The Poisoner’s Ring

Minotaur: St. Martin’s. (A Rip Through Time, Bk. 2). May 2023. 352p. ISBN 9781250820037. $28. M
In this sequel to A Rip Through Time, time-traveling modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson is still stuck in Victorian Edinburgh in another woman’s body, but now her real identity is known to her employers, Dr. Duncan Gray (an undertaker/medical examiner to whom Mallory serves as assistant) and his chemist sister Isla. She’s soon drawn into another murder investigation with Duncan and police detective Hugh McCreadie: Men have been dying of poisoning in Edinburgh, and their widows are accused of killing them. The latest such death is personal—the Grays’ sister Annis has been accused of poisoning her husband, Lord Gordon Leslie. The newspapers and the scandalous broadsheets have a field day when they learn that Lady Leslie’s sister is a chemist who could have provided the toxin that killed the lord. But then Mallory recognizes the signs of a poison not readily accessible in Edinburgh in 1869. She, Duncan, and Hugh will have a difficult time finding the single manipulative villain who they believe must be at the heart of four seemingly unrelated murders.
VERDICT Armstrong’s intriguing and atmospheric time-travel mystery will appeal to readers who enjoy historical detail.
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