historical fiction · mystery · sci-fi

Review: A Murder in Time

Author: Julie McElwain
Genre: Mystery, Historical, Science Fiction
Series: Kendra Donovan

Summary from Goodreads:

Beautiful and brilliant, Kendra Donovan is a rising star at the FBI. Yet her path to professional success hits a speed bump during a disastrous raid where half her team is murdered, a mole in the FBI is uncovered and she herself is severely wounded. As soon as she recovers, she goes rogue and travels to England to assassinate the man responsible for the deaths of her teammates.

While fleeing from an unexpected assassin herself, Kendra escapes into a stairwell that promises sanctuary but when she stumbles out again, she is in the same place – Aldrich Castle – but in a different time: 1815, to be exact.

Mistaken for a lady’s maid hired to help with weekend guests, Kendra is forced to quickly adapt to the time period until she can figure out how she got there; and, more importantly, how to get back home. However, after the body of a girl is found on the extensive grounds of the county estate, she starts to feel there’s some purpose to her bizarre circumstances. Stripped of her twenty-first century tools, Kendra must use her wits alone in order to unmask a cunning madman.

Comments:

When I read the title for the first time, all I could think about was a Wrinkle in Time. Would this be related to that well-known classic? It somehow was.

I wasn’t entirely sure if I would like the story since I’m not a fan of fantasy, especially time-travel. However, I have to admit that this element has added more interest and color to the story.

Kendra Donovan is an FBI agent set to seek revenge when an operation for a high-profile criminal killed her teammates. Despite careful planning, things didn’t go as planned due to some unforeseen circumstances. The most surprising factor was when Kendra was sucked into a wormhole and was ushered into a different time period.

As this book so openly pointed out, evil is ever present and that’s what Kendra realized when a serial killer hunted young girls. It was up to her to use her skills, deduction, and training to identify him and put an end to his crimes.

I’m always up for a good mystery and crime book so I really enjoyed this one. I must commend the author as I didn’t have the slightest idea who the killer was. It was also a breath of fresh air to see how criminal procedures were done during that era, where technology did not exist. I will definitely read the next book as I need to know how Alec and Kendra would turn out!

“Whoever had said that appearances were deceiving was only partially right; they could also be deadly.”

My Rating: ★★★★ (4)

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