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Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories,Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery, which kicks off an exciting new series set in the near future.The year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen," doesn't fit the pattern set by the first two murders.With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln's assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer....

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The Red Queen Dies Reviews

  • Patrice Hoffman
    2019-07-19 14:17

    The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey is a conventional crime procedure that takes place in 2019.  From what I've researched about this author is that this is generally the genre she writes in. It's obvious this isn't her first rodeo into the crime/mystery genre.The Red Queen Dies opens with a press conference referencing the deaths of two Albany women. An annoying reporter suggests that the police are hiding information from that public that there is a serial killer walking free on the streets of Albany, NY. Although the big brother system that exists in this alternate universe should be able to catch the killer, the solar flares are screwing up any images they may find. Eventually the novel moves on to introduce the leading lady Hannah McCabe.Hannah McCabe is a detective for the Albany police and is brought in to investigate a new murder that may, or may not, be connected to the other two women's deaths.  Initially, there isn't much to connect the deaths until the clues start falling into place. McCabe and her partner Baxter are in a race against time to prevent anymore killings.What I liked about this novel is also what I loathed most. The novel is set in an alternate universe that is 2019. There are similarities to our world but the differences are not given enough depth. The Red Queen Dies gives readers items such as brain-wave controlled wheelchairs, android hosts, pills that erase memories, and 90 degree weather during October in New York. All these instances occur but are never expounded upon. I wanted more of this science fiction but it was never given. Not all things are bad in The Red Queen Dies, but I had to get my gripe out of the way. Hannah McCabe is definitely an interesting leading lady. I want to get to know more about her. She lives with her father and has quite a sad history with her brother.  I won't spoil that... readers should read the story for themselves. I also like the dynamic that she shares with Baxter. They are definitely a great duo that compliment each other.I enjoyed the connection to Alice in Wonderland.  That's an interesting story to use as a driving force for the killer. Initially I didn't see the deal but the ending wrapped that up nicely.Overall, Frankie Y. Bailey will definitely be on the list of authors I need to read more of. Although The Red Queen Dies leaves me in wont of more I won't hold that against it.  I am interested in learning more about the characters introduced so hopefully that will be done in follow-up novels. Fans of mystery crime thrillers will want to read this novel. Especially those who are looking for a leading lady that is far from the norm represented in novels like these.

  • Leah
    2019-06-29 18:27

    DNF at 41%. Review to come. I feel really disappointed. This book sounded like something that would be right up my street, and I was really excited to read it as part of the Classics Retold challenge. However, I didn't really get on with the book. I found the prose a little too overly detailed and it didn't read easily. Don't take this as me being 'thick', I've studied literature solidly, read Middlemarch etc, what I mean by not reading easily is that it didn't seem to flow for me. I couldn't really lose myself in the book and found it difficult to pay attention to all that was going on.The events hadn't really unfolded when I decided to put the book down. Initially I thought I'd wait a little while and pick it back up, but I've kind of resigned myself to the fact that I probably won't. It does have some intriguing characters and an interesting plot line, I just felt that the pace was a little slow for me and the relation to Alice in Wonderland hadn't really come into it. Honestly, the main reason for my requesting it was to see how it compares but it wasn't what I expected from the book unfortunately. I finished this book at 41% so I gave it a good go, it just wasn't for me.

  • Lelia Taylor
    2019-06-24 15:26

    Disclaimer: I have known Frankie for years, having first met her when she came to my store in May 2001 for a mystery author event, and have thoroughly enjoyed her previous books. That has had no effect on this review.Favorite authors surprise us sometimes by heading off in a direction we don’t expect and that’s the case with The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey. The beginning of a new series, it made me sit up and pay attention because it never crossed my mind that she would add a science fiction flavor to her mysteries. Does it work? Yes, I really think it does because it’s not the least bit heavy-handed and true mystery fans are unlikely to be miffed by it.In essence, Ms. Bailey has created an alternate universe that’s just a little different from our own world—well, except for the little detail of a UFO visit a few years ago. Mostly, we just see small technological changes that could very well happen in my lifetime. The reader doesn’t have to struggle to understand all the fancy stuff, although I would like to know what the acronym ORB (a sort of glorified smartphone) stands for.Meanwhile, we still have a standard police procedural with detective partners Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter investigating what appears to be a serial killer. The first two murders are rather mundane at first glance but the public’s attention is drawn to the investigation when a famous actress becomes the third victim. The public’s fear is also being heightened by the provocations of a well-known “threader” (a sort of reporter) who seems to have a very low opinion of the Albany Police Department. (It should be noted that the serial killings that take place in this book are not nearly as gruesome and lurid as can be found in other police procedurals.)Two other crimes, both involving citizens who were the victims of assaults, are part of the story but neither has any real effect on the primary investigation, nor is the drug called “Lullaby” of any particular importance (but I suspect it will be in future books). There are some interesting and very diverse elements that come to light regarding the serial killings including the actress’ affinity for Alice in Wonderland and a summer camp that took place years ago but the real crux of the story is the workings of a police investigation that appears on more than one occasion to be heading nowhere.Character development takes something of a backseat to the plot in this first title in the series but there is an interesting revelation about Hannah’s childhood that leads the reader to an understanding of Hannah’s personality but also to more questions. I’m looking forward to getting to know Hannah and Mike and their colleagues much better in future volumes.Reviewed by Lelia Taylor, September 2013.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-06-29 16:11

