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Tuesday, June 25, 2024

Top Ten Tuesday: Bright, New Up-and-Comers (Part Two)


It's no secret that I have a ton (literally 1000+) of unread books sitting on my bookshelves. (We're not even going to talk about the line-up on my Kindle.) The first question on everyone's lips when they enter my home is, "Have you read all these?" Sadly, that answer is a big, ole NO. In spite of my already impossible TBR "pile," my head still gets turned by the shiny and new. What's that about? Evidence: this list is Part Two of the one I started last week for this week's topic—Top Ten Most Anticipated Books Releasing in the Second Half of 2024. What can I say? When it comes to books, I'm hopeless! You can check out Part One here. Part Two has less variety, focusing mostly on contemporary mysteries/thrillers.

As always, Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely Jana over at That Artsy Reader Girl.




1. On the Surface by Rachel McGuire (available July 9)—Sawyer and Dani are a couple who cruise all over the world in their sailboat, documenting their adventures on their popular YouTube channel. They're having a great time living it up in the Bahamas when Dani goes missing. As the search for her is launched, dark secrets start to come to light about Sawyer. He's not as perfect as he seems; is he a murderer too?


2. The Briar Club by Kate Quinn (available July 9)—I still haven't managed to read anything by Quinn. Maybe I'll start with this one. It's about a group of women who live together in an all-female boarding house in 1950s Washington, D.C. They're drawn together by a mysterious widow who has just moved in. As they bond, they find friendship, healing, and...secrets. When a violent act tears the house apart, they will have to decide which housemates can be trusted and which can't.


3. Peking Duck and Cover by Vivien Chien (available July 23)—In this tenth installment of the Noodle Shop cozy mystery series, the shop owners in Asia Village are throwing a blowout party to celebrate Chinese New Year. The party, designed to bring in business as well as positivity and prosperity, is marred when a lion dancer is found dead. Lana Lee is, once again, looking for a killer.


4. The Blue Hour by Paula Hawkins (available October 10)—The plot summary for Hawkins' newest is kind of skimpy, but it revolves around a remote Scottish island that is only occasionally accessible to the mainland, a reclusive artist, and the murder of her notoriously unfaithful husband. 


5. Like Mother, Like Mother by Susan Rieger (available October 29)—This novel features three generations of women in one family. Their different lives and ambitions cause heartache, tension, and conflict between them. When the youngest realizes how little she really knows about the women who came before her, she goes on an eye-opening quest to uncover the secrets they've kept over the decades.


6. The Lake of Lost Girls by Katherine Greene (available November 5)—Twenty-four years ago, female students started going missing from a North Carolina University, including a struggling freshman. Jessica was never found. Almost three decades later, Jessica's sister is hunting for answers when bodies start turning up in a local lake. Will Jessica's fate finally be known? Who is responsible for the bodies in the lake?


7. In Want of a Suspect by Tirzah Price (available November 12)—I'm always up for a new historical mystery series and this one sounds fun. In this opener, the irrepressible Lizzie Bennett has become London's first female solicitor. With the help of the enigmatic Fitzwilliam Darcy, she investigates all manner of crimes. Hired to look into a mysterious warehouse fire, Lizzie soon finds herself trying to solve a murder when the prime suspect in the arson is killed. 


8. If You Can Hear This by Faith Gardner (available November 19)—This YA mystery/thriller seems to be getting mixed reviews, but it sounds intriguing to me. It's about a group of misfit high schoolers who come together to solve the mystery of their beloved teacher, Mrs. Moses. 


9. Trouble Island by Sharon Short (available December 3)—Trouble Island is a remote piece of land in the middle of Lake Erie, halfway between America and Canada. Its placement makes it a convenient rallying point for gangsters. In fact, it's inhabited only by two women: Rosita, a gangster's wife, and her maid, Aurelia, who is actually a gangster's wife who is in hiding after committing a murder five years ago. When Rosita is murdered shortly after the arrival of her husband and a group of his confederates on Trouble Island, Rosita finds herself hopelessly trapped in very dangerous company. An oncoming storm makes the possibility of escape impossible. What is she going to do? 


10. Pretty Dead Things by Lilian West (available December 10)—In this dual-timeline mystery, a bride-to-be is exploring her new town when she comes across an alluring estate sale. She buys a jar of pretty baubles, at the bottom of which she discovers two rings. As she tries to find the owners, she unwittingly stumbles upon an old mystery involving a missing woman and dark town secrets.

