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October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering v October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker. When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office. The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.


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October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering v October 1815: There is only one place Kendra Donovan wants to travel—back to her own time period in the twenty-first century. But since that’s not happening, she agrees instead to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. Their journey takes them through Yorkshire, a region whose breathtaking beauty masks a simmering violence brought on by the Industrial Revolution, which pits mill owner against worker. When Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a lonely, fog-shrouded road, the Duke informs the authorities in the nearby village of East Dingleford that mischief may have been done at the local mill. However, it isn’t just mischief but murder that is discovered, when the body of the mill manager, Mr. Stone, is found brutally bludgeoned to death in his office. The Constable is certain the radical-minded Luddites committed the murder. One look at the crime scene and Kendra knows they did not, prompting the Duke to shock the locals by volunteering their services to catch the real killer. Joined by lover Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly, Kendra must sort through the puzzle of Stone’s rather unsavory life, picking apart alibies and dissecting carefully created deceptions from a growing list of suspects. As a special agent for the FBI, Kendra thought she’d encountered every kind of evil. But when another, even more vicious murder rocks East Dingleford, Kendra realizes that they’re dealing with a stone-cold killer—one who has a shocking secret that he will do anything to protect.

30 review for Caught in Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I have really, really enjoyed this series. I would love to travel back in time and feel like I live vicariously through all of Kendra’s experiences. McElwain did a great job with the ending to this one... I was really not expecting it! What I like most about these novels is that they are centered almost entirely on crime solving and not romance. If you enjoy who-dun-it’s & time travel then this is a must read series. 5 stars.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Robyn

    3.5 that I'm rounding up. I like this series, and this was a good instalment for Kendra Donovan, our accidentally time-travelling FBI agent, that progressed some of the larger mystery of Kendra's seemingly random landing in Regency England and of course featured a murder mystery to solve. I continue to be bothered by the fact that she says unsub every five pages because a) it's jarring and surely she's learned to temper her language after months and b) do FBI agents even talk that way in 2018? H 3.5 that I'm rounding up. I like this series, and this was a good instalment for Kendra Donovan, our accidentally time-travelling FBI agent, that progressed some of the larger mystery of Kendra's seemingly random landing in Regency England and of course featured a murder mystery to solve. I continue to be bothered by the fact that she says unsub every five pages because a) it's jarring and surely she's learned to temper her language after months and b) do FBI agents even talk that way in 2018? Her refusal to adapt to the behaviour expected of women in this era is both endearing and somewhat mind-boggling. Also, this one needed more Alec.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Kendra Donovan, FBI profiler from the modern day and involuntary time-traveler to Regency England returns for another entertaining but formulaic story. While traveling near Manchester Kendra and the Duke of Aldridge encounter a group of Luddites on their way to smash up machinery at a local cotton mill. The manager of the mill is later found murdered at his desk and despite local authorities wishing to pin the murder on the Luddites, Kendra doesn't buy that theory. Kendra and the Duke swing into Kendra Donovan, FBI profiler from the modern day and involuntary time-traveler to Regency England returns for another entertaining but formulaic story. While traveling near Manchester Kendra and the Duke of Aldridge encounter a group of Luddites on their way to smash up machinery at a local cotton mill. The manager of the mill is later found murdered at his desk and despite local authorities wishing to pin the murder on the Luddites, Kendra doesn't buy that theory. Kendra and the Duke swing into their now well-worn investigative process and send for Alec and the Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly. The writing continues to get better in this series, even as the formula gets more defined. Lots of Regency England historical notes, this time largely around country life, and lots of angst on Kendra's part as she chafes against the confines that the society of this time place around women. The romance moves forward at the same glacial pace as the previous book, that also just happens to guarantee many more entries in this series. This does move the time travel storyline along very slightly though, but I'm not holding my breath regarding a resolution of Kendra's story anytime soon.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Veronique

    3.75* Not my favourite in the series but still very entertaining and easy reading. Kendra is still very compelling with her modern POV in this early 19th century setting. She hasn’t really adapted that much to this civilisation but then it is easy to forget that she’s only been there for a couple of months. She does make mistakes quite often, bursting forth instead of thinking her way through, and yet I guess it fits with her type of character. The murder mystery itself was quite straightforward, 3.75* Not my favourite in the series but still very entertaining and easy reading. Kendra is still very compelling with her modern POV in this early 19th century setting. She hasn’t really adapted that much to this civilisation but then it is easy to forget that she’s only been there for a couple of months. She does make mistakes quite often, bursting forth instead of thinking her way through, and yet I guess it fits with her type of character. The murder mystery itself was quite straightforward, although there were a couple of interesting components. I hope McElwain does carry on with Kendra and her ‘adventures’ as there are plenty of avenues she could take, allowing her main protagonist to adapt properly and use what she knows for Justice. The team of the Duke, Alec and Sam work very well too and their interactions are entertaining :0)

