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Tour & Giveaway: 102. The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips...

June 29, 2009
the devlin diaryNext up on the tour block: a book set in Stuart England & modern-day Cambridge... Read on for details & surprises!

About the book:
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....

A suspenseful and richly satisfying tale brimming with sharply observed historical detail, The Devlin Diary brings past and present to vivid life. With wit and grace, Christi Phillips holds readers spellbound with an extraordinary novel of secrets, obsession, and the haunting power of the past.

About the author:
Christi Phillips is the author of The Rossetti Letter, which has been translated into six foreign languages. Her research combines a few of her favorite things: old books, libraries, and travel. When she’s not rummaging around in an archive or exploring the historic heart of a European city, she lives with her husband in the San Francisco Bay Area, where she is at work on her next novel, set in France. Find her online at her website, www.christi-phillips.com.

drey's thoughts:
I got my copy on Thursday evening, and didn't get a chance to pick this up until late Friday night (after I got home from Transformers 2)... I couldn't put it down. Seriously.

Hannah Devlin is a strong woman--her father, husband, and child are all dead, and her mother's lost her wits. With no manly man to help and protect her family, Hannah does what she can--treat the poor's sick to help keep her household going. One day she is waylaid by the King's Secretary of State, to treat the King's mistress--because she is the only one who knows an effective remedy (courtesy of working alongside her father all those years). Once at court she is drawn into a web of intrigue, and when bodies start showing up around her, she starts wondering if her father's death was really accidental...

Claire Donovan is a new-to-Cambridge history professor who finds Hannah's diary in one of the libraries and gets drawn in to the mystery of a female physician during a time when women weren't allowed to practice medicine. Then one of her colleagues shows up dead. The one she punched in the face in front of a roomful of witnesses, of course.

I really liked Hannah's story--it drew me in and kept me captivated. Claire's, not so much--until the end. Just because it felt like her story had to be there, so that you could get to the end and the "ta-dah" moment... However, Christi Phillips did a fantastic job weaving the story together and telling it from both viewpoints (even if I had to wait for it to pick up with Claire's), which makes this a worthwhile read.

Fun stuff!

Read an excerpt!

Giveaway!
Thanks to Pocket Books, I have two copies of this lovely book for you (only if you live in the US or Canada--no PO Boxes, please)! To enter, comment and tell me why you'd like to read this book. +1 for following, +2 for sharing. Do it all before 6:00 pm CST July 12th! Good luck!

78 comments:

Anonymous said...

This sounds really great! I'd love to be included in the drawing.
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tlent said...

I SOOOO want to win this one! I'm a follower, too!

Sue said...

I'm wanting this just looking at the cover art. Thanks for sharing!

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LuAnn said...

Put my name in the hat, too, please!

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bermudaonion said...

Oh, I'd love to be entered for this one! Thanks for the giveaway. milou2ster(at)gmail.com

Pam said...

First of all, the cover is so appealing to me. And to know that the main character is a strong woman really puts it on my must read list.

+ follower

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Julie said...

I would love to be entered in this giveaway. I really enjoyed the Rossetti Letter and this one looks fabulous as well!

I'm also a already a follower

Cheers,
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housemouse88 said...

I've recently become addicted to historicals. This sound like my type of reading. I'm a follower. Have a great day.

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Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted on Win A Book.

chey said...

Hi Drey!
After reading your review, I'm hooked. I want to read this book. Please enter me.
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throuthehaze said...

this books sounds great! Lots of mystery and suspense
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throuthehaze said...

im a follower

throuthehaze said...

blogged
http://throuthehaze.blogspot.com/2009/06/giveaways.html

Lisette said...

I would liek to try and win this because it seems like something I would really like and because I LOVE books I can't put down and just have to read without stopping. Since that happened with you, it just might happen to me. :D

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SJ said...

The dual narrative from two timelines sounds interesting. reader047 at gmail dot com

Pam P said...

I like the idea of the story being told from two viewpoints.

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've been hearing about this quite a bit in the blogosphere and it looks like a good book, please enter me into this drawing.

+1 I'm also a Google follower of your blog.

Thanks for hosting this giveaway.
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Kitten22 said...

This looks great! Please enter me!

I love historical novels, and with a cover like that, who wouldn't want to read it?

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Kitten22 said...

I'm a subscriber (through Google Reader).

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Kitten22 said...

I tweeted about this!

http://twitter.com/BookingKitten22

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

historical fiction!!! love it!!! mysteries!!! love them!!! moving back and forth in time!!! ahhhh!!!! you got me! i want this book please!!!! (see little praying hands)
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HODGEPODGESPV said...

+1 for following,

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

+2 for sharing

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

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HODGEPODGESPV said...

you rated 1 second ago
read what dreys has to say and you will want this book too!

stumbled as spvaughan

Jake Lsewhere said...

I've also blogged about this giveaway here.

Thanks,
jake.lsewhere[at]gmail.com

LoveMyCoffee said...

I so have had my eye on this book. Count me in pretty please.

I follow your blog

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nightdweller20 said...

I would like to read this just by reading your thoughts on it.

I'm a follower.

I put the link to this on my sidebar.

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Chris said...

Wow. This sounds fantastic! It sounds like an intriguing, complex plot - something that will keep you interested until the end! I'd love to read it.

