THE RED QUEEN DIES
Take a well-written story of a perplexing case, add a unique setting and you get one interesting and compelling read. The setting is the year 2019, close enough so we can easily relate, but far enough in the future to allow for the use of nifty gadgets and gizmos that we can only imagine now. The characters are appealing and smart, and the mystery is a satisfying puzzle. This is the first of a new series, and a promising one it is.
A serial killer seems to be at work. Two young women have been killed, and now another murder might be related. The victim is a well-known actress, famous for her role as the Red Queen in the Broadway version of Alice in Wonderland. Pressure to solve the case is building. With little evidence found at the crime scenes, detective Hannah McCabe and her partner turn to classic children’s literature for the clues to help them find the killer. (MINOTAUR, Sep., 304 pp., $24.99)