Betrayal in Time

Betrayal in Time

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...

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Title:Betrayal in Time
Author:Julie McElwain
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Betrayal in Time Reviews

  • Lindsey

    This may have been my favorite book of the series so far! I love seeing Kendra allow herself to continue to adapt to her new surroundings more as her story continues - I'm torn on whether or not I actually want to see her return to the present day.

    The mystery in 'Betrayal in Time' was an engaging one, and it kept me guessing until the end. There were a few points to the mystery that I did figure out as the story went, but if you ask me, that's good writing. Julie McElwain had a clear goal with

    This may have been my favorite book of the series so far! I love seeing Kendra allow herself to continue to adapt to her new surroundings more as her story continues - I'm torn on whether or not I actually want to see her return to the present day.

    The mystery in 'Betrayal in Time' was an engaging one, and it kept me guessing until the end. There were a few points to the mystery that I did figure out as the story went, but if you ask me, that's good writing. Julie McElwain had a clear goal with the mystery here and the plot points followed that goal and supported the ending. When the final twist came about, it didn't feel like it came out of nowhere - Ms. McElwain didn't introduce any convoluted elements just for the sake of tripping up the reader, and I appreciated that a lot.

    I know the overall theme of the series is for Kendra to investigate murders, but I'd like to see some mysteries come about that don't actually involve murders. Maybe an extra creepy escape room type of situation, or a masquerade mystery. I'm not sure, and I'll leave that to the author! I'll just continue to read along in the journey.

    I was glad to have Rebecca back! Hope to see more of her in future installments, she's a fun character and I hope that Kendra eventually opens up to her. Muldoon was a fun new character, wouldn't mind seeing more of him. And I'm always looking for more Alec and more Duke. It was fun to read more about Alec's past as a spy in the war - I hope we get more of his background.

    Also, I know romance is not the central point of the story, but I do have to say, I appreciate the fact that as Kendra and Alec's relationship continues to build, it is portrayed as a healthy relationship. Alec is obviously old fashioned, yet he's open-minded. He's protective but recognizes that he can't stop Kendra from being Kendra, and he doesn't even want to. Kendra may give him a heart attack eventually, but he is getting to know her and he accepts her. In the first book I thought their relationship kind of appeared out of nowhere, but that was the initial attraction, and the foundation for a strong relationship has followed.

    Bring on book 5!

    SPOILERS/THEORIES BELOW

    While reading the third book I started really thinking that there is something linking Kendra to this time period, that her going back in time to this specific time period wasn't at all random. The fact that her mother is a quantum physicist feels very pointed to me, as is the fact that the Duke, a man of science/philosophy, lost his daughter when she was still a child. I think Eleanor is the duke's missing daughter, and she fell through a wormhole, and she's been studying her whole life to see if she could go back. Maybe it's farfetched/too science fiction, but that's my current theory.

  • Roxanne

    It ended too soon. I have to wait a whole year for more Kendra and alec

  • Tracy

    The 4th installment in the In Time series. I enjoyed it for sure! I love the characters and the murder case kept me guessing, trying to figure out who did it. I look forward to the next one....

  • Tiffany Jones

    **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM JULIIE MCELWAIN AND NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.**

    In the fourth installment of the Kendra Donovan series, Kendra is called upon to investigate the murder of a postmaster, the first in a series of killings by a truly deranged murderer. A watchman chases a thief through the icy cobblestone streets of 1816 London, leading them to an

    **FTC DISCLAIMER: I RECEIVED THIS BOOK FROM JULIIE MCELWAIN AND NETGALLEY IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW. RECEIPT OF THIS BOOK IN THIS MANNER DOES NOT AFFECT MY OPINION OF THE BOOK OR THE CONTENT OF MY REVIEW.**

    In the fourth installment of the Kendra Donovan series, Kendra is called upon to investigate the murder of a postmaster, the first in a series of killings by a truly deranged murderer. A watchman chases a thief through the icy cobblestone streets of 1816 London, leading them to an abandoned church and a grisly discovery. The body of Sir Giles Holbrooke is found hidden in the church, naked and garroted, and with his tongue cut out. Bowstreet runner, Sam Kelly, is called in to investigate and during the autopsy, the case becomes even stranger with the discovery that invisible ink was used to leave symbols that look like crosses all over the body. Sam turns to the one person that can help him. Kendra has been trying to adapt to life in 1816 but jumps at the chance to use her FBI skills. This investigation will definitely take all of her expertise because Sir Giles was far from your average nobleman.

