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The Red Queen's Run

(Red Solaris #1)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  98 ratings  ·  35 reviews
A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. The police suspect members of the faculty who had been engaged in a fierce quarrel with the dean -- distinguished scholars who behaved like schoolyard bullies. When Meredith "Red" Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case ...more
Paperback, First, 301 pages
Published December 9th 2014 by Henery Press
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Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Dollycas’s Thoughts

The story starts out with a real punch. Reminding us of a true story of a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama that came to an abrupt halt when one member stood up and shot 6 people, 3 who died. Meredith “Red” Solaris was starting to wonder if something like that could happen at her school, Mountain West University. The debates were getting more vicious than ever and the staff is clearly turning against each other. When she receives a call telling her that her boss had
Sep 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
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The Red Queen's Run by Bourne Morris begins with a faculty meeting in the school of journalism. The protagonist Meredith "Red" Solaris is concerned about the animosity displayed by a few of the faculty members, and her thoughts go to the Amy Bishop shooting in Alabama.

(OK--first page, and I'm wondering...fact or fiction? Somehow those lines didn't feel like fiction; the name didn't exactly jog my memory, but I stopped right there and Googled Amy Bishop. Indeed, when Bishop failed to be granted
Oct 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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A delightful cozy mystery with twist of romance situated in Northwesten Nevada. The College of Journalism Dean is found at the foot of stairs DEAD. The death is considered suspicious. Meredith Solaris better known as "RED" is appointed interim Dean. She taking over a department that has,many problems as teacher and student relationship, plagiarism and faculty tenure. Red is starting a romance with a police inspector of the town.
The writing is great and flows smoothly. The characters are in depth
Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews
The Red Queen's Run is a traditional whodunnit. The dean of the journalism school has had a suspicious death, through their investigation the police have determined that it is a homicide. Meredith "Red" Solaris has not only lost a good friend and her boss, but now she has been thrown into the lion's den with a killer at large. With the help of the lead police detective she must discover Henry's killer or she may be next.

I always have a heck of a time with reviews like this. The story did exactly
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
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Ashley Tomlinson
Apr 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is your typical whodunit murder mystery book. It starts off great, the murder happens in the first chapter so there isn't a lot of waiting around for it. It was pretty fast paced and left me shocked at every turn. It made me wonder if this is really what life as dean of a university is like. If so then I won't no part of it, death threats and never catching a break no matter what you thanks.

Meredith (Red) Solaris was just appointed the interim dean of a journalism college after the
As with any thriller, this story starts with a murder. The dean of the journalism university was dead from falling down the stairs. Meredith Solaris nicknamed Red is named as interim dean. There is an ongoing fight between the faculties regarding the modern vs traditional curriculum, student/teacher relationship, politics etc. Some of the faculties feel the curriculum should be modernized whereas some feel the journalism should be in paper format. Red feels this debate may cause the death of her ...more
Aug 28, 2020 rated it liked it
No bad, if stereotypical. I actually did enjoy the story... until the last 3 chapters. Then I was just annoyed at the characters. It became blatantly obvious who the killer was. And the characters in the book just never ever pretended to even consider this person(trying to keep it spoiler free).
At least the book was a quick read and didn't try to pull the plot out for too long of time.
Mar 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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This was a great story, with characters you look forward to learning more about as the story progresses. A really enjoyable cosy mystery.
DelAnne Frazee
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Title: The Red Queen's Run - Red Solaris Mystery Book 1
Author: Bourne Morris
Published: 12-9-2014
Publisher: Henery Press
Pages: 262
Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense
Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Romance
ISBN: 13: 9781940976570
Reviewer: DelAnne
Reviewed For: NetGalley
Rating: 4.75 Stars

I received a copy of "The Red Queen's Run" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

Description From the Publisher:

First in a
Nov 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first picked up this novel I was not exactly sure what it would be about. My only clues were journalism and mystery. And I will put that in the heck yeah pile any time. I am a graphic artist at a daily newspaper and have a minor in journalism.

I found the background antics quite similar to what goes on around my work abode. It was funny yet scary yet ironic. And I really wanted to read on to figure out exactly how to deal with all those hostile personalities that come to light when the mur
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
If you've ever been in a meeting when a few (or more than a few) coworkers have gotten into a loud and heated discussion or disagreement, you'll know how associate dean Meredith "Red" Solaris feels among her colleagues. One might think that professors and academic doctors would be more of the calm, cool, and collected sort, but author Bourne Morris paints an entirely different picture in The Red Queen's Run. The story is an academic thriller that reminded me very much of Joanne Dobson's Karen Pe ...more
Oct 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this e-galley from Net Gallery and Henery Press free in exchange for an honest review. Here's my review.

