Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/02/19
ISBN 9781643130743
Trim Size / Pages 9 x 6 in / 464

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Betrayal in Time

A Novel

Julie McElwain

Kendra Donovan’s adventures in nineteenth-century England continue when she is called upon to investigate the murder of a spymaster, the first in a set of bizarre killings carried out by a madman.

February 1816: A race through the icy, twisting cobblestone streets of London ends inside an abandoned church—and a horrific discovery. Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly is called to investigate the grisly murder of Sir Giles Holbrooke, who was left naked and garroted, with his tongue cut out. Yet as perplexing as that crime is, it becomes even stranger when symbols that resemble crosses mysteriously begin to appear across the dead man’s flesh during autopsy. Is it a message from the killer?

Sam turns to the one person in the kingdom who he believes can answer that question and solve the bizarre murder—the Duke of Aldridge’s odd but brilliant ward, Kendra Donovan.

While Kendra has been trying to adapt to her new life in the early nineteenth century, she is eager to use her skills as a twenty-first century FBI agent again. And she will need all her investigative prowess, because Sir Giles was not an average citizen. He was one of England’s most clever spymasters, whose life had been filled with intrigue and subterfuge.

Kendra’s return to the gritty streets and glittering ballrooms of London takes her down increasingly dangerous paths. When more bodies are discovered, murdered in the same apparently ritualistic manner as Sir Giles, the American begins to realize that they are dealing with a killer with an agenda, whose mind has been twisted by rage and bitterness so that the price of a perceived betrayal is death.

Julie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers 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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Endorsements & Reviews

“A treasure.” Library Journal [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]
“Readers of Regency romances or FBI thrillers are sure to love A Twist in Time, an inventive mix of the two genres. With its rapid pacing, slew of interesting characters and time travel, A Twist in Time is riveting. Anyone who enjoys the unusual is sure to enjoy Agent Kendra Donovan's adventures.” Shelf Awareness [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]
“If the Outlander series were written by Lisa Gardner, this would be the result. A tense page-turner with an excellent dose of feminism, social commentary, and badassery.” Criminal Element [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]
“If you are tired of reading typical mystery novels, A Twist in Time might be the remedy. The novel and the series have plenty to offer: a captivating plot, an easy language which make the ready experience go smoothly, and a host of interesting characters.” Mystery Tribune [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]
“With its engaging characters, vivid and authentic settings, and intriguing mystery, this is the kind of book the reader wishes wouldn’t end.” Mystery Scene [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]
“Engrossing and enjoyable. The book is fast and fun to read, and watching a modern FBI agent try to solve crimes without any 21st-century tech to help is intriguing.” Historical Novels Review [praise for the Kendra Donovan Mysteries]