A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Series #1)

A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Series #1)

by Julie McElwain

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A Murder in Time (Kendra Donovan Series #1) by Julie McElwain

When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life—200 years before she was even born.
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681773636
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Publication date: 04/11/2017
Series: Kendra Donovan Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 157,780
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.40(d)

About the Author

Julie McElwain has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photography 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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A Murder in Time: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not really a fan of time travel stories, but this held my interest all the way to the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait to read the sequel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A gruesome thriller and page turner. Kendra is a prodigy, but not annoying like most. The plot is crazy and has sdome loose ends. Yes, I did id the killer early on. But definitely an interesting book and I will be interested to see this author progress. A sequel would be good. Perhaps its just a matter of time.
thereadingchick 4 days ago
Our heroine Kendra Donovan is an FBI profiler. She is on the task force that is taking down two drug kingpins when she finds out her team was undermined from the inside, men on her team killed, and one of the criminals goes free. Kendra goes rogue and decides to take care of this criminal herself. She tracks him down to a castle in England but before she can kill him she gets thrown back in time to the 1800’s where another murder quickly takes place. Is this the reason why she has traveled through time? Another book blogger wrote about being excited that the third novel is coming out soon and made me curious enough to look this one up. THANK YOU! I’m sorry I can’t remember who you are, but this was a fabulous recommendation! A time traveler mystery is a bit of a stretch but this author set it up so well. Kendra was a child prodigy and is quite young, only in her early 20’s when she gets thrown back in time. Thank goodness because she’s not seen as an old maid. She is briefly thrown by the time traveling, but kind of rolls with it hoping she can find her way home again. It does help that the Duke whose castle she finds herself in was progressive and a scientist of sorts and is fascinated by this brilliant young woman. When the first young woman shows up dead Kendra puts her profiler skills to work and the Duke puts his societal standing behind her giving her gravitas, and allows her to investigate. I love it when a woman enthralls men with her intelligence instead of her beauty! A Murder in Time is part mystery with a hint of romance. The Duke is not Kendra’s romantic partner, but instead it’s his nephew that she ensnares. The tension between the two of them is intense but really the story revolves around solving the mystery of who among their peers is the killer. This novel held my interest and truly I didn’t want to put it down. If you love a good mystery and don’t mind a little time traveling, then please pick up this book! I do not think you’ll be disappointed.
Anonymous 9 months ago
I was hoping for a solid female lead in this story and it didnt disappoint. I get kind of bored of damsel in distress waiting for her big strong man to come rescue her trope. This was a very capable strong mature young woman who was able to fall in love without losing her brain. Loved it and wished more authors would take note.
Anonymous 10 months ago
Kept me riveted from the beginning. Loved everything - the story, the characters especially the heroine, the intrigue, "time travel" aspect past vs present mindsets, lifestyle, what we take for granted, .... Everything!!! I am truly a fan, looking forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I read a mystery book and fell in love. I got so excited when I received the second in the series I jumped like a like girl on Christmas! Read the first chapters you'll get hooked!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved the characters, the setting and the story. Excited to read A Twist in Time !!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book!!!! I would definitely recommend it to other readers. I really liked Kendra Donovan, and the cast of characters she encountered at the castle in 1815. My only complaint? Now I have to wait for the next book by this author. Please let it be soon!
Ecclectic More than 1 year ago
I found “Murder in Time” by Julie McElwain to be one of the most fun reads I've had in a long time. Combining science fiction/fantasy with a murder mystery romance set in regency England kept me enthralled. I will admit that the opening chapters introducing our time traveling female FBI agent heroine were a bit on the slow side but like an old fashion steam locomotive the book ramped up speed til I couldn't wait to finish. Some other reviewers were dismayed by the slow start and others by its seeming over emphasis on her backround but in retrospect I believe it was necessary for full character development. I was initially quite vexed with the author leaving the book with two major unanswered questions (not the identity of our serial killer tho) but after finding that this is the first in a series I'm certain they will be answered in later works. I recommend this book and am looking forward to the sequel.
SecondRunReviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very suspenseful .
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book, can't wait to see what happens next!
toniFMAMTC More than 1 year ago
I’m not an agent for one of the government alphabet agencies, but this woman’s knowledge and behavior feel realistic to me. Often in stories with these types of leads, the protagonist is a little too amazing, but that’s not the case here. Also, not all time travel stories flow so easily. I did notice the killer’s word slip and figure out some in the mystery of the murders, but so much of the mystery did keep me on edge. I plan to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. The story kept me interested the whole time and unlike some mysteries guessing at who the murderer would be. I can't wait too see what happens next.
VegasGirl More than 1 year ago
So enjoyed reading this book. The twists and turns definitely kept me reading. Really hope she writes a sequel.
CarolASM More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe this is the author's first book. I can usually tell right away, but not in this case. The story was extremely well written, fast paced,suspenseful. The characters are all believeable. I thoroughly enjoyed it from the first page to the last.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Julie McElwain in her new book, “A Murder In Time” published by Pegasus Books LLC introduces us to Kendra Donovan. From the back cover: When brilliant FBI agent Kendra Donovan stumbles back in time and finds herself in a 19th century English castle under threat from a vicious serial killer, she scrambles to solve the case before it takes her life―200 years before she was even born. 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. Are you ready to go back in time to 1815, London? No, I mean really, we start out in the present day and then we are literally transported back in time to 1815. Ms. McElwain does a wonderful job of making that time period come alive. This is one of the most fascinating and clever mystery thrillers ever! And, of course, Kendra is just an exceptional character that we get involved with as she tries to bring her 21st century skill against a 19th century murderer. I recommend that you start early, turn off the phone, hit the bathroom and make a big bowl of popcorn. From experience once you get started you are not going to want to be interrupted. Ms. McElwain has set it up so that you are captured from the first page and she doesn’t let go until the last. I am already looking forward to more from this talented author. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Pegasus Books LLC. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Deb-Krenzer More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book. At first I was like, hey this is present day, but that changed fairly quickly. I loved this character and all her quirkiness. As the story says, not everyone can be promoted, demoted and then be given a somewhat title in 5 days. I really liked how Kendra came across to the people from 200 years in the past. I'm sure they all considered her a freak, there was a lot of jaw dropping done by the other characters. Ha!! The story really held my interest and I could not put it down. I caught on to the killer as he misspoke pretty early, but it did not curtail any of my enjoyment in reading this book. I'm pretty sure this one will definitely be considered for one of my top books for 2016. I cannot say enough good things about it. Today was a very enjoyable and entertaining day spent reading this book. Kudos to Ms. McElwain on a job very well done! Thanks Pegasus Books for approving my request and to Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.
gallen112 More than 1 year ago
The book had a great start but it dragged in places and was a little hard to believe the acceptance of 21st century American woman in Victorian England. It was an OK read but I will wait until the next book in the series (assuming there is one) goes on sale before I purchase.