Susanita (bardhlul) wrote in 50bookchallenge,

Book 20 - A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

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.

This book was mentioned a few months ago in a bookriot podcast and was also featured during a recent Great Library Read. For the most part, I found both the time travel and the murder mystery elements to be satisfying. Kendra naturally has issues adjusting to the various implications of her new situation, and along the way she makes interesting asides to herself about parallels between the two time periods (for example, the house party as the 1800s' equivalent of I was most amused, however, by an innocent remark that is nearly her undoing, but to say more would be a spoiler. Apparently this is the first in the series. While I would like to spend more "time" with this character, I hope the plot twist does not suffer with repetition. This particular story can definitely stand on its own in any case.
Tags: mystery, time travel

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