A Twist in Time
by Julie McElwain
A Twist in Time is another entry into the time travel mystery genre. It is the second novel in the Kendra Donovan series, the first of which I read last summer.
A Twist in Time is much like its predecessor, A Murder in Time. It’s a quick read and the mystery is solid. My favorite part of this series is how Kendra, who is used to 21st Century crime solving tools, manages to investigate the crime without all those modern amenities. I continue to be amazed you can solve a crime in a pre-CSI: Crime Scene Investigation world.
Of course, Kendra’s 21st century attitudes and beliefs continue to get her into trouble in this Victorian timeline. Ladies simply don’t go wandering around London alone and chasing after evildoers. But, as you know, Kendra simply will not bend to all the Victorian morals. And while in most cases this serves her well in her quest for justice, when it comes to Alec, her love interest, it becomes quite annoying. Kendra’s still trapped in the past, she has not found a way back to her proper time and she doesn’t hesitate to remind the reader of this on a regular, increasingly annoying basis throughout the story.
In addition, Alec, the one man her age who cares for her well being beyond maintaining a proper Victorian lady’s reputation, is quite the catch—he’s in the upper crust of society and titled. However, Kendra continues to shun in at every turn. The constant brushoffs and rebuffing, when there isn’t much chemistry to begin with (one of my biggest hang up from book one), grates on the reader who might be looking for more fire in their relationship.
I’m not sure I will continue with the Kendra Donovan series after this one. While the mysteries are solid and intriguing with the added lack-of-technology twist that Kendra is used to, the lack of chemistry between the main characters makes the story a bit of a chore to plow through.
The Quick Book Review
A Twist in TimeAuthor: Julie McElwain
Published on: April 4, 2017
Series: Kendra Donovan #2
Genres: time travel, science fiction, adult, mystery
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My Rating: Thumbs Down
Also in this series: A Murder in Time