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A beautiful student is missing. Did she leave on impulse, or was it something more sinister? When the young woman’s grandfather pleads for help, journalism dean Meredith “Red” Solaris agrees to help search for the student, but doesn’t know she may have to risk everything to find her.Worse yet, without solid evidence, Red and Detective Joe Morgan have little basis for invesA beautiful student is missing. Did she leave on impulse, or was it something more sinister? When the young woman’s grandfather pleads for help, journalism dean Meredith “Red” Solaris agrees to help search for the student, but doesn’t know she may have to risk everything to find her.Worse yet, without solid evidence, Red and Detective Joe Morgan have little basis for investigation. Murky university politics—and Red’s own struggle to keep her job—thwart efforts to find a girl held captive by a man willing to steal what he cannot win.Books in the Red Solaris Mystery Series:THE RED QUEEN’S RUN (#1)THE RISE OF THE RED QUEEN (#2)...

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The Rise of the Red Queen Reviews

    2018-12-28 23:29

    Dollycas’s ThoughtsMeredith “Red” Solaris has been the interim Dean for the School of Journalism at Mountain West University following the death of the previous dean. The university is now ready to permanently fill the position. Most think Red chosen but she isn’t so sure. The interview process has been very different from what she expected. She has also learned that one her students is missing. The student’s grandfather reported her missing to the police but got nowhere so he is hoping the school will help him find her. Red just happens to be pretty close to a certain detective and she hopes he will look at the case a little closer. On top of all that she has a pair of feuding professors and the tension between them seems to be escalating.I have to say I was on the edge of my seat through most of this story. The story has three separate plot lines but they end up all eerily connected.I already appreciated the characters of Red and Detective Joe Morgan. Smart characters who sometimes go a little off track. Joe wants Red to let him handle things and he gets very upset when she goes off on her own. Red acts before she thinks things through and sometimes she puts herself in places she shouldn’t be. But she thinks she is making the right moves and Joe thinks he is, so it makes their relationship difficult. The addition of Wynan Congers, a retired cop from Vegas and the missing students grandfather, added nicely to the mix. Someone else to talk over the case with and his connections come in handy. Morris has created characters wonderful characters that have their flaws but it makes them so much more real.The college setting makes everything complex. Like a small town they have their own rules. The author gives us a clear vision of the difference between regular life and a college life. For students that are now adults their comings and goings are not monitored so a student not attending class for a day or two doesn’t send up any red flags. For the professors the pressure to publish and participate in conferences is great. Sometimes it causes people to reach their breaking point. For administrators there are many that are out of touch with what is really happening at their school. They are so far removed from the students or they are so focused on the face the schools presents it can be downright dangerous. Ms. Morris wraps it all together into an excellent story while drawing attention to what is happening at college campuses today.This is a story with an edge. A slice of life with something always happening. The characters have grown since The Red Queen’s Run and I am sure they will continue to grow in the next installment. I love where this series is heading.

  • Betty
    2019-01-01 01:25

    Red Solaris has stabilize the Journalism School at the college. She now has new problems to handle. A missing journalism student, feuding professors, sexual accountability and interviews for the Dean's office. Red works with Joe and the student's grandfather to locate the student. Another scandal will hurt Red's chances for the Dean's job. Is the student still alive; if not where is the body?I looking forward to reading more of Red's adventures.Disclosure: I received a free copy from HENERY PRESS through Netgalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions are my own.

  • March Shoggoth Madness The Haunted Reading Room
    2018-12-25 21:22

    Review: RISE OF THE RED QUEEN by Bourne MorrisSecond in the captivating Red Solaris cozy mystery series, this novel is set at a small-town university in Northern Nevada. Red Solaris, interim dean of the Journalism School, has diligently and fervently worked to restore peace and equilibrium following the late dean's murder. Now she is one of three finalists for the permanent position of Dean. At the same time, one of the students inexplicably disappears after several encounters with a stalker.Bourne Morris eloquently elaborates her characters, bringing them and the gorgeous scenic locale to vibrant life. This is a mystery series deserving of a wide and expansive readership.

