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kindle Ï A Murder in Time Ï Hardcover read × julie mcelwain ä [Ebook] ➨ A Murder in Time Author Julie McElwain – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk 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 Le for the deaths of her teammatesWhile 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 to be exactMistaken for a lady's maid hired to help with weekend guests Kendra is forced to uickly adapt to the time I had such high hopes for this book and it was such an utter disappointment Reading this book was like being promised something akin to the time periodgenteel witticisms of Jane Austen and the murder mystery chops of Agatha Christie and instead ending up with the blandness of Death Comes to Pemberley and the mystery solving finesse of a little kid wearing a Sherlock Holmes deerstalker with his finger up his nose There was just SO much wrong here that I don't even know where to properly beginI suppose first are the weak characterizations Kendra Donovan is one of the most unsympathetic heroines I've ever encountered in fiction Can't we just once have a heroine who is a badass female and is proud of that fact Kendra speaks several languages went to college at age 14 and is basically supposed to be a certified genius yet all she does is whine about how much of a freak she is I can think of than a few people who would love to be able to speak several languages with little to no effort and make insane amounts of money for just being a genius raises hand Besides that she also is an ornery bitchy person Almost every sentence she utters has some form of profanity in it which let me tell you got old real uick She's always snapping at the other characters Once she realizes she's somehow traveled back in time she doesn't even attempt to blend in with the society at large even when it might behoove the murder investigation she's working on to fly under the radar Instead she barrels around using slang terms and swearing not giving a crap about how a woman of this time period would be expected to behave her only explanation being either evasion or saying that it's because she's American She tells all of the men what to do and when to do it and they somehow never really uestion her on it I'm all for women being in charge especially in a time period like 1800s England where women's value compared to men's value was thought to be significantly less but I'd think at least someone would be like Hey you're not behaving like a lady and you've got no right to tell us what to do; leave my estate at once But no the Duke takes a liking to this jerk for no reason that is ever explained except as an excuse for the author to keep Kendra around to solve the mystery Solve is in uotation marks because despite how much of a crime genius Kendra apparently is the mystery just happens around her and nothing that she does really ends up having any affect on anything She's basically We're doing everything my way because I know what I'm doing and the rest are just Righto Miss Donovan we're going to just turn a blind eye to you because we're the side characters after all carry on She even interrogates a suspect relentlessly in an extremely cruel manner provoking him so far as to try to strangle her not going to lie I didn't really blame himMr Darcy I mean Alec is just a bad copy of an idea that Jane Austen came up with first He dislikes and is extremely suspicious of Kendra for the first half of the book culminating in him confronting her about why she knows all this weird future stuff and she gives him no answers and he's angry about it and then all of a sudden a couple scenes later he loves her and they're making out Zero to sixty no sense was made The author is the editor of a soap opera magazine and I think this is her roots showing for sureThe servants all speak with terrible text approximations of Cockney accents like Hagrid from Harry Potter if he was Cockney 'W'ot we goin' ter do ''Twas before 'er Ladyship's nuncheon Eleven Oi think Mebbe 'alf past It was extremely annoying at first but by the end when a bunch of servants are speaking at the same time and it's pages of this I just started laughing The author also has no idea how the upper classes speak trying to use modern contractions combined with Austen esue wording like Where'd you come from pray Even with all this crap aside my main problem with this book is that the author Julie McElwain does not know how to write or how to construct a story and this is obviously her first novel She is under the impression that the last sentence of every chapter should be foreshadowing She thinks adding one or two random POVs of other minor characters makes her story better rather than muddling it She names other characters in the POV of her murderer fairly early in the book thereby giving away to the reader that that character is not the murderer and ruining any theories the reader may have thought up I stand by my opinion that my ruined theory would have been a better ending than the actual ending anyway She reuses the same character descriptions and thinks her reader won't notice that every time we see them Sam's features are elfin Gabriel's hair is tousled and something about the Duke's blue eyes She overexplains concepts to her readers as if we are children who won't be able to follow her plot and she needs to handhold She refers to women characters repeatedly as either chits or bits 'o muslin Her main character's hair is shaved and described as being only a few inches long but somehow 3 months later she has grown it to a sleek bob and it is not a wig Most unforgivingly she can't even remember the NAMES OF HER OWN CHARACTERS Mrs Griffith becomes Mrs Griffon Georgette becomes Georgina and Sarah Rawdon becomes Sarah Rawlins all just a few pages later Like come ON lady This shouldn't be this hardWhen I first got this book along with a few others from the library one of my cats jumped up onto our coffee table and deliberately knocked it off with his paw Now this is the same cat who just today decided it might be a fun and not at all dumb idea to lick an electrical socket with a plug in it so I didn't take it as any kind of sign that I shouldn't read this book Sorry Willow I'll listen to your wise judgment next timeBecause I don't like to be an entirely Negative Nancy I will say I did like how the descriptions of the 1800s estate rooms and foods were presented it gave me a nice mental picture Thank you for reading and have a pleasant day

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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 A Murder PDF to England to assassinate the man responsib I was 14 way through this book before I got fed up with details that rang false and a heroine I had no sympathy for I should have uit when her hair went from Her scalp had been shaved for surgery but a half inch of dark hair had grown in to styled with blunt cut bangs and a sleek bob that curved an inch below her jaw in 3 months The library Big Read committee should be embarrassed to promote such drivel

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A Murder in TimePeriod until she can figure out how she got there and importantly how to get back home However after the body of a 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 I’d like to start off my mentioning the whole concept of time travel story Sometimes it works in stories and sometimes it does not In this story it works and the author gives such a brilliant and believable description of Kendra being pulled through time For me that was pretty intense I could almost feel the physical pain she was going throughI really dig the premise of an FBI Agent traveling through time and ending up working a case of a 19th century murder that turns into much You also meet some other great characters that race to help her solve the crimes For starters Rose Rebecca Molly Alec and Duke Aldridge are about the best written supporting characters I have read in a good while Most of all I was so fascinated with Kendra’s process in trying to solve these murders and some of the other characters thought process I believe Kendra really brought that out in them and she really got them to think outside their 19th century minds The killings are graphic there is profanity in this story uite a bit of it in the beginning actually I’m not one for profanity but I understand the scenario the author was portraying Intense situations cause people to react in all kinds of ways For many profanity is one of them Even though the killings are graphic this gives you a real sense of what the victims are going through which makes the story all the intense I think that was brilliantly done and gives you a real understanding of that type of evil in the world I found this story to be atmospheric packed with lots of action high energy situations and such intense and real emotions I couldn’t put it down I loved it and I hope there will be a seuel I’ve rated this book four and a half stars I received a copy from NetGalley for an honest reviewStephanie M Hopkins You can find reviews and great posts at wwwlayeredpagescom