Author: Julie McElwain

A Promising New Time Travel Series with Hints of Downton Abbey

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A Murder in Time by Julie McElwain

Anyone sensing a theme here? I’ve dived into a lot of time travel novels lately. Each with their own unique twist. A Murder in Time was one of my vacation reads and it certain fit the bill of being an exciting page turner.

My favorite part of A Murder in Time was Kendra trying to figure out how to utilize her knowledge of forensic science and the psychology of killers in a world when the term serial killer hadn’t even been coined. Heck, in 1815, London doesn’t even have a police force. There’s a lot of history and mulling over how to put things in context for the men Kendra encounters. Good thing most of the men she encounters are somewhat forward thinking and Kendra finds a like minded woman, Rebecca, to assist her in her investigation.

It was fairly easy to settle into the past with Kendra. (Once she accepted that’s where she was.) The story felt a bit like Outlander, Sherlock Holmes (both the Doyle and Moffat versions) and Downton Abbey. There was an air of familiarity which made it a perfect companion on my summer vacation.

The only disappointing aspect of the story was the romance. There was supposed to be something between Kendra and Alec, but I just wasn’t feeling it. Kendra was often with large groups of people during the investigation and doing her best to avoid everyone else the rest of the time in the off chance someone would figure out her secret. There’s wasn’t much chance for anything to develop between Kendra and Alec so the few times they are alone, it feels incredibly awkward.

Fans of time travel, mystery and forensic science will like A Murder in Time. Kendra’s adventures in the past are not complete and there’s plenty of adventure and intrigue awaiting her in the present time. I look forward t reading the next book in the Kendra Donovan series.


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A Promising New Time Travel Series with Hints of Downton Abbey

A Murder in Time

Author: Julie McElwain
Published on: April 11, 2016
Pages: 498
Series: Kendra Donovan #1
Genres: time travel, science fiction, adult, mystery
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My Rating: Thumbs Up


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About 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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