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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 all 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.


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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 all 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.

30 review for A Rip Through Time

  1. 5 out of 5

    MarilynW

    A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong (A Rip Through Time #1) Don't think too hard about this one and just enjoy the (t)rip. In 2019 Edinburgh, 30 year old homicide detective Mallory has been at her dying grandmother's bedside. Taking a break to buy coffee, she hears a a commotion, her cop instincts kick in, and she goes to the rescue and almost dies. When she wakes up it's 1869 and she's in the body of 19 year old housemaid Catriona. How does someone fix a mess like this when she can't even tell A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong (A Rip Through Time #1) Don't think too hard about this one and just enjoy the (t)rip. In 2019 Edinburgh, 30 year old homicide detective Mallory has been at her dying grandmother's bedside. Taking a break to buy coffee, she hears a a commotion, her cop instincts kick in, and she goes to the rescue and almost dies. When she wakes up it's 1869 and she's in the body of 19 year old housemaid Catriona. How does someone fix a mess like this when she can't even tell anyone about it? Is it even fixable? Mallory fakes memory loss and muddles her way through the her next days, dumping and cleaning chamber pots and ferreting out that Catriona has a lot to answer for. Just how badly is the real Catriona mucking up Mallory's life since she must be in Mallory's body in 2019? Mallory realizes how lucky she is to have Dr. Gray as her employer. He runs the family undertaking business and is also a medical examiner on the sly. If this wasn't Victorian Scotland, a homicide detective and a medical examiner could be best buds but Mallory can't give herself away because people in this timeline would think she's literally insane if she tells them she is from the future. From the title of the book we know this is just the first book in this new series and Mallory is slowly laying the groundwork to be able to keep her housemaid job since she realizes how lucky she is to have a job, a roof over her head, and food to eat. Dr. Gray is very interesting and so is his job and Mallory can be a great help to him if she could reveal her situation. How much can she do in this timeline without causing damage to the future? Is there any going back to her own time and body? One thread is solved but there is so much more mystery to solve in a future book. Mallory has a tendency to run towards danger so just hang on and grit your teeth. Published May 31st 2022 Thank you St. Martin's Press/Minotaur Books and NetGalley for this ARC.

  2. 5 out of 5

    PamG

    Kelley Armstrong combines a murder mystery and time travel in a historical setting in this first book in a new series. It’s May 20, 2019 and Vancouver homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is in Edinburgh, Scotland to be with her dying grandmother. While jogging, she hears and sees a woman being attacked and goes into an alley where she is also attacked. It’s May 20, 1869 and housemaid Catriona Mitchell is discovered in a lane where she has been left for dead. It’s the exact spot where Mallory was Kelley Armstrong combines a murder mystery and time travel in a historical setting in this first book in a new series. It’s May 20, 2019 and Vancouver homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is in Edinburgh, Scotland to be with her dying grandmother. While jogging, she hears and sees a woman being attacked and goes into an alley where she is also attacked. It’s May 20, 1869 and housemaid Catriona Mitchell is discovered in a lane where she has been left for dead. It’s the exact spot where Mallory was attacked 150 years later. Mallory wakes up in Catriona’s body in 1869 and quickly has to adjust to being a housemaid to an undertaker in Victorian Scotland. The undertaker, Dr. Gray also assists Detective McCreadie. They are investigating the strangulation of a man, similar to Mallory’s attack. She hopes that catching the murderer will lead her back to modern times. Mallory is a character with plenty of depth. She’s hardworking, kind, relatable, and makes for a strong female protagonist that readers can cheer on. The supporting cast of characters are well-developed and provide insight into individuals in various roles in a Victorian household as well as those they interact with. Kelley Armstrong has a fluid writing style that quickly brings readers into the well-paced story. They also get insight into the state of police forensics during this early era and a few insights into chemistry, diversity, and how servants are treated as well. Other themes include family, relationships, sanitary (and other) conditions, and much more. There is a hint at a couple of potential romances, but nothing more. The world-building was great and felt accurate for the times. The ending has plenty of action and wraps up many threads, but leaves a few open to be explored in future books in the series. Overall, this is well-written, engaging, and entertaining with complex characters in a historical setting. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. St. Martin’s Press – Minotaur Books and Kelley Armstrong provided a digital ARC of this novel via NetGalley and the opportunity to provide an honest review. Opinions are mine alone and are not biased in any way. Publication date is currently set for May 31, 2022.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Holly B

    4.5 STARS Caught in a time warp! A new series from Kelley Armstrong. Mallory, a modern day homicide detective, is out jogging when she hears a women's screams. She quickly steps in to help and is knocked unconscious. She wakes up to a different time and space. She is now Catriona, in Victorian Scotland. What the two women have in common is they were both strangled at the exact time and place 150 years apart- she has crossed over. "I've been kidnapped and thrown into someone's sick fantasy version of 4.5 STARS Caught in a time warp! A new series from Kelley Armstrong. Mallory, a modern day homicide detective, is out jogging when she hears a women's screams. She quickly steps in to help and is knocked unconscious. She wakes up to a different time and space. She is now Catriona, in Victorian Scotland. What the two women have in common is they were both strangled at the exact time and place 150 years apart- she has crossed over. "I've been kidnapped and thrown into someone's sick fantasy version of a Victorian home, complete with a poor kid forced to play the role of maid." This was such a fun read! Mallory playing Victorian detective and part time maid, trying to find the killer, having all her knowledge of modern techniques and forensics, taking the opportunity to experience police work in a past century. There are suspenseful moments, cliffhangy chapters, imposters, dark cloaked figures and some double crossing villains. Really enjoyed and looking forward to the next in the series! Recommend to Kelley fans and those who enjoy historical mysteries, time travel and engaging characters. Thanks to NG and SMP for my arc. OUT June 14, 2022

