ARC AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Poisoners Ring (Rip Through Time #2) by Kelley Armstrong

Publication Date: May 23, 2023
Format: Audio
Genre:  Time Travel/Mystery
Narrators: Kate Handford

Publisher: MacMillan Audio
 14 hours 52 min
Buy: Kindle | Audio


Edinburgh, 1869: Modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is adjusting to her new life in Victorian Scotland. Her employers know she’s not housemaid Catriona Mitchell—even though Mallory is in Catriona’s body—and Mallory is now officially an undertaker’s assistant. Dr. Duncan Gray moonlights as a medical examiner, and their latest case hits close to home. Men are dropping dead from a powerful poison, and all signs point to the grieving widows… the latest of which is Gray’s oldest sister.

Poison is said to be a woman’s weapon, though Mallory has to wonder if it’s as simple as that. But she must tread carefully. Every move the household makes is being watched, and who knows where the investigation will lead.


I received a free copy of this book from MacMillan Audio through I am leaving this review voluntarily. 

I really enjoyed A Rip Through Time and this book was just as good.  

In this book we get to meet Dr. Gray's other sister who is a strong dominating woman. I really liked this story line and while I had an inkling of what was going on by mid book I didn't know why. I appreciated the lgbt+ characters in this book and the way she explained how difficult it was to be a gay man during this time period but it was a bit easier for two single women to reside together as friends. 

I also love the way Armstrong weaves Mallory's modern understanding of crime with what she has to work with in victorian Scotland. It leads to a lot of witty banter, blushing men and frustration on Mallory's part. I know that Gray is going to miss her if she finds a way home and he seems to have a thing for her but is keeping it to himself I'm interested to see how this plays out.  I would love to see Gray wind up in modern times.  It would be an interesting twist if Mallory could somehow pull Gray forward in time. 

The narration was fabulous and I'm looking forward to more of this series. 

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