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.
I think this is going to be one of my favorite reviews ever. Mainly because I absolutely adored this book, but also because I disagree with lots of the other reviews I read (especially on Goodreads) and I want to declare my love for this book!
After falling in love with its stunning cover (I could look at it for ages), I read what this was about and knew that I had to read it. I’m loving time-travel books more every day and AMIT had an FBI agent traveling back to 1815. What’s not to like? After deciding that I’d read it, I started checking out other reviews and I felt immediately disappointed. There were tons of people saying that they had DNF’d the book and others who criticized its lack of realism. The main character got a lot of hate, too. I was afraid. Would this story focus only on love/sex like Outlander? (I really don’t like that book). My expectations were low.
As soon as I started reading, I realized I was having a lot of fun. The story was unique. The mystery was compelling. I liked Kendra very much. The supporting characters were great as well. I even laughed out loud several times! It’s true, I thought this book was hilarious at certain parts. Imagine that you’re an FBI agent, a professional profiler, who happens to travel in time to 1815 and ends up working as a maid. Imagine trying to convince the posh ladies and lords that there’s a serial killer out there. Saying things like: “The unsub is a white male, aged 20 to 35, probably has mother issues”. The reactions were priceless. Kendra was smart, fierce and brave and I loved how she kept trying to solve the crime even if she wasn’t always taken seriously.
The more I read, the more I kept thinking: When will it get boring? When will I start hating Kendra? The answer is simple: it never happened. Besides, I found the lack of realism endearing, as it wouldn’t have been so fun if she hadn’t been able to help with the investigation. Suspension of disbelief? Sure, but I didn’t care at all.
In fact, and some might say I’m crazy, but A Murder In Time reminded me a bit of Agatha Christie’s novels. You know, Poirot, with his strong personality, his weird theories and everyone thinking he must be crazy? That’s exactly how this felt. The humourous tone was definitely similar.
In addition, the “love story” was only like 5% of the book, something which definitely surprised me (in a good way). The rest of the book felt like a classic murder mystery, a traditional whodunnit where all the main characters are in the same location and everyone could be guilty. I loved it and I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I did.
Can’t wait to continue with Kendra’s adventures.
Pegasus Books, 2016 – Copy from publishers