Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl.

The rules are simple:

  • Each Tuesday, Jana assigns a new topic. Create your own Top Ten list that fits that topic – putting your unique spin on it if you want.
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  • Or if you don’t have a blog, just post your answers as a comment.

This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019.  Oh my, this topic is like catnip for book bloggers because if there’s anything we like more than talking about the books we’re reading it’s looking forward to the books we want to read.  So this was a great opportunity to browse the catalogues of some of my favourite publishers and visit NetGalley to view books being published between July and December 2019.

Click on the book title to view the description on Goodreads.

The Bone Fire (Somerhill Manor Mystery #4) by S.D. Sykes (Hodder & Stoughton, July 2019)

I read the previous book in the series, City of Masks, which I really enjoyed. Set in 1361 on Romney Marsh, this sounds equally enticing.

Hudson’s Kill (Justice Flanagan #2) by Paddy Hirsch (Corvus, July 2019)

The first book in the series, The Devil’s Half Mile, was one of my favourite historical crime mysteries of last year so I’m really hoping this next one will be just as good

The Room of the Dead (A Betty Church Mystery #2) by M.R.C. Kasasian (Head of Zeus, July 2019)

As a fan of author’s ‘The Gower Street Detective’ series, I was delighted to learn he was starting a new series.  I really enjoyed the first book, Betty Church and the Suffolk Vampire, and I’m hoping for equally good things from this one.

Fake Like Me by Barbara Bourland (Quercus, July 2019)

I loved taking part in the buddy read for The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo organised by Quercus recently so was delighted to be invited to join this next one.

A Tapestry of Treason by Anne O’Brien (HQ Stories, August 2019)

I’ve been wanting to read one of Anne Brien’s books since hearing her speak at Henley Literary Festival in 2017.  This one, set in 1399 and centring on Constance of York, sounds like the perfect place to start.

The Mermaid’s Call by Katherine Stansfield (Allison & Busby, September 2019)

I loved the previous book in the series, The Magpie Tree, and can’t wait to read this new one set in Cornwall in 1845.

Bone China by Laura Purcell (Raven Books, September 2019)

Readers raved about the author’s previous books The Silent Companions and The Corset (both of which are on my wishlist) and this one sounds equally as good.

Wicked By Design by Katy Moran (Head of Zeus, September 2019)

A follow-up to the author’s False Lights once again featuring its charismatic and troubled hero – yes, please!

A Ration Book Childhood by Jean Fullerton (Corvus, October 2019)

I found the previous book in the series, A Ration Book Christmas, a charming read so I’m looking forward to reading this one as part of the blog tour.

Payback (DI Charley Mann #1) by R.C. Bridgestock (The Dome Press, December 2019)

The first book in a brand new series from the husband and wife team behind the DI Jack Dylan series, such as Poetic Justice which I read recently, is too good an opportunity to miss.

What books are you looking forward to?


My Week in Books – 16th June ‘19


New arrivals

The Body LiesThe Body Lies by Jo Baker (ebook, courtesy of Transworld and Random Things Tours)

When a young writer accepts a job at a university in the remote countryside, it’s meant to be a fresh start, away from the big city and the scene of a violent assault she’s desperate to forget. But despite the distractions of a new life and single motherhood, her nerves continue to jangle. To make matters worse, a vicious debate about violence against women inflames the tensions and mounting rivalries in her creative writing group.

When a troubled student starts sending in chapters from his novel that blur the lines between fiction and reality, the professor recognises herself as the main character in his book – and he has written her a horrific fate.

Will she be able to stop life imitating art before it’s too late?

On What Cathy Read Next last week

Blog posts

Monday – I published my review of a historical novel based on a true story, Fled by Meg Keneally.

Tuesday – This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic didn’t appeal so instead I revisited a previous topic and shared a progress update on my Spring 2019 TBR.

WednesdayWWW Wednesday is the opportunity to share what I’ve just read, what I’m currently reading and what I plan to read next…and have a good nose around to see what other bloggers are reading.

Thursday – My Throwback Thursday post was my review of The Magpie Tree by Katherine Stansfield,  inspired by the news that the next book in the series, The Mermaid’s Call, will be published by Allison & Busby in a few months’ time.

Friday – I published my review of The Playground Murders by Lesley Thomson as part of the blog tour.  I also shared my prediction of the book I think might win The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction 2019. I’m pleased (and not a little bit surprised) to say I got it right. The Long Take by Robin Robertson was announced as the winner on Saturday afternoon (15th June) at The Borders Book Festival.

As always, thanks to everyone who has liked, commented on or shared my blog posts on social media this week.

On What Cathy Read Next this week

Currently reading


Planned posts

  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Monopoli Blues by Tim Clark & Nick Cook
  • Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases in the Second Half of 2019
  • Book Review: Warlight by Michael Ondaatje
  • Waiting on Wednesday
  • Audiobook Review: The Long Take by Robin Robertson
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: The Serpent’s Mark by S. W. Perry
  • Blog Tour/Book Review: Birdie & Jude by Phyllis H. Moore
  • Book Review: The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey