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The Poisoner's Ring by Kelley Armstrong
Narrator: Kate Hanford
Series: A Rip Through Time #2
Published by MacMillan Audio, Minotaur Books on May 23, 2023
Length: 14 hours, 52 minutes
Format: Audiobook, eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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.
While this is a time travel mystery series, this book has no time travel which suits me very well. I’m enjoying the historical mystery and the lovely characters here. Now in The Poisoner’s Ring, we have a series of poisonings and since Isla is a chemist there is concern she will be drawn into the suspects. I am really enjoying how Mallory is fitting into the household and building her friendships in her new circumstances. She is very helpful in solving the crimes and assisting Duncan in his undertaking / doctor business.
The poisonings are blamed on the wives / cooks since they are generally the ones feeding the men. However, Mallory and Duncan find that in almost all cases there was a gift or purchased special item of food or drink which ended up containing the poison. The details and deductions about human nature put together a very clever mystery. Jack is am unreliable new supporting character. I really enjoyed learning more about the rest of Duncan and Isla’s family.
There was very little about Mallory’s going back to her own time and she doesn’t seem to have any idea of how to make it happen. Of course, since a death situation brought her here, it’s not an easy thing to plan. I have to wonder what happened to Catriona, and is a killer taking more lives in which time period? What does Mallory’s family know?
The author writes an excellent mystery so I am in no hurry to return to the present day, other than my previous questions. I hope if she does go back, Mallory gets to somehow retain her friendships made now in the past.
I enjoyed the narrator and her performance of the male and female voices. The various accents and distinct character voices seemed well handled to me. I’ve no idea if the accents are accurate but they sounded right to me. I was able to listen at my usual 1.5x speed.
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