What the Fly Saw (Hardcover)

A Mystery (Detective Hannah McCabe #2)

By Frankie Y. Bailey

Minotaur Books, 9781250048301, 352pp.

Publication Date: March 3, 2015

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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.

About the Author

FRANKIE Y. BAILEY is a professor in the School of Criminal Justice, University at Albany (SUNY). Bailey is the author of mysteries as well as non-fiction titles that explore the intersections of crime, history, and popular culture. Bailey is a Macavity Award-winner and has been nominated for Edgar, Anthony, and Agatha awards. She is a past executive vice president of Mystery Writers of America and a past president of Sisters in Crime. Her Detective Hannah McCabe series includes The Red Queen Dies and What the Fly Saw.

Praise For What the Fly Saw: A Mystery (Detective Hannah McCabe #2)

“A puzzle-twisty police procedural from an expert that I read with delight… Pitch-perfect. Bailey puts Albany on the map of clever crime novel settings.” —Cathy Pickens, author of Southern Fried, on The Red Queen Dies

“Frankie Y. Bailey deals a near perfect hand in The Red Queen Dies. If murder and political mayhem are on your reading menu, you'll eat this book up.” —Reed Farrel Coleman, three-time Shamus Award-winning author of Gun Church, on The Red Queen Dies

“Fast, smart, different, this future-procedural rocks.” —Meredith Anthony, author of Ladykiller, on The Red Queen Dies

“Oh so very clever. I loved this book.” —Jane K. Cleland, author of Lethal Treasure, on The Red Queen Dies