Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

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This week’s topic is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. Here are my top ten, some by authors whose books I’ve loved before and others by new-to-me authors. I’ve listed them in order of release date:

Released tomorrow 10 January 2019:

The Man With No Face: the latest thriller from million-selling Peter May by [May, Peter]

The Man With No Face by Peter May – one of my favourite authors. This thriller was originally released in 1981 under the title Hidden Faces and revised for this new edition.

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker

The Hopes and Dreams of Lucy Baker by Jenni Keer – described as ‘ the most charming, heart-warming and feel-good novel you will read this year’. A new-to-me author.

Released 7 February 2019:

Dirty Little Secrets

Dirty Little Secrets by Jo Spain – a psychological thriller, six neighbours, six secrets, six reasons to want Olive Collins dead. I’ve loved her earlier books.

The Glass Woman

The Glass Woman by Caroline Lea – historical fiction set in Iceland in 1686, an isolated, windswept land haunted by witch trials and steeped in the ancient sagas. A new-to-me author.

The Stone Circle by Elly Griffiths – the 11th book in the Ruth Galloway series. This is set in the same place as the first skeleton was found in Crossing Places when another stone circle is uncovered and another body revealed. A favourite author (despite the fact some of her books are written in the present tense).

Released 7 March 2019:

Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon – crime fiction, the 28th novel in Donna Leon’s Commissario Brunetti series. Another favourite author.

Released 4 April 2019:

book cover of Cruel Acts

Cruel Acts by Jane Casey – the eighth book in the Maeve Kerrigan series. I love this series with Detectives Maeve Kerrigan and Josh Derwent.

Released 18 April 2019:

The Evidence Against You

The Evidence Against You by Gillian McAllister – I loved her earlier books and this psychological thriller looks just as gripping.

Released 2 May 2019:

The Doll Factory

The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal – set in London in 1851 as the Great Exhibition is being planned this is a story of art, obsession and possession.  A new-to-me author.

Released on 4 May 2019:


Wakenhyrst by Michelle Paver – Maud’s battle has begun. She must survive a world haunted by witchcraft, the age-old legends of her beloved fen – and the even more nightmarish demons of her father’s past. I’ve loved her earlier books.

12 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

  1. I see several books here that interest me, Margaret! The Casey, the Leon, the Griffiths, and the May all look really intriguing. Now it’s just a question of the time to read them all…


  2. The Glass Woman and The Doll Factory both sound good. I’ve been wanting to read Peter May for a while, I’ve heard so many great things about him, I really should try one of his books soon. Great list!


  3. There are several here that I’d like to read. I’ve actually already read Elly Griffiths’ book, The Stone Circle. I love that series. And I’m very, very excited about a new book by Jane Casey. April for you guys – wonder when we might get it. Might have to place an order from Book Depository.


  4. Great list – that’s a good mixture of favourite and new authors. I’m looking forward to The Glass Woman, The Doll Factory and Wakenhyrst too.


  5. What?? There’s a new Maeve Kerrigan book coming out?? How did I not know this? I love that series. I’m so excited now. I also love Peter May and Elly Griffiths. THE GLASS WOMAN also sounds really good.

    It sounds like we have similar tastes in books. I’m adding your blog to my Bloglovin’ list so I can explore it more later.

    Happy TTT!



  6. I think our reading interests are different! I wrote a post on new 2019 releases earlier this week – all Aussie ones. I have friends who love Donna Leon and Peter May, but I’ve never read them.

    I love the cover for The glass woman.


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