their actions involving a cannon explosion that cost Lt. Phillip Lister his life. The explosion injured many men, including Grey, who possesses the shrapnel extracted by the surgeons.
When the cannon goes missing, Grey ends up with the only remaining evidence to substantiate poorly constructed weapons that could prove Grey of his innocence in the matter. Grey is determined to get to the bottom of the investigation and clear his name. Grey in turn, seeks out Lt. Lister’s fiance and child and investigates a black-market distribution of gun powder.
The novella is filled with mystery and intrigue and fills in many of the gaps between the full length novels. The story helps to build upon characters, and future storylines.