The Red Queen Dies
by Frankie Bailey
on Tour August 1 - September 30, 2013
Book Details:Genre: Mystery & Detective
Published by: Minotaur Books
Publication Date: Sept 10, 2013
Number of Pages: 304
ISBN: 978-0-312-64175-7 / 978-1-250-03717-6
Synopsis:The first in a new high-concept police procedural series, set in Albany with an Alice in Wonderland theme.
Frankie Bailey introduces readers to a fabulous new protagonist and an Alice in Wonderland-infused crime in this stunning mystery. 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? Biracial detective Hannah McCabe faces similar perplexing problems as she attempts to solve the murders of three women, one of whom, a Broadway actress known as "The Red Queen," has a special interest in the story of Alice in Wonderland. Is the killer somehow reenacting the children's tale? This smart, tough mystery will appeal to fans of high-concept police procedurals.
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My ThoughtsThis 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 diversity in characters, setting, tone, and the overall world development of her story. All the while, still managing to infuse the players in her saga with a real world believability and great emotional range that draws the reader in, and makes one want to invest in the read.
The story flows well, with easy transitions from the more technical and faster pace of the crime and procedural areas of the story to those of a more personal nature.
This is an enchanting tale; spun with just the right amounts of reality, fantasy, and...magic.