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Title: A Rip Through Time
Author: Kelley Armstrong
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Page Count: 346
My rating: 4 stars
About the book:
In this series debut from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong, a modern-day homicide detective finds herself in Victorian Scotland—in an unfamiliar body—with a killer on the loose.
MAY 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is in Edinburgh to be with her dying grandmother. While out on a jog one evening, Mallory hears a woman in distress. She’s drawn to an alley, where she is attacked and loses consciousness.
MAY 20, 1869: Housemaid Catriona Mitchell had been enjoying a half day off, only to be discovered that night strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one hundred and fifty years before Mallory is strangled in the same spot.
When Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869, she must put aside her shock and adjust quickly to her new reality: life as a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. She soon discovers that her boss, Dr. Gray, also moonlights as a medical examiner and has just taken on an intriguing case, the strangulation of a young man, similar to the attack on herself. Her only hope is that catching the murderer can lead her back to her modern life . . . before it’s too late.
In A Rip Through Time, New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong introduces a brand-new series mixing mystery, romance, and fantasy with thrilling results.
A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong is the first book in the science fiction fantasy series by the same name, A Rip Through Time. This series is a historical time traveling fantasy that also blends in a thrilling mystery making a nice mix of genres.
Mallory Atkinson is a homicide detective who has been visiting her ailing grandmother in Edinburgh on May 20, 2019 when she goes out for a jog. Mallory hears what sounds like a woman crying and the detective in her can’t help but investigate and that is when she is attacked.
Mallory awakens after her attack and finds that while she is in the exact same spot she is not in her own time or even her own body. Mallory has taken over the body of Catriona Mitchell, a housemaid, and is now in 1869 where to fit in she fills in Catriona’s duties working for a doctor. Mallory soon finds that her employer, Dr Gray, is working on a murder case that mirrors her own attack.
A Rip Through Time is not the first book I’ve read from author Kelley Armstrong so I wasn’t too surprised to find myself enjoying this first book of the A Rip Through Time series. If one is looking specifically for time traveling I’d say move alone as this is more heavily the historical mystery side but I really enjoyed the out of place and time lead character trying to fit into that era. The mystery also pulled me in and would have been good on it’s own but being tied to time travel made it doubly intriguing. Not sure what the second book will hold but I’ll be there for it for sure.
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About the author:
Kelley Armstrong believes experience is the best teacher, though she’s been told this shouldn’t apply to writing her murder scenes. To craft her books, she has studied aikido, archery and fencing. She sucks at all of them. She has also crawled through very shallow cave systems and climbed half a mountain before chickening out. She is however an expert coffee drinker and a true connoisseur of chocolate-chip cookies.