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Disturbing the Dead

A Rip Through Time Novel

by (author) Kelley Armstrong

Initial publish date
May 2024
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    Publish Date
    May 2024
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    May 2024
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Disturbing the Dead is the latest in a unique series with one foot in the 1860s and the other in the present day. The Rip Through Time crime novels are a genre-blending, atmospheric romp from New York Times bestselling author Kelley Armstrong.
Victorian Scotland is becoming less strange to modern-day homicide detective Mallory Atkinson. Though inhabiting someone else’s body will always be unsettling, even if her employers know that she’s not actually housemaid Catriona Mitchell, ever since the night both of them were attacked in the same dark alley 150 years apart. Mallory likes her job as assistant to undertaker/medical examiner Dr. Duncan Gray, and is developing true friends—and feelings—in this century.
So, understanding the Victorian fascination with death, Mallory isn't that surprised when she and her friends are invited to a mummy unwrapping at the home of Sir Alastair Christie. When their host is missing when it comes time to unwrap the mummy, Gray and Mallory are asked to step in. And upon closer inspection, it’s not a mummy they’ve unwrapped, but a much more modern body.

About the author

When librarians finally granted Kelley Armstrong an adult card, she made straight for the epic fantasy and horror shelves. She spent the rest of her childhood and teen years happily roaming fantastical and terrible worlds, and vowed that someday she'd write a story combining swords, sorcery, and the ravenous undead. That story began with the New York Times bestselling Sea of Shadows and continues with Empire of Night.

Armstrong's first works for teens were the New York Times bestselling Darkest Powers and Darkness Rising trilogies. She lives in rural Ontario with her husband, three children, and far too many pets.

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Disturbing the Dead
"Kelley Armstrong has a fluid writing style that quickly brings readers into the well-paced story...this is a moving, well-written, suspenseful, and entertaining novel with great characterization...The author’s writing style is engaging and draws readers into the story quickly." –Mystery and Suspense Magazine
Praise for the Rip Through Time Novels
"Armstrong’s intriguing and atmospheric time-travel mystery will appeal to readers who enjoy historical detail." –Library Journal (starred review)
"Armstrong fashions a satisfying narrative out of familiar parts and nails her lead’s cheeky, anachronistic narration. This is winningly silly and satisfying." –Publishers Weekly
“Clever” —Kirkus Reviews
“A rip-roaring great read. . . the best time travel tale I’ve read in a long time.” — The Providence Journal
"A promising new series. . . Highly readable and well-plotted, this is one that deserves lots of readers." — Amazon Book Review
“Armstrong’s varied characters, lively writing style, and complex plot tempt us to binge read… Highly recommended.” —Historical Novel Society

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