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 (Goodreads, 2018).
This is the third book in the Kendra Donovan series and I have to say that I found this one less interesting than the first two. However, I felt like the ending went a long way towards redeeming this book.
Kendra continues to navigate the choppy waters of 19th century life. I enjoyed seeing the continued development of her relationship with Alec. I wish he were present from the beginning of this story as I love his character and his interactions with Kendra. I also missed seeing Lady Rebecca in this book. However, I did enjoy the development in the relationship between the Duke and Kendra. Kendra struggles with abandonment issues so it was nice to see her getting closer with the Duke, who makes an excellent father figure for her.
One thing I really didn’t enjoy about this book was Kendra’s constant whining about being in the 19th century. I understand that life was much more constraining back then, but she also did not seem to have a stellar life in the 21st century. She landed on her feet in the 19th century and seems to have made some genuine connections so she needs to move forward instead of trying to change things outside her control (in my opinion at least).
I was also not really interested in the Luddite murder mystery. As my boyfriend would say, it was too basic for my taste and Kendra’s involvement was too arbitrary.
Despite some of the disappointments of this book, I really enjoyed the last portion of the book. I was genuinely shocked to learn about Lord Bancroft’s past and now have a lot more questions about exactly how Kendra ended up in the 19th century.
Unfortunately, this was a 3 out of 5 star read for me. There was just too much about the story that I did not enjoy. Still I will be continuing with the series, because I found the first two books highly enjoyable.
You can see my reviews for the other two books below: