Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way. Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life. As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed.
Last year, I read and loved A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain. It was an amazing experience: a book that was fun, well-written, featuring a kick-ass heroine and wonderful supporting characters. The mystery was engaging and it was a gripping story as well. I couldn’t wait to dive into the sequel, A Twist In Time, and I must say I was not disappointed. This book follows Kendra, who is still stuck in the XIX century, while she investigates another crime with the help of the Duke (now that she’s officially his ward) and tries to save her friend Alec, who has been accused of murder.
I know some of you aren’t sure of these books because of the premise, but really, I’d love to convince you to try this series. They’re not fantasy books… the only magical element is the time travel aspect, which isn’t that important once you’re in the middle of the case. And no, these aren’t romantic books either. There’s a bit of a love story, but it is like 5% of the plot and it doesn’t bother me because I love both characters. These are purely mystery novels. Classic whodunnits. The whole book is basically Kendra and her friends attending parties and questioning the suspects.
I already said this, but Julie McElwain’s novels remind me of Agatha Christie’s Poirot mysteries. Kendra is quite a peculiar character: she always speaks her mind and loves to make up theories that might end up being true. She doesn’t always share her thoughts until she’s sure she’s right, and that is something that she shares with Poirot. I also love how she is a modern woman and refuses to let tradition change her beliefs. When someone (mostly men) questions her abilities, she always knows what to say.
I think I enjoyed A Murder In Time a bit more, but mainly because it was the first one and there were more funny moments because of Kendra’s arrival. However, now, everyone is used to having her around. I think I’d like for more people to know about her secret, as I think it could lead to potential crazy fun situations.
ARC, Pegasus Books, 2017