Cocktails & Chloroform by Kelley Armstrong was the perfect novella in the Rip Through Time series to hold me over until the next release. When Mallory follows the parlor maid, she ends up in a spot of trouble in this clever short story.Cocktails & Chloroform
by Kelley Armstrong
Series: A Rip Through Time #2.5
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For modern-day detective Mallory Atkinson, being trapped in the body of Victorian housemaid means overcoming endless obstacles. Her current challenge is winning over the suspicious young parlormaid, Alice. Mallory's plan starts with teaching the girl to make Molotov cocktails, which is a perfectly valid science experiment and not at all a desperate ploy to gain Alice's attention. Before the lesson can begin, though, Alice receives a letter that has her slipping off in the night. Concerned for her safety--and naturally curious--Mallory follows. Mallory finds Alice at what seems like a simple dance hall, watching young men and women flirting and whirling in pretty dresses and dapper suitcoats. But nothing here is what is seems, and what starts as a simple surveillance exercise turns into a full-scale spy mission with Mallory's boss, Dr. Duncan Gray, at her side. Before the evening is done, those Molotov cocktails are probably going to come in handy.
The Rip Through Time series features a modern-day detective whose trapped in the body of Victorian housemaid. She is employed by Dr. Duncan Gray, an undertaker often employed by the local constabulary’s office. Mallory ends up helping to solve cases.
It seems Mallory has a plan to win over the parlor maid Alice, by teaching her to make Molotov cocktails, but a late arriving letter has the girl sneaking out of the house, and Mallory follows. She is joined by Dr. Grey and what they uncover leads to trouble for Mallory. She’ll need to use her wits to get out of this jam.
While I always prefer a full-length story, Armstrong pulled me in and held me captive as this story unfolded. We learn a bit more about the body she inhabits and of Alice. We also see the darker sides of Victorian Scotland and what men will do for greed.
It isn’t necessary to have read the previous books, but I highly recommend reading from the beginning. Not just to learn about Mallory, but also because of the relationships she has built. Some know her secret and others do not.
Perfect for fans of mysteries, time travel and historical fiction.Cocktails & Chloroform by Kelley Armstrong delivers a suspenseful novella in the Rip Through Time series perfect for fans and new readers. #bookreview #SubterraneanPress Click To Tweet
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