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Reviewed by Riley

About A Twist in Time

Former FBI agent Kendra Donovan’s attempts to return to the twenty-first century have failed, leaving her stuck at Aldridge Castle in 1815. And her problems have just begun: in London, the Duke of Aldridge’s nephew Alec—Kendra’s confidante and lover—has come under suspicion for murdering his former mistress, Lady Dover, who was found viciously stabbed with a stiletto, her face carved up in a bizarre and brutal way.

Lady Dover had plenty of secrets, and her past wasn’t quite what she’d made it out to be. Nor is it entirely in the past—which becomes frighteningly clear when a crime lord emerges from London’s seamy underbelly to threaten Alec. Joining forces with Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must navigate the treacherous nineteenth century while she picks through the strands of Lady Dover’s life.

As the noose tightens around Alec’s neck, Kendra will do anything to save him, including following every twist and turn through London’s glittering ballrooms, where deception is the norm—and any attempt to uncover the truth will get someone killed.

Publish date: 4/11/2017
Publisher: Pegasus Books
Genres: Historical, Time Travel, Mystery, Romance
Number of pages: 464

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Review of A Twist in Time

A 21st century FBI agent, Kendra Donovan, finds herself trapped in the early 19th century. Don’t ask me how she got there. I did not read book one. But she is there and she has skills. FBI-investigative, criminal-profiling, super-sleuthing skills that can come in handy in any century. The problem is, in 1815 England, women do not solve murder mysteries.

There is a solution though. Somehow, (in book one) Kendra ended up in the company of the Duke of Aldridge. So while the Duke acts like he investigates crimes, Kendra can do all actual work. I could make all sorts of gender-based observations here, but I will let you read into that what you will. Suffice it to say, the arrangement works, even if Kendra’s actions are often frowned upon by just about all the other characters in the book.

One more thing. The Duke’s nephew, Alec, has a thing for Kendra. The feeling is mutual, though Kendra tries to deny it.

The scene is set. Murder occurs. There are many suspects. The suspect list includes Alec, which gives the Duke a reason to poke his nose into the investigation, thereby allowing Kendra to poke her nose also. Kendra spends the rest of the book solving the crime.

This book is crammed with 19th century English words and phrases. So much so, compared to other historical fiction I’ve read, that I often wondered if it was overdone. Sometimes it was a bit distracting, but always educational – after I did a bit of research. Kendra’s occasional use of 21st century idioms equally confuses the 19th century characters.

It is very evident throughout the story that it is all about Kendra, a 21st century heroine stuck a 19th century setting. Lack of modern forensic tools frustrates her. The local attitude towards females frustrates her. But perhaps the most frustrating aspect of her situation is the desire to go home to her own time conflicting with her feelings for a man of 1815. Kendra is a complex character and is fascinating to read about. Compared to Kendra, the other characters in the book are straight-forward and therefore, less interesting. However, the Duke, Alec and Kendra’s friend Rebecca have their roles to play, and, as what appears to be regular characters in this series, will have their own opportunities to grow.

For historical mystery, A Twist in Time is one of the best. The twist of time travel adds depth to the story as well as further intrigue. Will Kendra ever figure out how to go home? As the reader, do I want her to? I think I like her right where she is, solving 18th century mysteries with her 20th century knowledge.

I will leave you with a few of those 19th century phrases that caught my eye in A Twist in Time. Maybe you can find a way to use them in conversation today!

stuck her spoon in the wall
French leave
barking irons
live in each other’s pockets
made a cake of himself

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, Pegasus Books, in exchange for an honest review.

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