  4. 4 out of 5

    Debra

    May 20, 2019: Mallory, a homicide detective has traveled to Edinburgh to spend time with her dying grandmother. She hears a woman in distress in an alley and goes to investigate, is attacked, and wakes up in the wrong time and in the wrong body. May 20, 1869: Catriona Mitchell, a housemaid, is enjoying her half day off when she is attacked in an alley way 150 years before Mallory is attacked. Catriona was strangled and left for dead. Mallory wakes up in Catriola's body and what a shock that is. Sh May 20, 2019: Mallory, a homicide detective has traveled to Edinburgh to spend time with her dying grandmother. She hears a woman in distress in an alley and goes to investigate, is attacked, and wakes up in the wrong time and in the wrong body. May 20, 1869: Catriona Mitchell, a housemaid, is enjoying her half day off when she is attacked in an alley way 150 years before Mallory is attacked. Catriona was strangled and left for dead. Mallory wakes up in Catriola's body and what a shock that is. She is in the wrong time, there are customs and sayings she is not familiar with. She is being called a stranger's name and expected to get back to work. So, you were strangled big deal, there is a chamber pot that needs cleaning. Her employer, Dr. Gray, moonlights as a medical examiner. Women have been killed and he begins to investigate their murders. Wanting to get back to her own time and having her interest piqued, Mallory begins her own investigation while navigating a world and class system she has only read about. So good! This was a pleasure from beginning to end. I was drawn into this book from the very beginning. I kept fining opportunities to listen more and more and finished this in two days. I found the story to be gripping, intelligent, and entertaining. While reading this book, I thought of the Christopher Reeve movie Somewhere in Time. Very different storylines but with a character going back in time. I cannot believe that I have not read a book by Kelly Armstrong before. Seriously, what rock have I been hiding under. I am not typically a fantasy fan but this was more historical fiction meets science fiction and the mash up was done beautifully. I can't wait for the next book in the series. What a captivating page turner with suspense and intrigue! So happy I took a chance on this book. Thank you to Macmillan Audio and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All the thoughts and opinions are my own. Read more of my reviews at www.openbookposts.com

  5. 5 out of 5

    Madison Warner Fairbanks

    A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong Time travel mystery. Detective Mallory hears a cry and finds a half transparent women being strangled in the alley. As she attempts to help she finds herself fighting with the attacker and blacks out as he attempts to strangles her. She wakes up 150 years in the past in the body of a young house maid who has also been attacked. Suspenseful, intriguing and engrossing. The author pulls on heartstrings at the same time as describing roles in society. We feel M A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong Time travel mystery. Detective Mallory hears a cry and finds a half transparent women being strangled in the alley. As she attempts to help she finds herself fighting with the attacker and blacks out as he attempts to strangles her. She wakes up 150 years in the past in the body of a young house maid who has also been attacked. Suspenseful, intriguing and engrossing. The author pulls on heartstrings at the same time as describing roles in society. We feel Mallory’s frustration with the limitations of being trapped in the voluminous skirts while hunting for hidden killer. The mystery is solid and smart and I’m excited to read the next in the series. 🎧 I listened to an audiobook version narrated by Kate Hanford. The performance was engaging and told from the Detective’s POV. Emotions were clear and held the listener captive with anticipation of what would happen next. I listened to this at 1.3 which is my preferred speed for conversational compatibility. I received a copy of this from NetGalley and Macmillan audio. I also purchased a copy to keep.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)

    As usual, Kelley Armstrong delivers the fun in her stories. I am not a fan of time travel books, but this one delivered with a straightforward line, along with some giggles as our heroine tried to juxtapose the future with the past. I can certainly see a sequel coming soon! Many thanks to Kelley Armstrong, and NetGalley for the chance to early read this story.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mallory

    Ok…I have a huge problem….I need the next book in this series and this one isn’t going to be published for five more months. I typically enjoy Kelley Armstrong’s books and this was no exception. I’ll admit the added benefit of the main character sharing my name was nice, but honestly I liked the concept and execution all around. Detective Mallory hears a woman scream and runs to help and finds herself being choked and when she wakes up she’s in the body of the woman she tried to help in Victoria Ok…I have a huge problem….I need the next book in this series and this one isn’t going to be published for five more months. I typically enjoy Kelley Armstrong’s books and this was no exception. I’ll admit the added benefit of the main character sharing my name was nice, but honestly I liked the concept and execution all around. Detective Mallory hears a woman scream and runs to help and finds herself being choked and when she wakes up she’s in the body of the woman she tried to help in Victorian Scotland as a housemaid. She struggles to adjust to the unfamiliar time and tries to figure out how she can get home to her own time and body. She finds herself lucky enough to be the housemaid for an undertaker who allows her to assist him in trying to solve murders. I really liked the historical look at crime solving and early forensics. All of the characters were fun and I definitely will be revisiting this world.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Maureen Carden

