Book Review: “What the Fly Saw” by Frankie Y. Bailey

February 19, 2015 at 7:15 pm | Posted in Books | 3 Comments
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Frankie Y. Bailey in her new book, “What the Fly Saw book coverWhat the Fly Saw” Book Two in the Detective Hannah McCabe Mystery series published by Minotaur Books gives us another adventure with Hannah McCabe.

From the back cover:  Frankie Bailey introduced readers to an exciting new protagonist in The Red Queen Dies, the first book in the Detective Hannah McCabe mystery series. Now in What the Fly Saw, Hannah and her partner Mike Baxter are back with an even more puzzling case.

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.

I like Hannah McCabe and Mike Baxter. These two are regular detectives investigating a murder. Yes, it is set in the future and yes, there are some time elements that are a little unusual however that does not take away from the actual detective work. There has been a murder. Highly unusual circumstances. This is the second outing for Hannah and Mike and I regret that I did not read the first one, a situation that I will be reversing soon stay tuned, however Ms. Bailey does an excellent job of getting us right in with her characters so it feels as if we have not missed a thing. The story hums along at a fast pace as Hannah and Mike are working to figure out just what is going on. There are fascinating characters that seem very real and a killer that seems impossible to discover.  “What The Fly Saw” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. Ms. Bailey has provided us with a fairly exciting book.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”



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  1. Thanks for sharing your review of this 2nd in series mystery with us. I just got my copy yesterday! Looking forward to starting it.

  2. Thanks for reviewing my book. I’m glad you liked it.

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