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The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery (Detective Hannah McCabe #1)

3.1  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
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,
ebook, 304 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Patrice Hoffman
The Red Queen Diesby Frankie Y. Bailey is a conventional crime procedure that takes place in 2019. Fromwhat I've researched about this author is thatthis is generally the genreshe writes in. It's obvious this isn't her first rodeo into the crime/mystery genre.

The Red Queen Diesopens with a press conferencereferencing the deaths of two Albany women.An annoying reporter suggests that the police arehiding information from that public that there is a serial killerwalking freeon the streets of Albany
Lelia Taylor
Sep 16, 2013 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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 fic
Jun 14, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 similar
Heather A
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 o
Ryder Islington
Aug 12, 2013 Ryder Islington rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review by Ryder Islington
I 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, ar
Aug 31, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 04, 2013 Jenni rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book is due to hit booksellers in September. I received an advanced copy to review by the publisher. I was looking forward to diving into the novel as I always enjoy a detective story. The pacing started off a bit slow and there was something about Bailey’s prose that annoyed me just a wee bit but overall the book was perfectly adequate. As the story progressed, the suspense grew stronger and I found it to be more engaging. Some novels strike an emotional cord so deeply among readers that t ...more
Aug 21, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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 ...more
Title: The Red Queen Dies
Author: Frankie Y. Bailey
Publisher/Publication Date: Minotaur Books, pub. date September 10th, 2013

The 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 t
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
Sep 09, 2013 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Sep 21, 2013 Louise rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 retire
Sep 28, 2013 Leah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 re
WTF Are You Reading?
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
Sep 17, 2013 Fenny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 loo
William Stanger
Sep 26, 2013 William Stanger rated it really liked it
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 t
ZaBeth  Marsh
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 serie
Feb 01, 2014 Lynne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nicole Mcbride
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
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
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 McCab
Sep 17, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Mandy (Book Princess Reviews)

It went too slow in the beginning for me, and I just couldn't get into it.
Rachel Friars
Sigh. 3.5
The 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 includ
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 M
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a slightly futuristic mystery (2019) and in a small way reminds of the JD Robb books - mostly in the technology aspect. Everyone has something called an ORB and while it is never described, it is like a souped up smart phone that does video calls.

I thought this book was a great introduction to Detective Hannah McCabe and her life as a detective and some baggage she carries from her past that is tied to her brother. The family dynamic is interesting to say the least with her dad and brot
Mar 12, 2016 A.M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A engrossing, well-written & smart mystery - but more "crime" than "cozy." I will definitely read the next in this series.
Sep 21, 2016 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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the author's confidence in the idea that this was going to become a series led to some things which make it less appealing as a stand alone. A mysterious boyfriend of the main character introduced on page 216 only to disappear again immediately, for example. I felt trying to get both lice in Wonderland and the Wizard of Oz to fit into the narrative was stretching it. Also found the attempt to blend mystery and sci-fi not particularly convincing, simply calling blogging threading and tablets orbs ...more
Eustacia Tan
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 futuris
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I grew up in the country (now suburbs) about five miles outside Danville, Virginia, the "Last Capital of the Confederacy," also famous as "the bright leaf tobacco market of the world" and the home of Dan River Cotton Mills. As you might imagine, Southern history and tradition played important roles in my upbringing. The first history book I remember reading in school was abou
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