    The Red Queen DiesBy : Frankie Y. BaileyThe year is 2019, and a drug used to treat soldiers for post-traumatic stress disorder, nicknamed "Lullaby," has hit the streets. Swallowing a little pill erases traumatic memories, but what happens to a criminal trial when the star witness takes a pill and can't remember the crime? When two women are murdered in quick succession, biracial police detective Hannah McCabe is charged with solving the case. In spite of the advanced technology, including a city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen," doesn't fit the pattern set by the first two murders.What did I think:3 starsIts basically a mess in my opinion, there's too much going on in the story, there was only a few things I did actually lile and they were:1: the historical facts about Albany , Abraham Lincoln, and John Wilkes Booth and Henrietta Irving.2:the parts about Alice In Wonderland and The Wizard Of Oz3: Once again parts where it mentioned an old black and white movie : Them (1954) And that's because I grew up watching those types of movies and that one is one of my all time favorite movies.4:At one point a author had an idea that the author of Alice In Wonderland was Jack The Ripper.Can't see how others give this a four to five star rating, the only way I will ever pick up book 2 is if I find it in my local Dollar Tree.

  • Cheryl
    2019-06-22 12:18

    Women are dying. The police may not want to admit it but they have a serial killer on their hands. The reason the police may not want to admit it is because the city had eyes everywhere. There are cameras watching every person's moves. Yet the killer is smart and conniving. The killer is able to move around the city without the police seeing the killer. As if a killer on the loose is not enough for Hannah to handle but yet she also has to deal with a street drug called "Lullaby". Lullaby erases the memories of anyone who takes the pill. Are the murders connected with Lullaby?I have never read anything by this author before. I was intrigued by the concept of this book. A futuristic, murder, mystery story. I have always been a fan of murder mysteries. Futuristic stories are gaining more popularity. Author, Frankie has a real knick for storytelling. I enjoyed all of the characters. They had a good working relationship with each other. Hannah is a strong female lead. She takes everything in strides. Her and her partner, Baxter made a good team. Baxter is the rookie and you can tell it but as the story progressed, he grew. Another thing that I liked about this book was the world that Frankie built. I could picture a world where Hannah existed. This is what I enjoy about these futuritic stories. I want to imagine that this world really could exist. If you love a good police protocol story with great characters than you should check out this book. The Red Queen Dies will take you on a roller coaster ride that you will want to ride again and again!

  • Jen
    2019-06-27 11:03

    The Red Queen Dies is a futuristic crime novel, set only a few years in the future, in 2019. This doesn't really seem far enough in the future to account for all of science fiction elements. The novel is the first in a new series.Hannah McCabe, the biracial police detective, makes an interesting protagonist. When two young women are murdered, Hannah catches the cases. Then an older woman is murdered, her death doesn't exactly match the pattern of the previous two, but there are plenty of similarities. Two big differences: age and celebrity. The two younger women were attractive young women, but had nothing outstanding in their lives to attract attention. The third woman, however, was a famous Broadway actress known as the Red Queen for her red hair and her association with Alice in Wonderland.In addition to the investigation into these three deaths, there is a kind of sub-rosa mystery going on, something elusive; the reader gets a few hints, but not until the end is the idea definitive.Hannah McCabe makes a good protagonist, and I enjoyed the relationship she has with her father. The tension between Hannah and her brother---not so much---but perhaps the next in the series will make his inclusion more relevant. In TRQD, the relationship feels more of a distraction, but seems to be setting up an easier relationship in the future that will be more helpful in future novels.I look forward to more books featuring Hannah McCabe.NetGalley/St. Martin's Press, Minotaur BooksMystery. Sept. 10, 2013. Print version: 304 pages.ISBN-10: 0312641753

