The Red Queen Dies by Frankie Y. Bailey

redqueenIn the first of what I hope will be a series, we meet Hannah McCabe a biracial cop, working the streets of Albany, NY in 2019. McCabe’s Albany is similar to ours, but not identical, Elvis retired in 2000. There are reports that the US Government covered up a UFO sighting in 2012. Scientists have created a drug called Lullaby that allows the user to forget traumatic events. The one thing that hasn’t changed is man’s inhumanity to fellow man.

McCabe’s most pressing case is the one currently getting the most press attention: the murder of two young women in their twenties with sodium phenol. McCabe searches for a link between the two victims, but keeps coming up empty. The only connection is the women are about the same age and the manner of their death. What is driving the killer and why use such an unusual method.
When a third victim is found who was killed with the same drug, the cops assume it must be the same killer. The victim this time was an older well-known actress, Vivian Jessup. Jessup’s defining role was the Red Queen in Alice in Wonderland on Broadway. Jessup, now trying her hand as a playwright, was in town working on a trial run of her latest play at the University of Albany.

As McCabe and her partner dig further into the case a slim lead brings them to Ted Thorton, one of the richest men in the country and a good friend to the Albany mayor. Therefore, Thorton must be to be treated with kid gloves. Can they find the killer before he or she kills again? McCabe wonders if Alice in Wonderland might somehow hold the key to unlocking these murders, but what is it and will she find it in time?

Meet the Mystery Writers! Authors Frankie Y. Bailey, Jane Cleland, and Donna Andrews, are on tour visiting North Regional Library, Cameron Village Regional Library and West Regional Library. Mystery maven and local blogger Molly Weston will facilitate the panel discussion and audience Q&A.  Registration requested.

Cameron Village Regional Library Friday, November 15 at 2:30 p.m.
West Regional Library  Saturday, November 16 at 10:30 a.m.
North Regional Library Monday, November 18 2:30 p.m.

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