  • DelAnne Frazee
    2019-01-07 19:21

    Title: The Rise of the Red Queen - A Red Solaris Mystery Book 2Author: Bourne MorrisPublisher: Henery PressPublished: 12-1-2015Pages: 288Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & SuspenseSub-Genre: Police Proceedures; Amateur Sleuths;ISBN: 9781943390298ASIN: B014T91TSOReviewed For NetGalley and Henery PressReviewer: DelAnneRating: 4.5 StarsA beautiful student is missing. Did she leave on impulse, or was it something more sinister? When the young woman’s grandfather pleads for help, journalism dean Meredith “Red” Solaris agrees to help search for the student, but doesn’t know she may have to risk everything to find her.Worse yet, without solid evidence, Red and Detective Joe Morgan have little basis for investigation. Murky university politics—and Red’s own struggle to keep her job—thwart efforts to find a girl held captive by a man willing to steal what he cannot win.Bourne Morris has written a cast of characters that are believable and likeable for readers. as you read you can see the various characters interact and work together to provide a story that captures the interest of readers from beginning to end.My rating of "The Rise of the Red Queen" is 4.5 of 5 stars.Amazon Link: Link: Link: Reading Room Link: Link:

  • Ukgardenfiend
    2018-12-21 20:41

    An interesting title for this novel, as reading it you might assume the book was fantasy or YA in genre. But no such thing. It is a crime novel set in a university.The Red Queen of the title is an academic whose rise is chronicled through the faculty management structure to being Assistant Dean in this university set high above Lake Tahoe in the Nevada Hills, and who has red hair.She is thus commonly known as ‘Red’ and many of her colleagues see her as their born leader and that they are members of the court of her faculty.However, not all members of the university appreciate her qualities and there is still a significant misogynistic element amongst them. Especially in the higher management echelons.Prejudices and academic rivalry abound and are very intense and even lead here to murder and criminal behaviour.And then there is the warped mind of one of the community who abducts a young girl. So within this story, other stories intertwine here there are mysteries and suspicious behaviours and suspicions that leave you guessing.A note here on academic tenure in American universities (generalised).Tenure in American universities is extremely hard to achieve. It requires not only a PhD but a significant body of publications, grants, and conference appearances achieved; and then you have to be liked by all the members of the faculty committee that will review your record and award you tenure – or not.Tenure, is effectively for the rest of your life. It is almost impossible to be fired, and it is very much your choice as to when you retire. Only about 2% of tenured Professors are fired each year – and then it has to be for ‘due cause’.And: “As a tenured Professor, you are free to do your own work, your own way” (quoted in the book).The probationary period averages three years for community colleges and seven years at four-year colleges. This is a period of employment insecurity almost unique among U.S. professions. People denied tenure at the end of this time lose their jobs; tenure is an "up-or-out" process.During the probationary period, almost all colleges can choose not to renew faculty contracts and terminate faculty without any reason or cause. Throughout this time, senior professors and administrators evaluate the work of new faculty-teaching, research and service before deciding whether or not to recommend tenure. The most recent survey of American faculty shows that, in a typical year, about one in five probationary faculty members was denied tenure and lost his or her job.No more than one-third of all college and university faculty members are tenured. The reason? More and more colleges are relying on part-time or temporary nontenure-track faculty to teach undergraduates --- part-timers constituted about 38 percent of the professoriate in 1987 and grew to 43 percent in 1992.

  • JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
    2019-01-05 19:21

    Meredith "Red" Solaris is the Interim Dean of Journalism at a northern Nevada university, but hopes to become the permanent dean, and to that end is one of three applicants for the job, the other two being Manuel Lorenzo, an old friend; and Victor Watts, a Pulitzer Prize-winning book author and former foreign correspondent. She knows she's up against tough competition, but is hoping that her accomplishments and achievements in the past year as dean have given her an edge.Just before she is to leave for an interview with a committee, she is approached by Wynan Congers, a retired deputy police chief from Las Vegas who tells her his granddaughter Jamie is missing. He tells her that Jamie had no boyfriend and would never just walk away from the school without telling him or her roommate Marilyn, and he's convinced something has happened to her, and asks Red for help. She, in turn, tells him that she will contact her (boyfriend) Detective Joe Morgan of the Landry police force, and ask him to contact Mr. Congers.While at an individual interview with one of the committee members, she is asked to join a committee on sexual assault in order to develop a written policy to handle it on campus, and does so, hoping it will up her chances on gaining the promotion to dean; also, to add to her problems, a long-standing feud between two professors is coming to a head, and Red needs to figure out a way to keep the peace between them if she can.When it becomes apparent that Jamie Congers did not disappear on her own Red realizes that Jamie could indeed be in danger, and she decides to do whatever it takes to bring her home safely, even while Joe is telling her to leave it to him. Red knows from past experience that time is of the essence in finding Jamie, and even though she knows she should leave it to Joe, we know that she won't.So now we have the plot of a story that stands up very well on its own; a continuation of the first in the series, The Red Queen's Run. (Don't worry, it can be read as a stand-alone). I only mention it because Ms. Bourne pulls us into Red's life with such imagery that we almost see the events that are going on as if we were there.Unfortunately, there is so much more to this book than I can write about; but I can tell you that there are no dull moments; much like real life, there is something happening all the time, and we are drawn into the events and kept busy while watching to see the outcome. Highly recommended.I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review but it in no way influenced my decision.Full review:

  • Judy Lesley
    2019-01-09 19:28

    I liked this book well enough to assign it three stars and found it interesting but I cannot put it into that category of books which makes me want to shut out the world so I can keep reading. This is the second book in the series but I had no problem picking up all the carry-over characters from the first novel and the part they play in the world of Dr. Meredith "Red" Solaris, interim Dean of the School of Journalism at Mountain West University in Landry, Nevada. Dr. Solaris is constantly encouraging everyone to call her Red (because of her hair color) to emphasize the personal nature her students need to adopt in their journalism careers. She obviously believes in teaching by example.Dr. Solaris is one of three final candidates for the position of permanent Dean of the School of Journalism so that plot thread is running throughout the novel. She is also in a personal relationship with Detective Joe Morgan of the Landry police department which comes in very handy when a relative arrives on campus to report a missing female student. Add to these two problems an ongoing dispute between two faculty members which appears to be uncontrollable and it is easy to see that Dr. Solaris could have done without being asked to serve on a committee trying to come up with a university policy on sexual harassment. Since the request came from a voting member of the search committee, how could she possibly turn it down?The novel was only interesting enough for me to carry on reading to be sure I had spotted the guilty party - surprisingly very early on - and to see what tiny bit of information would finally get the story moving. The segments presented from the viewpoint of the student were surprisingly bland. I could not get the feeling of desperation or fear which I would have expected from this young woman. This was an interesting novel to read, but not one which I have any interest in following.I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley.

  • Andrea Stoeckel
    2018-12-29 18:26

    I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I thank them for their generousity. In exchange, I was simply asked to write an honest review, and post it. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising]Dr.Meredith ‘Red’ Solaris is the interim dean of a journalism program at her university in Nevada. And as this book opens, the final interviews of the three candidates left standing are in process. Red has brough the school through a great deal of infighting, and must now face her peers in a new context.A student goes missing, two tenured professors are verbally sparring, and Red's search committee is not highly motivated to look at her credentials over the fact she is a woman. With her relationship with Joe back on track, her amateur detective skills help the local police, Joe included, coordinate the search for the missing student. Solaris is asked to serve on "the sexual harassment comittee" to draft policies, and this male skewed group refuse to even see the need for it. She finds herself the only "cool head" as they set about making it work.I have not read the first book in this series. However, I was able to keep the backstory straight because I gleaned it from this book. At first, it seemed a little cluttered until I learned the cast and the action started up. When I reached the end I went back and realized that the culprit was actually easier to spot than at first read. However, in this reviewer's opinion, this is an intelligent author, and one who expects her readers have enough savvy to understand. I will look for the first:"Red Queen's Run" and look forward to later installments

