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A Murder in Time: A Novel (Kendra Donovan Mystery Series) Hardcover – April 11, 2016

4.4 out of 5 stars 913 ratings

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After a murderous and creepy prologue that takes place in 1815, FBI special agent Kendra Donovan is introduced as the perpetual underdog on her task force team. She's brilliant, a product of scientists who practiced eugenics, but only 26, and she isn't accepted easily into the organization. When a sting operation goes bad, Kendra wants to exact her own revenge. However, during a rogue operation that involves a Regency costume party, she travels back in time to a countryside ravaged by a murderer. Kendra has a difficult time adjusting to the life of a servant in 1815, but she does manage to help the magistrate and London police solve the crime. This historical crime novel could have easily been published as a young adult title—the action is fast, and the ending hints that the next installment will come out soon. Several questions are left unanswered: Why does Kendra travel back in time? And how can she return home? Teens will appreciate that Kendra challenges the status quo of 1815 society, as well as her ability to track the serial killer. VERDICT Give to readers who grew up on Barry Lyga's I Hunt Killers and Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red.—Sarah Hill, Lake Land College, Mattoon, IL


"* A Top 10 Pick for April by LibraryReads * ", LibraryReads

"A vivid setting, interesting characters, sustained suspense, and even a hint of romance make this thriller hard to put down for long...A Murder in Time is a very enjoyable read that paints a vivid picture of how remarkably the world has changed over the past 200 years.", Mystery Scene Magazine

"The story is difficult to put down, and Kendra's character is well written. The romance—which both parties try to avoid—is believable. And Kendra's decision at the end is believable, as well. This is a great choice for a book club or for anyone who enjoys a mystery with many suspects and some heart-rending scenes.", Examiner

"This first novel is absolutely captivating and will appeal to readers of fiction, mystery, and romance. Expect to stay engaged until the final page. Author, a sequel, please!", Library Journal (starred review)

"There's nothing old-fashioned about Julie McElwain's daring debut Murder in Time. As FBI agent Kendra Donovan navigates crime scenes from two hundred years in the past, it's hard not to root for her ingenuity and bravado. Who needs DNA to catch a killer? McElwain offers a wickedly entertaining tale of two worlds, combining Jane Austen-worthy intrigue with Alias-style action. This smart book is sure to hook readers from any era." -- Erica Wright

"The time-travel element is believable enough to keep us going, and the story is solidly constructed. Overall it’s an entertaining genre-bender with a clever gimmick. The ending pretty much cries out for a sequel, too.", Booklist

"Pitting the skills of a twenty-first century FBI agent against the evil of a nineteenth century English murderer, this novel is a brilliantly imaginative and riveting read." -- S. D. Sykes, author of Plague Land

"Julie McElwain writes like an angel, but it is a devil she chases through the halls of time in this edge-of-the-seat thriller. I was instantly engaged. This is a taut thriller written by a pro. Every page holds a new twist. Prepare for a sleepless night when you pick up this beauty." -- Carolyn Haines, author of Bone to be Wild

"It’s amusing to watch Kendra pit her 21st-century knowledge, without the equipment, against the limited resources of the early 19th century. The parts in the past are interesting, full of tension and, even for this long book, a page-turner.", Historical Novels Society

Product details

  • Item Weight : 1.45 pounds
  • Hardcover : 320 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1605989746
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1605989747
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
  • Publisher : Pegasus Crime; First Edition (April 11, 2016)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 913 ratings