Review: A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

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Category: Adult Fiction

Published: April 2016

Read: May 2016

Score: 4.5/5

Synopsis: (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 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.

Review: This is a great book and I am super happy I got to read it, even thou it was a very long and big book. Do not let that intimidate you because it’s well worth it.

Arundel_Castle_-_motte_and_quadrangle,_England_(18_April_2006)It’s a story of the FBI agent Kendra and how after a really bad take down where a lot of her team gets killed she goes on a revenge mission and winds up in the 1800’s in an English household of a duke. Being a women thrown back in to this time isn’t easy and soon it get’s even worse when a murder happens of a young women. Using her techniques she helps to figure out who the murderer is and try to keep her secret of time travel to herself.

It’s a good novel and you really get to like Kendra and how hard it is for her to keep the secret that she travelled back in time. Even when she doesn’t know herself why it happened. It’s hard to solve a murder when you don’t have any of the technology that you are used it. 94ed6a_538625e50f5f35d696aa70162694d777

All the characters were strong and you were kept guessing who the killer was till the end. You thought you knew and then BAM things change and it’s not who you thought it was. Of course you have to wait until the end of the book to figure it out but it’s worth it. There was a bit of romance but not a lot and it didn’t overshadow any of the story which was great. It was a pleasant side note that you got to read about once in a while.

The writing is good and overall the pace is good. Some spots were really slow but it picked up again. This is where the .5 mark got deducted. It also ended like there is a sequel which is exciting, I would defiantly buy it right away to read it and find out what happens next. Over all a great début for this author.

If you like mysteries you will like this book, or even Outlander. There is a hit of resemblance so fans of that book will be a fan of this book. Also if you are inclined to read books of this time period this is also for you.

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