Book Review: “A Murder In Time” by Julie McElwainMay 31, 2016 at 2:03 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
Tags: Book Review, Fiction, Thriller
From the back cover: When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life―200 years before she was even born.
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 young 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.
Are you ready to go back in time to 1815, London? No, I mean really, we start out in the present day and then we are literally transported back in time to 1815. Ms. McElwain does a wonderful job of making that time period come alive. This is one of the most fascinating and clever mystery thrillers ever! And, of course, Kendra is just an exceptional character that we get involved with as she tries to bring her 21st century skill against a 19th century murderer. I recommend that you start early, turn off the phone, hit the bathroom and make a big bowl of popcorn. From experience once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted. Ms. McElwain has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesn’t let go until the last. I am already looking forward to more from this talented author.
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