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The Devlin Diary

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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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Publisher: Gallery Books
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Engaging novel with parallel historical & present-day mysteries

  • Apr 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 characters and Restoration London itself were well-drawn and the mystery was riveting. Though I enjoyed the interactions between Claire and Andrew, the modern day mystery seemed like an afterthought at best, and the solution had a deus-ex-machina quality that I found unappealing.

Regardless, I truly enjoyed the book, and will be looking to read Phillips first installment, "The Rossetti Letter". Strong 4 stars.

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