Author: Christi Phillips
Publisher: Gallery Books
Genre: Historical fiction
Synopsis: (taken from publisher's website)
From the bestselling author of The Rossetti Letter comes a “thrilling” (Library Journal) novel of intrigue, passion, and royal secrets that shifts tantalizingly between Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge, England.
London, 1672. A vicious killer stalks the court of Charles II, inscribing the victims’ bodies with mysterious markings.Are the murders the random acts of a madman?Or the violent effects of a deeply hidden conspiracy?
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 the seventeenth-century diary kept by his last research subject, Hannah Devlin, physician to the king’s mistress. Through the arcane collections of Cambridge’s most eminent libraries, Claire and fellow historian Andrew Kent follow the clues Hannah left behind, uncovering secrets of London’s dark past and Cambridge’s murky present and discovering that the events of three hundred years ago still have consequences today. . . .
Want a sneak peek? Go here to Read Chapter One online.
Out of all the genres, historical fiction and mysteries are my favorite. What a true treat it was to find both combined into this one book! I had no idea what I was getting into when I picked this book up. I wish someone would have warned me that it would be absolutely impossible to put down. I spent every possible moment that I could find with this book. I found that it was not only engrossing, but I found myself rereading and savoring parts - lingering and just getting lost in the story.
To say Christi is a masterful storyteller would be a tremendous understatement. She has woven a beautiful tale, mixing past and present with mystery in both. She presents two puzzles that end up being pieced together in a most interesting and unlikely manner.
I have been entranced by both main characters - Hannah from the past and Claire from the present. Both are strong women that one cannot help but enjoy spending time with. They are complicated and passionate, and each has a career that drives them.
"The Devlin Diary" is definitely one of my favorite reads for this year. It's captivating, a true page-turner, and amazingly well told. This is a must read for anyone that loves historical fiction, mysteries, or just well written fiction.
Parental note: Book contains one sex scene.
Christi Phillips is the author of The Rossetti Letter, which has been translated into six foreign languages. Her research combines a few of her favorite things: old books, libraries, and travel. When she’s not rummaging around in an archive or exploring the historic heart of a European city, she lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is at work on her next novel, set in France. Visit www.christi-phillips.com.
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