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Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: TBR Books Are Springing Up Everywhere!

March has already been a busy month for me and it's barely even started. Whew! I'm heading to the U.K. on Sunday for a two-week sightseeing/family history trip (mostly the latter), so this is the only TTT you'll see here this month, sadly. I'll get back into it in April, I promise. In the meantime, I'll leave you with my Spring TBR list (next week's topic) since I'm not feeling this week's prompt, which is: Top Ten Books I'm Worried I Might Not Love As Much the Second Time Around

This fun, weekly blog event is hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl. Be sure to click on over to her blog and give it some love.

Top Ten Books On My Spring 2024 TBR List

1. Disturbing the Dead by Kelley Armstrong (available May 7, 2024)—I'm a huge fan of Armstrong's Rockton/Haven's Rock series, but her A Rip in Time books are actually my favorites. This one is the third installment in the series, which features a modern-day homicide detective who gets thrust back in time to Victorian Scotland, where she helps solve crimes while trying to figure out how to return to her own time. In this book, Mallory and her undertaker landlord investigate a murder that occurs during a mummy unwrapping.

Since this series is set in Edinburgh, the city I will be flying in and out of, it will be the perfect read for my airplane ride. Maybe I'll save it for the trip home, after I do a ghost tour in the city!

2. Where There's Smoke by E.B. Vickers—This YA novel concerns Calli, an 18-year-old girl who has graduated from high school and lost her father, all in the last week and a half. Grieving the only parent she had left, she finds purpose in helping a young girl who shows up at her house bruised, beaten, and scared out of her mind. When the police come knocking, asking about a missing child from a neighboring town, Calli finds herself caught up in a quest for truth and justice that will expose shocking secrets about her small community and people she's known all her life who she maybe doesn't really know at all.

3. The American Daughters by Maurice Carlos Ruffin—When an enslaved girl stumbles upon a secret society of spies run by a free Black woman, she finds purpose in helping to undermine the Confederacy. At the same time, she is on a journey to reunite with her beloved mother, an enslaved woman from whom she has been tragically separated.

4. The Hunter by Tana French—I'm a big Tana French fan and I'm always excited when a new book from her is announced. This is the second book in her Cal Hooper series. In this installment, Cal is immediately put on alert when the absent father of a teenager he's been mentoring shows up in town with suspicious motives. How far will Cal go to protect the people he cares about?

5. What Happened to Nina? by Dervla McTiernan—McTiernan is another of my favorite crime writers. Her newest is a standalone mystery featuring a young couple—Simon and Nina—who go on a Vermont vacation together, from which only Nina returns. Desperate to find out what happened to their daughter, Nina's family plies the police for answers, while Simon's wealthy family rushes in to protect him from suspicion. What happened to Nina? Is Simon to blame? Finding the truth might just tear them all apart.

6. Swimming in a Sea of Stars by Julie Wright—In this YA novel, a teen girl is attending school for the first time since she tried to kill herself. Everyone thinks they know what happened. They don't. As she floats through the halls, keeping her secrets to herself, she encounters several other students who are hiding their own doubts and insecurities. As painful as it might be, sharing their truths might be the first step to all of them finding the courage and understanding they all need to move forward.

7. A Novel Disguise by Samantha Larsen—The first installment in a new historical mystery series, this one introduces Miss Tiffany Woodall, a spinster who's pretending to be her dead half-brother in order to find the diamond pin that could save her from financial ruin. Things get complicated when a body is found, among other puzzling mysteries. It's up to Tiffany to figure out what in the world is going on in hers.

8. In the Lonely Hours by Shannon Morgan (available July 23, 2024)—This gothic mystery doesn't come out until the summer, but I have an e-ARC I can't wait to read. Also set in Scotland, it's about a woman who is shocked to discover she's inherited an old castle from a relative she's never heard of. When she and her teen daughter move in, they're quite unsettled to find out that it's full of ghosts and mysteries aplenty. As they dig into the edifice's dark past, they unwittingly put themselves in danger, especially as trapped as they are on a remote island...

9. Everyone on This Train is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson—I enjoyed Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone, so I'm excited to read this sequel. Our intrepid author of how-to guides for mystery novelists has been invited to a writing conference via a train packed with other authors. When one of them is murdered, it's up to him to find out whodunit.