    Awhile back I read that Kelley Armstrong meant to dip her toe into the waters of historical time travel with the delightful time travel duology (possible trilogy) A Stitch in Time. It was to be the rehearsal for her unusual time travel series starting with A Rip Through Time . The first series was a straight up time travel novel with the heroine falling back into time through a tear in the fabric of time. A Rip Through Time is more complicated. Two women are strangled almost to death at the exact Awhile back I read that Kelley Armstrong meant to dip her toe into the waters of historical time travel with the delightful time travel duology (possible trilogy) A Stitch in Time. It was to be the rehearsal for her unusual time travel series starting with A Rip Through Time . The first series was a straight up time travel novel with the heroine falling back into time through a tear in the fabric of time. A Rip Through Time is more complicated. Two women are strangled almost to death at the exact time, date and location one hundred and fifty years apart. The complication: they exchange bodies. Or at least the Vancouver homicide detective Mallory Atkinson, hopes the other victim is alive. Mallory is in Edinburgh, Scotland to be at the side of her beloved, dying grandmother. She goes out for a quick run and is lured into an alleyway where she is attacked and almost killed. To add insult to injury, Mallory is pulled though time. Mallory awakes in the house of an Edinburgh undertaker/doctor/researcher. Unfortunately, she wakes up in the body of young housemaid Catriona Mitchell. Mallory quickly comes to understand her new situation as we have all grown up with time travel books and movies. Mallory takes a few days to acclimate herself by pleading head injuries and shock in order to take stock of her situation. Mallory also uses those same excuses to plead the reasons for her tremendous personality changes. Mallory is no longer illiterate, plus she is able to slowly insert herself a position to assist her employer, Dr Duncan Gray. Mallory’s greatest barrier to survival is not being thrown out of the sheltering house as she is either feared, distrusted, disliked, or all three by just about everyone who knows her; and with good reason. Mallory is in a panic wondering what havoc Catriona could be wreaking with her family back in her time. If, in fact she made an even- steven time jump. I have to admit I haven’t read many time travel books. However, I think A Rip Through Timeis a terrific book. The premise is highly original, and I am extremely impressed with the research going into this recreation of mid-Victorian times in Scotland. Authors can’t wing it anymore since so many readers have Google on speed dial. I always do, not to catch author out, but to find more information about what I’m reading. I’m also impressed Armstrong had to write this without a visit to Edinburgh due to the Pandemic. Many of the characters are outside the box or changing the shape of the box. Catriona isn’t some sweet young lassie, Dr Grey isn’t a well thought of doctor. Instead as a man of color he collects the stings and insults of a backward police force, except for one detective, a childhood friend. Dr Grey’s sister isn’t some grieving widow quietly keeping house for her brilliant brother. Instead she is a chemist with a satisfying life but who actively suffers from the countless strictures of Victorian times. I truly had no clue as to Mallory/Catriona’s killer, so to speak. Armstrong is well able to maintain an intelligent suspense. The action was exciting, fitting the pace of the book. Nothing outlandish, nothing unrealistic. So here are the questions Armstrong presents us with that keep us constantly engaged; you travel back into time, a time you might know a bit about. What knowledge of the future do you share? Who do you decide to trust? Who do you hurt by not trusting? How do you explain your life? Do you ignore everything you ever read about the butterfly effect? Do you give up trying to get home and make a new life for yourself? These are some of the questions, and the surprising answers makingA Rip Through Time such a terrific read. Thank you to NetGalley for a review ARC.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    Whelp, I spoke too soon… taken a nose dive. At 25% I was enjoying it, at 40% I want to hurl it across the room. I’m frustrated & I’m done. Read into that what you will. Going to explore my backlist and take a much needed break from ARC’s for a while…

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin Clemence

    Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 31, 2022 Canadian author Kelley Armstrong brings a time travel murder mystery for the ages with her new novel, “A Rip Through Time”. Detective Mallory Atkinson is at her dying grandmother’s bedside in Edinburgh, hoping to be able to be with her beloved Nan when she passes. Taking a break from the hospital sights and smells, Mallor Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review. Expected publication date: May 31, 2022 Canadian author Kelley Armstrong brings a time travel murder mystery for the ages with her new novel, “A Rip Through Time”. Detective Mallory Atkinson is at her dying grandmother’s bedside in Edinburgh, hoping to be able to be with her beloved Nan when she passes. Taking a break from the hospital sights and smells, Mallory decides to set out on a jog, and when she hears a woman in distress she can’t help but investigate. Mallory sees a young woman in dated clothing, faded and ethereal, but she disappears just as Mallory herself is attacked and left unconscious. The next thing Mallory knows she is in the early 19th century, in the body of the young woman she saw in the alley. Desperate to return home, but also to keep her true identity a secret, Mallory finds herself involved in an unrelated murder investigation. As a present day detective, Mallory has some skills that could help in finding the killer, but is she willing to reveal her secrets to solve the crime? Obviously, any novel that involves traveling through time gets an immediate association with “Outlander”, but Armstrong’s novel is an entity all on its own. Without the romance and steamy sex scenes, “Time” brings police investigation across the centuries, bringing with it the challenges of being a female detective in a time where women are expected to be “seen and not heard”. Mallory is a determined detective, proud granddaughter and brave woman. I was impressed with her fortitude, and the fact that her immediate goal was to find a way to return to the bedside of her dying grandmother. She is an impressive character, and I bonded with her right away. Of course this novel is the first in a series, and the ending hints very obviously that more books are yet to come. I enjoyed the way that the initial crime was solved, while still leaving enough open questions so that the reader was satisfied, and yet left craving more. I loved Armstrong’s criminal investigation components (even Victorian-era style!) and how both Duncan and Mallory attacked the murders with gusto. A perfect police procedural in a time before police investigations had any science involved (let alone DNA) and it still managed to captivate me from the beginning. This is definitely a series to watch, and I will keep a close eye out for book number two from Armstrong.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I have just finished reading A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong. This is the first book by the Author for me. It is a series debut from a New York Times Bestselling author. A Rip Through Times series. A gothic setting taking place in Victorian Scotland. In 1969. A very interesting script that starts of in current time in Edinburgh I really do enjoy a good gothic book, and this does not disappoint. Very engaging writing, story, and characters. I do recommend this book and am looking forward to m I have just finished reading A Rip Through Time by Kelley Armstrong. This is the first book by the Author for me. It is a series debut from a New York Times Bestselling author. A Rip Through Times series. A gothic setting taking place in Victorian Scotland. In 1969. A very interesting script that starts of in current time in Edinburgh I really do enjoy a good gothic book, and this does not disappoint. Very engaging writing, story, and characters. I do recommend this book and am looking forward to more to come with the series! Thank you to NetGalley, Author Kelley Armstrong, and St. Martin's Press for my advanced copy to read and review. #NetGalley

