BOOK REVIEW: The Devlin Diary

Posted on July 7, 2009. Filed under: 1 |

The Devlin DiaryThe Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips is a classic who-done-it of the first order that will have you eagerly turning pages. The Devlin Diary is written by Hannah Devlin, a physician at a time when women physicians were scarce. Her diary leaves clues as to a series of vicious murders that took place in the year 1672. We alternate the story of the diary with Claire Donovan and Andrew Kent, modern day professors who have their own reasons for wanting to solve the mystery of the diary.

The story takes place in both Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge. Just when you are comfortable in one era you are whiz-banged to the other, so it pays to stay on your toes with this story. There is a liberal dose of humor in this story as Claire is a new and temporary professor and is learning the ropes of the college while trying to figure out where she stands in regards to her relationship with the standoffish Professor Kent. The story can’t help but pick up steam as both sets of stories twist together in a sizzler of a conclusion. The mystery will be solved by using Cambridge’s eminent libraries.

I loved the history of this story and the fact that it is wrapped around a love story the whole time Claire Donovan is getting her love life started. The mystery of the multiple murders alone was intriguing enough to give the story a second read. The Devlin Diary is fast paced and full of twists. It is not stuffy or dry or arcane even though the subject matter it deals with is ancient. This book is very deserving of attention and cries out to be read and enjoyed. It is not what you think it is. Get prepared for a delectable thrill ride. I give this a hearty thumbs up and recommend this story for teenagers on up

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