10. The Mystery of Locked Rooms by Lindsay Currie (available April 2, 2024)—This middle-grade puzzler sounds like tons of fun. It's about three kids who are determined to find a treasure that is rumored to be hidden inside an old, abandoned funhouse. As they solve riddles and other clues, they start to feel as if they're in the ultimate escape room, one that has been set up just for them. It's impossible, isn't it? What exactly is going on and how are they going to win this game that is getting gradually more unnerving?

There you go, ten books I hope to read this summer. Have you read any of them? What did you think? How about you? What's on your Spring TBR list? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on yours.

Happy TTT!


  1. I’ve seen Tana French’s book everywhere. I may give it a read. Regine

    1. I really like Tana French. This particular series isn't my favorite of hers, but I still enjoy it.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Regine!

  2. The American Daughters sure sounds interesting.

    Here is my Top Ten Tuesday.


    1. I think so, too. I haven't read anything with a similar premise before. I'm excited to see what it's all about.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lydia!

  3. I've read Where There's Smoke, it's twisty and fun. And The Mystery of Locked Rooms is also really good.

    1. I'm about halfway through WHERE THERE'S SMOKE and I'm still wondering what the heck is going on! LOL. I have some theories. We'll see if I'm right :) THE MYSTERY OF LOCKED ROOMS just looks fun.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Brenda!

  4. Hope you have a great trip to the UK and that the weather is good to you!

    1. I hope so, too! I'm expecting cool temps and rain, but hopefully we'll have some clear days as well. Fingers crossed.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nickimags!

  5. I was looking through some old TTT posts about TBRs the other day and was pleased to see that I have now read most of the books I listed on them. Whew. Otherwise even talking about TBRs stress me out!

    1. Ha ha. Right? Good job sticking to yours. I enjoy making them even if I never stick to them!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Anne!

  6. It looks like you have some fun books ahead of you! I hope you have a wonderful trip to the UK!

    1. I'm really looking forward to all of these. I'll read at least one of them while on my plane rides. We'll see how many more I get to.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deanna!

  7. Hope you have an AMAZING trip! :) And yay for new TBR titles. Looks like you have some great selections and different genres to enjoy. :)

    1. There's a nice variety here, I think. Should make for fun reading!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Rissi!

  8. I almost did next week's topic today too! But, then I would not have had anything for next week, LOL! Enjoy your trip!

    1. If I were going to be in town next week, I probably would have done a Spring TBR two-parter, but alas...I won't be and I don't have the time/energy to write and schedule another post.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Cindy!

  9. I agree that the Tana French book has been popping up all over the place! I haven't read any of her books - I tried one once, and it didn't grab me so I gave up. I wonder if this one is any better?

    1. Bummer. I've enjoyed all the books I've read by French. In fact, I like her Dublin Murder Squad series more than the Cal Hooper one. They always grab me :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, M!

  10. Hope you'll love all of these and that you'll have a great trip to the UK!

    1. I hope so too. We're getting really excited for our trip. It's going to be busy, but fun!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lindsey!

  11. I really want to read What Happened to Nina? too, and I have Everyone in My Family Has Killed Someone on my TBR for spring. I hope to read What Happened to Nina? before next week's post, but if not, it's probably going on that list too! I hope you enjoy all these books this spring!

    1. Ooooh, nice! I'll watch for your review of WHAT HAPPENED TO NINA? It sounds go good. I hope we both love it :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Haze!

  12. Enjoy your trip! I hope you post about it.

    1. I'll definitely post about the highlights!

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Lisa!

  13. I hope you have a brilliant trip. I'm sure we've maybe discussed before but where are you visiting? Will you get any time here in lovely Edinburgh? Bring your warm clothes - it's not very spring like yet!

    1. We're flying in and out of Edinburgh, but we'll actually only have about a day and a half to explore the city. We've been there before, so we're still deciding what exactly we want to do there (besides a ghost tour, which we've already booked).

      From Edinburgh, we're going to Glasgow, then the Isle of Man, then Liverpool/Manchester/Chester areas, then down the coast of Wales to Cardiff and some towns nearby where my ancestors lived, then we'll cut back up through England and head for Whitby (my mother's maiden name), and back to Edinburgh. Whew!