  12. 4 out of 5

    donna backshall

    I had no expectations for A Rip Through Time. The amateurish cover suggested it might have an unpolished, indie feel to it. I am pleased to report that couldn't be farther from the truth. This was a compelling and exciting adventure. I give it five enthusiastic stars. In a nutshell, a present day Canadian police detective, Mallory Atkinson, is attacked by a man she accidentally spilled coffee on earlier in the day. When she awakens, she finds herself in the body of a housemaid in 1869 Edinburgh w I had no expectations for A Rip Through Time. The amateurish cover suggested it might have an unpolished, indie feel to it. I am pleased to report that couldn't be farther from the truth. This was a compelling and exciting adventure. I give it five enthusiastic stars. In a nutshell, a present day Canadian police detective, Mallory Atkinson, is attacked by a man she accidentally spilled coffee on earlier in the day. When she awakens, she finds herself in the body of a housemaid in 1869 Edinburgh working for a Mr. Duncan Gray, an undertaker who fancies himself more of a forensic scientist, even though such a job doesn't quite have a name yet. Incredibly the author skillfully makes this coincidence work. I couldn't stop reading, and kept finding ways to sneak in a little more, because it was such a fascinating slow burn. The world building for the time period, the character development, and the mystery were all excellently put together into something simply exhilarating. I'm especially excited to know this is the start of a series. Sign me up for all the rest!

  13. 4 out of 5

    LIsa Noell "Rocking the Chutzpah!"

    My thanks to St. Martin's Press,.Kelley Armstrong and Netgalley. I loved Ms. Armstrong's Rockton series. When she decided to end it, and came up with something new? I thought that maybe I might like it. Nope. I just can't. Timelines and romance. "Wait, I just threw up and must spit it out!" I never read Armstrong before Rockton, and now I know that I won't after. This wasn't a bad book. Heck, I can see that many will.love this. Not me. This isn't my sort of story at all. My thanks to St. Martin's Press,.Kelley Armstrong and Netgalley. I loved Ms. Armstrong's Rockton series. When she decided to end it, and came up with something new? I thought that maybe I might like it. Nope. I just can't. Timelines and romance. "Wait, I just threw up and must spit it out!" I never read Armstrong before Rockton, and now I know that I won't after. This wasn't a bad book. Heck, I can see that many will.love this. Not me. This isn't my sort of story at all.

  14. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    Once upon a time I used to associate Armstrong with paranormal novels. Now not only are detective/mystery plots her speciality but she seems to be using time travel a lot, too. Not that I'm complaining.. This one veers in a different direction from her last time travel story and whereas that was a romance this has none to speak of -- though.. maybe set up for something in the future? there were glimmers -- due to some complicated dynamics but also the strangeness of the whole situation Mallory su Once upon a time I used to associate Armstrong with paranormal novels. Now not only are detective/mystery plots her speciality but she seems to be using time travel a lot, too. Not that I'm complaining.. This one veers in a different direction from her last time travel story and whereas that was a romance this has none to speak of -- though.. maybe set up for something in the future? there were glimmers -- due to some complicated dynamics but also the strangeness of the whole situation Mallory suddenly finds herself in. One minute, it's 2019 and she's a detective on leave in Edinburgh, just out for a jog. Next, she wakes up after having been attacked, but it's 1869 and she finds herself in the body of an unrecognizable housemaid. Not only does she have to quickly adjust, adapt, and come up with a plausible reason for being confused and out of sorts (beyond being attacked), but she also has to solve her own case; and the case of a local murder or two. If this had been a standalone, well, a) that would've been a very unsatisfying ending (but it also would't have ended that way) and b) this would be a very different rating. It's still not as high as I think it might be in the future because, now that we have the set-up out of the way, and know our cast of characters, I think the next book (books?) will be very very good. I really enjoyed both siblings that Mallory finds herself, as Catriona, working for -- one is a funeral director (well, what passes for one in the times) and also has a side hustle with the police as a medical examiner, and the other is more or less a chemist. Both intelligent, if a little unusual, for the times and for even more reasons than I've mentioned (leaving some surprises for you). Another character is the local criminal investigator who is also a friend to both. It was fascinating to see Armstrong, through Mallory, try and determine what criminology and forensic sciences were already at work at the time and navigate the conversations and investigations with her own knowledge while, somehow, trying to make it fit. She didn't always succeed, and often surprised those around her, but I think that made it more believable. I always side-eye a story that has the time traveler way too prepared to blend in to new surroundings. While the mystery and reason behind why Mallory was attacked in the first place, and why she continued to be targeted, was kind of.. well, not exciting, I also respect having this kind of storyline play out. So often we expect big nefarious reasons for these crimes but rarely are they so dramatic. So, yes, overall I had a good time with this but I'm very glad we got this stage of the story out of the way and now things can get even better. Can't wait to see what adventures await this ensemble in the coming books. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fiona