  • PopcornReads
    2019-07-18 11:04

    Book Review & Giveaway: I took one look at the book cover for The Red Queen Dies by award-winning author Frankie Y. Bailey and was intrigued. Was this a horror novel, a fantasy novel, a mystery? I had to learn more. Then I read the concept when I was approached to take part in the Partners in Crime virtual book tour, and jumped on it with both feet because the concept is so unusual! There is no short answer to what comprises The Red Queen Dies. It’s a mystery/thriller police procedural with strong ties to Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Beyond the Looking Glass. It also gives a nod to The Wizard of Oz. Lastly, it’s a near-future novel but it has links to Lincoln’s assassination. Sound complicated and unlikely? Well complicated yes, but it actually all makes perfect sense in a down-the-rabbit-hole kind of way when you’re reading it. I’m just glad I wasn’t the police officer assigned to this case. And instead of loping off heads like the Red Queen, we’ll play the Cheshire Cat and gift one of you with a copy in our giveaway at

  • Charles
    2019-06-27 18:10

    I'm tempted to dismiss this mystery as an "old lady" style book. No offense to anyone because that does direct attention to the books one superior quality. The author is a woman. The detective is a woman, the victims (of course) are women, many of the secondary characters are women. I've read gender bias free books before and the female character are limited to the rogue female who detects against orders, the victim (of course) and a minor character or two.That is not much to base a favorable review on. There are negatives. The Alice in Wonderland gets totally swallowed in a mess of other literary references and historical facts. So the title is basically just that - a title. Oddly, the book is set in 2019. There are a few sci fi conceits and references to a less than wonderful future, but I couldn't figure out the need for this basically wasted device. This book will probably be coming out in paperback in 2019. Many ardent mystery readers won't even read it till after that date. Or maybe it will all make more sense in an alternate universe.

  • Debbie
    2019-06-27 11:02

    I won an ARC on Goodreads and I highly recommend it.Bailey's known for non-fiction titles including Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, and in The Red Queen Dies she's given us a first-rate police procedural, with a catch. The novel is set in the fall of 2019, in an Albany, NY that bears some resemblance to what that city might be in the near future, but is somewhat of a parallel universe. Two young women have been killed by a hypodermic needle of phenol to the heart. A "threader" (apparently the internet citizen journalist of the future) is giving the investigators a hard time, and then a Tony Award winning actress who played Alice In Wonderland as a child and is now referred to as the "Red Queen" is found dead by the same means. Are two murderers at play, or could there be a link between the three victims? Bailey gives us great characters, and plenty of distractions as the case proceeds through to its solution. First of a series.

  • Rachel Friars
    2019-07-01 14:05

    Sigh. 3.5The ending is what saves this for me. I went into this with all the wrong expectations. I wanted this to be a crazy psychological thriller-y retelling of Alice in Wonderland but it ended up being a mostly boring police procedural novel. So I think if I had known what I was getting into it would have been better. But just so you know, the synopsis is VERY misleading. There is specifically ONE mention of the drug "Lullaby: and its use. ONE. So I don't know why they felt the need to include it in the summary. But anyway. On to the next.

  • A.M.
    2019-07-13 15:21

    A engrossing, well-written & smart mystery - but more "crime" than "cozy." I will definitely read the next in this series.

  • Louise
    2019-06-29 12:09

    Did anyone actually read this book? I have an advanced reading copy and there are numerous errors...and I'm only on chapter 8! Maybe someone should actually proofread this book.

  • Candice
    2019-07-10 11:24

    I have had this book on my shelf for a while.  Of course I bought it because its' title is an Alice in Wonderland reference however, this book really didn't have much to do with Alice in Wonderland.  This is a mystery about an actress who was found murdered.  She was known for her  role as the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland.  See my full review on my blog.

  • Sandra
    2019-06-28 13:19

    An unusual book, but the plot is a bit complicated.

  • Frank
    2019-06-30 16:11

    Enjoyable and fun mystery. Set in an alternate time but with familiar settings and history. Enjoyed the characters. Will read the next one.

