Frankie Y. Bailey Books In Order – Complete List

Frankie Y. Bailey is most popular for her Lizzie Stuart Mystery series, about a 38-year-old African-American crime historian and amateur sleuth who solves crime after crime spanning across 5 novels written so far by the mystery writer.

Here are the Frankie Y. Bailey books in order for her novels and standalone works.

Latest Frankie Y. Bailey Books

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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

Non-fiction Books

Anthologies and Collections

Frankie Y Bailey Biography – About the Author

Frankie Y Bailey grew up in the South of Virginia, in Danville, where she learned about Southern history and its traditions through the stories told by the people in the area, as well as her family, which instilled in her a passion for reading.

She started her journey as a writer in her teenage years when she enrolled in a correspondence course in short story writing. She was also influenced by mystery writers such as Poe, Doyle, Agatha Christie, Ellery Queen, and Rex Stout, Bailey’s, which further helped her focus on her passion for writing.

Writing was always in her blood, but she started to take her career as an author seriously while attending Virginia Tech where she changed her major from veterinarian (pre-vet Biology) 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 Those two books are still unpublished.

In grad school, her major was Criminal Justice, and while preparing and researching for her first non-fiction book, she joined MWA to meet the authors she was interested in interviewing. Next, she joined Sisters in Crime.

Frankie Y. Bailey’s involvement in mystery conferences and membership in organizations such as the Midwest Chapter of Mystery Writers of America (MWA) and Sisters in Crime further enriched her understanding of the genre. Her dedication to the craft led her to complete several drafts of her first mystery featuring amateur sleught and crime historian Lizzie Stuart.

During her time in grad school, she started writing non-fiction as a newbie academic. Her first published book, Out of the Woodpile: Black Characters in Crime and Detective Fiction, was the beginning of her contributions to the field of crime and justice.

After she finished her dissertation, she started researching for her third book, which gave her the push to focus on mysteries from then on. When she moved to Albany to get a job as a professor at UAlbany in the School of Criminal Justice (SUNY), she joined a writing group where she decided to write a mystery that would end up published and hopefully be a success.

Her main research areas are crime history, crime and mass media/popular culture, and material culture, which also inspired her to write several non-fiction books.

In addition to her fiction work, Frankie Y Bailey has made significant contributions to non-fiction literature focusing on crime. She has authored/co-authored books on various topics such as local histories, women who kill, and African American responses to crime and justice issues. As a crime historian and co-editor of a series of books about crime, justice, and mass media, she has also played a pivotal role in disseminating knowledge in this domain.

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