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Book Review: Killing Time July 3, 2008

Posted by battysgirl in Books, Reviews.


Killing Time

Linda Howard

Date: June 14, 2005 —   $16.47 —  Audio Book

Two stars (of a possible four, of course)






From AudioFile
Initially, narrator Joyce Bean presents FBI agent Nikita Stover in a flat, emotionless tone–so much so that when local police officer Knox Davis, working closely with Nikita to solve a case, kisses her, she hardly reacts. In frustration, he asks if she’s a robot. Her answer sparks the novel into warp-speed. Once the significance of number 233704272177 is explained and Nikita’s flatness is understood as a necessity for survival, Bean ratchets up her presentation and races the listener along the captivating plot line though time shifts that are full of action, laser weaponry, romance, danger, and intrigue. Bean’s narration masterfully portrays character and relationship development beyond what written words alone could express. K.A.T. © AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine– Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine –This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

Download Description
Returning to the entrancing supernatural territory of her popular novels Dream Man and Son of the Morning, New York Times bestselling author Linda Howard has written a sizzling new novel that is her most daring, exciting, and original yet. In 1985, with much fanfare, a time capsule was buried under the front lawn of a small-town county courthouse, to be reopened in 2085. But just twenty years later, in the dead of night, the capsule is dug up, its contents stolen. That same night, one of the contributors to the capsule is brutally slain in his home-with no sign of forced entry or indication of a struggle. One by one, others who had placed items in the time capsule are murdered. Besides his suspicions about the sudden, mysterious appearance of Nikita Stover, the chief investigator, Knox Davis, has absolutely no leads. And while Nikita’s no murderer, she seems to be hiding plenty of secrets. With more at stake than anyone else realizes, the smart-talking Nikita is determined to catch this cunning killer-while at the same time battling her own deepening feelings for a man and for a world in which she doesn’t belong. When readers crave a seductive novel of unrelenting suspense with a paranormal twist, Linda Howard delivers time and again . . . make that Killing Time-a captivating, character-rich story that races along on a breathless plot full of action and intimacy, romance and danger, thrills and intrigue.


From Batty’s Girl

I didn’t really like this one.  Some of it was good, don’t get me wrong, but the whole time travel was over the top and, I think, poorly done.  While I never begrudge any author branching out of their niche I feel that Howard’s attempt to add some kind of sci-fi to her book feel short and made the book much less enjoyable.

Her other stuff, I know from experience isn’t bad so if you’re looking to pick up a book of hers, please, do yourself a favor and pass this one over.



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