The Devlin Diary
by Christi Phillips
mystery
From The Jacket:London, The past twelve years have brought momentous changes the restoration Phillips 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 farr eaching conspiracy that may include Hannah's late father and the king himself.
I loved this book from start to finish.
by-Eileen 2009/06/21, 07:24 AM
This is a first class read, especially for historical fiction lovers. There are two subplots, one transports you to the 17th century and the other modern day; both excellent. I did not want to put this book down to cook dinner a few nights in a row.
by-Beth 2009/06/19, 09:33 AM
 

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