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Red Queen by Juan Gomez-Jurado


If you enjoyed The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you are going to love Red Queen!


Antonia Scott is the ‘Red Queen’, and she is unique. She’s not a policewoman or lawyer, but she has solved many crimes. Her mind is her largest asset, and even before she underwent special training to further enhance her abilities, she could solve things others couldn’t.


But she hasn’t solved anything for a while. In fact, it’s been quite a long time since she even left her attic in Madrid, apart from going to visit her husband in hospital. He’s in a coma after being shot, and she blames herself. She doesn’t welcome visitors.


So when Antonia hears unknown footsteps coming up the stairs, she is most unhappy. And Inspector Jon Gutierrez walking up the stairs to try to convince her to come with him, is even less happy. But he’s between a rock and hard place and has no choice but to try to convince her to come back to help with a case, something that is off the grid and not part of any regular police work he has ever heard of before.


Red Queen is a brilliant read. It’s such a page-turning, exhilarating read, and the odd-couple pairing of Antonia and Jon is marvellous. Red Queen was a runaway success in Spain, and I’m just so pleased now we can read it in English. I can’t wait for the next in the series.


Reviewer: Karen McMillan

Macmillan Publishers


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