    A Rip Through Time is latest from Kelley Armstrong, combining her trademark mystery-writing skills with an edge of the seat trip through time. It’s 2019, and Canadian homicide detective Mallory Atkinson visits Edinburgh to be at the bedside of her dying grandmother. But an evening jog turns horrifying when she’s attacked and blacks out – only to wake up in the body of a nineteenth century housemaid. Even worse, it appears that her trip through time hasn’t made her any safer, as someone seems to b A Rip Through Time is latest from Kelley Armstrong, combining her trademark mystery-writing skills with an edge of the seat trip through time. It’s 2019, and Canadian homicide detective Mallory Atkinson visits Edinburgh to be at the bedside of her dying grandmother. But an evening jog turns horrifying when she’s attacked and blacks out – only to wake up in the body of a nineteenth century housemaid. Even worse, it appears that her trip through time hasn’t made her any safer, as someone seems to be trying to get her attention – through murder. Kelley Armstrong is a reliably excellent author, writing mysteries that usually carry at least a hint of the paranormal, and a healthy dash of romance. The romance aspect is minimal in A Rip Through Time – though there’s absolutely some very promising potential in a couple of directions. Instead, the focus is on the mystery, and on well-researched historical details; everyday life in the mid-1800s is detailed and accurate, without bogging down a well-paced story. The forensic aspects are fascinating, and allow the Victorian investigators to be forward in their thinking, while staying realistically true to attitudes in the time. While there’s a lot to like here, the characters are the strongest part of the book, to me. It’s hardly surprising – Kelley Armstrong has a great track record – but it’s still such a delight to spend time with these people. Mallory is kind, intelligent, and able to handle unexpected time travel surprisingly well; she’s easy to root for. Her new Victorian allies are similarly likable, and they all feel like genuine people, ones with lives, cares, and dreams. While A Rip Through Time wraps up the first mystery very satisfactorily, there’s still plenty of open ends to play with for the next book in the series. I, for one, will absolutely be following the further adventures of this historical series.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life)

    This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was a very enjoyable read! I have enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s books in the past and I am a fan of time travel stories so when I heard about this book, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I thought that the time travel aspect of this story was well done and I quickly fell for the characters. I thought that this was a very solid start to a promising series. During a visit to see her dying grandmother in Edinburgh, Mallory is th This review can also be found at https://carolesrandomlife.com/ This was a very enjoyable read! I have enjoyed Kelley Armstrong’s books in the past and I am a fan of time travel stories so when I heard about this book, I knew that I had to get my hands on it. I thought that the time travel aspect of this story was well done and I quickly fell for the characters. I thought that this was a very solid start to a promising series. During a visit to see her dying grandmother in Edinburgh, Mallory is thrown back in time when an attack goes wrong. She wakes up in an unfamiliar time and place and must figure out how to navigate this new reality in a body that is not her own. She has taken on the appearance and life of a housemaid named Catriona but soon becomes invaluable to her employer, Dr. Gray, who is a pioneer in the field of forensics. Before long, they are working together to solve a string of murders. I really liked the characters in this book. I love the way the relationships between the characters grew and changed over the course of the story. Mallory had to learn how to fit into a world unlike her own and overcome the attitudes of those around her to do Catriona’s history. I liked the way that Dr. Gray and Mallory eventually teamed up with a local detective to try to find a murderer. Since Mallory worked as a detective in modern times, it could be frustrating for her to see the methods being used in police work in the past. I would not hesitate to recommend this book to others. I had a fantastic time reading this book and thought that it did a wonderful job of setting up the series. I cannot wait to read about more of Mallory’s adventures in the past. I received a digital review copy of this book from St. Martin’s Press via NetGalley.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    There is just something about Armstrong's writing, I absolutely adore it but throw in a Victorian Era murder mystery and a little ripple in time and it is completely irresistible and downright hard to put down. This was so so much fun and I am beyond ecstatic that it seems to not be a stand alone but a new series! I adored every single minute of it and was not ready for it to be over so I am beyond excited to get more. I love this characters and all their feistiness and can't wait for more. *ARC There is just something about Armstrong's writing, I absolutely adore it but throw in a Victorian Era murder mystery and a little ripple in time and it is completely irresistible and downright hard to put down. This was so so much fun and I am beyond ecstatic that it seems to not be a stand alone but a new series! I adored every single minute of it and was not ready for it to be over so I am beyond excited to get more. I love this characters and all their feistiness and can't wait for more. *ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/5 stars Kelley Armstrong is my favorite author. So I was beyond excited to read the first book in her new series. This is a mystery time travel book set in Victorian Scotland (1869). The narrator is 30 year old homicide detective Mallory (1st person POV). I don't typically read historical fiction. But I loved this book. Because the narrator is from the present this book has a very contemporary feel to it. I absolutely loved Mallory. And I loved seeing her try to live in 1869 Scotland. This was 4.5/5 stars Kelley Armstrong is my favorite author. So I was beyond excited to read the first book in her new series. This is a mystery time travel book set in Victorian Scotland (1869). The narrator is 30 year old homicide detective Mallory (1st person POV). I don't typically read historical fiction. But I loved this book. Because the narrator is from the present this book has a very contemporary feel to it. I absolutely loved Mallory. And I loved seeing her try to live in 1869 Scotland. This was such a fun enjoyable mystery. With great supporting characters. The author writes such great series. And she always includes heroines who are strong and unique women. The mystery is solved in this book. However there is so much more that I want to know. The book features only a hint of romance (I definitely wish that there had been more). However it gives me something to look forward to in future books. If you love Kelley Armstrong then this is a must read. I absolutely cannot wait to see what happens next in this series! Thank you to netgalley and St. Martin's Press for allowing me to read this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lou Jacobs

