The Red Queen Dies, a Review


The Red Queen Dies Frankie Y Bailey
The Red Queen Dies
by Frankie Y. Bailey

The only Edgar Banquet I ever attended I was seated at a table near the back and next to me was Frankie Bailey. I’d never met her before but enjoyed visiting with her.
When P.J. Nunn asked if I’d like to review M. Bailey’s new mystery, The Red Queen Dies, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to, in a sense, renew that acquaintance.

The book is set in the future of 2019 in the city of Albany, New York and the protagonist, Detective Hannah McCabe, despite some advanced technology solves crime in the old-fashioned manner of collecting clues, interviewing witnesses and suspects, putting bit and pieces of information together like a puzzle, along with a large amount of gut-instinct.
The murders of two young women, followed by a third older and somewhat famous woman known as the Red Queen, send McCabe and her partner on a complicated case. So many unusual clues pop up that involve Alice in Wonderland, the Wizard of Oz, Abraham Lincoln and John Wilkes Booth, keeping the reader involved and wondering.

The fast pace of this mystery, wonderful characters, and the fresh and unusual plot kept this reader eagerly turning the page and wondering what was going to happen next.
A topnotch mystery with a refreshing and original detective!

 

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