  5. 3 out of 5

    Tracy

    I was going to give this 4 stars until I hit the twist at the end. I never saw that coming and loved it! I've enjoyed this series since it started. I love Kendra's character although she does drive me nuts occasionally. I like the Duke and Alec. I'm ready for Kendra to face up to reality that she's not going back to the Future. At least that's the way I see it. I suppose the author is the only one who knows what will happen.... I look forward to the next book and wish I didn't have to wait a whol I was going to give this 4 stars until I hit the twist at the end. I never saw that coming and loved it! I've enjoyed this series since it started. I love Kendra's character although she does drive me nuts occasionally. I like the Duke and Alec. I'm ready for Kendra to face up to reality that she's not going back to the Future. At least that's the way I see it. I suppose the author is the only one who knows what will happen.... I look forward to the next book and wish I didn't have to wait a whole year!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Katie McGuire

    Kendra today, Kendra tomorrow, Kendra forever.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    I couldn't stand Kendra in this book (though I'm pretty sure she has been this obnoxious for the whole series...so I guess I just overlooked it in the previous books (based on how I rated them)?\_(ツ)_/) She's antagonistic towards EVERYONE, including the people she supposedly cares for; it seems like every page she is getting offended or annoyed by something. She also can't seem to go more than two sentences without cursing, which is not only unnecessary, but also very distracting; I'm pretty sur I couldn't stand Kendra in this book (though I'm pretty sure she has been this obnoxious for the whole series...so I guess I just overlooked it in the previous books (based on how I rated them)?¯\_(ツ)_/¯) She's antagonistic towards EVERYONE, including the people she supposedly cares for; it seems like every page she is getting offended or annoyed by something. She also can't seem to go more than two sentences without cursing, which is not only unnecessary, but also very distracting; I'm pretty sure it's the author's attempt to remind us that she is a "modern" woman, but really it just makes her seem immature. Further, for someone who is supposedly a genetic prodigy/genius, you'd think she'd make a better effort to try and fit in to the time period (surely her scientist parents would have taught her the concept of "adapt or die"?), so as to draw less attention and suspicion to herself, but instead she constantly tries to intentionally flaunt convention. Not only does this behavior tend to _hinder_ her "investigations," but it sure is an awfully poor way to repay the people who have made it possible for her live comfortably in this time period (because her flaunting convention puts _them_ under scrutiny, too). [Speaking of repaying the Duke & Alec poorly for their kindness, Kendra complaining about them giving her money was incredibly selfish; I understand the desire to make your own money, but seriously, they're _helping_ her, yet all she can do is whine and resent them for it? She'd be far worse off without them, so some gratitude would be more appropriate.] And good grief at her "investigating," which basically consists of her interrogating person after person relentlessly. Yes, she is an FBI agent in her time, but the people in this time have no concept of that,so she needs to get it through her head that being so pushy and sticking her nose in where it doesn't belong is not the best way to go about it; it's pretty ridiculous to expect people to entrust their secrets with some random Duke's ward they've never met. But then again, it's Kendra's way or the highway, and she is ALWAYS right, so that won't be changing any time soon. ::Sigh:: Kendra wants to be a strong female lead, or rather, _thinks_ she is a strong female lead...but in reality she is just a whiny, selfish, immature heroine I no longer have any interest in rooting for. But I will give kudos for a bit of a "twist" at the end that I didn't see coming, that was fun.

  8. 3 out of 5

    Ann

    Julie McElwain is truly a mystery maven!!!! I can hardly wait for new titles in her Kendra Donovan series, and I've never been disappointed. This third book shed more light on what challenges women faced in Georgian England. In fact, I identified with Kendra's reaction to those restrictions more than I have when reading the earlier books. McElwain's descriptions of the period are spot on. I like reading about it, but I wouldn't want to live there. This time the multiple mysteries keep one guessi Julie McElwain is truly a mystery maven!!!! I can hardly wait for new titles in her Kendra Donovan series, and I've never been disappointed. This third book shed more light on what challenges women faced in Georgian England. In fact, I identified with Kendra's reaction to those restrictions more than I have when reading the earlier books. McElwain's descriptions of the period are spot on. I like reading about it, but I wouldn't want to live there. This time the multiple mysteries keep one guessing until fairly near the end. I thought I'd found the solution to the last one only to have McElwain throw in a -to me - complete surprise. Anyone interested in either historical mysteries or modern forensics should welcome this delightful series!! Thanks to Pegasus Books and NetGalley for providing access to the electronic ARC in return for an honest review.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    3.5 I enjoyed the murder/mystery in this series. The time travel/historical romance part was an interesting spin.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ruth

