"a good weekend read"

On Jan 1, 1985, a time capsule was buried in front of a small town county courthouse in Kentucky, to be opened in 2085. The next day, the High School Coach, one of the attendee's of the burial, is found hanged and it's deemed a suicide. Fast forward to June of 2005, the now Chief County Investigator Knox Davis is interrupted from his paperwork by a Deputy with a simple question regarding the "hole" in front of the flag pole. Upon investigation, the hole is revealed to have been the burial place of the time capsule and later that night another of the attendee's of the original burial is discover dead, murdered in his home.

With the suspicious arrival of Nikita Stover at the murder scene, Knox's curiosity is kicked into high gear. An attempt on her life puts her smack dab in the middle of the entire investigation. Her badge and gun look legit, but there is just something Knox can't quite put his finger on and with closer inspection discovers she is not legit, but will her explanation help or hinder the case. Will showing Knox items from her time convince him she's telling the truth, or will he lock her up for impersonating and FBI agent?

As another murder victim is reported, also coincidentally an attendee and contributor of the time capsule burial, the puzzle pieces are starting to come together but still, the reason remains a mystery. Another murder and another attempt on Nikita's life forces Knox to take them both into hiding for a time. Can they solve the puzzle, stop the killings and find the capsule before Nikita becomes one of the victims? And if they do, what happens then to their fledgling relationship?

The story has several unexpected twists, and makes the unraveling an interesting read. The story deals with a couple of current hot button topics but to reveal them here would spoil at least one of the twists. While its not as gripping as a couple of her other novels, Killing Time is nevertheless a good read and explores some rather interesting premises about time travel, its consequences and situations that we might very well face in the future. It makes a good summer weekend read.

Reviewed by Leola Brooks
Posted January 8, 2007


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.


Killing Time
by Linda Howard

Ballantine Books
June 1, 2005
ISBN #034545345X
EAN #9780345453457
336 pages
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Other Books by
Linda Howard

Blood Born
Kiss me while I sleep
Cry No More
Cry No More
Dying to Please
Kill And Tell
Open Season
Dying To Please
Strangers In the Night
Open Season
Mr. Perfect
Summer Sensations Anthology
The MacKenzie Family
Dream Man
After the Night
A Lady of the West
MacKenzie's Pleasure
MacKenzie's Mission
Mackenzie's Mountain

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