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DOORWAY TO MURDER: A Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mystery (Blackwell and Watson Time-Travel Mysteries Book 1) by [Pouliot, Carol]
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In a small New York town, secrets lurk and betrayal is just around the corner. The morning after the worst blizzard of 1934, Detective Steven Blackwell takes on a highly charged murder case. The investigation starts badly: one clue, lots of lies and alibis. To make things worse, Steven is seeing visions of a woman in his house. One night, she speaks. Her name is Olivia Watson and she lives in 2014. She believes time has folded over in the house they share. As their relationship deepens, Steven’s investigation intensifies. Soon he can no longer trust anyone in his own time. Can Olivia help crack the case—and catch a killer?

The past collides with the present in DOORWAY TO MURDER, an exciting new mystery by debut author Carol Pouliot.

With its fresh premise covering two eras that crackle off the page, Carol Pouliot introduces compelling characters to lead her series forward. Add a sharply written mystery with clever plot twists, and you have all the elements that make DOORWAY TO MURDER an accomplished debut.
Marni Graff, award-winning mystery author of Death Unscripted

Mystery. Romance. Time-travel adventure. DOORWAY TO MURDER is the total package. Carol Pouliot interweaves the past and present as easily as I turned the pages. I highly recommend this fun read.
Betsy Bitner, award-winning humor columnist, Times Union (Albany, NY)

There's nothing I like more than a time-travel tale, but how much better to get a crisp, fair-play police procedural, too. The atmosphere grabbed me. The ending surprised me. I'm already looking forward to Steven and Olivia's next adventure.
Catriona McPherson, multi-award-winning author of the Edgar-shortlisted The Day She Died

Steven and Olivia make a great couple of crime busters in this era-jumping romance and hard-boiled police procedural. Join them. You’ll be glad you did!
Steve Axelrod, author of the Henry Kennis Nantucket mysteries





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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1014 KB
  • Print Length: 294 pages
  • Publisher: Bridle Path Press (28 October 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01MDSTGOM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Wow, my head is still trying to process the ending. It was so sudden and unexpected. Yet, I really like it! Mainly because my brain is still puzzling out what happened and what will happen. I want to read more.

One reason why I began to shy away from time traveling books was because if a romance evolved someone had to give up everything and everyone so that they can be with the other. That's a sweet going to do for love, but if it was a real event I wouldn't like the consequences (unfamiliar with every aspect, unable to explain family ties and memories).

However, I really like this unique time traveling twist. They are 80 years separated in time and the house is their anchor to glimpse back and forth. It is a friendship that is formed but each of them still desire privacy in their lives so aren't looking for anything more serious.

I don't see this as a romance. It really was a murder mystery back in 1934 and how connection to the present day helped solve the case but change history.

I was fascinated with the murder case because of all the twists and turns. I definitely couldn't guess who did it and what would come next. Very impressive.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The 1930's Brought Alive 19 May 2017
By Geri M. - Published on Amazon.com
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An easy read on my Kindle Cloud Reader. A good story well told by a natural story teller. I especially enjoyed all the interesting details of the 1930's. Delighted by small accurate details that are sprinkled throughout the book. I want to read another book by this author. And soon.
4.0 out of 5 stars If you want to read something different read this! 12 June 2017
By jeanne adamek - Published on Amazon.com
For me this is a difficult book to rate. I would like to say, first of all, that I would definitely recommend this mystery. I found the characters engaging, the premise of time travel done quite differently and in a way that I enjoyed, and I really enjoyed the setting(s).

I did feel that the story could have been fleshed out somewhat. I assume that Doorway to Murder is the first book in what will be a series, and so speculate that the author will put in the details that I want to hear in further books.

And a point that bothered me the most was there were so many characters introduced at the beginning (and some with the same first letter in the last names) that I had to go back a number of times to see who was who. This was only at the beginning but I thought it would have been helpful to have a list of characters.

Still, all in all, I really liked this story. And am really hoping that this IS the first book in a series to see how the author proceeds with her unusual idea in time travel. I would also like to see Olivia help
Detective Steven Blackburn in another case somewhat more as the author did say that Olivia's job is finding out facts... And it would really be interesting if Detective Blackburn could help Olivia with something unusual and different!
5.0 out of 5 stars An Ending to Puzzle Out 13 November 2016
By Secret Pearls Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Wow, my head is still trying to process the ending. It was so sudden and unexpected. Yet, I really like it! Mainly because my brain is still puzzling out what happened and what will happen. I want to read more.

One reason why I began to shy away from time traveling books was because if a romance evolved someone had to give up everything and everyone so that they can be with the other. That's a sweet going to do for love, but if it was a real event I wouldn't like the consequences (unfamiliar with every aspect, unable to explain family ties and memories).

However, I really like this unique time traveling twist. They are 80 years separated in time and the house is their anchor to glimpse back and forth. It is a friendship that is formed but each of them still desire privacy in their lives so aren't looking for anything more serious.

I don't see this as a romance. It really was a murder mystery back in 1934 and how connection to the present day helped solve the case but change history.

I was fascinated with the murder case because of all the twists and turns. I definitely couldn't guess who did it and what would come next. Very impressive.
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Police Work with a Twist! 17 November 2016
By Harold K. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
A great story with plenty of twists and turns. Carol has captured the essence of life in upstate New York in the 1930's and the present day. I grew up in central New York and enjoyed reading about places that I know, both then and now. Her descriptions of the winter experiences of the characters is exactly how I remember them. My family included police officers during the same period as Steven Blackwell's and I often wondered how they conducted police business in harsh weather conditions and with limited resources. Now I know!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive debut novel 7 November 2016
By R. ALLEN - Published on Amazon.com
I love a good time travel story, so when I heard that a local author had written a time travel mystery, set here near Syracuse, NY, I just had to read it. This is Ms. Pouliot's first novel, and I met her at a book signing in the local library. I haven't been too impressed lately with the books I've read from "unknown" authors, but I was pleasantly surprised with this one. The writing style is very clean and easily readable. There are a lot of characters, which sometimes leads me to page back and forth ("wait, who was this guy again?"), but I'm happy to say that was not the case here.

The time travel element here is that somehow a woman in our time (Olivia) is able to talk to a police detective (Steven) who lived in her house back in 1934. How and why that happens is unclear, but it's really not important, as this really isn't a sci-fi story, it's primarily a who-dun-it with a bit of a time travel twist. There's been a murder in 1934, and Olivia gives him suggestions that help Steven solve the case. So as a sci-fi aficionado, I immediately see the hole in this: she should just look up the case in the newspaper and tell him who done it, which would make this a pretty short an uninteresting tale. But the setting is a small town outside Syracuse, and there don't seem to be archives of the local paper (Olivia does in fact find some old papers that a local resident willed to the historical society, and the only one with information on the case is teasingly damaged).

So if you're looking for a good mystery with interesting characters and a fun time-travel twist, I recommend this one. And if you have any connection to Central New York, you'll enjoy the local references (but don't worry if you don't know Syracuse from Rome, you won't be lost).