    Absolutely bloody brilliant. That is all.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Yara

    Julie strikes again with another amazing Kendra Donovan installment! This book finds Kendra on her way with the Duke to one of his smaller estates, when due to bad weather they're forced to stop at a town they weren't planning to. A murder was committed with the wrong persons accused, so Kendra and the Duke decide to stay and help find the true killer. It has Julie's trademark unforeseen twists and turns with a little extra thrown in which you don't find out till the end. It also has more of the Julie strikes again with another amazing Kendra Donovan installment! This book finds Kendra on her way with the Duke to one of his smaller estates, when due to bad weather they're forced to stop at a town they weren't planning to. A murder was committed with the wrong persons accused, so Kendra and the Duke decide to stay and help find the true killer. It has Julie's trademark unforeseen twists and turns with a little extra thrown in which you don't find out till the end. It also has more of the Duke's gorgeous nephew Alec, and excellent supporting character Kelly the bow street runner. I can't wait for the next book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lorraine

    Loved this - #3 in the Kendra Donovan series by Julie McElwain & this installment’s title is Caught in Time. Kendra Donovan, a 21st c. FBI Profiler, has traveled back to Regency England 1815 and even though she desperately wants to return to the 21st c. USA, Kendra has now found herself the ward of the Duke of Aldridge who happens to have an extremely handsome nephew, Alexander Morgan, the Marquis of Sutcliffe, who is very ‘interested’ in Kendra. Caught in Time begins with the Duke, Kendra, Loved this - #3 in the Kendra Donovan series by Julie McElwain & this installment’s title is Caught in Time. Kendra Donovan, a 21st c. FBI Profiler, has traveled back to Regency England 1815 and even though she desperately wants to return to the 21st c. USA, Kendra has now found herself the ward of the Duke of Aldridge who happens to have an extremely handsome nephew, Alexander Morgan, the Marquis of Sutcliffe, who is very ‘interested’ in Kendra. Caught in Time begins with the Duke, Kendra, & her maid, Molly, traveling to another estate of the Duke’s, Monksgrey, and as the Duke’s carriage is outside of the village, East Dingleford, surrounded by such heavy fog that Kendra and the Duke decide to walk next to the carriage as the coachman cannot see well enough to drive the carriage. Kendra tells Molly that she may stay in the carriage, but Molly is horrified as she knows her place is with her mistress. Thus, Molly leaves the carriage to walk as well. Shortly after they begin walking, they hear a sound of men’s feet ‘jogging’ towards them. Suddenly, they see a group of men, faces blackened in disguise, heading in their direction. Luddites. These men just keep moving past the Duke and his party. As the sun drops to the horizon and daylight is lost, the Duke’s party prepares to stay in East Dingleford for the night. As the Duke, Kendra, & Molly are getting settled in the best inn in the village, The Green Maiden, they are informed that ‘mischief’ has taken place at the village’s cotten mill & Kendra cannot wait to check out this mill. As she gets ready to see the mill, the owner of the inn and other guests are observing Kendra’s behavior as her behavior is not the accepted code of behavior for single women of this era. Kendra keeps forgetting that she is not in The United States in the 21st c, but she quickly remembers. Fortunately, the Duke comes to Kendra’s defense, and when a duke states something, everyone pays attention. This is how the story continues. Kendra responding as a 21st FBI Profiler, and the Duke of Aldridge ‘explaining’ her behavior. I actually laughed out loud quite a few times. The author's writing style is clear and flows beautifully. The characters appear quite real, and the situation that Kendra is in lends itself to some humorous times as well as dangerous ones. A great read. 5 stars.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! The ending was definite left open for more books with Kendra Donovan as the main character, investigating murders in the 1800s. And I'd definitely want to read every one! They're well written with likable characters and a mystery that keeps you on your toes until the end. As far as the murder mystery in this one, it was my least favorite of the three. Not saying that it was bad in any way, just comparing it to the two previous I thought they were a bit stron I have thoroughly enjoyed this series! The ending was definite left open for more books with Kendra Donovan as the main character, investigating murders in the 1800s. And I'd definitely want to read every one! They're well written with likable characters and a mystery that keeps you on your toes until the end. As far as the murder mystery in this one, it was my least favorite of the three. Not saying that it was bad in any way, just comparing it to the two previous I thought they were a bit stronger and was just more invested. But it was still very well done and I was still kept guessing until the very end. The real strength of this book was the ending! There was a bit after the killer was revealed that dragged. But I knew something good had to be coming when there was still 3.5 hours left in the audio book after the big mystery was solved. And it delivered! The ending completely surprised me and connected some events in the first book to the overall story. I'm still kind of reeling from the big reveal! It was SO good and unexpected that it makes me want the story to continue. As in the last books Kendra, Alec, the Duke, Sam Kelly, Molly, and all the variety of supporting characters were so likable and well written. Everyone has a backstory and realistic motivations. Like I said before, I'd read tons of books with these characters investigating murders! Overall very pleased with this series, so glad I read it, and here's hoping theres a book 4.