  • ZaBethMarsh
    2019-07-15 14:22

    I really like Detective Hannah McCabe and I can see the potential here for a book series. She is a strong character, not without faults, and I want to see her grow as a character. Bailey has proven with The Red Queen Dies that she knows how to set up a mystery and keep the reader guessing right up until the murder is revealed. If Bailey had stayed focused on her main character and the murder mystery she was solving this book would have been much better. My problem with this book becoming a series is the setting. The Red Queen Dies is described as a police procedural set in a parallel universe in the near future. I wish Bailey had ended the description with police procedural and kept the novel set in our current world because I don’t believe world building is one of her talents (or a significant part of her world building was perhaps cut out.) I feel like McCabe’s world could have been so much more but little attention was given to it. First off, the parallel universe isn’t different enough from our current world to add any value to this story. On the very first page of the story we learn that in 2012 Earth has had a close encounter with a UFO but this encounter plays absolutely no part in the story. Personally, I believe the first page of a novel should be reserved for key information about the story you are reading. So this was a complete failure and waste of an opening for me. I understand that Bailey was probably trying to imply that the world has gone a little crazy in this parallel universe but this one tale about McCabe’s wasn’t enough to do that and wasn’t worthy of first page status.But I think Bailey really lost me on page 6 when she introduces an ORB – which I later figured out to be something like a smart phone. Bailey never provides the reader with a definition or explanation of the acronym or clearly tells what it is tool that everyone is using is. (It bothered me so much that I tweeted Bailey asking what ORB stood for it, but I never got a response. Bailey isn’t what I would call an active Twitter user but she does have an account. Left on our own, readers have to figure out what an ORB is over the course of a story as we see how characters use this essential tool that everyone seems to have. If Bailey had just defined the acronym for me – as part of her world building – I wouldn’t have given it another thought, instead every time I saw a reference to ORB it reminded me how poorly this parallel universe was built. Second, I wouldn’t call 2019 near-future, I call it tomorrow. In today’s world, five years is nothing. If it is going to be in the near future, make it 20 or 30 years in the future so that the differences are significant and noteworthy. The only change that I identified in this near-future is that blogging was now called threading and that doesn’t really make any impact on the story. If the future is so close that I can almost predict what I’ll be doing then I don’t think the time is playing a significant role in the story either so why not just make it present time. Does five years really change anything?Third, I think the author was so consumed with proving that references we know in our history also happened in McCabe’s parallel universe history that she packed as many pop culture references into the story as possible. It was overwhelming to the point of annoying. I believe readers will tolerate this book depending on their appreciation for Albany, NY and old movies because Bailey has packed it with local Albany historical and classic movie references.All that being said, The Red Queen Dies does contain a good murder mystery. I enjoyed the lead detective Hannah McCabe. And would have enjoyed her story much more if it was just set in our world. On the other hand, Bailey may have plans for McCabe and maybe her parallel universe in The Red Queen Dies is just the first step in her bigger picture for a series of books. I’d like to read more about McCabe. We got a hint that she has a love interest but never learned who it was. But before I invest any more time in McCabe’s story, I think I need to see that Bailey has invested the time in properly building her world. Part of me feels like Bailey has McCabe’s world fleshed out, but that it was mostly edited out of this first installment. If being in the future and in a parallel universe is truly key to McCabe’s world then we need to see more of an investment in that world building in the next book without losing any of the skill that Bailey has shown in the mystery writing. If she can combine the two of those I can see McCabe becoming a popular sci-fi crime fighting hero.

  • Nicole Mcbride
    2019-06-27 18:01

    This book was recommended by my local library and it sounded interesting with the "Alice in Wonderland" inspired crime. It is essentially a detective novel that takes place in 2019 where the occurring theme of "Big Brother" is watching runs amuck. Bailey has created a very strong female leading detective that is working very hard to catch a serial killer that may have ties to the last victim, a Broadway star know as "the Red Queen".Even with all of the intrigue, this book took me several days to really get into it. Especially since it started off with a press conference, which was informative, but dull. I didn't have any immediate excitement about reading the book and was concerned that it would not be eventful. However, I will say that Bailey has done a very good job a weaving a relatively okay crime tale that has some good twists and turns that the average reader may not catch on to right away. Her main characters were fairly fleshed out and they seemed like they could be real people, which for me is one of the things I need to become invested in the plot.Outside of this though, there were several things that got in the way and made it a slower read for me. First off, there was the abbreviation "ORB", which I am not entirely sure what it stands for. It seems like it is a smart tablet/phone-like device that people are able to order/pay for items at coffee shops along with answering calls or viewing e-mail. It was not fully explained, so I envisioned it as a smarter version of the most recent smart phone...confused? In the "Author's Notes" section of the book, Bailey suggests going to her website for further explanations for the technology, history, etc. Although that was very nice of her to offer, I would much rather have been shown this in the novel then going the distance to research it. Kind of takes the fun out of reading the book and being transported somewhere new. There were also too many twists to the storyline that made it seem a little ridiculous at the end with respect to tying it in to "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Wizard of Oz". I wish perhaps some of that would have been cut out and a little more focus could have been given to the crimes at hand. The idea was sound, but just not well executed which made the overall readability of the book suffer.Bailey also had a few side stories added in and I am not certain what purpose they were meant to serve. The first had to do with another case that a few detectives were working, but it didn't really tie in to the serial case that was the main story and seemed a little erroneous. Then there were several scenes in which one character was meeting with another or speaking with another on their ORB, but the identity of the other individual was never revealed. If these scenes had had an impact with respect to the story, I would have understood why they were there. But they felt like they were added in only to show that this book would be part of a series and there were still much more to come with regards to the characters in the plot. The other thing that bothered me was the fact the book had many editing issues. It has become a pet-peeve of mine now that authors do not seem to be proof reading their manuscripts or investing in a good copy editor. There were dialogue sequences that were missing quotations. Many areas had grammatical errors that should have been caught. I was a little disappointed in that. Overall, the book was okay. It started out slow, but in the end it made for a good story. If you can overlook some of the editing issues and wade through the extra information that was not needed, you would enjoy this book because it does have a good crime story underneath all of that. However, if you are unable to do any of that and need a story that builds from that first sentence on, then you may want to skip this one.Rating: 2.5 out of 5I borrowed this book from my local library; I was not asked to do a review of this