    All of Kendra's adventures in London have captivated me, and this one was no exception. In fact, this may be my favorite in the series, so far. I love all of the characters that she's met, the Duke, Alex, and Rebecca, in particular. I think she's doing a great job adjusting to her very unique, difficult situation. That said, I think Kendra should think more about how her actions will affect the people with care about her. I get that in her time, she was independent and didn't really have anyone. But, when she just jumps into situations it not only risks her life and reputation, but also Alex and the Duke. I'm also holding out hope that she'll marry Alex. Part of me hopes that Rebecca gets sent to the future. It just seems that with some adaptation, she would do well. I honestly can't wait for book five of this amazing series. Julie MCELWAIN obviously does a ton of research into the time period and manages to paint the scene so well that you feel like you've actually there.

  • Kelsey Reitsma

    Julie, you have done it again! You have skillfully sucked me into another great murder mystery that had me guess the WHOLE TIME. The writing flowed freely and I was able to finish it in a SNAP! I really appreciate the Kendra Donovan series because of the combination of the regency era mixed with time travel and crime. I think that Betrayal in Time was the perfect edition to the series, setting the the scene with high pace action and shock right away. This is a book that I would highly recommend!

  • Linda

    Early nineteenth-century class lines were crossed when FBI Agent Kendra Donovan was drawn into a murder that reached deep into the world of spies and espionage. This was the fourth story in a time travel/historical mystery series and the first one I gave five stars.

    Kendra was a modern-day, gutsy government investigator when she was transported back in time to Regency-era England.

    covered her introduction into this discriminating period. I thought it was an interesting look at

    Early nineteenth-century class lines were crossed when FBI Agent Kendra Donovan was drawn into a murder that reached deep into the world of spies and espionage. This was the fourth story in a time travel/historical mystery series and the first one I gave five stars.

    Kendra was a modern-day, gutsy government investigator when she was transported back in time to Regency-era England.

    covered her introduction into this discriminating period. I thought it was an interesting look at the

    of an Upstairs, Downstairs dukedom.

    The introduction of secondary characters and solving the mystery in the first 3 stories was very good and the reason I gave each narrative four stars. I hesitated on a fifth because of Kendra’s abrasive and at times, unrealistic, behavior. Yes, she was a product of the 21st century, but her language -rather than being cautious- was very much contemporary speech and unlikely to be spoken

    by the others.

    In

    , I thought Ms. McElwain situated all her characters

    . I accepted Kendra will always have issues with sexist mores but her personality blossomed and grew on me. His Grace was an absolute dear and Alec was scrumptious. I appreciated the scarred Rebecca

    and the introduction of

    love interest, Muldoon. Bow Street runner Sam Kelly was always welcome company. Dr. Ethan Munroe made his presence known again and I enjoyed seeing more of Barts. I am glad the author brought back Snake and, yes, I even liked listening to Kendra banter with the underworld crime lord, Bear. And better yet, watching her explain her actions to the men who loved her.

    ~~~~~

    This is a dark mystery series; it easily bends the reader’s outlook. If you don’t mind a complicated and shadowed side of history and can accept Kendra, then I think you will like the ‘In Time’ stories. Be sure and read them in order. The development of the secondary characters provides the necessary strengths. Without them, I wouldn’t be able to recommend the books. As for now, I wish I had the fifth to read.

