At a Glance
Frankie Y. Bailey (website) is most popular for her Lizzie Stuart Mystery series, about a 38 years old African-American crime historian and amateur sleuth who solves crime after crime spanning across 5 novels written so far by the author.
Frankie Y Bailey grew up in the South in Virginia, where she learned about the Southern history and its traditions. Writing was always in her blood, but she really started to take her career as an author seriously while attending Virginia Tech where she changed her major from veterinarian to Psychology and English.
While living in Seattle she served in the U.S. Army as a food inspector. It was during this time that she started to write fiction in earnest. She wrote her first romantic suspense novel and her first mystery during this time. Those two books are still unpublished.
After she finished her dissertation in criminal justice, she started researching for her third book, which gave her the jolt to focus on mysteries from the on. When she moved to Albany, she joined a writing group where the decision was made: she would write a mystery which will end up published and hopefully a success. And the rest is history.
Since then she wrote two main series with the last book published in 2015 with the title What The Fly Saw.
You might find this series also called A Silver Dagger Mystery, and Amazon has some of the books in the series under that title.
The writer has recently started a second series called Detective Hannah McCabe, which currently includes 2 books.
Here are the Frankie Y. Bailey books in order for her novels.
Lizzie Stuart Mystery Series in Order
1. Death’s Favorite Child, 2000
2. A Dead Man’s Honor, 2001
3. Old Murders, 2003
4. You Should Have Died on Monday, 2007
5. Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave, 2011
Detective Hannah McCabe Books in Order
1. The Red Queen Dies, 2013
2. What The Fly Saw, 2015
Other Books By Frankie Y Bailey
Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, 1991
Popular Culture, Crime, and Justice, 1997
Law Never Here: A Social History of African American Responses to Crime and Justice, 1999
Media Representations of September 11, 2003
Blood on Her Hands: The Social Construction of Women, Sexuality and Murder, 2003
Famous American Crimes and Trials, 2004
Crimes And Trials Of The Century, 2007
African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study, 2007
Wicked Albany: Lawlessness and Liquor in the Prohibition Era, 2009
Wicked Danville: Liquor and Lawlessness in a Southside Virginia City, 2011