    A RIP THROUGH TIME by Kelley Armstrong Publication: May 31, 2022 by Minotaur Books / St. Martin’s Press Thirty year-old Vancouver police detective Mallory Atkinson runs into the alley where she hears a woman’s scream. Suddenly a rope noose is thrust around her neck …. even though valiantly struggling she starts to pass out. Just before she looses consciousness, she “sees” an optical illusion of “ a young woman with honey-blond hair, in a cornflower-blue dress, as a shadowy figure has his hands wr A RIP THROUGH TIME by Kelley Armstrong Publication: May 31, 2022 by Minotaur Books / St. Martin’s Press Thirty year-old Vancouver police detective Mallory Atkinson runs into the alley where she hears a woman’s scream. Suddenly a rope noose is thrust around her neck …. even though valiantly struggling she starts to pass out. Just before she looses consciousness, she “sees” an optical illusion of “ a young woman with honey-blond hair, in a cornflower-blue dress, as a shadowy figure has his hands wrapped around her throat”. The world goes dark. She awakens confused and startled, and suddenly realizes she is inhabiting the body of an eighteen year-old blond girl, Catriona Mitchell in obviously Victorian Edinburgh, Scotland. Somehow through a “rip in time” she has traveled from May 20, 2019 to the same day in 1869. Kelley Armstrong crafts a delightful tale combining elements of historical fiction, time travel and a convoluted police procedural. Walking a dangerous tight rope, Armstrong expertly combines lengthy internal dialogue of Mallory/ Catriona with her amazing development of the interesting multi-dimensional Victorian characters. Catriona is a housemaid in the very unique household of “undertaker” Dr. Duncan Gray and his half sister, Isla Ballantyne. Dr. Gray is much more than a funeral director, and actually is a trusted consultant of Detective McCreadie, examining murder victims before the incompetent medical examiner botches everything. In actuality his studies are the forerunner of modern forensic science. And Isla is an exceptional variant of the women of the time …. being highly educated , but forced to work as a herbalist rather than a chemist … directly because of her gender. Did I forget to mention, Dr Gray is dismissed as irrelevant and somewhat of a charlatan. Even though highly educated, he unfortunately remains black. After interactions with various members of the household, Mallory soon realizes that the beautiful and fetching Catriona has a murky past … being lazy, illiterate ,a con artist, and a thief, and probably uses her “feminine wiles” for illicit purposes. Mallory wonders if Catriona is back in the twenty-first-century wreaking havoc in the guise of Mallory Atkinson. Both have been attacked and strangled in the same alley, but 150 years apart. Mallory uses her “head injury” as an excuse to account for her lapses in memory and personality changes, but finds it difficult to account for her literacy (“I felt is was helpful to keep it a secret”). Mallory witnesses and cannot help but get involved when McCreadie brings a body for Dr Duncan to assess for clues. Crime reporter Archie Evans was murdered and body staged, but Mallory realizes with her modern-day knowledge of forensics, that he was tortured by waterboarding, obviously for interrogation purposes. After forging a relationship with Isla, Mallory investigates the seamy side of Edinburgh with Isla’s aid and knowledge, while struggling to uncover the truth. At first she ponders if merely returning to the scene of the strangling will transport her back. When this fails, she considers the possibility that helping McCreadie and Gray catch the murderer will open a portal back to 2019 Vancouver or Edinburgh, Scotland. By the way, it was hilarious witnessing Mallory attempting to replicate Victorian speech, based upon her knowledge of present day Victorian Romance novels, All during her travails to find the murderer and avoid her own demise she is cognizant of the “butterfly effect”. The time travel dilemma that one’s actions in the past could have catastrophic effects in the future. This delightful, and entertaining yarn provides a multitude of plot twists and turns, and yet escalates into a thrilling denouement that is satisfying, while leaving many unsolved questions…. knowing there is more to come …Thankfully !!! Armstrong admirably weaves into the body of her work such themes as: the plight of women’s equality, racism, immigration, and even homosexuality. It was a pleasure to see the character of Mallory unfold, with her intelligence and determination, while being adaptable and resilient. Thanks to NetGalley and Minotaur Books / St. Martin’s Press for providing an Uncorrected Proof in exchange for an honest review. I seriously cannot wait until Mallory’s next adventure.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carrie

    Review coming soon.

  21. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this historical fantasy through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . . I love Kelley Armstrong.  This be me 18th book by the author.  I really wish I could say that I loved this one but alas it must walk the plank!  No one is more surprised then me that I found this book to be so difficult to read, enjoy, and finish. The book follows Mallory, a cop, who is transported from 2019 to 1869 and lands in another person's body.  That person happens Ahoy there me mateys!  I received an eArc of this historical fantasy through NetGalley in exchange for me honest musings . . . I love Kelley Armstrong.  This be me 18th book by the author.  I really wish I could say that I loved this one but alas it must walk the plank!  No one is more surprised then me that I found this book to be so difficult to read, enjoy, and finish. The book follows Mallory, a cop, who is transported from 2019 to 1869 and lands in another person's body.  That person happens to be Catriona, a housemaid for a funeral director whose side hobby happens to be the study of forensics.  In a series of truly silly circumstances, Catriona (Mallory), ends up helping her employer try to solve the mystery of a serial killer. Now often in Kelley Armstrong books, ye have to suspend disbelief and realize there are some over-the-top plot points.  This book just had too much.  Mallory is said to be intelligent but is constantly using modern language and reacting without thought.  The time travel element makes no sense and the ending of the book only confuses things further.  Too much time is spent in Mallory's wishy-washy noggin.  The characters in 1869 accept she is from the future so easily I actually laughed out-loud.  And not in a good way.  The pacing was uneven and sort of boring at times.  Mallory helping with the police investigations was just plain ridiculous for the time period.  Seriously I had trouble with the whole plot. Good things? Umm I liked the character of Isla and wished I could have been reading a historical fiction about her helping her brother with his cases instead.  In a time period appropriate-ish way of course. I wish I could say I wanted to read more of this series but I cannot.  Arrrr!

