Monday, June 29, 2009

Blog Tour: The Devlin Diary by Christie Phillips

Description from Publisher:
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....

My Observations:
  • I Heart It.
  • It is a slower read than I am used to. That does not mean that it is hard to read, just that Phillips seems to make each word really count.
  • Phillips isn't wordy, her style is descriptive, but concise. Don't expect to spend three pages reading about the embelishments on the doorknobs.
  • Every word is important. There'll be no skimming from you... no dozing off for a paragraph and picking up from there. If you do, you'll have to re-read.
  • The story is intriguing from the prologue. I didn't want to put it down!
  • Think historical fiction involving both France and England in the 1660s, with some refreshing girl power twists.
  • Great attention to historical details.
  • The plot flip flops between the 1660s and modern day at Trinity College, which I found a little confusing and unecessary at times, and at others, I found it amazing... call me fickle!

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