  14. 3 out of 5

    Laura

    Meh. The larger question of the main character's future was brought closer to resolution in this third installment in the Kendra Donovan series, but it was not as engaging as the first two books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    May

    The third book in the series was good, but not as exciting as the previous 2 in my opinion. I wish there were more steamy episodes between Alec and Kendra, sigh....Overall, it was good. And of course, I believe there will be another one :)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Sydney

    This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite mystery series'. It's such a fun mashup of some of my favorite genres: murder mystery, an FBI agent, time-travel.... This volume did not disappoint. Our main character, Kendra, is an FBI agent from our era. In the first volume of the series, she somehow traveled back in time to Regency England. Through some incredible luck, she has managed to land on her feet, under the protection of a very open-minded Duke. In the first and second books, she and the D This is rapidly becoming one of my favorite mystery series'. It's such a fun mashup of some of my favorite genres: murder mystery, an FBI agent, time-travel.... This volume did not disappoint. Our main character, Kendra, is an FBI agent from our era. In the first volume of the series, she somehow traveled back in time to Regency England. Through some incredible luck, she has managed to land on her feet, under the protection of a very open-minded Duke. In the first and second books, she and the Duke and his nephew have to deal with some pretty horrific crimes. As this book begins, Kendra and the Duke are traveling to one of the Duke's other estates and stop in a small village to wait out some bad traveling weather just in time to be of help in another murder investigation. An eye-rolling, amazing coincidence? Fate? Interestingly, the book almost seems to take that on and in a way that I appreciated. Obviously, Kendra's experience as an FBI agent is very helpful with all the murders she tends to happen across, although it is interesting to see her navigate the criminal justice system as it existed in England at that time. As a thoroughly modern woman, Kendra also has a very hard time with the social mores and hierarchy of the era, as one would expect. Sometimes, I wish she would not fight so hard and just roll with it all a little better. Just like the first two books in this series, I found Caught In Time to be great fun, and I look forward to the next one.

