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A Murder in Time: A Novel

A Murder in Time: A Novel

Написано Julie McElwain

Озвучено Lucy Rayner


A Murder in Time: A Novel

Написано Julie McElwain

Озвучено Lucy Rayner

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Feb 28, 2017
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9781515989752
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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.
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Julie McElwain has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photography magazines to those following the fashion industry. Currently, Julie is West Coast Editor for Soaps in Depth, a national soap opera magazine covering the No. 1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Her other Kendra Donovan mysteries—A Murder in Time, A Twist in Time, Caught in Time, and Betrayal in Time—are also available from Pegasus Crime. Julie lives in Long Beach, CA.


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  • (4/5)
    An enchanting time travel mystery romance set in 19th Century England in which a 21st Century female FBI agent attempts to find a heinous serial killer without modern science at her fingertips. 1st title in Kendra Donovan series.
  • (3/5)
    Hilariously bad, yet strangely compelling. Kendra makes zero attempt to blend into 1815 society, and yet everyone just automatically accepts her as just being "American". It makes no sense! The whole story was SO DUMB, yet I felt a need to finish it to find out what happens.
  • (5/5)
    I absolutely loved this novel. I loved the blending of the present with the past and I think the author did a fantastic job with this through the character of Kendra. What I enjoyed most about this novel was the process by which Kendra solves the murders. The author isn't too detailed but the information presented is done in an artful way such that it remains interesting to read. All of the different characters were drawn up really well and did a great job of supporting the main character. The murders were graphic, and there is definitely profanity in the story but it worked with the kind of story being told here; it all made the story seem more realistic. This book was fast-paced and intriguing and I could not put it down! I heard there is a second novel coming out and I am definitely placing it on my list to read as soon as it is released! If you like historical fiction and murders, then this is the novel for you!
  • (5/5)
    How would a contemporary FBI agent conduct a murder investigation in the early 19th century without the 21st century forensic technology and being required to navigate through the gender and social class constraints? This is the premise behind the first in the Kendra Donovan historical-suspense series.When a FBI sting operation goes terribly wrong resulting in the death of Agent Donovan's comrade, she goes rogue and seeks personal justice. Going undercover in England, she is hired as a maid in an upcoming reenactment of life at an early 19th British manor. While escaping a shooting, she escapes down a private staircase into the 19th century and, shortly after her arrival, to the scene of a serial murder.The technology behind the time travel is not revealed. It appears to be only a plot device to implement the premise I opened this review with and not an essential element to the story. Although Kendra does use contemporary jargon which confused the British aristocracy, it isn't overused. Overall the novel was well written, characters well developed, and an enjoyable mystery and murder investigation. I will be reading further in the Kendra Donovan series.
  • (3/5)
    Just didn't connect with the main characters--not sure I will return to this series.
  • (3/5)
    I wasn't going to finish this book after reading the first couple of chapters. I was afraid it was more about murder and sadism than I like. I was glad I made myself continue as it was hard to put down.. Time travel is involved for a tough, brilliant, female FBI agent, who finds herself in England during the time of Jane Austen. A serial killer is on the loose and she is very involved with the apprehension, to the dismay of the gentry of the time. It was a fun and unexpected good story.
  • (4/5)
    Can't wait for the next one!

    A Murder in Time focuses on our hero, Kendra Donovan, as she finds herself thrown back in time to 18th century England where she finds herself investigating a murder. Knowing that this is not her time period, she has to walk the fine line of not trying to alter history while still fighting for the rights of the victims: to find out who their killer is. Will she succeed in her attempt, or will she irrevocably alter history? Only time will tell.

    I'll be honest...I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book. I'm not really into period pieces, especially having to do with 18th century England. It's just not my cup of tea. The start was a little slow, but that's to be expected with any good mystery book. But then once the murder happens, things began to pick up. By the time I was about halfway through the book, I was boarding a red eye 5 hour flight. More time to read? Yes! I ended up reading it all the way through to the end, because I really wanted to find out whodunit. Surprisingly, the characters were really likeable. I was pleasantly surprised to find that these characters were relatable and conflicted, just how well written characters should be. Sure there were a few side characters who were more caricatures of the time period, but your central cast will deliver. The plot had some good surprises, and was fairly balanced between everyday Victorian life and murder mystery investigations.

