Thursday, July 05, 2018

What is Julie McElwain reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Julie McElwain, author of Caught in Time (Kendra Donovan Series #3).

Her entry begins:
I have a tendency to read more than one book at a time, usually balancing it between fiction and non-fiction. In the non-fiction category, I’m reading Behind Closed Doors: At Home in Georgian England, Women And The Gallows, and The Little Book Of Forensics. I purchased the former two books because my own novels take place during Regency England, and I find research into that era to be a never-ending process. Behind Closed Doors’ author Amanda Vickery is a gifted writer who has managed to turn what could have been a dry history book into an entertaining read filled with wit, wisdom and wonderful imagery of the Georgian era. Meanwhile...[read on]
About Caught in Time, from the publisher:
Still stranded in 1815, FBI agent Kendra Donovan finds herself on the trail of a vicious murderer with a shocking secret.

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 alibis 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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