The Devlin Diary

The Devlin Diary

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From the acclaimed author ofThe Rossetti Lettercomes a dazzling novel of intrigue, passion, and royal secrets that shifts tantalizingly between Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge.London, 1672. The past twelve years have brought momentous changes: the restoration of the monarchy, a devastating plague and fire. Yet the city remains a teeming, thriving metropolis, energized by the lusty decadence of Charles II's court and burgeoning scientific inquiry. Although women enjoy greater freedom, they are not allowed to practice medicine, a restriction that physician Hannah Devlin evades by treating patients that most other doctors shun: the city's poor.But Hannah has a special knowledge that Secretary of State Lord Arlington desperately needs. At the king's Machiavellian court, Hannah attracts the attention of two men, charming courtier Ralph Montagu and anatomist Dr. Edward Strathern, as well as the attention of the powerful College of Physicians, which views her work as criminal. When two influential courtiers are found brutally murdered, their bodies inscribed with arcane symbols, Hannah is drawn into a dangerous investigation by Dr. Strathern, who believes the murders conceal a far-reaching conspiracy that may include Hannah's late father and the king himself.Cambridge, 2008. Teaching history at Trinity College is Claire Donovan's dream come true -- until one of her colleagues is found dead on the banks of the River Cam. The only key to the professor's unsolved murder is a seventeenthcentury diary kept by his last research subject, Hannah Devlin, physician to the king's mistress. With help from the eclectic collections of Cambridge's renowned libraries, Claire and historian Andrew Kent follow the clues Devlin left behind, uncovering secrets of London's dark past and Cambridge's equally murky present, and discovering that events of three hundred years ago may still have consequences today....A suspenseful and richly satisfying tale brimming with sharply observed historical detail,The Devlin Diarybrings past and present to vivid life. With wit and grace, Christi Phillips holds readers spellbound with an extraordinary novel of secrets, obsession, and the haunting power of the past.
Publisher: New York : Pocket Books, 2008.
ISBN: 9781416527398
1416527397
Call Number: PHILLIPS
Characteristics: 431 p.
Subjects: Mystery fiction.
Great Britain -- History -- Restoration, 1660-1688 -- Fiction.
Great Britain -- Court and courtiers -- Fiction.
Women physicians -- Fiction.
Serial murders -- England -- London -- Fiction.
College teachers -- England -- Cambridge -- Fiction.

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tlwren Aug 30, 2011

Almost as good as the Rosetti letters, agreed the real live relationship lacking a bit but still ever intriguing.

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PatrickT
Jul 25, 2011

Not as good as the Rossetti Letter. The historical story was good but the modern day story was average and deteriorated badly at the end. The two stories did not gel much at all.

ehbooklover May 13, 2011

This is a continuation of "The Rossetti Letter". Modern day and historical mysteries run parallel throughout the book. Both storylines are headed by intelligent and interesting female protagonists.

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dinkthecat
Mar 18, 2011

Excellent. The author is very comfortable with the socail mores of the period and presents them in a great language. I could not put this book down and am looking forward to more of her fiction.

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