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Saturday, 28 September 2013

REVIEW: The Red Queen Dies - Frankie Y. Bailey

The Red Queen Dies - Frankie Y. Bailey 
The Red Queen Dies: A 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? 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.
DNF at 41%
*Received in exchange for an honest review*
I feel really disappointed. This book sounded like something that would be right up my street, and I was really excited to read it as part of the Classics Retold challenge. However, I didn't really get on with the book. I found the prose a little too overly detailed and it didn't read easily. Don't take this as me being 'thick', I've studied literature solidly, read Middlemarch etc, what I mean by not reading easily is that it didn't seem to flow for me. I couldn't really lose myself in the book and found it difficult to pay attention to all that was going on.

The events hadn't really unfolded when I decided to put the book down. Initially I thought I'd wait a little while and pick it back up, but I've kind of resigned myself to the fact that I probably won't. It does have some intriguing characters and an interesting plot line, I just felt that the pace was a little slow for me and the relation to Alice in Wonderland hadn't really come into it. Honestly, the main reason for my requesting it was to see how it compares but it wasn't what I expected from the book unfortunately. I finished this book at 41% so I gave it a good go, it just wasn't for me. 


  1. Oh no. I was reading the synopsis and thought it sounded good. I don't like overly descriptive writing, and so I'll probably stay away from this book. I'm not that into classics or retellings anyway.

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  2. I had so much fun with Classics Retold! I loved seeing everyone with their retellings and reviews .. even if they didn't like the book!


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