Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Book Review: A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Pegasus Publishing, via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

This new book comes out April 15th!

a murder in time


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.


If you love the Outlander series, you will love this modern take on time travel as well! Combining a police procedural and time travel, might not be totally new, but this take on it is! The best part of the book for me was how a modern day woman really could not adjust to the 1815 society strict rules, and managed to find a way to be outspoken, even among the strict rules! The author describes the era so well , that you really feel that you have been transported back there! As a mystery, I have to admit I had it figured out pretty quickly, but the fun was seeing Kendra figure it out among the constraints she was under, like not having a populace aware of forensics and CSI procedures when a crime occurs! But it is a fun romp, and great Spring reading. I do have to issue a warning though. the book does not 'end', but rather has a cliffhanger, leading into book 2 of the series! So be warned!

About the Author:

Julie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers 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. Julie lives in Long Beach, CA. This is her debut book. 

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