  22. 4 out of 5

    ❀⊱RoryReads⊰❀

    4 Stars A great beginning to a new series. Will definitely read the next one.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Wolf

    Really enjoyable story involving a time-traveling detective, set in modern-day and 1860s Edinburgh. The main characters is smart, strong, and remarkably adaptable -- it's a kick to see her try to fit in as a 17th century housemaid (who inexplicably is suddenly literate and remarkably knowledgeable about criminal investigations). Highly recommended. Really enjoyable story involving a time-traveling detective, set in modern-day and 1860s Edinburgh. The main characters is smart, strong, and remarkably adaptable -- it's a kick to see her try to fit in as a 17th century housemaid (who inexplicably is suddenly literate and remarkably knowledgeable about criminal investigations). Highly recommended.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ʚϊɞ Shelley's ʚϊɞ Book Nook

    This book was one of the best books I have read in a long time, I got all but the last forty pages read in one sitting...I tried so hard but my bed called to me. The way Ms. Armstrong details the way Edinburgh was 150 years ago is so exacting it seems to take the reader there. Armstrong has drawn her characters with a depth and a sincerity rarely seen in todays novel's of this type. Since they usually concentrate on the more gory aspects of the crime and not they way it was committ This book was one of the best books I have read in a long time, I got all but the last forty pages read in one sitting...I tried so hard but my bed called to me. The way Ms. Armstrong details the way Edinburgh was 150 years ago is so exacting it seems to take the reader there. Armstrong has drawn her characters with a depth and a sincerity rarely seen in todays novel's of this type. Since they usually concentrate on the more gory aspects of the crime and not they way it was committed, A Rip Through Time is a book that does not demean the readers intelligence with cheap explanations and answers that come to the characters all to easy. Simply put one the best books, of this genre, that I have ever read. Very well written, extremely intelligent, and well planned and thought out. That ending was perfect...A page turner without peer and I, for one, cannot wait for book two. Well done Ms. Armstrong, you have a new fan in this fellow Canadian. With many thanks to NetGalley, Kelley Armstrong and St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books for the giving of the ARC. #NetGalley

  25. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Strangled in the same alley that a woman was strangled 150 years before, a woman police officer suddenly finds herself back in that time and in the woman’s body. Talk about exciting premises, right? After reading several thrilling books from this author, I was keen to pick up this first in a new series and explore the idea of a modern woman adjusting to the past and, as a police officer, adjusting to investigating a crime old-style. Mallory is in Edinburgh struggling to say goodbye to a beloved g Strangled in the same alley that a woman was strangled 150 years before, a woman police officer suddenly finds herself back in that time and in the woman’s body. Talk about exciting premises, right? After reading several thrilling books from this author, I was keen to pick up this first in a new series and explore the idea of a modern woman adjusting to the past and, as a police officer, adjusting to investigating a crime old-style. Mallory is in Edinburgh struggling to say goodbye to a beloved grandmother on her deathbed. In need of a bit of air, she finds herself in Old Town at night in time to hear a woman struggling nearby. Her cop instincts kick in and she rushes to the rescue only to encounter a killer. She wakes up in 1869 and discovers she is now Catriona, a disreputable woman given a new chance as a housemaid in an undertaker’s home. However, Dr. Gray is not just a funeral home owner. He studies forensic science and one of the police investigator’s has just brought him a new body to help offer clues about the murder. While adjusting to her new incredible circumstances, trying to figure out how to get back to her own time, and more than curious about Catriona’s attack and her past, she can’t help herself from getting involved in the police investigation and Gray’s work. I love the idea of bringing a modern police detective into Victorian Scotland and seeing her work through the whacked out idea that she just traveled back in time, the world of being a woman and a serving class person with criminal history, and having her land fortuitously in a progressive man’s home and work. I say progressive because Dr. Gray can empathize with the frustration she feels as a woman denied certain things of his race. He and his sister, Isla, are looked at askance because they are educated, own a business, and have a comfortable income when most people of color were servant class. His personality and interests are not unlike a certain famous fictional detective by the name of Holmes and his sister is a chemist and atypical of her time as well. Kelley Armstrong took the time to sketch in how it all felt for Mallory to go through such an experience. I liked that Mallory wasn’t some special snowflake who instinctively knew her history and how to fit in, but neither was she arrogant about it. She tries to fit in and respect that people of the past weren’t stupid. Her attempt to talk ‘historical’ based on a vague knowledge from historical romance books was hilarious. That said, I did get antsy to come to the moment when she got settled in and we could get on to the fun part. Solving crime old-style with her knowledge from the future that would help the investigation. I was sympathetic that she left things unfinished with her grandmother and she had a life back in the present, but I enjoyed her in the past. Mysteries abound from the serial killer in the present, the killer in the past, how the time slip worked, and coloring in Catriona’s story. It was interesting seeing the extra twist of her being ‘Catriona’ in 1869 and everyone else knows more about Catriona than she does so she must learn as she goes and it turns out Catriona was as much a mystery as the investigation into murder. I liked Gray and McCreadie, but was happy to see them show up the other arrogant police and pathologist. All in all, this was a good start to a series building the background and slowly getting going to a steady, suspense-building book that left me satisfied with what I got and ready for what comes next in the series. I rec'd an eARC through NetGalley to read in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and have yet to pick up one of her other series. When I saw this available for request at Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to try a new one. That's my mistake, not because the book is bad, but because it was REALLY good and now I have to wait who-knows-how-long for book two!!!! Mallory is a fantastic character, well developed, brav Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. I loved Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series, and have yet to pick up one of her other series. When I saw this available for request at Netgalley, I jumped at the chance to try a new one. That's my mistake, not because the book is bad, but because it was REALLY good and now I have to wait who-knows-how-long for book two!!!! Mallory is a fantastic character, well developed, brave, intelligent, and thoughtful. The supporting cast members are all interesting, and the plot definitely was a good mystery. I also enjoyed the setting, the world-building, and the excellent pacing of the story. I did guess the solution a little early, so couldn't give it a full 5 stars, but 4.5 (had to round down for Goodreads/Amazon) is still great! Absolutely worth picking up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Carolyn

