Synopses & Reviews
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. . . .
"Phillips's command of period detail and her sure touch with emotional relationships help make this a standout." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Intricate, intriguing, The Devlin Diary is deliciously absorbing. Read it obsessively -- it's a story that will wrap you in laughter and tears." -- Perri O'Shaughnessy, New York Times bestselling author
"Lyrically written, The Devlin Diary introduces two of the most witty, gifted, and resourceful heroines you will find between the covers of one book." -- Stephanie Cowell, author of Marrying Mozart
"This engrossing tale might have been a page turner for me except that I found myself lingering on every fascinating period detail Christi Phillips lavished on this first-class historical mystery." -- Anne Easter Smith, author of The King's Grace
From the acclaimed author of "The Rossetti Letter" comes a haunting novel of intrigue, romance, and murder that shifts tantalizingly between present-day Cambridge, England, and Restoration-era London.
About the Author
Christi Phillips lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her interest in European history has led her all over the Continent. The Rossetti Letter is her first novel.