Hannah McCabe, the biracial police detective, makes an interesting protagonist. When two young women are murdered, Hannah catches the cases. Then an older woman is murdered, her death doesn't exactly match the pattern of the previous two, but there are plenty of similarities. Two big differences: age and celebrity. The two younger women were attractive young women, but had nothing outstanding in their lives to attract attention. The third woman, however, was a famous Broadway actress known as the Red Queen for her red hair and her association with Alice in Wonderland.
In addition to the investigation into these three deaths, there is a kind of sub-rosa mystery going on, something elusive; the reader gets a few hints, but not until the end is the idea definitive.
Hannah McCabe makes a good protagonist, and I enjoyed the relationship she has with her father. The tension between Hannah and her brother---not so much---but perhaps the next in the series will make the brother's inclusion more relevant. In TRQD, the relationship feels more of a distraction, but seems to be setting up an easier relationship that will be more helpful in future novels.
I look forward to more books featuring Hannah McCabe.
NetGalley/St. Martin's Press, Minotaur Books
Mystery. Sept. 10, 2013. Print version: 304 pages.
- ISBN-10: 0312641753