Shadows in Time

Shadows in Time

Book - 2020
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Investigating the murder of a well-liked business manager in 1816 London, FBI agent Kendra Donovan follows leads to one of England's largest breweries before uncovering secrets close to home.
Publisher: New York :, Pegasus Crime,, 2020
Edition: First Pegasus Books edition
ISBN: 9781643134741
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCE
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 23 cm

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minerva Nov 23, 2020

This instalment had its highs and lows. The narrative flowed more smoothly than in previous volumes. The obvious social commentary was better integrated (not so glaring). The background on breweries was interesting although spoiled by a one-dimensional villain. The Carlotta subplot seemed either unnecessary or underdeveloped. The portrayal of the protagonist continues to annoy me - she is supposed to be super smart and well-educated and comes off sounding like a Real Housewife. She continues to act in ways that she now (after a year in the 'past') knows will have social consequences but she pushes on. The continued use of the word 'timeline' to mean time or era really bugged me. I would continue to recommend C.S. Harris if you want to see how this should be done.

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SherryMarieJ
Sep 06, 2020

Recommended by KKR - book 5

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darladoodles
Jul 30, 2020

Kendra finds herself doing some soul-searching in this fifth installment. As a missing persons investigation becomes a murder case, a distraction pops up in the duke's household. A woman comes to visit claiming to be the long lost daughter swept out to sea twenty years earlier. The sketchy tale told of the previous twenty years has Kendra's spidey senses tingling. She feels very critical of this interloper, but then begins to see her own situation with fresh eyes.It is edifying to see our misplaced FBI agent finding new ways to solve the case without the tools she is used to in our time. She is a force! Also love the cameo appearance of a famous author and other bits about history from her future perspective. This was an enjoyable ride although a bit tedious at times. Perhaps the murder mystery was too complicated alongside the "is she or isn't she the long lost daughter" dilemma? My original expectation for this series had Kendra finding a way back to the 21st century by the end of a trilogy. Not that our protagonist is firmly ensconced in the 19th century with no exit in sight, I have settled in and am looking forward to seeing what comes along in Book Six.

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