- Swot - Noun - a person who works or studies hard [variant of sweat]
- Boffin - n. Chiefly British Slang - A scientist, especially one engaged in research.
- Auxters - A Scottish slang for armpits
- To Wellied - n. pl. wel·lies Chiefly British
A Wellington boot. Often used in the plural. - (in the book he defines it as " drunk" or "wearing enormous gumboots"
A follow-up to the well-received The Rossetti Letter (2007), Phillips once again simultaneously follows seventeenth-century and twenty-first-century mysteries. A serial killer is loose in seventeenth-century England. Are his gruesome crimes random, or are they part of a royal conspiracy? Hannah Devlin, a rare female physician, becomes convinced of the latter. Meanwhile, in twenty-first-century Cambridge, England, Clare Donovan finds Hannah’s diary. Shortly thereafter, an academic rival is murdered. Are the crimes connected? Both women work to solve their mysteries, while also becoming embroiled in parallel romances. Although the twenty-first-century plotline and ending are the weaker, both sets of mysteries and romances are engaging. An excellent afterword answers questions about historical accuracy
and literary license. A novel sure to appeal to readers of Philippa Gregory. --Marta Segal Block
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