"A psychological thriller that reveals the Ivory Tower to be a hothouse full of monstrous egos, where bullying thrives long past playground days and 'academic discipline' requires research skills of the detective kind." - Kate Manning, Author of My Notorious Life
Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Women Sleuths, Romantic Suspense
A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean-distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith "Red" Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red's the next target for death.
The Red Queen's Run is the first mystery in a trilogy about campus violence by former university professor, Bourne Morris.
Praise for THE RED QUEEN'S RUN:
"Touching upon a very real subject, this author offers the perfect formula of suspects, mystery, and a handsome police detective to heat up Red's fire. The frightening part, however, is that the foundation of school violence has become just as angry and backstabbing as the political realm. This is a great read about what goes on behind those academic doors." - Suspense Magazine
"Morris has crafted a suspenseful, thoughtful, sexy debut...Her hero, Red Solaris, is vulnerable but tough, complex but straight-shooting, a woman learning how to wield power by remembering what it's like to have little of it. I'll read about her adventures anytime. Long live the Queen!" - Christopher Coake, Author of You Came Back
"Morris proves herself a masterful storyteller in this compelling debut novel. The Red Queen's Run is compulsive reading as it takes on the ripped-from-the-headlines topic of campus violence. I can't wait to follow its smart new heroine, 'Red' Solaris as this trilogy continues." - Alan Deutschman, Author of Change or Die
"Bourne Morris' long career in academia pays dividends to the reader in behind-the-office-door details and drama that bring life to Meredith 'Red' Solaris's dilemma as interim dean to a squabbling groups of cheats and scoundrels. One of them has killed her friend, the former dean, and as the ethics professor - and the ethical backbone of this novel-Red Solaris is compelling as she stumbles through her new role and toward the truth." - Lori Rader-Day, Author of The Black Hour
"A racy and delightful peek into academia's darker corners. Bourne Morris clearly knows this microcosm as well as anyone, and lucky for us, she also knows how to turn a phrase, twist a plot and spin one hell of a yarn." - Ben Rogers, Author of The Flamer
"This first mystery in a trilogy by Bourne Morris, an academic herself, is more biting than comedic. Dean Solaris, the eponymous 'Red Queen,' is a well-developed character who should go the distance in a trilogy. Other characters ring true as well, and the evolving romantic interest is particularly well-done." - Heather Hardy, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, University of Nevada, Reno
Books in the Meredith Solaris Mystery Series:
THE RED QUEEN'S RUN #1
Part of the Henery Press Mystery Series Collection, if you like one, you'll probably like them all...
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Title: The Red Queen's Run - Red Solaris Mystery Book 1 Author: Bourne Morris Published: 12-9-2014 Publisher: Henery Press Pages: 262 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Women Sleuths, Cozy Mystery, Amateur Sleuths; Romance ISBN: 13: 9781940976570 ASIN: B00NO0VYZ8 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley Rating: 4.75 Stars I received a copy of "The Red Queen's Run" from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for my honest review. Description From the Publisher: First in a New Series Sub-Genre Tags: Suspense, Women Sleuths A famous journalism dean is found dead at the bottom of a stairwell. Accident or murder? The police suspect members of the faculty who had engaged in fierce quarrels with the dean—distinguished scholars who were known to attack the dean like brutal schoolyard bullies. When Meredith “Red” Solaris is appointed interim dean, the faculty suspects are furious. Will the beautiful red-haired professor be next? The case detective tries to protect her as he heads the investigation, but incoming threats lead him to believe Red’s the next target for death. My Review of "The Red Queen Rules": Fiction imitating real life? Solaris wonders if her school might be endangered of repeating events that took place at another school not too long ago. Then her boss turns up dead. Only the first? Solaris soon realizes it is one of her colleagues. Can she root out the killer before she next one to loose tenure on life permanently. "Red Queen Rules" is filled with intriguing characters that are well developed. Paired with a well though out plot that runs quickly and smoothly scene to scene, carrying the reader on the tide. My rating of "The Red Queen Rules" is 4.75 out of 5 stars.
Dollycas’s Thoughts The story starts out with a real punch. Reminding us of a true story of a faculty meeting at the University of Alabama that came to an abrupt halt when one member stood up and shot 6 people, 3 who died. Meredith “Red” Solaris was starting to wonder if something like that could happen at her school, Mountain West University. The debates were getting more vicious than ever and the staff is clearly turning against each other. When she receives a call telling her that her boss had been found dead at the bottom of the marble stairs in the school she realizes it can and one of her colleagues could be a murderer. Borne Morris takes us behind the scenes of the School of Journalism at Mountain West University. The politics, the backstabbing, the crazy world where tenure is coveted and scorned when it leaves bad professors in the classrooms. We learn about cheating and plagiarizing, curriculum debates and student/faculty relationships. Sometimes this world drives people over the edge and people end up severely hurt or even dead. There is a lighter side of the story with a bit of romance between “Red” and the detective investigating the dean’s death. He is also doing his best to keep her safe. This was a very quick read. The content completely held my interest and rang true as this crime was not solved in a short period of time. The lead detective was even asked to let another detective look at the case with fresh eyes. Maybe Detective Joe Morgan had grown to close to the case to see the clues clearly. There was a variety of ways this story could have played out and there were the right amount of twists to have it make complete sense as everything feel into place. I think we have just scratched the surface of what we know about “Red” Solaris and Detective Joe Morgan. Morris has given us some rich characters here and she has left them plenty of room to grow.