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Disturbing The Dead

NYT bestselling author Kelley Armstrong's latest is a time traveling page-turner!

Book 3 in the A Rip Through Time mystery series

Pub Day: May 7, 2024

Modern-day homicide detective Mallory was unexpectedly transported to 1869 Scotland and woke up in a body not her own. She's adapting to her new life while continuing to solve crimes. This time, she and her employer, Dr. Duncan Gray, and friends are invited to a mummy unwrapping, a morbid fascination of the Victorians. However, they uncover a much more modern body under the bandages, setting off a thrilling chain of events. 

 As a fan of time travel stories, I enjoy Kelley Armstrong's unique take on the trope, and loved this book! It's a page-turner that immerses readers in Victorian Scotland through Mallory's perspective. The writing is great, there's danger and the historical details are vividly depicted, including the Victorian fascination with death, Egyptology, and antiquities.

The characters in the series are well-developed, and Mallory, in particular, is a smart, capable FMC with a dry wit who can handle whatever comes her way. Eccentric, forward-thinking secondary characters surround her. Mallory and Duncan respect each other intellectually and have chemistry, and I'm enjoying the tension of their will they/won't. I adore Duncan's sisters, Isla and Annis, both women ahead of their time. Annis makes me laugh with her bold, blunt manner. She's become quite the scene-stealer! 

The mystery is red-herring-filled and suspenseful. This one even takes a few unforeseen twists that lend interesting outcomes and emotional weight to the story. It was hard to put down! While this could technically be read as a stand-alone, I suggest reading the series from the beginning for this one to make the most impact. I'm already excited for the next one!

My steep was Organic Minty Morning from Heavenly Tea Leaves a refreshing black tea with peppermint, spearmint, and lemongrass.



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.


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