A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

May 1st, 2017 kimbacaffeinate Review 42 Comments

1st May
A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain
A Murder in Time
by Julie McElwain
Series: Kendra Donovan #1
Published by: Tantor
Narrator: Lucy Rayner
Length: 18 hours and 39 minutes
Genres: Time Travel
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Narration Rating: 3
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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.

historical MURDERMYSTERY SUSPENSE well written

A MURDER IN TIME by Julie McElwain narrated by Lucy Rayner introduces us to Kendra Donovan, in this time-traveling 1800s whodunit. At times brilliant, this intriguing tale kept me listening even if this was not my favorite narration.

We meet FBI agent Kendra Donovan in the hospital. She is in a coma as we learn about the undercover case that left her wounded and her teammates dead. Once recovered, Kendra is intent on revenge and goes rogue. She travels to England to seek out the killer.  While in the Aldrich Castle, she finds herself in peril. In her efforts to escape she slips into a hidden stairwell and soon finds herself in the same castle but in the year 1815.

McElewin quickly pulls us into the tale, as Kendra Donovan comes to term with her surroundings and soon finds herself working as a lady’s maid. She is determined to find her way back, but a murder soon pulls her into this world when she realizes they are dealing with a serial killer.

I loved the attention to details, although for me I found a few discrepancies in descriptions and quite a bit of head hopping. However, these were minor. Kendra, of course, stands out from her mannerism to speech garnishing the attention of the Duke of Aldridge and his nephew Alex. When the body of a young woman is found in the fountain, the agent in her cannot help but become involved. A Lady of the ton who is outspoken on the rights of women elevates Kendra’s position to companion and she soon finds herself actively working the case. Secondary characters like Rose, Rebecca, and Molly added depth and interest.

The murder-mysteries and Kendra’s inclusion in the investigation were wonderful and engaging. While she stumbled a few times with her knowledge, Kendra tried to use her skills, steer the investigation and catch the killer all why avoiding Bedlam. I loved how open minded the Duke and eventually, Alex was with Kendra’s knowledge. Kendra even managed to impress the Bow Street Runner. This was a clever mystery with a cast of suspects and multiple murders. All of it, kept me listening as Kendra tried to apply her 21st-century knowledge and skills. It was fun seeing her back peddle or use her knowledge of history to explain terminology when the group questioned things she said or did. She was quite the eccentric.

There was a romantic thread, but it was never in the forefront as Kendra hoped to return to her time.  There was a turning point and we see the potential for their relationship to become more. Either way, I was not invested in this thread. The tale is truly a time-traveling murder mystery case and we will have to wait and see if more develops.

The tale was narrated by Lucy Rayner and she did a decent job despite my dislike of her male voices. I thought she captured Kendra well.

The 1815 murder mystery wrapped up nicely with a satisfying conclusion but things don’t go as planned for Kendra. We do get an update on happens in the 21st century and if left me anxious. I cannot wait to listen to A TWIST IN TIME. Even though I am not thrilled with Rayner’s male voice, I will continue to listen as she is the voice of Kendra.

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About Julie McElwain

Julie McElwain

Julie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers magazines to those following the fashion industry. Currently, Julie is West Coast Editor for Soaps In Depth, a national soap opera magazine covering the No. 1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Julie lives in Long Beach, CA.

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42 Responses to “A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain”

  1. Nadene

    I am still on the frnce about audiobooks., however I do like the sound of this one. I think I may try the print version. I love the idea of time travel and mystery intertwined. This should be not only interesting but intiguing.
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  2. Quinn's Book Nook

    I don’t think this one is for me. I’m not super into time travel (even though I’m a huge Doctor Who fan). I am trying to remember if I’ve ever listened to anything Lucy Rayner narrated. I think I have, but I can’t remember!
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  3. Michele & Mckenzie

    FBI AND TIME TRAVEL! Eeeep! The discrepancies would bother me a bit, but you mention so many wonderful things (serial killer, women’s rights, awesome secondary characters!) that we will have to have this on our list. I hate that the narrator’s male voice didn’t work, but I love that she captured Kendra! Great review, Kim 🙂
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  4. Christy LoveOfBooks

    I think traveling back in time would be cool, especially how I’d be more knowledgeable about how things work and such, but then think about how frustrating it would be. lol. So it would be interesting to see how the author would handle an FBI going back, especially a woman.
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    • kimbacaffeinate

      3.5 almost a 4..lol I did enjoy it, but there were a few issues. However, I have already grabbed audio two, so that it itself says something.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yeah, I just ended up DNFing a book because of the narrator. However, the narrator is good, just didn’t care for her male voices. It was listenable. LOL

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