A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong

"Historical Fiction" genre card with glasses and book photo
"Mystery" Genre card with dark woods and light in the distance

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Time Travel. Serial Killer. Light Moments for Laughter. Kick-Ass Female.

I loved, loved, loved this book! I am always a sucker for time travel. I enjoy imagining how someone from present day adapts to living in a historical period. With this book, I got everything I wanted. It’s going to be a series, and I am already trying to get my hands on book two!

Mallory is a homicide detective in 2019. When she steps into an alley to investigate a scream, she finds herself being strangled. When she wakes up, she’s in 1869 in the body of Catriona, a housemaid for Dr. Gray.

This story gives Mallory an opportunity to feign memory loss due to a head injury, which gives her time to find out how to act in this new body and time period. I enjoyed this idea, and I liked that over time, she finds ways to acclimate, and uses the excuse less. One of my favorite things was seeing how she navigated the wording. She’d use a word, see a reaction, and try for something that would have been more likely to be used. Little moments like this made me giggle!

There are great characters who create friendships, allies, and red herrings. I loved them all. My favorite character besides Mallory was Dr. Gray’s sister. Their friendship is fantastic, and it’s something I’m looking forward to seeing evolve in the second book.

Overall, I thought this was a fantastic read. I loved the story and the characters. The investigative moments were awesome, and I loved how Mallory partners with different characters to solve the murders. I would highly recommend this for readers that enjoy time-travel and murder mysteries!

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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.

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.

Outlander meets The Alienist in Kelley Armstrong’s A Rip Through Time, the first book in this utterly compelling series, mixing romance, mystery, and fantasy with thrilling results.

Just the Facts:

A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Pub Date: May 31, 2022


I was provided a gifted copy of this book for free. I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.

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