Rise of the Red Queen by Bourne Morris


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Rise of the Red Queen turns the widely assumed image of the quiet, dull life of an academic on its head. After the events of the previous year, when the dean of the journalism school where Meredith “Red” Solaris works was murdered, she clawed her way out of a swamp of trouble. But now it seems that her troubles may just be beginning.

Red is one of three finalists in the search for a permanent new dean of the journalism school. But her interviews with the search committee members are punctuated by visits from a former cop, and current grandfather, of a missing student, and Joe, a detective and Red’s lover, who is in on the search. Each chapter is a combination of Red’s narration and segments from the point of view of Jamie, the missing student. Her scenes read like and episode of “Criminal Minds,” turning the book into a psychological thriller set on a Nevada college campus.

Between Red and Jamie, the reader can try to piece together the full story; but author Bourne Morris is a cunning and clever storyteller. Rise of the Red Queen will keep you guessing – and turning the pages.

FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All of the opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.

About the Author
Bourne 2014
After Bennington College, I worked at McCall’s Magazine and then went to Ogilvy&Mather, New York during the “Mad Men “ era. David Ogilvy and his colleagues treated me wonderfully, promoted me several times and then sent me west to become head of their agency in Los Angeles. I had a splendid run in advertising.

In 1983, I joined the University of Nevada Reno as a full professor in Journalism where I taught until 2009. I learned about campus politics when I served as chair of the faculty senate. I retired to write mysteries in 2009 after a wonderful teaching career.

I live with my husband of 34 years in a ranch house with a view of tall trees and mountains. We have four children and eight grandchildren. Life is good.

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More About the Book

51RV4MB0PVL._SX322_BO1,204,203,200_The Rise of the Red Queen
(A Red Solaris Mystery Book 2)

Genre – Mystery – Suspense
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Henery Press (December 1, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1943390298
E-Book ASIN: B014T91TSO


A beautiful journalism student is abducted by a man with unusual and frightening expectations. While searching for her missing student, Red Solaris must contend with a university committee quarreling over the rights of the victims and those accused in sexual assault cases. And, in the midst of all this, a journalism professor brings a gun to school and shoots a colleague. Will Red’s ambition to become dean be destroyed by scandal around her? Will she and Detective Joe Morgan ever acknowledge their true feelings for each other?

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