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Summer Reading List: Criminal Justice

Looking for a good mystery to add to your summer reading list? Check out the Lizzie Stuart series, written by UAlbany criminal justice professor Frankie Bailey. Lizabeth Stuart is a criminal justice professor and crime historian (with a Ph.D. from UAlbany) whose career as an amateur sleuth begins while she is on vacation in Cornwall, England. All five mysteries in this series can be found at the University Library.

Deaths Favorite Child.jpgDeath’s Favorite Child by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2000. University Library / PS 3552 A368 D43 2000.

African-American crime historian Lizzie Stuart has spent most of her life in Drucilla, Kentucky. When her grandmother dies, Lizzie decides it is time for a vacation. She joins her friend Tess for a week in Cornwall, England, in the resort town of St. Regis. Lizzie finds her vacation anything but restful when she becomes an eyewitness to a murder and the probable next victim.

A Dead Man’s Honor
by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2001. University Library / PS 3552 A368 D426 2001.

Professor Stuart is spending a year in Virginia researching a lynching that her grandmother witnessed as a young girl, and ghosts seem to be haunting her dreams and her waking hours. When another professor at the university is murdered, she endangers herself by becoming involved in an investigation that could uncover police corruption.

Old Murders.jpgOld Murders by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2003. University Library / PS 3552 A368 O54X 2003.

If you think life in a small Southern town is boring, then you’ve never been to Gallagher, Virginia. While a bitter battle for the heart of downtown Gallagher is brewing between an out-of-town multimillionaire real estate developer and a local entrepreneur, it’s discovered that a local artist is missing. At the same time, a story of a 50-year-old murder resurfaces and someone wants to make sure the truth about the case is buried forever..

You Should Have Died on Monday by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries, c2007. University Library / PS 3552 A368 Y68 2007.

Criminal justice professor Lizabeth Stuart investigates her paternity and her long-lost mother's checkered past in Bailey's fourth mystery, a story rich in history. Raised by her grandparents in Drucilla, KY, Lizzie never knew her mother, Becca Hayes, who abandoned her at birth. Now 39 years old and on the verge of engagement to her boyfriend, police officer John Quinn, Lizzie is especially determined to understand her past. With help from Quinn and PI Kyle Sheppard, she connects her mother to Chicago gangster Nick Mancini, who was stabbed to death in 1969. After 22-year-old Becca, who was Nick's girlfriend and the chief suspect, disappeared without a trace, musician Robert Montgomery confessed to the crime. Decades later, Lizzie's effort to track down the key players in this drama takes her from her home in Gallagher, VA to Chicago, Wilmington, NC and finally New Orleans.

Forty Acres.jpgForty Acres and a Soggy Grave by Frankie Y. Bailey. Johnson City, TN: Silver Dagger Mysteries c2011. University Library / PS 3552 A368 F67X 2011.

Sometimes the person you love isn't the person you thought you knew. Crime historian Lizzie Stuart and her fiancé, John Quinn, travel to a farm on the Eastern Shore of Virginia for a weekend gathering of his old West Point buddies. Amid Mexican migrant laborers and struggling black farmers, money, politics, and war mix with too many secrets from the past and too many lies in the present, and the weekend turns deadly.

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