  • Burgoo
    2019-06-30 14:09

    Albany New York, 2019: Police are finding bodies of young women. With the third death, the police think there’s a serial killer involved. Detective Hannah McCabe is the lead on the investigation, as the police work to find connections between the victims and stop the killer before there are more deaths.For reasons that escape me, Bailey has decided to set this story in the near future of an alternate universe. This universe is nearly identical to ours. But Dewey did beat Truman, and Elvis retired in 2000. And this University of Albany has a graduate program in theatre. Based on the author’s afterword, it seems that she used an alternate universe as a CYA for the technology used in her future scenario. But even then, the changes are subtle and seemed totally extraneous to the story itself. Police weaponry is slightly different, with use of nonlethal technology that is currently primarily military. Cars are slightly different, and people use the internet differently. Cell phones don’t seem to be used, people use something called ORBs. Except that ORBs don’t seem to be that different from my iphone – they just actually use the facetime feature. So why bother with the SFnal elements at all? None of them are actually relevant to the crime or its solution.There are quite a few story elements that are either setups for future volumes in the series, or simply left hanging. The “lullaby” drug heavily hyped in the promotional material – it does not matter at all. A strange interlude where we learn that McCabe is having some sort of romantic relationship – we don’t know the identity of the other party in the relationship, but don’t worry about it because it doesn’t affect the story in any way. Now I have not read any other books by Bailey, so I give her the benefit of the doubt & assume that these elements (& some others which I haven’t mentioned) are included for future volumes of the series. If that is indeed the case, why is there so much of this material? My subjective sense is that this fairly short novel contains perhaps a third filler material for future use. That seems a bit excessive.As a standard police procedural, The Red Queen Dies feels a bit bland. The protagonist, Hannah McCabe, is professional and competent, but doesn’t seem to have any defining personal traits. The other police officers –including her partner—seem rather interchangeable. The Alice in Wonderland elements are there, but just a bit of background color, and ultimately not of any significance.While I enjoyed reading The Red Queen Dies, I have the feeling that in a week I won’t even remember that I read this book. It’s not that there was anything bad here, just nothing very memorable.

  • Natalie
    2019-07-08 16:15

    Title: The Red Queen DiesAuthor: Frankie Y. BaileyPublisher/Publication Date: Minotaur Books, pub. date September 10th, 2013The Red Queen Dies caught my eye because it involves two of my favorite things: Alice in Wonderland and crime. I do so love a good mystery novel. Overall, the book was a fairly enjoyable and quick read. Hannah McCabe, our crime fighting detective, is a likeable character. Obviously intelligent and dedicated to her job, she still has moments of humanity throughout the book to prevent her from becoming the cold and stoic detective that seems to pop up so often in crime fiction. Her somewhat crotchety father was also a favorite of mine throughout the book and I hope to see him again in future books in the series. Character development overall is weak throughout the novel, but as it is intended to be the first book in a series and the fairly short length, this didn’t really surprise me. There is enough shown about the characters to keep the reader interested in future stories but I would have preferred a little bit more development at least about Hannah. Something similar occurs with portions of the plot. The mystery itself I really liked. While I had an inkling of who the killer was, it was still nice to watch all the pieces fall into place. What I had some issues with was some of the secondary story lines. Portions of the book, especially some of the scenes with Ashby and then Pettigrew, seemed forced in there to serve as some sort of cliff-hanger but without the cliff(i.e. no danger, just unanswered questions). I understand the need to give readers a reason to come back, but this can also be accomplished by building a strong character that the reader becomes attached to and that’s why they come back. Stuart McBride does this with his Logan McRae series. I came back for the second book because of McRae, not because of any dangling plot threads. I liked Bailey’s writing throughout the book. The short and to the point voice of the narrative lends an immediacy to the text that works well in a mystery novel. Portions of the book reminded me of the old time hard-boiled mysteries of Dashiell Hamett. The first book in a series often isn’t a great indication of the real writing strengths of an author or staying power of a character, so I’m going to hold off on making a final decision on the series until I can read the second book. The series and its detective have serious potential, but I’d like to see a little bit more focus in the plot or better development of the secondary storylines to make them more than throwaway scenes.

