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The Devlin Diary

4 Ratings: 4.5
A book by Christi Phillips

Starred Review. Fans of historical romance and traditional whodunits alike will welcome Phillips's second novel, which like her debut,The Rossetti Letter(2007), alternates between past and present. In the present, historian Clare Donovan, who delved … see full wiki

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Author: Christi Phillips
Publisher: Pocket
4 reviews about The Devlin Diary
review by . July 22, 2009
Hannah Devlin is a physician in 1672 London. Although it is illegal for women to administer physick, Hannah is well learned in medicine thanks to her physician parents. She has found a calling in taking care of the poor and aiding them with their everyday maladies. She has found that this calling helps her cope with her life's misfortunes, she has lost her husband, baby daughter and, most recently, her father. One night, Hannah is whisked away by Lord Arlington (Secretary of State) and is forced …
review by . July 03, 2009
It's a page turner! The Devlin Diary explores the death of an English princess, the sister of Charles II, told through two women. Claire, a modern American historian, stumbles on to the diary of Hannah, a 1670's doctor. The swath of death widens as associates of Charles II's court and a colleague of Claire's are all found mysteriously murdered.    This book piggybacks, but is not a true sequel to the author's previous work Rossetti Letter, only a handfull of referrences go back …
review by . April 28, 2009
I have mixed feelings about this engaging book that features two Cambridge historians investigating parallel mysteries today and 300 years in the past. The writing is crisp though I did find the use of the present tense for the historical portions rather jarring. Claire and Andrew seem like engaging characters, but the focus of the book is clearly Hannah and Edward in Restoration England.    It was definitely the historical portions of the novel that hooked me as a reader- the …
review by . April 27, 2009
I truly enjoy a book of fictional history that makes me feel as if I am actually reading about true events from the past. This book is a prime example of how it is done.    The plot of the book begins during the reign of Charles II of England, and alternates between events of that time and happenings in the present day in Cambridge. The protagonists of both eras are strong women, and they both have struggles to endure to render a satisfactory ending.    There …
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