  • Lorraine

    Once again Julie McElwain writes a dynamite book! Julie McElwain’s Betrayal in Time (Kendra Donovan, #4) draws the reader into the book once the reader opens the book and begins on the first page! Kendra Donovan, a ward of the Duke of Aldridge in 1816, is actually a 21st c. FBI profiler who landed in the 19th c while working a case. Kendra has a hard time with all the rules that must be followed by the 19th c.Beau Monde of which she is a member being a ‘ward of a duke’, but the Duke, his nephew,

    Once again Julie McElwain writes a dynamite book! Julie McElwain’s Betrayal in Time (Kendra Donovan, #4) draws the reader into the book once the reader opens the book and begins on the first page! Kendra Donovan, a ward of the Duke of Aldridge in 1816, is actually a 21st c. FBI profiler who landed in the 19th c while working a case. Kendra has a hard time with all the rules that must be followed by the 19th c.Beau Monde of which she is a member being a ‘ward of a duke’, but the Duke, his nephew, The Marquis of Sutcliffe, and Mr. Kelly, a Bow Street Runner, (21st c.= cop) all understand Kendra’s need to solve murders. Needless to say, Kendra is a definite oddity for the era in which she is now belongs. In this book, #4, a horrific murder is discovered, and the victim is well-known and a friend of the Prince Regent. Of course, Kendra has to be involved, but at the same time, she is attending events of The London Season. What a conundrum! The characters are beautifully written. The research the author has done enables 1816 London to bounce off the page for the reader!

    A great and fast paced read! Highly recommended!! 5 stars I did not want this book to end!

  • Lori

    Loved it! This series is so much fun to read. This is probably my favorite so far. The Who-Done-it in this storyline was very well done and had me continually changing my mind. I highly recommend this series & I can not wait for more adventures with Kendra & the crew.

  • Sophia

    With this fourth book in the series, I feel we have settled into what feels like a long-term series.

    I love this series overall and I enjoy getting the best of both worlds with an FBI thriller while getting old-school policing and old world setting and surrounding characters. The murder mystery, a dead body left in an abandoned church with symbols painted on, is gritty and dark with enough twists to keep me guessing. At Bow Street Runner, Sam Kelly's call for help, Kendra is brought in along

    With this fourth book in the series, I feel we have settled into what feels like a long-term series.

    I love this series overall and I enjoy getting the best of both worlds with an FBI thriller while getting old-school policing and old world setting and surrounding characters. The murder mystery, a dead body left in an abandoned church with symbols painted on, is gritty and dark with enough twists to keep me guessing. At Bow Street Runner, Sam Kelly's call for help, Kendra is brought in along with the Duke, Alec, and Rebecca assisting her. There is also a newcomer, Irish newspaperman, who gets a rise out of the unflappable Lady Rebecca, while he helps with the investigation.

    I will say that I get hung up on the same issues each time I listen in. My biggest issue is that for a trained agent, Kendra can pull some stupid moves and this book was no exception. She's so busy trying to prove her equality that she rushes alone into dangerous spots waving her one-shot pistol around like that will protector in a tavern full of thieves. In the last few books, people don't doubt her ability, but it only makes common sense not to go alone or that some situations really are not appropriate for her to bull nose her way into and she could give the Duke and Alec some credit for brains, too.

    She still has her hang-ups about settling into life in the past and getting into a deeper commitment with Alec, but I can kind of see that those things might take longer especially since Kendra has some real issues because of her past.

    This latest murder paced out slowly as more than one mystery is revealed and has to be sorted. I had my suspicion about the truth and I was partly right.

    Lucy Rayner is the ongoing narrator for the series. I love her British accent and the way she voices all the characters even mens' voices well. She nails class differences and age, even tone of the scene. I still feel that occasionally her Kendra voices gets a whine to it and does sound like a young girl at times, but I'm adjusting and feel that she's a skilled narrator.

    All in all, the series is still holding strong and promises some more riveting installments. Those who want a little something different in their time travel by blending it with romantic suspense should give this series a go.

    My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.

    COYER Summer Scavenger Hunt Clue- find book with 5-star review, Who Slays the Wicked by CS Harris, and read one of the GR recs. 4 pts

  • Amanda

    Dear editors, and also authors: a crucifix has a corpus (body), and a cross does not. Yes, crucifix sounds more religious, but they’re not interchangeable. If it can be confused with a t, it’s not a crucifix.

    Sincerely, Catholics

    Kendra is driving me a little crazy with her refusal to go along with the standards of the day. Sure, investigate crime. But take your maid, instead of being a constant embarrassment to your protector.

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