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The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery

(Detective Hannah McCabe #1)

3.10  ·  Rating details ·  337 ratings  ·  93 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,
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Published September 10th 2013 by Minotaur Books
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Patrice Hoffman
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
Sep 12, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OK, I added a star because this was set in my hometown of Albany NY. This was written several years ago, and I can't believe I hadn't heard about it until recently. So much about it is quintessentially Albany - not just the setting, but the comments, the way people act towards each other, etc. I usually get annoyed and distracted reading books set in places I know because the author changes so many things that it doesn't really seem like the place. Pretty much every place mentioned in this book, ...more
Lelia Taylor
Jun 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: full-reviews
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 dont expect and thats 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
The Red Queen Dies (Detective Hannah McCabe, #1) by Frankie Y. Bailey
The Red Queen Dies
By : Frankie Y. Bailey
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
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
Sep 08, 2013 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
Jun 14, 2013 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
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. Its a mystery/thriller police procedural with
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
Aug 02, 2013 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
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
Sep 09, 2013 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.
Mar 10, 2016 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.
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
I loved Bailey's Lizzie Stuart series.
I love Alice in Wonderland.
I love mystery and some sci-fi.
This book seemed like a perfect combination from the cover blurb.

I don't even know where to begin. There's a brief mention in the beginning about some weird alien encounter that may or may not have happened a few years back. It apparently causes excitement on the anniversary. Aside from a few references to it, this event doesn't play a part in the story.

Same thing with the Alice in Wonderland stuff.
A detective novel set in Albany, NY in 2019 when a third- party candidate for president may win. His opponent has said hes rallying angry, frightened people to commit hate crimes. At a rally he called on supporters to reclaim America for Americans. (2) I love that about genre novels that they can get away with creating a (very near, next week) future, or a past to talk about the present.

I quite liked this novel about an APD detective. I hope my library system has book #2 in the series. Read for
Jennifer O
This book was good, but not great. The mystery was compelling enough to keep me going, but I didnt find the writing itself particularly gripping. Also, near the beginning of the book, I was very overwhelmed with the number of characters and background details introduced who didnt seem to be particularly important to the story. Some of that may just be world-building for the series in general, but I found it distracting. All that being said, I do plan on reading the next book in the series. ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Read the first 100 pages. Bored.

Barbara Rogan approach: If the first 100 pages are boring, then read the ending. If it is good, then go back and fill in the middle. Otherwise, be done with it.

I'm done with this. Too many story lines. Slight alternate reality but not enough building of the world. Not an interesting mystery.
Lizzie Lou
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun read since I'm a Capital Area native. The editing could have been better, I proud of myself retiring the urge to break out my red pencil. As far as the story, it was your basic police procedural with a local flair and a number of literary references. I liked the references, as well as the twists and turns as the story progressed.
Melissa Jacobson
Actual rating 3.5

This was a fun and fast-paced dystopian detective book that, while it wasn't anything extraordinary, it was a really engaging read. It has been a while since I hopped into a mystery or a dystopian so I really enjoyed getting a two for one on two of my favorite genres. If you like fun fast paced mysteries with a retelling flare I would suggest picking this one up.
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Abrupt ending. to a convoluted plot that never really resolves a lot of threads. I held on because of the supposed Alice in Wonderland component, but it was minimal and forced.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
~Personal review~
It wasnt bad writing, but I felt it could have been about a hundred pages shorter. The ending was interesting but it was hard to keep everyone straight. It just wasnt an enjoyable book for me🤷♀
~Heads up~
Jun 14, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really wanted to like this book. I did enjoy the characters, the Albany setting, and the "near future" slightly sci-fi ambiance, but the story pacing felt rushed, and some of the promising subplots didn't seem to go anywhere.
Sep 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would give this book 3 1/2 stars. It was creative and meant to be a Dystopic near future mystery. I thought it was a page turner But there were some pieces left out and some questions that were never answered.
Deborah Wysinger
Jun 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Got better as it went along.
Feb 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyable and fun mystery. Set in an alternate time but with familiar settings and history. Enjoyed the characters. Will read the next one.
Aug 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
An unusual book, but the plot is a bit complicated.
Aug 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the prose and the characters very much, but I'm not sure I care for the parallel universe and at times the storytelling was convoluted.
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
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