    A good beginning to set up this new time travel/murder mystery series by Kelley Armstrong.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Val

    My thanks to Minotaur Books, as well as to NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of A Rip Through Time. Can you imagine getting attacked while jogging in Vancouver Canada and then waking up to find yourself 150 years earlier in time? And in Scotland?? I absolutely loved this book! Mallory (the main character) is hilarious as she does her level best to speak as people did in 1869 - and adjust to going from a 3o-year-old detective in 2019 to a 19-year-old housemaid in Vict My thanks to Minotaur Books, as well as to NetGalley, for the opportunity to read and review an early copy of A Rip Through Time. Can you imagine getting attacked while jogging in Vancouver Canada and then waking up to find yourself 150 years earlier in time? And in Scotland?? I absolutely loved this book! Mallory (the main character) is hilarious as she does her level best to speak as people did in 1869 - and adjust to going from a 3o-year-old detective in 2019 to a 19-year-old housemaid in Victorian Scotland. It would be so much easier to do things correctly if she just had her cell phone so she could look everything up!! I don't mean to make this book sound as though it's a comedy, however. There is plenty of intrigue and suspense in A Rip Through Tim0e. Mallory is lucky enough to end up in a household where she is employed as Dr. Duncan Gray's housemaid since he’s fascinated by forensics and interested in new methods. Dr. Gray's older half-sister, Isla, is a chemist and she's a fabulous character! I think she may have been my favorite character in the book. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading time travel with some mystery, suspense, and humor thrown into the mix. I can't wait for the second book in the series to become available!!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    3.75 Reads description: Oooh this sounds right up my alley! Time travel and murder mystery-yes However, we don't just get a trip back to the Victorian Era of Scotland for our detective- we also get a sort of isekai storyline in which our FL Mallory (after having been strangled possibly to death in 2019) finds herself waking up in the body of 19 year old Catronia...In the 1800's. Now Mallory is stuck as a maid and assistant to a peculiar Dr. Gray while trying to figure her way around the past. Also 3.75 Reads description: Oooh this sounds right up my alley! Time travel and murder mystery-yes However, we don't just get a trip back to the Victorian Era of Scotland for our detective- we also get a sort of isekai storyline in which our FL Mallory (after having been strangled possibly to death in 2019) finds herself waking up in the body of 19 year old Catronia...In the 1800's. Now Mallory is stuck as a maid and assistant to a peculiar Dr. Gray while trying to figure her way around the past. Also, Mallory has to constantly try to unravel Catronia's web of lies and misdeeds in an attempt solve her newly acquired body's attempted murder (plus a few others) while trying to find her way back to her own time. All in all this was pretty interesting- and I'll look out for the next book in the series.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Bam cooks the books ;-)

    *4-4.5 stars! If you enjoy time travel stories as much as I do, I highly recommend what I hope is the first in new series by Kelley Armstrong. It's 2019 and Mallory Atkinson, a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, has flown to Edinburgh, Scotland to be with her grandmother in her final days. She decides to take a break from Nan's bedside one evening to go for a run. As she passes a dark alley, she hears a young woman in distress and plunges into the alley to investigate. She gets a qu *4-4.5 stars! If you enjoy time travel stories as much as I do, I highly recommend what I hope is the first in new series by Kelley Armstrong. It's 2019 and Mallory Atkinson, a detective with the Vancouver Police Department, has flown to Edinburgh, Scotland to be with her grandmother in her final days. She decides to take a break from Nan's bedside one evening to go for a run. As she passes a dark alley, she hears a young woman in distress and plunges into the alley to investigate. She gets a quick glimpse of blond hair and a long dress before being abruptly attacked herself and strangled. When she next awakes, she is being treated for a head injury but not in a hospital. She is in the home of one Doctor Gray. In her confused state, she slowly comes to the realization that she has somehow gone back in time to 1869 Scotland AND she's in another's body, that of an 18-year-old young woman named Catriona who is a maid in the doctor's household. What to do? Cope with everyday life, learn what is expected of her and fake it as best she can until she can figure out how to return to 2019! Interesting story full of twists and turns. Mallory is a strong, intelligent, and likable new character in this genre. I can't wait to read more of her adventures. I received an arc of this new novel from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Many thanks for the opportunity.

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