    Overall, you'll find yourself asking questions like our hero Kendra. If you're looking for some sci if elements, don't hold your breath. There's really not much of that in this offering, and I'm not too sure if there will be in future books. As much as I would enjoy some more sci if explanations in future books, I'd be just as happy even if there wasn't. If you like good murder mysteries with a little twist, definitely check this one out.
  • (5/5)
    I picked this book up based on a library recommendation during the Big Library Read event. It had favorable reviews and looked interesting.I'm glad I decided to check it out. The storyline was different - a modern day FBI profiler traveling back in time to the early 1800s and becoming involved in the solving of a serial murder case. It was well paced, the action scenes well written and the writing kept me interested.I am definitely going to read the next book in the Kendra Donovan series. Rating: 4.25
  • (4/5)
    This is hard book to review. On the one hand, it was such a fast and entertaining read. On the other hand, the writing could have used much better and much more extensive editing. The writing is a bit juvenile at times, and the characterization of the protagonist is very poor, and the dialogue, especially the "modern" way of speaking of the protagonist, is very clunky and unrealistic. Kendra Donovan is presented as a genius with a near eidetic memory and able to pull all kinds of dates and historical facts out of her mind, and yet she misses very basic historical facts and clues. The mystery is riddled with holes and not very compelling or twisty. Yet for some reason, I could not stop reading. I don't really know why. I think it part it's because the book has a great concept, and I love Regency stories, and the combination of the time period details with time travel and a disturbing mystery was a lot of fun. It's too bad the execution was not great. It felt like a self-published book, because it really needed quite a bit of editing.
  • (4/5)
    I joined in the Big Library Read this round for A Murder in Time. Time travel, historical fiction, a serial killer, it sounded interesting, and I'm glad to say it was! It was kind of like Downton Abbey meets CSI. It seems far fetched that anyone would have paid heed to Kendra's knowledge of a serial killer's reasoning, but that is smoothed over with The Duke, who is a bit eccentric himself, and willing to be open minded when others are not. I really enjoyed his character and would have liked to spend a little more time with him and his interests and hobbies in the story. I also liked the lynch pin that belief in her story rested on for Alec, but I don't want to spoil that tidbit for anyone.

    A Murder in Time was historically interesting, fast paced and kept me guessing! I really wasn't sure who the murderer was. I'm glad to see that there is another book in the series coming next spring, to continue Kendra's story.
  • (4/5)
    Super fun time travel romance.
  • (4/5)
    I found the hunt for the serial killer in 1815 very well done & it was fun watching how Kendra coped with the lack of technology. However, there were two main things that bugged me. The first, relatively minor but repeated many times in the book, was the use of "Duke" as a name (nickname?) for the Duke of Aldridge by his nephew and a few other characters. I have a strong feeling that it would be much more likely for these people to call him "Aldridge" or perhaps even his Christian name...The second was the fact that the time travel happens with no reason or explanation. If you can suspend your disbelief to swallow this, then the rest of the book is very enjoyable. It is a murder mystery version of The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court...
  • (4/5)
    I nearly chucked this book after the first chapter (figuratively, since it's an ebook from the library). I'm glad I didn't, as it ended up being a more-than-serviceable time traveling mystery. The only downside is that it is apparently the first in an intended series, which I need like another hole in the head.Kendra Donovan is an FBI agent in present-day America. She is part of a multi-agency raid on a terrorist hideout that goes awry, with bullets flying everywhere and people screaming and dying by the handful. That's the point where I nearly gave up on it, because it seemed so ridiculously like every other bog-standard espionage thriller. I mean, the kind of stuff Nelson DeMille probably writes in his sleep, only without the racism.Fortunately, I kept reading and the book improved dramatically when — through a rather strained MacGuffiny device — Kendra finds herself transported back to Regency England, where she finds herself living in the home territory of a serial killer of young prostitutes. She brings all her 21st century knowledge to bear on the problem while trying to avoid the suspicions of the Duke and other assorted aristocracy that she's landed amongst, who wonder just who she is and how she knows what she knows.All in all, the 19th century mystery is entertaining. It's fun to see uber-agent Donovan try to solve a crime without having the modern crutches of DNA analysis, computer searches, and X-rays. And if the dialogue sometimes sounds like the author swallowed Georgette Heyer's entire oeuvre and then spit it back up on on her word processor's screen, well ... she could have had worse source material to draw from.If you like murder mysteries, and you like Heyer's Regency works, you'll probably find this one to your liking.Note: This book was offered as a Big Library Read by Overdrive, which is a program that allows unlimited downloads of a select ebook across all libraries that use Overdrive. The last book I read from this program was [Shakespeare Saved My Life]. There have been others since but none of them appealed to me.
  • (4/5)
    Kendra Donovan appears to have everything going for her. She's gorgeous, a child prodigy who went to Princeton at fourteen, and now works as a profiler for the FBI. The trouble is, all those assets just seem to make her a liability among her coworkers. During an important mission Kendra is shot multiple times. After several weeks of recovery she is told one of the suspects has been given a deal in return for helping them in the future.

    Now Kendra is out for justice, but she is forbidden to go near the witness. She follows him to a party at an old English manor house, but when she finally confronts him, something happens and she is suddenly thrust back to the same house, but in 1815. She's completely confused and is put to work as a ladies maid, until a woman's body is found in the river, strangled and slashed in a way that Kendra notes is similar to a serial killer. She decides to do the investigation herself. She doesn't have the tools that a 21st Century profiler has, but she feels like she's the only one who can find the killer.

    I wasn't sure if I would actually like this novel when I started it but it incorporates two genres I really enjoy......time travel and mystery. I found this story to be atmospheric, packed with lots of action, and plenty of lively characters. I thought the author made Kendra a bit too stereotypical for this type heroine....too beautiful, too brilliant, etc. But that's not the worst thing that can happen in this type of book either. I found it an entertaining, fast paced read and much better than I originally expected. In fact, I see Book 2 is going to be released on April 4. I might head over to the library website and see if I can put it on hold.