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A Rip Through Time: A Novel Kindle Edition
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.
"A great read." —Charlaine Harris
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.
Advance Praise for A Rip Through Time
“Armstrong builds an intense, intricately plotted mystery in this series debut.” ―Library Journal (starred and boxed review)
“[A] clever time-traveling thriller.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Readers will eagerly anticipate future installments.” ―Publishers Weekly
“A promising start to a new series.” ―Booklist
"When police officer Mallory wakes up wearing a corset, she knows something's gone seriously sideways. Trapped in the body of a Victorian housemaid, Mallory must struggle to keep her secret and find a way home. Watching Mallory--and the talented Kelley Armstrong--juggle all these balls at one time is a great read." ―Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Violently original, Kelley Armstrong's A Rip Through Time walks two very different time periods. Mallory handles solving a murder and being a woman in 19th century Scotland with grace and deftness. With compelling characters and plot, A Rip Through Time is one to look out for." ―Nekesia Afia, author of Dead Dead Girls
"A fascinating time-slip mystery. Armstrong kept me guessing all the way to the end." ―Darcie Wilde, national bestselling author of the Rosalind Thorne mysteries
About the Author
- ASIN : B09CNFSLFG
- Publisher : Minotaur Books (May 31, 2022)
- Publication date : May 31, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 3781 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 346 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1250820006
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #17,778 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United States on June 6, 2022
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Detective Mallory Atkinson of Vancouver is a believable and interesting person and I really liked the fact that Dr. Duncan Gray was of mixed race and parentage and is a very sympathetic and interesting character who whose idiosyncrasies and interactions with Mallory will certainly develop in the series. Looking forward to seeing how the intelligent and courageous Isla continues to work on breaking free of VIctorian expectations for a "grieving widow"
I would have love to see more of life and culture outside of the Gray’s household/circle and the crime scene because I feel like at times it was very insulated and from Mallory’s perspective, it felt more like a tourist guided tour on a staged Victorian Scotland set and Mallory was passively making observations of her surrounding. But it doesn’t detract from the enjoyability.
Isla was a standout secondary character and I hope to get more of her involvement in future books. I’m not too certain I want the hinted romantic relationship to take fruit in the future because of the inappropriate position Mallory is in but I am glad it was not pressed on in this first book. Looking forward to the sequel!
I’m going to be very general about the story. I hate posting spoilers so I try my best not to. Of course the story is so much better than what I’m saying. The story is about Detective Mallory Atkinson from Canada, who is in Edinburgh, Scotland, to be with her Nan. Mallory was jogging and was attacked and when she woke she was in Victorian Edinburgh back in 1869. She is in the body of a housemade named Catriona who works for Dr. Duncan Gray and Isla Ballantyne (they are brother and sister).
I really don’t want to say more because: 1) I won’t do the story justice 2) it’s so good I don’t want to spoil the story for you.
If you give this book a try, you will be captivated.
Canadian Detective Mallory Atkinson in in Edinburgh to be with her grandmother who is on her deathbed. One silly mistake and she find herself in the noose's grip...but even stranger is when she mysteriously finds herself 150 years in the past from her current timeline. Upon waking in another woman's body, she must come to terms to what has happened to her as well as try to fit into her new station as housemaid to the local undertaker.
But her attack is just the beginning. Not only did it occur to her in the future, but in her past present, it was happening to the housemaid she now inhabits. Mallory discovers she can help her new employer help to solve the crimes occurring that appear the be connected to her attack. The catch: how can she convince those around her that she's not the same thieving, lying housemaid she was before?
This was such a great story! Enough detail was given to make you believe the time period and just enough suspense to keep you guessing what was coming next. I thoroughly enjoyed A Rip Through Time and looking forward to more in this series.
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Reading #ARipThroughTime, which I was fortunate to get an advanced copy of through #NetGalley, presented me with a rare experience - I was tempted to skip ahead to the end of the novel to see what happened, so invested was I in Mallory's story. From the moment I picked up the book I was enthralled, drawn in by the elegant yet easy-to-read prose that Armstrong uses to tell her story. All of the other characters are nuanced and relatable, from the investigators to the household staff to the criminal element, and the interactions between them are compelling. The murder mystery is complex and imbued with the fascinating dilemma of the main character being a detective yet not being able to let on she has the skills to solve the case while helping with the case.
I do not want to give anything away, so I will just say that the story keeps you guessing until the very end, and leaves enough unresolved to keep the reader coming back for more.
The skill Armstrong demonstrates in the telling of this tale is why she is so highly regarded at home in Canada and abroad. Bravo!
A 21st century detective from Canada is attacked one night in Edinburgh (Scotland), to find herself waking in the body of a 19th century housemaid. She relies on her wit and skill to carve a place for herself while she finds a way back home. The scene was perfectly set as we traveled with Detective Atkinson back to another time and place, and I would definitely recommend!
Come on a time traveling, crime solving, thirty year old in the body of a nineteen year old, how is someone supposed to not read this book?
The crime and the story around it was very well written. I got totally sucked up in the book want the story to go on immediately 🙂. I like the main characters to be mature without constantly making silly choices and A Rip through Time absolutely delivered that. I could always understand why certain choices were made and I totally could identify myself with Mallory that's why I couldn't put this book down and finished it already.