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The Red Queen Rules–timely themes

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The Red Queen Rules

by Bourne Morris

the-red-queen-rulesBourne Morris’ first mystery surprised her by becoming a trilogy. The Red Queen Rules is the third in the set of books called the Red Solaris Mystery Series.  The saga of Dean of Journalism Red Solaris could acceptably end at the conclusion of The Red Queen Rules, but with some persuasion the author could also reasonably extend the series.

Sexual slavery is one of the themes of this book as Red, so nicknamed for her red hair, tries to help a university student locate a cousin and persuade her to leave her pimp and enter rehab. Red’s hunky boyfriend goes undercover to help and all of the characters are in danger as they interact with the murky underworld of drugs and pimps.

Another theme deals with freedom of speech as a group called The Purists invite a radical leader to speak at their university.  Administrators, such as Red, have to deal with free speech issues versus hate speech.  They have to decide if students should be protected from differing ideas or taught to listen and respond constructively.

Danger lurks in every corner in this fast moving story.  Its characters are well-developed and its themes relevant. This is the second book I have reviewed this month that involves sexual slavery, an issue which until recently was ignored, distorted, or denied in many circles.  The story takes place in Nevada in a small university town as well as in Reno.

My only criticism is tongue in cheek. Just as the “Gilmore Girls” are always eating junk food, the characters in The Red Queen Rules are always drinking–coffee at a café, sodas and water at meetings, hot tea with friends, and the occasional glass of wine.  They never lack for a good beverage!

I would like to extend my thanks to netgalley.com and to Henery Press for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery & Thrillers

Publication: Henery Press–December 6, 2016

Memorable Lines: 

Three notions really bugged me.  The first was that college students were so fragile that they needed to be spared from hearing ideas and opinions that might offend their personal sensitivities. Second was the use of someone else’s race, religion, sexual orientation or physical appearance as a weapon in a dispute. And third was the difficulty too many people have distinguishing between one and two.

“College is supposed to be a place where you encounter upsetting ideas and theories. And learn to deal with them.”

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