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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my 2021 TBR Pile

Today’s challenge from Jana at That Artsy Reader Girl are books on our TBR piles. And while I still have a couple of physical books sat on my coffee table, awaiting me, my online wish list has been growing, exponentially, with every recommendation you all keep giving me, never mind what keeps popping up over on twitter.

As most of you already know about the books I currently have, I thought to focus on my wish list, online, and tell you about upcoming 2021 releases I cannot wait for!

THE SURVIVORS by Jane Harper (Feb 2)

Kieran Elliott’s life changed forever on the day a reckless mistake led to devastating consequences.

The guilt that still haunts him resurfaces during a visit with his young family to the small coastal community he once called home.

Kieran’s parents are struggling in a town where fortunes are forged by the sea. Between them all is his absent brother, Finn.

THE SANATORIUM by Sarah Pearse (Feb 23)

An imposing, isolated getaway spot high up in the Swiss Alps is the last place Elin Warner wants to be. But Elin’s taken time off from her job as a detective, so when her estranged brother, Isaac, and his fiancée, Laure, invite her to celebrate their engagement at the hotel, Elin really has no reason not to accept.

Arriving in the midst of a threatening storm, Elin immediately feels on edge—there’s something about the hotel that makes her nervous. And when they wake the following morning to discover Laure is missing, Elin must trust her instincts if they hope to find her. With the storm closing off all access to the hotel, the longer Laure stays missing, the more the remaining guests start to panic.

Elin is under pressure to find Laure, but no one has realized yet that another woman has gone missing. And she’s the only one who could have warned them just how much danger they are all in.

THE WINDSOR KNOT by S.J. Bennett (Mar 9)

It is the early spring of 2016 and Queen Elizabeth is at Windsor Castle in advance of her 90th birthday celebrations. But the preparations are interrupted when a guest is found dead in one of the Castle bedrooms. The scene suggests the young Russian pianist strangled himself, but a badly tied knot leads MI5 to suspect foul play was involved. The Queen leaves the investigation to the professionals—until their suspicions point them in the wrong direction.

Unhappy at the mishandling of the case and concerned for her staff’s morale, the monarch decides to discreetly take matters into her own hands. With help from her Assistant Private Secretary, Rozie Oshodi, a British Nigerian and recent officer in the Royal Horse Artillery, the Queen secretly begins making inquiries. As she carries out her royal duties with her usual aplomb, no one in the Royal Household, the government, or the public knows that the resolute Elizabeth will use her keen eye, quick mind, and steady nerve to bring a murderer to justice.

DARKNESS FOR LIGHT by Emma Viskic (Mar 16)

After a lifetime of bad decisions PI Caleb Zelic is finally making good ones. He’s in therapy, his business is recovering and his relationship with his estranged wife Kat is on the mend.

But soon Caleb is drawn into the tangled life of his troubled ex partner Frankie, which leads to a confrontation with the cops. And when Frankie’s niece is kidnapped, she and Caleb must work together to save the child’s life. But can Caleb trust her after her past betrayals?

THE CORAL BRIDE by Roxanne Bouchard (May 1)

When an abandoned lobster trawler is found adrift off the coast of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula, DS Joaquin Moralès begins a straightforward search for the boat’s missing captain, Angel Roberts—a rare female in a male-dominated world. But Moralès finds himself blocked at every turn—by his police colleagues, by fisheries bureaucrats, and by his grown-up son, who has turned up at his door with a host of his own personal problems.

When Angel’s body is finally discovered, it’s clear something very sinister is afoot, and Moralès and son are pulled into murky, dangerous waters, where old resentments run deep.


As India celebrates the arrival of a momentous new decade, Inspector Persis Wadia stands vigil in the basement of Malabar House, home to the city’s most unwanted unit of police officers. Six months after joining the force she remains India’s first female police detective, mistrusted, sidelined and now consigned to the midnight shift. And so, when the phone rings to report the murder of prominent English diplomat Sir James Herriot, the country’s most sensational case falls into her lap.

As 1950 dawns and India prepares to become the world’s largest republic, Persis, accompanied by Scotland Yard criminalist Archie Blackfinch, finds herself investigating a case that is becoming more political by the second. Navigating a country and society in turmoil, Persis, smart, stubborn and untested in the crucible of male hostility that surrounds her, must find a way to solve the murder—whatever the cost.

So there you have it, not ten, but six solid choices that each have me excited. And you, what have you got on your own wish list of releases for 2021, anything special I should know about?

12 comments on “Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my 2021 TBR Pile

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    I love how you introduce me to authors I’ve not read before, Alexandra Emma Viskic is definitely on my plan for 2021.

    • Alex

      Oh, I love her series, and hope you jump in and give her a go, Jo. I’m sure you’d love her style of writing.

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    I love the idea of The Windsor Knot, I’ve got a soft spot for older ladies solving crime (blame Murder, She Wrote), but I don’t think I’ve ever read on where said lady is a queen!

    • Alex

      This one sounded not only different but, yeah, come on, the Queen of England solving crimes with her corgis? This I have to read, just for the sheer hell of it. 😀

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    The Sanatorium sounds so good.

    My post.

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    Great list! Midnight at Malabar House sounds really interesting.

    • Alex

      I already love Vaseem Khan’s Baby Ganesha books, so want to try this one, which is a standalone, as I understand.

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    I’d really like to read more by Jane Harper, and her new book sounds so good! I’ve only read The Dry, but I hope to read at least one other in 2021. Enjoy!

    • Alex

      Oh, I loved The Dry, and thoroughly enjoyed The Last Man too, so yeah, I’m really looking forward to The Survivors. She just keeps getting better and better.

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    Hope you’ll enjoy all of these!

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