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

3.13 of 5 stars 3.13  ·  rating details  ·  172 ratings  ·  58 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
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
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
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
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
Lelia Taylor
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
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
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
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
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
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Ann Woodbury Moore
This mystery with sci-fi elements is set in Albany, NY in 2019. Police officers Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter are faced with a serial killer case that has massive public relations issues. Based on several puzzling interactions and loose threads, this seems to be the first of a series. Overall, I liked it, partly--as a Capital District resident--because of the Albany connection. The sci-fi material was creative and unique, although a number of terms and ideas were thrown out with no definition; I ...more
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.
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
I enjoyed the environment of the story and the desire of the main character to protect herself while saving others. I was disappointed in the overall plot because I could not find myself truly caring enough about the victims to want to know what happened - I wasn't sure if it was a mystery because of the detective's life or one because of the police case. It was confusing to have the plot wrapped up suddenly with two characters that seemed superfluous to the narrative of the detective. The autho ...more
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
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
Kathleen Kelly
The Red Queen Dies is a Hannah McCabe murder mystery set in 2019. Three women have been murdered and they all somehow have the Alice in Wonderland story in common. Hannah and her partner Detective Baxter's job is to find out what the connection is and why the women were murdered. Having the story set 6 years into the future made the story just a bit scifi enough to be believable, meaning the advancements in technology that were in the book certainly could be real. This novel was easy to read and ...more
Ryder Islington
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
William Stanger
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
Still confused...
Vivan Jessup, an actress, is found dead in the same manner as two other women. Hannah "Hank" McCabe catches the case. She and her partner Baxter, work their tails off to find the killer while dealing with the press and personal lives.
Hannah is a good character, tough, down to Earth and caring. She's well rounded and likable, with the glimpses of her home life giving her a solid in depth background. The case and clues are given to the reader right along with the detectives for th
Frishawn Rasheed
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
“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
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
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
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
Jennifer Parks
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
The author pens "The Red Queen Dies" a futuristic, murder, mystery story in a different type of tone than I'm used to. I found the book to be interesting, well written with engaging characters and plenty of twists and turns. I loved the way the author incorporated history and childhood stories within the plot and would recommend this to all murder mystery fans.

This review is based on a complimentary copy from the author which was provided for an honest review.
My official rating would be a possible 3.5. I liked how it was written. I couldn't put it down, but the ending did let me down a little bit. I liked the setting, but I think the description about lullaby was misleading. It was mentioned maybe two or three times? I though it would play a bigger role but it did not. The AIW and WOO dynamics were interesting though. It was a good book to read for a day to waste some time, but it doesn't leave a huge impact.
The story of The Red Queen Dies is set in the year 2019 and revolves around Hannah McCabe, a police detective, who is investigating a number of murders suggesting the work of a serial killer. However, the latest victim is a famous Broadway personality, Ms. Jessup, known as the Red Queen.

The actress is much older than the previous victims and there are some dissimilarities as well. Then again, she was killed in a manner consistent with the earlier murders. So is it the work of a serial killer? A
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