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What the Fly Saw (Detective Hannah McCabe #2)

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Albany, New York, January 2020


The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak had no known enemies. His family and friends say he had been depre
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Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 3rd 2015 by Minotaur Books
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Victor Gentile
Feb 14, 2015 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Frankie Y. Bailey in her new book, “What the Fly Saw” Book Two in the Detective Hannah McCabe Mystery series published by Minotaur Books gives us another adventure with Hannah McCabe.

From the back cover: Frankie Bailey introduced readers to an exciting new protagonist in The Red Queen Dies, the first book in the Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series. Now in What the Fly Saw, Hannah and her partner Mike Baxter are back with an even more puzzling case.

Albany, New York, January 2020

The morning aft
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Carol
Feb 08, 2015 Carol rated it it was ok
I don’t usually read books that are futuristic (this was only by five years). What The Fly Saw by Frankie Y. Bailey is the first one that I have read that is set in an alternate world. I felt uncomfortable about the futuristic part. Oddly enough, it was not that I couldn’t imagine future inventions and I was able to figure out what the most prominent one would be like, the ORB. But the main character’s father used phrases that I think were out of date twenty years ago. Somehow it was jarring to ...more
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 Review: WHAT THE FLY SAW [Detective Hannah McCabe #2] by Frankie Y. Bailey

Multiply-published author of fiction and nonfiction, Frankie Y. Bailey, constructs a vivid near-futuristic version of Albany, New York, that is the equivalent of imaginative science fiction. Filled with technology and easily accessible virtual reality, 2020 Albany still contains the gamut of human characters and foibles, including greed, selfishness, and crime. Detective Hannah McCabe, half African-American and half-Irish
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Sandra Stiles
Feb 04, 2017 Sandra Stiles rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, adult
This is the second book in the Detective Hannah McCabe Mystery series. I have not read the first book. It is also the second detective mystery I have read this week. This could easily become a habit. The thing that is really different is that this mystery takes place in the future. For me the beginning of the book starts a little slow and then picks up the pace. Detective McCabe and her partner Mike Baxter must solve the murder of Kevin Novak. He is a funeral director. Was it murder or suicide? ...more
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What the Fly Saw
Detective Hannah McCabe #2
Author: Frankie Y. Bailey
ISBN13: 9781250048301
Author website: http://www.frankieybailey.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Kayt

Synopsis:

Albany, New York, January 2020

The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. A loving husband and father and an active member of
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Samantha
Jan 10, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
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"The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow. A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak had no known enemies. His family and friends say he had been depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his
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Stephanie Ward
Jan 20, 2015 Stephanie Ward rated it really liked it
'What the Fly Saw' is an intriguing and thrilling mystery novel that will have readers on the edge of their seats. It's technically the second book in a series, but I believe it can be read as a standalone. I haven't read the first book and I had no problems with the second whatsoever. Our heroine, Hannah McCabe, is a great female lead. She's smart, strong - both physically and mentally, tough, and a devoted and hard working detective - and those are only some of her attributes. Like anyone, Han ...more
Jen
Feb 20, 2015 Jen rated it liked it
This is another of those unexpected arrivals in the mail. It is one of the novels that kept me interested, but also created some of those nit-picky elements that are distracting.

In Albany, New York, a blizzard has disrupted all city services, and Kevin Novak, a funeral home director is found murdered in the basement of his funeral home with an arrow embedded in his chest. Hannah McCabe and her partner Mike Baxter are on the case. The motive is obscure, but as Hannah and Mike investigate their le
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Diane Coto
Mar 20, 2015 Diane Coto rated it liked it
We’re in the future – 2020 to be exact. The first line read: “After the storm passed, in the chilly hour before dawn, the last of the “space zombies” found their way back to their nest in the derelict house.” Albany PD vice cops went into the home via battering ram. They found a girl who was barely alive; it looked like an OD. And they found what they were looking for … “an impressive array of drugs and paraphernalia.” Chapter 2 switches to an alternate story and the main story line.

Funeral Dire
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Jabbatheslut
Dec 18, 2016 Jabbatheslut rated it it was amazing
Truly a wellrounded murder mystery set in a parallel universe. Can't wait till another sequel comes around!
Lelia Taylor
Mar 08, 2015 Lelia Taylor rated it really liked it
Shelves: full-reviews
Frankie Y. Bailey is a favorite of mine, going back to May of 2001 when she came to my bookstore for a big mystery author event. Her second Lizzie Stuart mystery was out and I had found the series to be charming and entertaining. Frankie herself was no less charming and entertaining and, over the years, I've been glad to run into her at various events and conventions.