  17. 3 out of 5

    Carrie Nelson

    Another great book in the Kendra Donovan series! This time, Kendra and The Duke are traveling to another one of his homes when they are stuck in a small town due to the dense fog. During their stay, a murder at the mill happens. Kendra and the Duke insert themselves into the investigation and are soon followed by Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly. You may think you have the ending figured out, but the author throws in a twist! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an advanced Another great book in the Kendra Donovan series! This time, Kendra and The Duke are traveling to another one of his homes when they are stuck in a small town due to the dense fog. During their stay, a murder at the mill happens. Kendra and the Duke insert themselves into the investigation and are soon followed by Alec and Bow Street Runner Sam Kelly. You may think you have the ending figured out, but the author throws in a twist! Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. This was another amazing story in the Kendra Donovan time travel, murder mystery adventures! If you like Outlander, this is completely up your alley. Kendra has been in 1815 for a few months now and is feeling less and less like she is going to be able to travel back to her own time 200 years into the future. As Kendra is getting restless her guardian, the Duke of Alridge, suggest they take a trip to one of his coun I received an advanced copy from the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review. This was another amazing story in the Kendra Donovan time travel, murder mystery adventures! If you like Outlander, this is completely up your alley. Kendra has been in 1815 for a few months now and is feeling less and less like she is going to be able to travel back to her own time 200 years into the future. As Kendra is getting restless her guardian, the Duke of Alridge, suggest they take a trip to one of his country homes and Kendra agrees. As they are taking the long, slow journey to Lancashire they pass through the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire where the Industrial Revolution is taking place before their eyes and the violence that came with it. As Kendra and the Duke are traveling they came upon a great deal of fog and had to walk to the closest inn to take shelter for the evening, and in the fog they came across a group of Luddites who are against the Industrial Revolution due to job losses. The Luddites go on their way, as does Kendra and the Duke, however, the Duke informs the local magistrate that he feels something may have occurred at the mill due to the Luddites being in the area. The magistrate goes to check and instead finds the mill manager dead in his office. As the local magistrate wants to believe it is the Luddites, Kendra suspects otherwise and realizes she has to find the real killer. The Duke and Kendra reach out to their friend the Bow Street Runner and the Duke's nephew (and Kendra's lover) Alec to assist them in this task in East Dingleford. As Kendra is on the case and using her Special Agent FBI skills she must uncover a great deal of secrets and unexpected surprises along the way, and I have to say, the twist at the end is AMAZING and completely insane! I did NOT at all see that one coming! Another spectacular story in this continuing saga and I just want to read more!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    it's been a year and a half since i read the first two books, which sucks because my memory is awful. i remember the main parts - FBI agent travelled back in time, plus Alec. aaaaand that's about it. my tastes have changed over the last year or so and i definitely read way more romance than i used to. so when i picked the first book up, i probably liked that it had a smidge of romance mixed with everything else. i didn't enjoy book two as much, though i liked that the romance finally got somewhe it's been a year and a half since i read the first two books, which sucks because my memory is awful. i remember the main parts - FBI agent travelled back in time, plus Alec. aaaaand that's about it. my tastes have changed over the last year or so and i definitely read way more romance than i used to. so when i picked the first book up, i probably liked that it had a smidge of romance mixed with everything else. i didn't enjoy book two as much, though i liked that the romance finally got somewhere (if my memory is correct). however, this one, i read because i like finishing series and i thought that this would be the end, but after finishing it, i highly doubt it will be. if this was all released and finished when i first picked the series up, i am sure i would have enjoyed all the books thoroughly. unfortunately, because my tastes have changed, as they are wont to do, this one just didn't do it for me. there is hardly any romance in it. which is fine, just.. not my jam anymore. and the rest of the story just didn't hold my interest or do enough for me to make up for the lack of relationship progress, you know? kendra isn't the world's most likable character, she kind of treats people like crap and is constantly reminding us and them that she's smarter or better or from the future... it gets old. i don't know how i'd act if i accidentally went back in time, but i'd like to think i wouldn't continue using words and terms knowing people wouldn't understand them. actually, it's like being an expat - i moved from one english speaking country (australia) to another (america) and though the language is the same for the most part, there are several words that are different and *why* would i continue saying dummy instead of pacifier, cot instead of crib, jumper instead of hoodie, ute instead of truck - the list goes on and on. i like to think i'm not an asshole, sure there are words that i say when i don't know the american word or i say it out of habit, but i never continue using a word i *know* will not be understood. that's a jerk move. all that to explain that kendra is basically an expat flaunting all the differences and it gets old, fast. as for the actual story and writing - i remember one thing from the first two books, the author liked to end chapters with a foreshadowing sentence. she only did it a couple times in this one, thank zeus. the murders were interesting, i didn't see the twist coming, i had to finish it before the library snatched it back so i read it in one day. it was an easy read in terms of writing and story, if that makes sense. but it wasn't edge of my seat unputdownable. alec is my favourite part of this series and we didn't get nearly enough of him, or their relationship. i really didn't hate this book, so i'm rating it 3 stars. 2 feels a bit harsh but i was mostly meh about it. unfortunately, i think i am done with this series, if it continues. sure, i want to know if and how and when anything happens in regards to (view spoiler)[returning to her time period (hide spoiler)] and their relationship, but i really think more should have happened already. how long is this going to go on? maybe that's just me. i just don't think i can do another book or two with kendra being insufferable and not getting enough Alec to make up for it. so, sorry julie mcelwain. i am sure if i had read this series a couple of years ago i would have enjoyed it and kept going, but i want more romance and things to move a bit quicker these days. so. bye bye :)

  20. 4 out of 5

    John

    Since FBI Special Agent Kendra Donovan fell through the "wormhole" to Regency era England two months ago, she has thwarted a serial killer and identified the murderer of the former paramour of Alex, the Duke of Aldridge's nephew. In the third novel of this series, Kendra and the Duke's diversion to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire take him to Yorkshire, an area in England being changed by the Industrial Revolution. It is also a time when Luddites conspire to destroy the looms in local mi Since FBI Special Agent Kendra Donovan fell through the "wormhole" to Regency era England two months ago, she has thwarted a serial killer and identified the murderer of the former paramour of Alex, the Duke of Aldridge's nephew. In the third novel of this series, Kendra and the Duke's diversion to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire take him to Yorkshire, an area in England being changed by the Industrial Revolution. It is also a time when Luddites conspire to destroy the looms in local mills, the cause of so many workers becoming unemployed. Shortly after the Duke and his ward, Kendra arrives in the English village, the two are called to assist in the investigation of the mill manager, who has just been bludgeoned to death. Although the local marshal is convinced that the man's death is a result of Luddite violence, Kendra is not too sure. As in the first two novels, Kendra investigations continue to be constrained by the gender roles for women of this time period even as she betters others involved in the investigation. She also is conflicted by her love for Alex and desire to be married and her desire to return to her own time. The author continues to add elements to each novel, which continue to make the series interesting. In this one, an event in her past prior to her time travel returns to haunt her. For those who are lovers of historical fiction, this series won't disappoint. Ms. McElwain continue to add elements of life in 1815 England to her stories, especially the difference between the aristocracy and commoners, which helps brings this period to life. If you haven't read the prior two, you can easily read this novel as a standalone, since the author interweaves the protagonist's history within this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Jones