This was another new author for me and i, again, was not disappointed. The dean gets murdered and Meredith Solaris is appointed interim dean. She is one tough character who has to put up with three faculty members that bitch at everything, another faculty member who is abusing a student, a student who is cheating and has to be kicked out of school, a faculty member who is plagiarizi
Marci Seamples
Nov 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Sep 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley. At first, I was worried that Morris' book might be a bit too pat and superficial. But as I read it, The Red Queen's Run really grew on me and I ended up really enjoying this mystery set in a faculty of journalism. The setting is clever -- painting academia as a world of dedicated people, unfortunately with some of them entrenched in their views and petty grievances. The characters are good, especially the main character Re ...more
Oct 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, mysteries
Mysteries set in academia always appeal to me. My first professional position was at a large university and I enjoy reading about campus intrigue and politics.

So, I approached THE RED QUEEN'S RUN with great anticipation, but was ultimately disappointed by the book. The mystery itself was interesting but it felt like something was missing:

. . . the writing was almost too journalistic--it never held my interest;

. . . the protagonist could have been an appealing character, but she seemed like an in
Nov 01, 2014 rated it it was ok
I did not like the main character - Meredith 'Red' Solaris. The mystery only existed because she refused to see or believe what was right in front of her nose, because she dreaded confronting someone she thought of as a friend. How many times did this person have to prove he was rotten through and through for Red to believe that he was a bad person? Too many, for this reader. I was disgusted when Red (view spoiler) ...more
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Red Queen's Run is one of the most intelligently written and emotionally gripping mystery novels that I have read this year. It starts with a chilling reference to a real murder that took place in academia and then smoothly moves us into the fictional heroine's fears regarding her own co-workers.

When the heroine, Red, receives a phone call telling her of the murder of her boss, the Dean of Journalism, at the university where she works, she is horrified. She is named as his temporary replacem
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a very enjoyable and extremely well written mystery. Ms. Morris certainly did her homework on the workings of academic life and her development of the Red Solaris character is excellent. An added bonus is the romantic give and take between the Red Queen and her police detective friend. Would love to meet him! The author did a very nice job creating a satisfying conclusion but leaves open the door for the subsequent book in the series. I can't wait!

Disclosure - This review was written bas
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Sep 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Experience the Nevada landscape, smell the pines and see the crystal blue skies as you get swept up sleuthing out the killer amongst this bickering bunch of erudite professors. Cheer for Red, the courageous interim Dean, and her sexy boyfriend, Joe the detective, as they pair up to solve this puzzling mystery. Bourne takes a deeper dive into the psychology and motives of the characters as she airs out heavier issue like alcoholism and human relations. A highly engaging, fast read – short chapte ...more
Pjo Riley
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
I like that this story's protagonist is a professorial type. In this case she assists a local detective by being an insider to the university where she works. Most satisfying to me was the political machinery of upper education. Who knew academicians could be so conniving and petty? That part rings really true because education runs like a corporation and as long as humans are involved, things get messy. I'm thinking this is Morris's first effort and I give her kudos for getting this far. I'd li ...more
Oct 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars

Very readable mystery series debut in an academic setting. Former journalist Meredith Solaris is thrust into the role of acting university department head when her boss and mentor dies in mysterious circumstances. The journalism department is torn by infighting and suspects abound. In the meantime, Red finds herself smitten by the investigating detective.

Nuanced and well-developed characters in a believable setting. I will look forward to the next books.
Oct 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Who knew that college faculty were such a murderous group. Fighting and back-stabbing seem to be the norm in this smack Nevada college for Journalism. A great mystery with lots of suspects, a handsome police detective and a temporary dean who might be next on the hit list. Enjoyable and holds your interest. Would like to see these characters in future books.
Nov 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Having worked for three different universities in the last eighteen years, it was an absolute delight to read this mystery set at a university, with a bunch of misanthropic, verging-on-sociopathic faculty members. In other words: pretty close to reality. I cracked up a number of times. It was just an absolute delight.
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
An exciting, well written read. I picked this up because the author is a fellow Westover alumna and I saw it in the last alumnae magazine, and I was further interested because my daughter shares her name with the main character. I was drawn to the book for these reasons, and the story held its own. Can't wait to read the second book. ...more
“A psychological thriller that reveals the Ivory Tower to be a hothouse full of monstrous egos, where bullying thrives long past playground days and ‘academic discipline’ requires research skills of the detective kind.” – Kate Manning, Author of My Notorious Life
Mark Bacon
Feb 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Think a university campus is a place of tranquility and quiet research? Guess again. Morris paints a picture of a campus filled with jealousies, anger, secrets, frustration and murder. The Red Queen must solve the riddles and she's in for a few surprises. Dive in. ...more
Suki Ince
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
I didn't care about the protagonist. I never felt close to her, never felt her fears, hopes, love....nothing.
It was a good story but i didn't ever feel like i disappeared into it.
I cared more about the peripheral characters than I did about Red.
Jul 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received this book as a Goodreads giveaway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book's pace and storyline. I found it to be a good, suspenseful read. I enjoyed the female protagonist, and felt that the characters were well developed. Overall, a good thriller to keep you reading all night! ...more
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