A Twist in Time
|July 18, 2017||Posted by admin under Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery|
Written by Julie McElwain
Published by Pegasus Books
Distributed by Penguin Random House Canada
Reviewed by Christa McGrath
Publication date: April 2017
Kendra Donovan is a FBI agent from the 21st century who finds herself stuck in 1815. Alec, her lover and confidante, is accused of a gruesome murder and she must use her modern-day detective skills to navigate a very archaic system.
Kendra is a strong-minded, independent woman. She has smarts and bravery and a 21st century education. But is this enough to fight the treacherous 19th century danger (and class system) that lurks around every corner? As a female living in a very male dominated time, she faces many obstacles. With the help of a bow street runner (aka London’s first professional police force), she expertly pieces together the clues to try and save Alec before it is too late.
What I loved: It has an interesting, suspenseful plot. I liked being taken back to a different era exploring all those castles, ballrooms and alleys. And the female lead character is gutsy. The supporting characters are interesting and well-developed. I particularly enjoyed the Duke of Aldridge and Lady Rebecca Blackburn – two characters whom I think could have interesting story lines of their own. And the Dover family, though somewhat mysterious and shielded, were believable and I found myself wanting to know more about them and all their flaws.
What I didn’t love: Not much really. The author did a really great job making the story believable for the period in which it was centered on. I only found Kendra’s attitude a little annoying at times as she attempted to curb her 21st century persona to that of a female in the 1800s. It is, of course, a necessary part of the story and rightfully so considering the nature of this book. It is also a little difficult to keep all the characters and their titles straight, but I feel the multitude of characters added to the allure of the story.
This is a fast-paced and well-written book. Despite some very minor flaws, the book does not disappoint. If you are looking for an escape this summer, McElwain’s A Twist in Time will take you to far away places. It is like Jane Austen meets Nancy Drew and they make the perfect female murder mystery. It’s a marvelous page-turner and the perfect summer-time read. I loved this book and give it 2 thumbs up.
NOTE: This is the second book in the Kendra Donovan series. While it is not necessary to read the first book, I would recommend reading them in sequence because the first book will provide the background story leading to A Twist in Time. And the very last page leads readers to believe that a sequel is on it’s way. How exciting.
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