    It’s October of the year 1815 and FBI agent, Kendra Donovan, is still unable to figure out a way to get back to her own era. The only place she really wants to travel is home in the twenty-first century, but since that’s not an option, Kendra agrees to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. While traveling to the estate, they stop for the night at in East Dingleford, and find themselves swept up into a murder investigation, trailing a vic It’s October of the year 1815 and FBI agent, Kendra Donovan, is still unable to figure out a way to get back to her own era. The only place she really wants to travel is home in the twenty-first century, but since that’s not an option, Kendra agrees to travel with her new guardian, the Duke of Aldridge, to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire. While traveling to the estate, they stop for the night at in East Dingleford, and find themselves swept up into a murder investigation, trailing a vicious killer with a shocking secret to hide. The deceptively peaceful seeming village has an undercurrent if anger and violence. After Kendra and the Duke encounter a band of Luddites on a foggy road, the Duke informs the authorities that they may have committed some mischief at the local mill and when they go to investigate, it’s found that the mill’s manager has been brutally bludgeoned to death in his office. The local authorities immediately assume that the Luddite are behind the vicious murder, after taking one look at the crime scene, Kendra knows this isn’t the case. So, Kendra and the Duke volunteer their services in helping catch the real killer. The Duke’s nephew and Kendra’s lover, Alex, and Biw Street Runner, Sam Kelly, join them in their investigation, as they find themselves looking deeper into the victim’s unsavory past, disassembling alibis and deceptions from their rapidly growing list of suspects. But, after another even more viscous murder occurs, Kendra realizes that the key to finding the killer is to discover the secrets he’s willing to kill to hide. First of all I need to say that I’m truly enjoying this series and am thrilled to hear that the author is already working on book four. The stories are incredibly well written and developed. You can see all the research that was done into the era and criminal investigation in that time period, as well as the overall customs. And that hard work definitely paid off! I really love the characters and enjoy them getting to know each other better. I even love that Kendra is staying so stringently herself. But, I also think that she'dvat least try to tone things down in public, at least out of respect for the Duke. I’m not saying that she should quit investigating murder but maybe she could not flaunt her disregard for the societal norms and how they affect those around her. And, since she doesn’t know if she’ll ever get home, I think she should take a chance at happiness with Alex. Yes, she could find a way home, but no couple ever knows how long they have together. She should make the most of the time they have.

  22. 3 out of 5

    Shayna

    What a fun read! So rich with colorful detail of Regency England. So many twists and turns in plot. Really hard to put down (except when my eyes were practically bleeding from reading all day professionally!). McElwain has certainly raised the stakes for her next novel, which is sure to link past and present in even more confounding and tantalizing ways. Bravo on a most wonderful third entry in the Kendra Donovan series. Did not disappoint!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Marika Charalambous

    While the first book in the series is a time-travel novel, the last two are straight-up historical mystery books. Not a bad thing, mind you, I do love historical stories, but it was the time-travel aspect that made me start the series in the first place. I was really hoping it would return in this book. Alas, not yet. Full review: https://mysterysequels.com/book-revie...

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jamie Canaves

    I'm not rating this book because as much as I love the series and was enjoying the book I can't overlook the fact that it's xenophobic. Hollywood/Media/Literature constantly making the Latinx person the "bad guy" amongst a sea of the "good" white, non-latinx people has played a part in how we've gotten to this awful place at the moment so I'm really disappointed and heartbroken this book participated in that.

  25. 3 out of 5

    Pam (YA Escape)

    Enjoyed this, but it needed more Alec! Not sure if this is the end of the series or not, but it ended in a good place so I would be satisfied if it was, but it seems like one of those series that could have a lot of books in it. I love the fact that the mystery is always wrapped up in each book.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Gayle

    Another fun read from our time travelling detective. No sure if there will be a fourth as it could end here.

  27. 3 out of 5

    Melanie

    Loved it! Totally escapism reading , but I did not see the twist!!!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Bibi

