ARC BOOK REVIEW: A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong


Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Format: E-book
Genre:  Time Travel Fiction/Mystery

Publisher: Minotaur Books
352  pages
Buy:  Kindle Audiobook 


May 20, 2019: Homicide detective Mallory 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 in a lane, where she’d been strangled and left for dead . . . exactly one-hundred-and-fifty years before Mallory was 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 the 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.


I received an advance review copy from the publisher, through book and I am writing this review voluntarily. 

I'm a big Kelley Armstrong fan so when I saw she had a new series I jumped at it.  

Mallory is a police detective in Vancouver, visiting Scotland to be with her dying grandmother when she is attacked in an alley and wakes up in someone else's body 1869. Not sure how she got there and not sure how to get home Mallory has to try to figure out who attacked the girl whose body she now inhabits, not be discovered to be a time traveler and attempt to stay employed by the strange and quirky house she finds herself in.

Dr. Gray has a funeral home where he moonlights in forensics to help his friend in the police catch killers. His sister who lives with him is a chemist, and Catriona is their maid, who Mallory has taken over and Catriona has a lot of enemies including the head housekeeper. Just keeping her job is going to prove difficult for Mallory in the face of such obstacles but ultimately she finds her way.

I really liked this story.  It is a fun read, as Mallory stumbles through Victorian Scotland as a modern day Canadian.  She finds herself biting her tongue quite a bit and she is learning that they weren't as backward as she believed.  Living with Dr. Gray is also providing her with knowledge of the beginning study of forensics, which is fascinating to read. 

The characters are interesting, there are social class issues, racial issues, feminism, and the ever present police corruption that Mallory and the other characters wade through.  It was a delightfully fun book that left me wanting more. 

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