There you are, ten more up-and-coming titles I'm excited to read. Which are your most anticipated reads releasing in the second half of the year? I'd truly love to know. Leave me a comment on this post and I will gladly return the favor on your blog.

Happy TTT!

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  1. Hah, I love that take on Elizabeth Bennett!

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    1. Sounds fun, doesn't it? I hope the book is as good as it looks/sounds.

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

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  2. Like Mother Like Mother sounds so good.

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    1. I agree. I enjoy books about multiple generations of a family and all the secrets, lies, love, etc. that is passed down. Families are complicated, even the most functional ones!

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

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  3. Peking Duck and Cover looks great.

    Here is our Top Ten Tuesday.

    Astilbe

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    1. The whole series is fun! I'm always excited when a new installment comes out.

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

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  4. There are so many books on here that I haven't heard of. Some of the authors, yes. Like Mother, Like Mother sounds so good!

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    1. I agree. I'm always up for a good, multi-generational family saga!

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

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  5. The Lake of Lost Girls sounds really good!

    Lauren @ www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I agree. I'm always up for an intriguing mystery, especially one with an atmospheric setting/vibe. THE LAKE OF LOST GIRLS seems to have that. We'll see,

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

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  6. I wanted more of Pretty Dead Things than the brief synopsis provided, LOL! I have a lot of suspense on my list this week as well.

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    1. I'm pretty sure that's what a good synopsis is supposed to do - make you want to read the book :) PRETTY DEAD THINGS sounds like an intriguing read to me. Hopefully, it's as good as it sounds.

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

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  7. I love historical mysteries and In Want of a Suspect sounds like great fun!

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    1. I've been leaning much more toward historical mysteries lately than contemporary ones. IN WANT OF A SUSPECT definitely sounds like a fun read!

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

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    1. I agree. I'm always up for an intriguing mystery!

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

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  9. yay! I love the Noodle Shop series!

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    1. Me too! It's all sorts of fun. I get excited every time a new installment comes out.

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

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  10. I'm intrigued by The Blue Hour. I just love a mystery with a remote setting that is virtually inaccessible. the characters being cut off amps up the tension for me.

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    1. SAME! It's my favorite set up for a mystery/thriller. Being isolated makes everything feel more sinister and dangerous. Perfect for a mystery/thriller.

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

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  11. I definitely need to read Kate Quinn.

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    1. Right? I feel like I'm the last person in the blogosphere to read her. Glad I'm not alone. I hope we both love her books when we get to them.

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

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  12. I'm curious about The Blue Hour. That setting is enticing!

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    1. Isn't it? I love books with rugged, remote settings. Scotland's an especially great one for a moody, broody read :)

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

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  13. In Want of a Suspect sounds amazing

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    1. I agree. I hope it's as good as it looks/sounds!

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

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  14. Most of these are new to me, and I'm especially intrigued by On the Surface. Enjoy!

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    1. It sounds like a really compelling read, doesn't it? I hope it's as good as it sounds.

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

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  15. Some of these look interesting! That YA mystery about the high schoolers could be fun and while I'm not always an adult thriller fan, On the Surface seems like it MAY be interesting. Might be something I'll have to read about. :) Thanks so much for taking the time to visit my site today.

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    1. I'm getting a little burned out on adult thrillers myself. They're all kind of running together for me lately. I don't know when/if I'll actually read ON THE SURFACE, but it does sound intriguing to me. We'll see.

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

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  16. Wow, 1,000 books on your physical TBR is pretty impressive! I hadn't heard of a few of these--I like the idea of Lizzie Bennet as a solicitor, esp. post-marriage!

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    1. I've got two big, tall bookshelves in my living room that are crammed full with unread books. Most are review copies, but there are many I have bought as well. It's not hoarding when it's books, right??

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

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  17. No overlap on our lists! I’ve been meaning to try the Noodle Shop series but didn’t know there were so many already. I like the sound of several others on your list, too!
    Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog today!

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    1. The Noodle Shop mysteries are really fun. They're quick reads, so you could zip through the series really fast.

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

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  18. On the Surface sounds so good! I also like the sound of Pecking Duck and Cover. The title cracks me up! Hope you love all on your list, Susan!

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    1. You gotta love cozy mystery titles. They always make me laugh, even the real groaners :)

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

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  19. These all look great, and Pretty Dead Things really sounds intriguing! Hope you enjoy!

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    1. I'm excited for PRETTY DEAD THINGS. It sounds really intriguing to me too.