  • Jen
    2019-01-04 02:26

    I read The Red Queen's Run last year and enjoyed it. When the Dean of Journalism was found dead in the first, Meredith "Red" Solaris was appointed interim dean. In The Rise of the Red Queen, Red is in the running for the job permanently, but the competition is stiff. If the well-qualified competition isn't enough, a journalism student is reported missing, and it isn't initially clear whether or not the young woman has simply taken a few days away without notifying in anyone...or something much worse. Two of the department's professors have continued their feud, which is now escalating. And Red is having to sit on a committee to decide on a policy concerning sexual harassment, but there appears to be pressure to decide on a policy that the women on the committee feel fails to recognize the reality of the problem. Although Red desperately wants the position of dean, circumstances seem aligned against her. Who knew that the Ivory Tower was such a hotbed of deceit? Probably most academics, but most campus faculty members manage to keep the infighting verbal and nonviolent. Yet, it is true that the first Red Solaris novel mentions an actual incident at the University of Alabama that I found creepily fascinating. Sadly, sexual harassment and rape of college coeds is something we have become accustomed to hearing about. And what we hear about doesn't do justice to the number of incidents that actually occur and are either unreported or uninvestigated. NetGalley/Henery PressMystery. Dec. 1, 2015. Print version: 288 pages.

  • Breakaway Reviewers
    2019-01-07 22:20

    No fire in the bellyDr Meredith (Red) Solaris is interim Dean of the School of Journalism at Mountain West University near Reno. She has a detective boyfriend which is useful when faced with the mystery disappearance of one of her students. This book is the sequel to The Red Queen’s Run. It would have been useful to have read them in order but not essential. There are references to the first novel in the second but it doesn’t detract from any enjoyment if this one is read first.There are several story lines running through the thriller. The animosity between two individuals within her department which culminates in an explosive situation. The stress caused by the interview process to appoint a permanent Dean. The politics within the University. Her relationship with her detective friend and last, but certainly not least, the missing student who has been abducted by a tall, well muscled mystery man. All these make for a good plot and maintains the reader’s interest.So why only 3 stars? The plot is well constructed. The writing is excellent and the characters are well formed. However there are fundamentally important parts of the story which stretch credulity plus, more importantly, I didn’t actually care what happened to either the abducted student or in fact any of the characters. There was no fire in the belly and an excellent story needs to involve the reader. Unfortunately this one missed the mark in that respect. Close but no zorgBreakaway Reviewers received an advanced copy to review.

  • ❇Critterbee
    2018-12-20 22:31

    An American Cozy, set in Nevada and featuring Red Solaris, a professor of Journalism, currently acting as dean of the Journalism school at her college. Red is smart and in a powerful position, though a touch callous, in a no-nonsense, professional way. She also enjoys banal humor. To be fair, there is a lot on her plate, with faculty politics, malevolent fellow professors, a stressful job application process, and a burgeoning romance. The book is written from two main points of view, which alternate throughout the book. In general, that method serves to round out the story more fully or to build suspense, though it is sometimes tricky to pull off. In this case, the two parts did not differ enough to indicate two separate personalities. Instead, to me, it read more like one character (the main) reacting upon finding herself in different situations. As if the two characters were the same person. Was this intentional, to indicate a bond between the two characters? To illustrate similarities, how women are all, essentially, the same women? Or was it a lack of character actualization? It was not really to my taste.On the main character's end, so much was happening that I just could not care about. It detracted and distracted from the core mystery. Unless based on a true story, I felt some editing of events would have tightened up the plot. **eARC netgalley**

  • Jenna
    2019-01-03 20:36

    Rise of the Red Queen turns the widely assumed image of the quiet, dull life of an academic on its head. After the events of the previous year, when the dean of the journalism school where Meredith "Red" Solaris works was murdered, she clawed her way out of a swamp of trouble. But now it seems that her troubles may just be beginning.Red is one of three finalists in the search for a permanent new dean of the journalism school. But her interviews with the search committee members are punctuated by visits from a former cop, and current grandfather, of a missing student, and Joe, a detective and Red's lover, who is in on the search. Each chapter is a combination of Red's narration and segments from the point of view of Jamie, the missing student. Her scenes read like and episode of "Criminal Minds," turning the book into a psychological thriller set on a Nevada college campus.Between Red and Jamie, the reader can try to piece together the full story; but author Bourne Morris is a cunning and clever storyteller. Rise of the Red Queen will keep you guessing - and turning the pages. FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. All of the opinions expressed in the review are mine alone.