    -Another very well done episode of the adventures of Kendra Donavan. In the previous books, we learned that she was a child prodigy. Her father was a psychologist and her mother was a scientist. Rather than become a doctor, she became an FBI agent and was originally behind the scenes, but pushed to be part of a sting operation, but was wounded in the process. The person that they were trying to capture was instrumental in not only her getting wounded, but in the killing of certain of her associa -Another very well done episode of the adventures of Kendra Donavan. In the previous books, we learned that she was a child prodigy. Her father was a psychologist and her mother was a scientist. Rather than become a doctor, she became an FBI agent and was originally behind the scenes, but pushed to be part of a sting operation, but was wounded in the process. The person that they were trying to capture was instrumental in not only her getting wounded, but in the killing of certain of her associates. This person was given immunity by the government if he then helped them, but this turn of events did not sit well with Kendra. She decided to go rogue and went to England, where she knew he would be attending a masquerade party and she dressed as a 19th century servant, where she was going to assassinate him. She felt that this was the only way that justice will be served. -Her plans were almost realized, but as she lured her target, Sir Jeremy Greene, into a private area, another person entered and killed him first, someone that was sent by those whom Sir Jeremy betrayed. But then she became his target. She had earlier discovered a secret passage in that room which was for servants to go from one area of the house into another, and she managed to run into the doorway, with a bullet from the assasin’s gun missing her by inches. As she started running up the steps inside the passage, she experienced an odd sensation, and when she got out, she found herself in the early 1800’s. -Over the course of the other books, she became the ward of the Duke of Aldridge, who she was able to convince that she was actually from the future. She also became involved romantically with the Duke’s nephew, Alec, who was also a Marquis. -She was now traveling with the Duke to one his estates, but there was very heavy fog which made traveling difficult. At a certain point they got out to walk, but it was difficult to see more than a few feet in front of them. All of a sudden they heard a noise followed by a group of men running toward them with axes and hammers, but the men suddenly turned off the road just before they reached the Duke and his group. The Duke’s group learned that there was a large cotton mill up ahead, in which machinery was replacing personnel. The men who were running had damaged some of the machinery, but the Duke and Kendra then learned that the manager of the mill, a Mr. Stone, was dead. -The magistrate of the area was an older man with gout, who was house ridden. His son, Matthews, had never encountered a case of a killing before and he was taking over for his father. Mathews needed help and Kendra and the Duke joined in examining the crime scene. -Where the local constable automatically assumed that the death was caused by the men who damaged the machinery, (Luddites), Kendra, upon looking at Mr. Stone’s office where he was killed, quickly determined (very impressively to all) that it could not have been one of the Luddites, but had to have been someone who had a working relationship with the manager, so that the killer was one of the people in the plant. -Alec, the nephew of the Duke, joins them, along with Sam Kelly, the Bow Street Runner who worked with Kendra before, and they go about interviewing the various people in the town. There are many questions which arise, such as why Mr. Stone was chosen by Lord Bancroft, the mill’s owner, to head the mill, as he appeared to be an inefficient manager; Lord Bancroft himself is also a mystery, as he seems to be toying with Kendra for some unknown reason. As if this death was not enough, it’s followed shortly after by the brutal torture and killing of Mr. Stone’s wife and housekeeper. The housekeeper’s throat was slashed from behind, and Mrs. Stone was tied to a chair in her home, where her body was burned in numerous places by a hot poker from the fireplace. Mrs. Stone was subsequently killed the same way as her housekeeper for something the killer was looking for. The mystery became far deeper with these other killings. -Kendra takes charge, and uses a slate board to map out what they know already about the case. Both the Duke and Alec are familiar with this technique and join her in trying to put the pieces together, but it’s Kendra who slowly starts to unravel the puzzle. There are several leads as to who the killer could be, but the killing of Mrs. Stone and the housekeeper complicates the case. Kendra gets a little side tracked as her public denial of a relationship between her and Alec causes Lord Bancroft’s daughter to make a play for Alec, which causes jealousy on Kendra’s part. -The author did a great job at creating a very involved plot, with Kendra solving the crime by sheer wit. The clues that Kendra picks up are in plain view, so it’s all the more amazing how she picks up on what we just gloss over. But the surprises continue to come as even Kendra is shocked at the final twist of the story, which the author deftly weaves into the story. -Very well done, with this series turning out to be one of the most interesting and well written pure detective series that I’ve read.