When I first heard Frankie was starting a futuristic mystery series set in an alternate universe, I admit I raised an eyebrow beca
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Sandie
Mar 26, 2015 Sandie rated it liked it
Albany, New York, is well served by the detective team of Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter, who have been partners for around four months. Their latest case is one that is especially difficult. A local undertaker, Kevin Novak, is found dead in the basement of his funeral home, shot with his own crossbow. His wife and children report that he has been distant and upset lately but no one seems to know why, or at least no one who will talk to the detectives.

There are lots of suspects. Both his pastor
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Michelle
Feb 18, 2015 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
This is the second book in a series. The first book "The Red Queen Dies" I did not read. I am not sure if I would have liked this book better if I had read the other book first. What I do know is the author stressed that this story was set in the future. An alternate universe future. I found her references to alternate history, ie George Reeves and Marilyn Monroe living to old age, distracting from the story itself. There are several items of daily living that have alternate names for example sm ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is a follow up to The Red Queen Dies and I will let you know that I think you should read that book first because part of the book carries over into this one. Not a lot and you probably wouldn't miss out on too much by not reading TRQD first, but at least you would understand the background in some places.

I learned a few things in this book that I don't recall from the first book - nothing earth shattering, but I don't remember reading that Hannah was African American. It doesn't matter in
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Kristen Chandler
Jun 27, 2016 Kristen Chandler rated it really liked it
is is the second in a series by Frankie Bailey, but can easily be read as a standalone.

Hannah McCabe is the main character in this one, and she is out to solve the mystery of the death of funeral director, Kevin Novak, he is found dead in the basement of his own funeral home following a storm. As McCabe investigates further, secrets about Novak and his family and friends come to light, providing twists and turns that keep the story interesting.

I definitely liked Hannah, and I thin that the sto
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Dr. Do Little
Aug 22, 2015 Dr. Do Little rated it it was ok
Shelves: completed
Very slow beginning,, but then picked up more towards the end with Luanne's poisoning (thinking that the there would be a little more of a plot twist to the story but turned out to not be very interesting), but then slowed down again. Ending was kinda boring and predictable, except for the thing with Baxter being undercover with the feds that was the only thing that made me want more about any character background. Conversations were some what predictable and all the interviewing got pretty bori ...more
Cardyn Brooks
What the Fly Saw has a lot of moving parts. There are multiple short story arcs under a long arc that seems to have a grand conspiracy as its source. With each installment in this Det. Hannah McCabe series, sub-plots, conflicts, and characters' motives simmer beneath the surface of the initial murders being investigated.

[minor proofreading oversights incorrect/correct: pg.235 "Scott--," (no comma needed, but probably used to preserve the closed quotes after the long dash and someone forgot to d
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Chris Witkowski
Apr 23, 2015 Chris Witkowski rated it it was ok
Purchased this book after hearing the author, a local woman who teaches criminal justice at SUNY Albany, speak at the library. An extremely interesting speaker, I was fascinated listening to her explanation of her writing process. And the trivia she knows about the city, crime shows, the media, etc., seems endless. I would love to just sit down with her over a cup of coffee and listen to her stories. The novel is a fairly standard police procedural with a decent mystery at its core. Nothing you ...more
Betty
Mar 05, 2015 Betty rated it really liked it
What the Fly Saw is the second book in a series but it reads fine as a stand-alone. A blizzard, Jezebel, has struck Albany, New York and the city is paralyzed. The next day Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, get a call about a death in a funeral home. A rather strange call but it gets weirder. The deceased is the owner, Kevin Novak, and he was killed by an arrow from his own crossbow. Thus begins the next investigation for Hannah "Hank" McCabe. A very well-written book with a ...more
Linden
Dec 10, 2015 Linden rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Adult readers

What the Fly Saw is the second story with Albany police investigators Hannah McKabe and partner Mike Baxter. It involves a blizzard that shuts down the town and the death of a funeral director which occurs during it.

Likeable police protagonists and solid investigative work in a technologically advanced 2020 future. (327 p.)
Toni Kania
Jun 25, 2015 Toni Kania rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Remains only a second rate mystery series, which I suspected when I read the first in the series. I decided to read the second, since the author is a well-known scholar, educator and member of the mystery writers associations, but the book lacked in energy and plot and character depth.
Lex
May 05, 2015 Lex rated it liked it
Good story, rough writing. Not quite sure why it needs to be set in a slightly alternate future - that twist doesn't seem to add anything to the story.
Mary Beth
Jul 05, 2015 Mary Beth rated it liked it
a good beach read... I will go on with the series when the next book comes out because it has my attention but it isn't a spectacular read.. just fun.
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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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