This is a weekly event hosted by Marcia of The Printed Page every Wednesday.

Marcia says:

I love beautiful, and interesting, cover art so every Wednesday I post my 'Cover Attraction' for the week along with a synopsis of the book. Everyone is welcome to stop by and, if they'd like, post a link to their favorite weekly book cover.

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The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips

Synopsis (From the author's site):

From the acclaimed author of The Rossetti Letter comes a dazzling novel of intrigue, passion, and royal secrets that shifts tantalizingly between Restoration-era London and present-day Cambridge.

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.

11 Responses
  1. Sandy Nawrot Says:

    Not only is that cover very cool, the synopsis is hard to deny!

  2. Melody Says:

    Sandy - I totally agree!!

  3. Alice Says:

    I agree with Sandy!

  4. Violet Says:

    wow, very interesting covers, the synopsis is great too, although a little complicated :)

  5. Ladytink_534 Says:

    I agree, this covers are lovely!

  6. Stephanie Says:

    Both covers are nice, but I prefer the paperback one!

  7. The Bookworm Says:

    wonderful cover! I think I like the paperback best. and the book sounds good too.

  8. Matt Says:

    The story is just as attractive (and intriguing) as the cover! I love gothic novel with an academic setting. I'm going to check this one out!

  9. Veens Says:

    Intriguing synopsis and I like the cover too!

  10. Darlene Says:

    I have always thought this had a great cover. I think the paperback version is awesome.

  11. Julia Says:

    I love how the key and the cover art matched the titles of the books. Love the cover by the way. And the synopsis seem interesting ;)

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