  • Alice
    2019-07-09 15:27

    I read this for a book club. This is one of those cases we're I'm grateful to my book club for putting it in my sights. I would never have known it existed otherwise.The Red Queen Dies is set in Albany, NY in 2019. A high-speed rail between NYC and Albany has made travel between the cities more feasible, which also invites more crime. Most of it can be caught on one of the cameras set up all over the city, monitoring every street and dark corner. But sometimes, something slips past. Hannah McCabe is assigned to one such case, which appears to be the work of a serial killer. The third woman to turn up dead of a phenol injection straight to her heart is a Broadway actress.The book is a fairly standard police procedural, with some whimsy sprinkled in. The near-future Albany posited in the book is plausible, and logical based on the advances in technology the book suggests.What makes the book personally appealing is its setting. I don't get to read a lot of books set where I live, and Bailey makes good use of Albany as a backdrop, sprinkling in familiar landmarks and local history. And I learned a few new tidbits, while I was at it.The Alice in Wonderland connection, too, is integrated well, without ever feeling heavy-handed. There were places where I felt there were missed opportunities to bring in more references, but one wouldn't want to bog the narrative down.I don't know how appealing the book is without that local connection. There are a lot of loose ends at the end of the book, and a point that may be a plot hole, or it may come up in a later book. And the dialogue is a little too on-the-nose; people say exactly what they're thinking, repeat pieces of information we already know, and go on for several sentences where most people would stop at one. This is textbook police procedural, too, with all the dead ends and exhaustive research and false starts that involves. It can get tedious if you're not a fan.But the book also has a lot to recommend it. The world building is superb, the authenticity carefully crafted, and Hannah McCabe is an intriguing main character. I didn't get much of a handle on the biracial detective, but the glimpses I saw made me interested to read more.I'm glad my book club made me read this book. I hope Bailey has more mysteries ahead for Hannah McCabe.

  • William Stanger
    2019-07-18 15:21

    The Red Queen Dies is a very enjoyable, slightly futuristic, police mystery. It is only set a few years into the future, but this has allowed the author to add a few futuristic elements, as well as changing some features in the city where it is set, which is Albany, NY.The story centres on three murders, which may or may not be connected in some way. Two of the victims are young women in their early twenties, whilst the third is a middle-aged female celebrity, who appears to have no connection to the first two. What connects them is the way in which they died, leading the police officers on the case to believe that they were all killed by the same person.Added to all of this are many references to Alice in Wonderland, along with other literary references, including The Wizard of Oz.The main character in the book is biracial police detective Hannah McCabe, who is charged with solving the case. She also has a past that is hinted at early on in the book, with more being revealed as the plot is unraveled.What I enjoyed most about this book is the way in which the many diverse threads and characters started coming together and making sense as the book got closer to its conclusion. There were a number of people who looked like they could be suspects and there were others introduced who initially didn't seem to have much to do with the main plot, but eventually it became clear that they did.The ending wasn't too predictable, which made the book worth reading to the end. The book wasn't too fast-paced , which gave time to reflect upon the different characters and the part they played in the story. The book wrapped up well in the end, but there was something going on with one character in particular that never got explained and left me with a few questions. As it seems that this is the first in a series of Hannah McCabe stories, then this may be something that is developed more in future books. I won't say who the character is here so as not to spoil it for others.I would recommend this book for anyone who loves a smart mystery. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading more of this series.

  • Eustacia Tan
    2019-07-02 18:21

    I chanced upon this book in the library and decided to pick it up because the idea of an Alice in Wonderland themed serial killer was way too intriguing to pass over. While this book, set in a futuristic and slightly alternate universe was good, it didn't have as strong Alice in Wonderland vibes that I wanted (I will admit that Lost in Wonderland by Nicky Peacock basically lifted my expectations because that book really had the vibes)Anyway, The Red Queen Dies takes place in 2019. It's a futuristic America, with illegal drugs like "Lullaby" wiping out traumatic memories, people talking on ORBS and well, robots as extremely capable housemaids (and the robot is named Rosalind aka Rosie). Interestingly, in this version of America, there has been a woman president in the recent past, but as far as I know, the book was published in 2013, so I guess the writer was very prescient.There are a few mysteries in this case, like a witness who takes Lullaby and ends up unable to testify, some guy who got beat up and (the main mystery), a serial killer whose third victim once starred as Alice in Alice in Wonderland. The mysteries all remained very separate, and it seemed like the author was just throwing in things to develop in later books.While the main mystery was pretty interesting, I didn't really get an Alice in Wonderland vibes from the book (apart from the victim being connected to it and liking the book). Instead, the book seemed to be more focused on presenting a version of America where there are cameras on every street, but not enough money to keep all of them running at the same time. If there were more references, they must have been very cleverly hidden because I couldn't find them.Overall, this was a decent mystery, though not the one that I had expected. Still, I enjoyed the book and I managed to finish it in two or three sittings, without losing much interest.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • Lynne
    2019-07-17 12:07