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

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  20. Both your lists look great! Hope you enjoy them when you get to them!

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    1. I hope I will too.

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

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  21. Oooh nice picks! These are all totally new to me ones. I hope you enjoy them all once you get to read them this year!

    Thanks for visiting my TTT!

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    1. I hope so too. They all sound good to me, but we'll see how they turn out. You never know!

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

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  22. How can you help but let these shiny new books turn your head?!

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    1. Right? It's impossible! I'm glad I'm not the only one with this problem. LOL

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

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  23. I've been seeing a lot of buzz for Like Mother Like Mother!

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    1. Have you? I haven't seen much at all. I'm glad it's getting some attention. It sounds really good to me.

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

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  24. I'm intrigued by both The Blue Hour and The Lake of Lost Girls. (And your stacks of unread books makes me feel better about my own...so thanks. ;D )

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    1. Ha ha. I'm glad all my unread books make you feel better about yours :) I had my shelves under control back when I moved two years ago, but they're getting crazy again. It never ends around here! LOL

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

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  25. The Lake of Lost Girls sounds so good! And Trouble Island sounds interesting - I live really near Lake Erie and can see Canada. Lol.

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    1. Nice! I enjoyed the setting of TROUBLE ISLAND a lot. It's based on a real island and its real history with shipwrecks, gangsters, alcohol running, etc. Super interesting.

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

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  26. I'm excited for the new Paula Hawkins books too. I feel like with her, the less you know going in, the better!

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    1. Very true. I guess it's a good thing the plot summary is skimpy!

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

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  27. What a great list of books! So many on there I want to read. A new Vivien Chien too? I love her series but I'm behind on it. I need to catch up.

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    1. The Chien series is one (maybe the only one) that I'm actually caught up on! LOL

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

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  28. I always feel the "have you read all these books?" question comes from non-readers, because I don't keep all the books I've read purely to make room for new books. If it's only a 3 star read, off it goes to charity!

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    1. Yes! Excellent point. My shelves mostly contain review books that I haven't read, although there are a *few* (cough, cough) on there that I have bought for myself. I only keep a book after I've read it if I loved it and think I will reread it at some point in the future. Otherwise, they go into my Little Free Library or get donated to my local library. There's no reason to keep so-so books. I don't have that much room on my shelves, even if I wanted them there. Ha ha.

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

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  29. Great list, Susan! I keep hearing a lot about Paula Hawkins, but I still haven't read her yet. I need to put her on my TBR. Happy Wednesday!

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  30. Trouble Island sounds so good. I hope you get to enjoy these you’ve shared. Happy reading.
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  31. Susan, I laugh and laugh about your number of books on your shelves. I don't have quite that many any more, but...we shan't talk about how many e-books I own for my Kindle. Many are unread, but happily not all. In any case, I have The Briar Club on my list and am also interested in trying the one by Paula Hawkins. Others sound interesting as well. We won't run out of books - ever! LOL

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  32. These sound good, I still need to read a Paula Hawkins 😂 thanks for dropping by my post! (OneReadingNurse)

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  33. I'm also curious about In Want of a Suspect! I enjoyed Tirzah's other Austen murder mysteries and I'm curious what she'll do to expand the Lizzie and Darcy story :)

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  34. These sound like a lot of fun! I'm always looking forward to a new Noodle Shop mystery book. :)

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  35. You have a nice mix of genres on the TBR. The Rieger book intrigues me. I love multigenerational stories. Hope these are all amazing.

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  36. Peking Duck and Cover is such a clever title! XD Hope you enjoy all these. :D

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  37. I really need to check out Tirzah Price. I haven't read any of her retellings yet.

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  38. Another great roundup, Susan. None of these made my list today, however there are 4 of them on my TBR. I hope you do get to read all of these and enjoy them.

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  39. It's cool how you have so many books to look forward to!

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  40. I've only read a novella by Kate Quinn but The Briar Club sounds great! I'm gonna add that to my radar list :) I hope you enjoy these books whenever you get to them!

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  41. A great looking list. Peking Duck and Cover catches my eye!

    Have a great week!

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  42. I haven't read anything from Susan Rieger since her debut! I had completely forgot about her. I hope you love all of these.

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  43. I just got an ARC for Pretty Dead Things and am so excited! The Kate Quinn is on my radar and now the Paula Hawkins is too! Great list!

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  44. I hope you love them all! Having a ton of unread books stresses me out, but that doesn't stop me from acquiring new books. :)

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