Betrayal in Time Audiobook by Julie McElwain (Review)

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Review of: Betrayal in Time Audiobook
Julie McElwain

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On September 20, 2019
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Betrayal in Time Audiobook

By: Julie McElwain

Narrated by: Lucy Rayner

Published by Tantor Audio 7/02/2019

Betrayal in Time Audiobook

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Kendra Donovan Series #4

14 hrs and 19 mins

Genre: Historical Mystery

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Betrayal in Time Audiobook

4.0 Hearts

With this fourth book in the series, I feel we have settled into what feels like a long-term series.
I love this series overall and I enjoy getting the best of both worlds with an FBI thriller while getting old-school policing and old world setting and surrounding characters. The murder mystery, a dead body left in an abandoned church with symbols painted on, is gritty and dark with enough twists to keep me guessing. At Bow Street Runner, Sam Kelly’s call for help, Kendra is brought in along with the Duke, Alec, and Rebecca assisting her. There is also a newcomer, Irish newspaperman, who gets a rise out of the unflappable Lady Rebecca, while he helps with the investigation.

I will say that I get hung up on the same issues each time I listen in. My biggest issue is that for a trained agent, Kendra can pull some stupid moves and this book was no exception. She’s so busy trying to prove her equality that she rushes alone into dangerous spots waving her one-shot pistol around like that will protector in a tavern full of thieves. In the last few books, people don’t doubt her ability, but it only makes common sense not to go alone or that some situations really are not appropriate for her to bull nose her way into and she could give the Duke and Alec some credit for brains, too.

She still has her hang-ups about settling into life in the past and getting into a deeper commitment with Alec, but I can kind of see that those things might take longer especially since Kendra has some real issues because of her past.

This latest murder paced out slowly as more than one mystery is revealed and has to be sorted. I had my suspicion about the truth and I was partly right.

All in all, the series is still holding strong and promises some more riveting installments. Those who want a little something different in their time travel by blending it with romantic suspense should give this series a go.

Betrayal in Time Audiobook Narration

4 Hearts

Lucy Rayner is the ongoing narrator for the series. I love her British accent and the way she voices all the characters even men’s voices well. She nails class differences and age, even tone of the scene. I still feel that occasionally her Kendra voices gets a whine to it and does sound like a young girl at times, but I’m adjusting and feel that she’s a skilled narrator.

Julie McElwainJulie McElwain began her journalistic career at California Apparel News, a weekly Los Angeles based trade newspaper. She has freelanced for numerous publications from professional photographers magazines to those following the fashion industry. Currently, Julie is West Coast Editor for Soaps In Depth, a national soap opera magazine covering the No. 1 daytime drama, The Young and the Restless. Julie lives in Long Beach, CA.

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Lucy RaynerLucy Rayner is an award winning British actress.
Bitten hard by the acting bug whilst performing at the Edinburgh festival as a teenager, she has since performed on both sides of the US (and Atlantic) in a number of theatre productions and films, many of which have screened at festivals around the world including Cannes, Tribeca, London & Madrid.

Lucy is very busy in the voice-over world and loves to tell stories and voice characters in a number of accents. She has narrated many wonderful audiobooks.

She has a Masters degree in History from The University of Edinburgh and is a graduate of The Lee Strasberg Institute in New York City.
Lucy won the Best Supporting Actress award at the Madrid International Film Festival and is a two-time Earphones Award winner.

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My thanks to Tantor Audio for the opportunity to listen to this book in exchange for an honest review.


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Sophia Rose
Sophia is a quiet though curious gal who dabbles in cooking, book reviewing, and gardening. Encouraged and supported by an incredible man and loving family. A Northern Californian transplant to the Great Lakes Region of the US. Lover of Jane Austen, Baseball, Cats, Scooby Doo, and Chocolate.