    I love when an authour puts a new twist on a popular genre. This is what Frankie Y. Bailey does with her book, The Red Queen Dies. The Red Queen Dies is a good example of a fresh take on a mystery. Set in a futuristic setting, The Red Queen Dies still has the backbones of your typical police procedural although with some science fiction elements.The protagonist is Hannah McCabe, a female detective in the year 2019 who is investigating the death of a famous actress. What's special about this case and the later deaths that follow it in the book are the references and nods to the classic tales of the Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. I really enjoyed seeing the nods to made to different adaptations of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz through the connections the victims have as I'm a fan of both books.As a female reader I appreciated the fact that Hannah was a strong, independent and highly capable detective who just happens to also be a biracial woman. In addition to the main focus being on the procedural elements of the mystery I was impressed with the fact that there was not a lot of romance in the book. This is because often when there is a female protagonist or even when in many cases when the main character is a male there is often some romance that is usually forced into the plot. So it was refreshing to find that there was barely a mentioned of Detective Hannah McCabe's personal life which was pretty refreshing.Overall The Red Queen Dies is a thrilling mix of science fiction and mystery though I felt the conclusion and reveal fell a little bit flat I did enjoy the ride this book took me on. The dialogue throughout the book was very engaging and I loved the focus on the case rather than the characters in this book. The ending of this book definitely left a few questions unanswered and I hope there will be more books so I can get to know the characters and the world better.

  • Megan
    2019-07-08 11:12

    This book is really on the fence for me. On one hand I loved the twists and turns and on the other I was disappointed in the lack of character development. When Bailey focuses on the case the story is great. I was constantly coming up with my own theories for 'who done it', and ultimately even I was surprised by some of the reveals. This part of the story was fresh and exciting. It seemed fairly realistic with it's leads and dead ends and breaks which is always nice. When we travel into Hannah McCabe's personal life is where things seem to start to fall out. There's a great story, a great case with all kinds of interesting turns and then we get random scenes that leave you wondering 'why?'.Unfortunately, it's all of the 'personal life' scenes that left me going, why even bother to add this? There's a short chapter more than half-way through the book where our MC goes to a lover's house. We the reader never even knew there was a guy in her life. We then leave the scene with it adding nothing to the story and not even a name to go with this mystery man. He's never brought up again. There's constant talk of conspiracy around her family and for half of the book we're wondering what it could be and then it's merely a flash in the pan, there and gone. Again, never really brought up again. Ultimately I left the book feeling like the author tried to go too many ways at once in an attempt to give her character some substance. Oddly, at the same time I felt like the murder mystery side of this was tied off nicely. I do plan to pick up the sequel, mainly because I want to see if we get more of a look into this character and her partner but also because the actual case was interesting. There's so much room for expansion in this book and this world that I NEED to know if it's pursued. I'm intrigued but not hooked yet, we'll have to see what the sequel holds.

  • Fenny
    2019-07-13 17:26

    It is fun to read about futuristic police and detective work set in the year 2019, even so, the politics and bureaucrats that is usually tied up with policing is still very much alive. New technologies are introduced, giving it a different feel. It is clear, though, that finding a killer still needs the abilities of deduction and creative associative thinking, like in the ‘olden’ days to resolve the case. “Then you haven’t been thinking about it right. Haven’t been turning it on its head and lookingat it upside down.” [Angus McCabe, retired police officer]Various story lines are already up and running at the start of the book, and the reader falls smack dash in the middle of it. It is interesting to read about all – what we consider futuristic – technology and equipment being used. It’s a pity that acronyms are not being explained. However, from the use of, for instance the ORB, one can figure out what it is. It does add a touch of magic to it, though – like being introduced to a slightly different parallel world. Justice, [Hannah] McCabe thought, is a difficult commodity to come by. About as elusive as astar in another solar system.I liked the family story of McCabe – something is amiss and during the story it becomes clear what it exactly is about.With every twist and turn the threads holding the plot together are slowly unraveling. Will Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter be able to come to the rescue and let justice be served? And what about AIWS? The Alice in Wonderland Syndrome? And what about the cliffhanger at the end… ?It is a refreshing read that lovers of detectives will definitely enjoy!! The cliffhanger makes me want to read the next book to find out what happens with Hannah McCabe.

