A Murder in Time

Written by Julie McElwain
Review by Diane Scott Lewis

Kendra Donovan is a modern-day FBI agent. When half her team is killed during a raid, she vows revenge against the man responsible. She follows him to England and joins a house party which recreates the Regency era at a stately castle. Dressed as a housemaid, she plans to poison the man. But, when another assailant shoots him, Kendra must dash up the stairs in a secret passage. There she encounters a strange vortex that nearly kills her.

When she emerges from the passage, everything has changed. She finds she’s been sucked back into the actual Regency year of 1815. Anxious to return home, she’s soon caught up with the castle’s inhabitants, discovers a body in a lake, and deduces that a serial killer – a brutal torturer – is on the loose. Kendra uses her modern training and experience to help track down the perpetrator, with the assistance of an enlightened duke and his skeptical nephew, as more young girls are murdered.

It’s amusing to watch Kendra pit her 21st-century knowledge, without the equipment, against the limited resources of the early 19th century. Also, women just weren’t allowed to be involved in such vulgar activities. A few caveats. The point of view hops around into every character’s head, and a duke would never be referred to as Duke by his contemporaries. Kendra should agonize more over her decision to go rogue and search out her team’s assassin to murder him. The parts in the past are interesting, full of tension and, even for this long book, a page-turner.