I really enjoyed the character John Grey in the Outlander books, and was looking forward to a series with him at the center. Sadly, however, I was not thrilled with this first installment. This was pretty much a straight mystery, rather than the multi-faceted adventure/history/romance of Outlander. I didn't feel like Iearned much more about Grey or his family in this book, nor much about the times or politics involved. Also, I'm frustrated by books that give all the answers to a puzzle or mystery through a long soliloquy at the end, which is what happened here. I'd rather have the protagonist unravel the details through careful sleuthing and have the author show that process, rather than telling me all the answers at the end -- seems too easy that way. And finally, I didn't much care for the narration. Although his character voices are well done, the straight-ahead narration had a stiff and stuffy feel that made it hard for me to feel engaged with the characters or the story. I think this is somewhat due to the writing in this book; here Gabaldon seemed a bit pedantic in her use of language, which I never once experienced during the Outlander series. Overall, I'm disappointed, and not sure whether I'll pursue the rest of the series, though I probably will listen to The Scottish Prisoner since this is such a central chapter in the Outlander series.