ISBN #: 978-1250048301
Page Count: 352
Release Date: March 3, 2015
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Series: Detective Hannah McCabe (Book 2)
Genre: Mystery (Near-Future Police Procedural)
(Taken from Amazon)
Albany, New York, January 2020
The morning after a blizzard that shut down the city, funeral director Kevin Novak is found dead in the basement of his funeral home. The arrow sticking out of his chest came from his own hunting bow.
A loving husband and father and an active member of a local megachurch, Novak has no known enemies. His family and friends say he was depressed because his best friend died suddenly of a heart attack and Novak blamed himself. But what does his guilt have to do with his death? Maybe nothing, maybe a lot. The minister of the megachurch and the psychiatrist who provides counseling to church members—do either of them know more than they are saying?
Detective Hannah McCabe and her partner, Mike Baxter, sort through lies and evasions to solve the riddle of Novak’s death, while unanswered questions from another high-profile case, and McCabe’s own suspicions make for a dynamite crime novel.
About the Author:
Frankie Y. Bailey is a mystery writer and a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). Her academic research focuses on crime history, popular culture/mass media, and material culture. She has done research and written about topics ranging from local history and women who kill to African American characters in crime and detective fiction. She is currently at work on a book about dress, appearance, and criminal justice. She is the author of two mystery series, featuring crime historian Lizzie Stuart, and Albany police detective Hannah McCabe. Frankie is a past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. A dog lover, she now shares her home with a Maine Coon cat/mix named Harry.
Read an Excerpt:
I enjoy mysteries, I do, and the premise of this one being set in a familiar, yet alternate, world was intriguing to me. I do wish the author would've explained a few things (like what an ORB was), but I was able to get an idea of the new technology the more I read.
Personally, I didn't find anything special about Hannah McCabe. She is a bi-racial detective trying to solve a case of murder, but she had no charisma. I wasn't drawn into her life or wanted to know more of her story. Some of the other characters' personalities outshined Hannah and gave this story more life than she did.
As far as mysteries go, I like it when the murder seems unsolvable yet clues are interspersed throughout the novel giving me a chance to try and solve it. In this novel, there was a lot of investigating and interviewing done but there didn't seem to be a whole lot of clues given. The ending felt a little lackluster as well. Instead of being glad to have read this novel, I was more glad to have been finished reading it.
*A physical copy was provided by the tour host for the purposes of this tour and in exchange for an honest review.