The Devlin Diary (Paperback)
June 2009 Indie Next List
“Claire Donovan is back -- now a visiting lecturer at Cambridge University, she stumbles across a coded diary while attempting to find a subject for her next paper and gets caught up in academic intrigue while she tries to decode the book. One of the most engrossing novels I've read in a long time.”
— Jake Hallman, A Great Good Place for Books, Oakland, CA
London, 1672. A vicious killer stalks the court of Charles II, inscribing the victims’ bodies with mysterious markings. Are the murders the random acts of a madman? Or the violent effects of a deeply hidden conspiracy?
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 the seventeenth-century diary kept by his last research subject, Hannah Devlin, physician to the king’s mistress. Through the arcane collections of Cambridge’s most eminent libraries, Claire and fellow historian Andrew Kent follow the clues Hannah left behind, uncovering secrets of London’s dark past and Cambridge’s murky present and discovering that the events of three hundred years ago still have consequences today...