  29. 3 out of 5

    Yakov Bronsteyn

    One of my favorites series’s Caught in Time This series can be categorized with a visualization of one circle overlapping a number of concentric circles. Each of the concentric circles is one of the murder mysteries told in their respective volumes. The one overlapping circle is Kendra Donavan’s story of an FBI agent propelled back in time. She is stuck in the 19th century without knowledge of how to return. However, she applies her detective skills to solve crimes in that era. It seems that as t One of my favorites series’s Caught in Time This series can be categorized with a visualization of one circle overlapping a number of concentric circles. Each of the concentric circles is one of the murder mysteries told in their respective volumes. The one overlapping circle is Kendra Donavan’s story of an FBI agent propelled back in time. She is stuck in the 19th century without knowledge of how to return. However, she applies her detective skills to solve crimes in that era. It seems that as the story progresses with additional volumes the concentric circles stay the same size. However, the overlapping circle diminishes. This because her story of an FBI agent stuck in a different time has became stagnated. It’s not developed. Therefore, the novelty of the novel is losing its luster. This is slightly disappointing because my curiosity as to the resolution to her extraordinary situation is a matter of great interest. The story’s progression not addressing this issue seems to indicate that the author is only using Kendra predicament to tell the actual mysteries in the concentric circles. This is because she wants a modern-day detective to solve these crimes without the tools that would ordinarily be afforded to such a figure. Frustrating. I’m contemplating giving her four stars. But I haven’t finished the book yet. So far the mystery is engaging. But, the benefit of a novel is that in most instances you know three things. One, is that the killer will be discovered unlike in real life because the books popularity would be diminished otherwise. Secondly, the killer is usually one of the people upon whom the author spends the most time rather then some random stand-in filler in the story. Thirdly, the killer is a surprise to the reader. Otherwise, the story would be ordinary. Therefore, at this point which is about 50% into the book my number one suspect is Mrs. Stone. Don’t have any concrete proof or a slate board. But that’s my feeling at the moment. I take back everything I wrote now that I’ve finished the book. But, I don’t regret writing it either. That’s all I have to say on the matter. As far as who did it. I failed in guessing. SPOILER At some point Kendra contemplates sending her future self a letter by burying it in ground where she would find it in the future. She seriously doubts that her future self would believe it. Then she broods over the fact that if she would send herself this letter then she would now know that she received it because she is her future self. This she calls a time loop. This brings up an interesting query. Is each individual on their own time line which intersects with others’ time lines or are all people on the same time line? If it’s the latter then this situation is impossible. How can she exist before she was born? If it’s the former we can contend that even though she is in the past that’s because her time-line intersects with other time-lines. But, her time-line remains her future. So really being in the 19th century is a future for her. The proof is that she is aging. Either way she may never get her letter. That’s why killing the Earl is not problematic. Because, you can ask. If she killed him how did he exist in the future? The answer is that according to his time-line his existence in the future is his past. His death is in his future even though it takes place in the past. That’s because that past is others’ time-lines. Now that I think about it the villain’s plan was ill-conceived. He wanted to marry Kendra. The choice was given to her at gunpoint. Even if she would acquiesce how can he trust her not to engage in subterfuge? Also, after shooting Turner did he think that wouldn’t be discovered? Since, the need to be in touch with her was so strong he could’ve escaped, leaving her alive. Otherwise he had no choice but to kill her. Unless, human nature doesn’t work that way in these types of situations and his judgment was clouded.

  30. 3 out of 5

    Ben Truong

    Caught in Time is the third book in the Kendra Donovan series written by Julie McElwain and centered on Kendra Donovan, an F.B.I. profiler who was somehow transported to early nineteenth century England and is trying to figure out her way back to her own time, while solving crime at the same time. When the repeated attempts to return to her own time fails, Kendra Donovan and her patron, the Duke of Aldridge, travel to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire, where he hopes she will become more a Caught in Time is the third book in the Kendra Donovan series written by Julie McElwain and centered on Kendra Donovan, an F.B.I. profiler who was somehow transported to early nineteenth century England and is trying to figure out her way back to her own time, while solving crime at the same time. When the repeated attempts to return to her own time fails, Kendra Donovan and her patron, the Duke of Aldridge, travel to one of his smaller estates in Lancashire, where he hopes she will become more adept in adjusting to the mores of the time she is trapped in. Caught in a fog, they pass a group of Luddites just before bedding down at an inn in the small town of East Dingleford. Luddites were a radical group of English textile workers and weavers in the nineteenth century who destroyed weaving machinery as a form of protest. It just so happens that a nearby cotton mill had all their equipment destroyed and the aptly named Harry Stone, the mill manager, is murdered. The local constabulary is ready to blame the Luddites until Kendra Donovan points out new evidence. Kendra Donovan opens an investigation and interviews Mr Biddle, the mill's assistant manager, and its owner, Lord Nathan Bancroft, the Earl of Langfrey, a man with a mysterious past. The murder victim was a poor manage with a bad reputation and was rather disliked. When Harry Stone's wife is tortured and murdered, Kendra wonders what the killer is so desperate to recover. Frustrated by her powerlessness as a woman, Kendra must rely on her patron, the Duke of Aldridge for entrée despite her superior investigation skills. In the end, she solves the crimes while ruffling feathers along the way. Caught in Time is written rather well. At its core, it is a murder mystery set in the early nineteenth century. While not as complex as the first mystery – it is still quite the page-turner. McElwain seems to mix a Regency romance and a time-travel fantasy rather well. Despite the mediocre mystery, it is a well written expose of the many inequities of the time. McElwain does a great job of addressing the class system of the times without lecturing. It is portrayed as a fact, albeit an unpleasant one – as is the different standards the society imposes on women and the lower class. All in all, Caught in Time is written rather well and a good continuation for the series, which I plan to read in the near future.

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