  • Debbie
    2018-12-28 00:17

    This was the second book in this series that I've read and I found that I enjoyed this a little better than the other one. I've got to know Red and I really like her a lot. She's a strong character with good ethics and principals. I like how she will not stand down on her opinions.In this one, she is being considered as head dean for the journalism school having been put in as interim dean after all that happened in the first book. There's still troubles brewing at the university as a young girl goes missing. This guy is the strangest and weirdest abductor I've seen. He's creepy, but not in a hurtful way, just in a weird way.I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to anyone who likes a good mystery read with a strong female lead.Thanks Henery Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Pamela
    2019-01-03 19:35

    The Rise of the Red Queen is the second book in the Red Solaris mystery series. It is a nicely written and professionally edited full length novel.Red has been through fire as the acting dean of the journalism school and is hoping for a period of peace. Unfortunately, that peace is broken when one of her students disappears and has possibly been abducted. Red and her police detective boyfriend, Joe, investigate the disappearance, but Red finds herself being tied up with university politics.While I found the mystery to be interesting, this novel is bogged down with too much description of various feuds and political wrangling among the university staff.Still, this was an interesting read with a HFN ending.ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley.

  • Denise
    2019-01-10 00:28

    Reasonable second entry in the series - I liked continuing to learn about the main characters, and the secondary characters that carried over from the first book. I also like the University setting, and the politics therein. I wasn't enthralled with the secondary narrative which was from the point of view of a kidnapped student (no spoiler - you know this right off the bat) - just did not find that compelling - there was no feeling of fear or despair in her narration. As I recently mentioned in another review - authors of this type of book have to watch the coincidence factor, and the small pool of individuals to pull the perpetrator from. But overall a good read.

  • Tess
    2018-12-18 01:28

    I have never read anything by Ms. Morris, but I'm very glad I did. I loved The Rise of The Red Queen. Just the right amount of thrills and chills and laughter. The characters are down to earth, very likable and easy to relate to. I will start following Ms. Morris closer and read her books.FTC Full Disclosure - A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

  • Angel Hatfield
    2018-12-19 01:29

    Couldn't Hold My Interest A retired cop named Wyatt went to a college professor of journalism, called Red, and told her his granddaughter was missing. Red was seeing a detective named Joe and all three tried to proceed to try to find her.I read over 1/3 of the book and it just couldn't keep me interested. It just seemed to ramble on.**I received an ARC of this story in exchange for an honest review

  • Homerun2
    2019-01-10 20:32

    3 1/2 starsAcademic cozy set in a small college in northern Nevada near Reno. The protagonist is Red Solaris, a journalism professor whose love interest is the local homicide detective. While Red waits to hear if she will permanently be appointed dean of the journalism school, a young student goes missing. Very readable series.

  • Kelly Macfarlane
    2018-12-30 18:31

    Weaker than the first one, and rather predicable; could have been tightened up (fair bit of slow and repetitious parts) or else expanded (add detail, add drama, add character, etc.), and pretty implausible in too many parts. Still, it was an amusing enough summer book.

    2019-01-04 02:17

    “With The Rise of the Red Queen, Bourne Morris is poised to become the queen of academic mysteries and suspense.” – Gigi Pandian, USA Today Bestselling Author of The Ninja's Illusion

  • Megan
    2019-01-14 20:41

    Another great read. (Also love that the author gave a little shout out to one of her Westover classmates - and a woman I happen to know! - in her acknowledgements.)