Review of “A Murder in Time” (Kendra Donovan #1) by Julie McElwain

McElwain, Julie. A Murder in Time. 2016. New York: Pegasus Books, 2017. ISBN-13: 978-1-68177-363-6. Hardcover List Price: $25.95.  Paperback List Price: $14.95.

5 stars

The premise of A Murder in Time caught my attention due to it containing some the key aspects that draw me to a story: the Regency setting, the mystery, and the supernatural element in the form of time travel. And this book proved to be exemplary on all counts.

Something that made it different in comparison to some of the other time travels I have read is that Kendra is in no way a historical enthusiast, although she clearly has some basic knowledge. It is fun to see someone who is clearly out of her element in most aspects of Regency life, but is savvy at solving a crime, with the focus being more on the latter than a sort of wish-fulfillment storyline, as has been done before in other time travel works.

The mystery itself is riveting, and the plot twist at the end regarding how many people were involved in the crime was something I did not anticipate. While I did not expect the mastermind to be who it was at first, I began to realize that it seemed somewhat obvious upon going through the evidence McElwain had previously revealed about his character. The true extent of his backstory, however, was shocking, evoking even parallels to at least one real-life serial killer who left his own mark on pop culture.


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