      Thanks for the heads-up on the weather. I live in the Arizona desert, so I don't even own rain gear. We did buy some umbrellas since the Scotland wind/rain completely ruined the ones we had last time we visited! LOL

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Joanne!

  14. I love Tana French, but I'm still working on her backlist so I don't need to read her new one yet. I've been wanting to read Dervla McTiernan.

    1. I read every French book as soon as I can, which means I sometimes have a long wait between books by her. Same with McTiernan.

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Deb!

  15. I started to draft my Top Ten for this one to whether the books will stick to my schedule is another thing! lol. I'm still 1 book behind in this series of Kelley's. I'm starting to think she just doesn't sleep what with all the books she releases in a year! I wish I could read as fast as she writes them though! Lol.

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

    1. For real! She publishes ALL THE FREAKING TIME. I can't keep up, which I guess is actually a good problem to have. We'll never run out of Armstrong books to read :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Jessica!

  16. I hope you enjoy both your vacation and Disturbing the Dead! It sounds like this is perfect timing for that book. :)

    My TTT this week:

    1. Definitely! I started reading it because I just couldn't resist, so I'll probably finish it tonight on the plane. We'll see. It's such a great series :)

      Thanks, as always, for coming by and commenting, Nicole!

  17. They sound great, Happy reading :)

  18. I hope you enjoy your trip and all of your spring reads! I, too, am looking forward to reading the Stevenson book.
    Pam @ Read! Bake! Create!

  19. Looks like a great lineup! Hope you enjoy them, and your trip!

  20. I've not read any of these books on your list, but they all seem intriguing. 😀

  21. The Mystery of Locked Rooms has such a dynamic cover! I love all the colors and little details. Hope these are enjoyable reads!

  22. All of these look very cool but I am adding #s 3, 6, and 10 to my TBR first.. for I am sure I will get to reading them sooner than the others..
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  23. So many good looking books there!

    What UK sites do you have on your list? I'm in Kent and we have some great historical sites. I hope you find all you want with your family history ☺️

    Have a great week!

  24. I haven't heard of any of these, but all of them sound interesting, especially Swimming in a Sea of Stars and Everyone on This Train is a Suspect. Enjoy your visit to the UK!!!

  25. I was going to jump ahead to the TBR topic this week too, but then realized I'll (barely) have a chance to get it done next week after all. I'm excited for the Kelley Armstrong book! I've really been enjoying the series.

  26. Swimming in a Sea or Stars has a stunning cover - and it sounds like it will be an emotional story.

  27. Susan, hope you guys enjoy your trip so much! Will look forward to hearing about it when you get back. You've got some good ones listed here and I'm looking forward to reading several of them! Take care!

  28. So many good books to look forward to reading! It's my goal to finally start Armstrong's A Rip in Time series this summer. And I hope you have an amazing trip! :D

  29. Great list! I can't wait to read The Hunter and What Happened To Nina? as well. Fingers crossed that we both enjoy them!

  30. I hope you have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear about it...

  31. A very interesting list. I haven't heard of any of these books but I hope you enjoy all of them!

  32. I hope you have a fabulous trip! Looks like you have some wonderful reads waiting for you when you get back. :)

  33. Great spring tbr, and I hope you're enjoying your trip! I have several Tana French books waiting on my shelf but have yet to read one. I need to make that happen soon!

  34. I hope you have fun in the UK. I'm jealous, lol. I hope you post about your trip so I can live vicariously through you. :D

  35. The Mystery of Locked Rooms looks so fun! I'll definitely have to pick up that one to read with my son. I just started reading Kelley Armstrong's Casey Daniels series and have absolutely fallen in love. I'm looking forward to reading more from her. Great list! Have an absolutely wonderful trip!

  36. I really need to pick up more of Kelley Armstrong's books - I've only ever read (but absolutely LOVED) her Women of the Otherworld series. Where would you recommend I start with her others?

  37. Oh, I didn't even realize #9 was actually a sequel!

  38. Safe travels! And I hope you have a wonderful trip! I did not know Kelley Armstrong writes mysteries. I only know here from her urban fantasy, which I really enjoy.


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