My pick for this first week in April is A Twist in Time from Julie McElwain. I was kindly sent a copy of the first book in the Kendra Donovan series, A Murder in Time, and it was one I really enjoyed. It gave me a whole Outlander-meets-In Death vibe, which is never a bad thing.
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.
The other biggie for me this week was J.R. Ward‘s The Chosen. My copy actually arrived yesterday, so got a little start on it last night. And guess what?!? I haven’t wished Layla a painful, screaming death even one time yet! That makes me very happy, since I was planning on sneering through all of her scenes and skimming them to get to the other stories. On the negative side, though – Qhuinn is being a bit of a douche. More to follow.