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, 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 city-wide surveillance program, a third woman is soon killed, and the police begin to suspect that a serial killer is on the loose. But the third victim, a Broadway actress known as “The Red Queen,” doesn’t fit the pattern set by the first two murders. With the late September heat sizzling, Detective Hannah McCabe and her colleagues on the police force have to race to find the killer in a tangled web of clues that involve Alice in Wonderland, The Wizard of Oz, and Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. Fast-paced and original, this is a one-of-a-kind mystery from an extremely talented crime writer.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
The marketing set up expectations that weren't fulfilled.
Would you recommend The Red Queen Dies to your friends? Why or why not?
No. It's a pretty good police procedural, set in an alternative near-future (with better toys and tools), but it was marketed as an "Alice in Wonderland infused mystery." Maybe so, in the broadest possibile terms. But, I was expecting an innovative re-telling of the Alice story, with a murder of the queen. What I got was, again, a fairly predictable police procedural that barely touched on Alice as bit part back story.
What does Jorjeana Marie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
The reader was good.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
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