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Becca said...

Please enter me. I love historical fiction and when there is a mystery involved it is even better.
I'm a follower.
I blogged about it here:

http://completepoppycock.blogspot.com/2009/06/devlin-diary.html

thanks
rebecca.bradeen(at)verizon(dot)net

Carol said...

I've always liked learning about the past and reading historicals like this one is an easy and fun way to do it. Thank you for the giveaway!
Carol M
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Carol said...

I'm a follower.
Carol M
mittens0831 AT aol.com

Kat Bryan said...

I'd like to read this. I like stories with strong female characters.

winterset @ peoplepc.com

Kat Bryan said...

I am a follower.
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gaby317 said...

this sounds so interesting - pls count me in

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gaby317 said...

i follow

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Lisa said...

1. I am a follower.

2. I really enjoy historical fiction. It's a painless way to learn a bit while enjoying a good book.


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Dar said...

I'd love to enter for this one Drey. You know I'm a sucker for anything historical and this one sounds so good, not to mention I love the cover. I already follow you...

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Sandra K321 said...

I enjoy historical fiction and the combining of 2 historical periods is an intersting concept.

Sandra K321 said...

I subscribe to your feed.

bridget3420 said...

I love historical books which is why I'd like to read this.

bridget3420 said...

I'm a follower

Pissenlit said...

I'd like to read this book because well, I really like the cover. Also, the synopsis sounds interesting.

bridget3420 said...

Blogged about giveaway

http://bridget3420.blogspot.com/2009/06/630-book-giveaway-2.html

Valorie said...

As a historian myself, I love reading stories about people uncovering historical mysteries.

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/06/30/book-giveaways-june-29-july-5/

I am a follower on Google Reader.

Valorie
morbidromantic@gmail.com

ChristyJan said...

I enjoy reading books where the past and present are intertwined ~ sounds like a great book.

hawkes (at) citlink.net

ChristyJan said...

I'm a follower

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Beth said...

I'd like to read this because of your review. When you said that it was hard to put down, I knew it would be a good book!
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Marie said...

This looks so good!!

I am a follower.

marielay@gmail.com

Michele Vogel said...

Sounds Very good!

Michele Vogel said...

I follow!

nfmgirl said...

This book just sounds really fascinating and fun. A strong female character living a forbidden life, royalty, murder, arcane symbols. What more could I ask for? Please count me in. Thank you!

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I follow

nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

nfmgirl said...

I blogged it:
http://cerebralgirl.blogspot.com/2009/06/book-giveaways-in-blogworld-06-27-09.html

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

I love murder mysteries and medical thrillers, so to combine the two is my ultimate book, thanks for the chance to win. And thanks to Readaholic for sending me over here to your blog, it looks like a great site.

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

I follow on Blogger:

http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

Blogged about giveaway #1:

http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaway-devlin-diary-by-christi.html

Bill and Lorie Shewbridge said...

Blogged about giveaway #2:

http://wmljshewbridge.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaway-devlin-diary-by-christi.html

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Sounds great, historical mystery brought to the present...

Please enter me!

Dottie :)

gymmom_027@yahoo.com

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

I'm also a follower

Dottie :)

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amanda said...

This looks like an interesting read... count me in!
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amanda said...

I follow your blog.
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Paula said...

I have heard nothing but good things about this book. Would love to read it.
I am a follower of your blog.

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Nicole said...

I would like to read it because your review sounds great. I like captivating story lines.

+1 follow.

Belinda M said...

Read the review and it sounds like a book that would interest me. The cover art on the front makes me want to open it up and read the first page too.

I follow

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CherylS22 said...

The synopsis of the story sounds very interesting. I like to read historical fiction & thrillers and this book combines both. I also like to read books that show the effect the past has on the present.

Thanks!
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CherylS22 said...

I follow

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kalea_kane said...

Why would I like to win this book? Girl, first of all, a diary! I love books that involve someone in the future reaching through the past for answers to a specific mysterious circumstance. The summary had me going!!!! :) I am also rather intrigued because you couldn't put it down! Thanks for the giveaway!

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

I am also a follower.

kalea_kane(at)yahoo(dot)com

kalea_kane said...

Tweeted and posted in my blog sidebar.

http://twitter.com/kellyblackwell/status/2486226800

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/

kalea_kane said...

Blogged about your giveaway. That is SOME cover too isn't it?

http://enroutetolife.blogspot.com/2009/07/giveaway-blow-out.html

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Belladonna1975 said...

I would love to read this book. It sounds fantastic and I am a historical fiction junkie!

Thanks!

Diane said...

I'd love to be included in the drawing for Devlin's Diary.

dd DOT bookgoddess AT gmail DOT com

thanks so much

Upper West Side Writer said...

Your description sounds great, and I'm very drawn to anything historical. I particularly like this time period.

Thank you!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I am already a blog follower, via Blogger; thanks!

lesleymfan(at)gmail(dot)com

Upper West Side Writer said...

I Tweeted about this giveaway:

http://twitter.com/uwsreader/status/2562881122

And I've said it before, but I'll say it again: thanks for so many great giveaways!


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Debs Desk said...

I would love to be included in your giveaway. I have read several good reviews about this book.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Debs Desk said...

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

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