  • Ryder Islington
    2019-06-28 16:08

    Review by Ryder IslingtonI could tell by the cover that this book was going to be different. The silhouette of a bunny in a knife in one hand caught my attention. Then I learned--or was it remembered?--that there was just such a bunny, as well as a red queen in the book: Alice In Wonderland.Set in the near future, this is a worthwhile mystery, wrapped up in a police procedural. The main characters, McCabe a biracial, female detective, and her partner, Baxter, a guy with a good sense of humor, are on the trail of what they believe is a serial killer. But when a third victim is found, and she doesn't fit the victim profile, trouble begins to brew. This victim is a famous stage actress who played Alice in one version of the old classic, and the red queen in another version, and her death brings the mayor and the chief of police into the brew, as politics becomes yet another obstacle for the detectives.Add nosy, persistent, journalist, Clarence Redfield, who has information he shouldn't have and likes to make the cops crazy by printing personal info about them, and a rich man who seems to be at the end of every inquiry, and you have a great mix of characters who are at odds and making life miserable for each other. This is a story with some grit. I found the characters believable, with good description that didn't intrude on the story.I would recommend this book to lovers of mysteries, as well as those of us who love police procedurals, and with its futuristic flavor, those interested in what life might be like in a few years might enjoy it too.

  • Lisa
    2019-06-24 15:00

    “The Red Queen Dies” takes us along on a police investigation of three murders. Two have already occurred when our story begins and one soon follows. Because of the unusual nature in which all were killed, the press suspects a serial killer is on the loose. The detectives on the case, Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter, must follow the clues around to figure out how all the murders are connected, if at all. Some leads are good, some bad, and some change their thinking to try something else. There are many entertaining references to “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Wizard of Oz,” cinema, theater and local history of Albany, New York. The book was a fluid read and I was entertained throughout. My only disappointment was the final explanation as to what caused the murderer to act seemed a bit vague and some of the clues that seemed vital at the beginning were suddenly no longer discussed. In addition to the murders, McCabe and Baxter are a bit of a mystery as well. McCabe, it is discovered, had a traumatic experience in her childhood that has affected her in her adult life. In addition, she has a paramour whose identity is not revealed to us, paving the way for the next installment. Also unrevealed is the person her partner contacts periodically throughout the investigation. It is unknown by the conclusion of the book if this contact is a friend or foe. Hm…”curiouser and curiouser.”

  • WTF Are You Reading?
    2019-06-21 10:05

    This street-wise and futuristic version of the famed Alice and Wonderland, provides adult fans of crime fiction with the mystery and suspense that they crave. While entire concept of infusing and mingling the whimsy of Wonderland in new and mind boggling ways with crime fiction elevates The Red Queen Dies from mere story to conceptual art.Author, Frankie Bailey, sets herself apart in this work through her willingness to push the envelope in every area of her story.She is unafraid to show amazing diversity in characters, setting, tone, and the overall world development of her story. All the while, still managing to infuse the players in her saga with a real world believability and great emotional range that draws the reader in, and makes one want to invest in the read.The story flows well, with easy transitions from the more technical and faster pace of the crime and procedural areas of the story to those of a more personal nature.This is an enchanting tale; spun with just the right amounts of reality, fantasy, and...magic. - See more at:

  • Heather A
    2019-07-16 15:28

    An enjoyable police procedural, reminded me while reading it of a Law & Order Criminal Intent episode. An interesting choice of setting, 2019, with some much improved technology in the world, but well done and realistic rather than being over the top. Nice to see a future setting without too much sci-fi techno stuff in.The novel focuses on three murders, two of which seem related and a third of a famous Broadway actress which has a few traits of the others but not all and the novel focuses on the two detectives putting together the clues and figuring out who is responsible. It was interesting enough, focusing on the detectives research efforts and talking to various suspects and putting it all together...and there was a enough mystery and clues thrown in to make it engaging. Though I did find it dragging a little towards the end.The story was good enough that I didn't actually guess who the killer was until it was revealed but it felt...a little bit...sort of...oh that's it? when they were finally caught. Over all, a good read and I would definitely read something from this author again.

  • Michele
    2019-07-08 17:24

    This is a murder mystery that somehow incorporates Alice in Wonderland! This book is set in the not too distant future mostly in Albany, NY (darn these years are going FAST) where a pill has been invented that makes people forget. Now this is not so bad for people who have experienced traumatic episodes in their life, like soldiers for whom it was actually created. But when a star witness to a double murder takes this pill she can no longer remember what happened and that leaves Detective Hannah McCabe scrambling to find the killer. Meanwhile a Broadway actress is murdered. This actress has the nickname of The Red Queen because she collects everything "Alice". How are these three murders connected-it is up to Hannah McCabe to figure this out--not easy at all!! Just remember this while you are reading "What goes around comes around"--That's all folks. I did enjoy this book and am looking forward to the second in the series.The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery