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You should have died on Monday
Frankie Y. Bailey
Adult Fiction BAILEY

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Criminal justice professor Lizabeth Stuart investigates her paternity and her long-lost mother's checkered past in Bailey's fourth mystery (after 2003's Old Murders), a story rich in history if not suspense. 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, N.C.; and finally New Orleans. New readers might wish for more character development, but series fans should be pleased. Author tour. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

In her hunt for her birth mother who abandoned her when she was five days old, African American university professor and crime historian Lizabeth Stuart (Death's Favorite Child) goes to Chicago to interview a dying man who knew Becca Stuart in the 1960s when she was a jazz singer on the rise and the girlfriend of the leader of a black supremacist group. Because she is considering marriage to John Quinn, the head of security at Piedmont State University, Lizabeth wants answers from her mother about her unsettled past. The trail leads her to Wilmington, NC, and then pre-Katrina New Orleans, where murder and danger await. In this fourth Lizabeth Stuart mystery, Bailey (criminal justice, SUNY Albany) captures the mindset of someone who wants to know what drives a birth mother away from her child and what causes ordinary people to commit murder. Recommended for most mystery collections as well as African American fiction collections. [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 12/06.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Lizzie Stuart
Age: 39
African American
Searching for information on her paternity and her long-lost mother's past; raised by her grandparents; mother abandoned her at birth.

John Quinn
African American
Lizzie's boyfriend.
Police chief

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