For the 100th episode of I Found This Great Book, I was honored to speak with Dr. Frankie Y. Bailey. Frankie is a crime historian, the creator of Frankie’s list on the Sisters in Crime website and the author of two mystery series. Frankie is also the author of “African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study”. This book is a great resource for anyone who wants to learn about the history of black authors contribution to the mystery genre.

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To stay up to date on the conference for crime writers of color, keep visiting the Justice and Multiculturalism in the 21st century website. Hosted by the School of Criminal Justice at the University of Albany.

We discussed:

TimeTopic Discussed
[00:01:42]Frankie’s sleuth in her Lizzie Stewart mystery series. Frankie discusses here motivations for the series and her writing process. Also, the challenges of writing when your cat has another agenda.
[00:06:29]We talk about Frankie’s Hannah McCabe series. Frankie talks about her technique of setting the stories in the near future and her future for the plans for the series.
[00:09:46]Frankie shares the differences between writing a police procedural and an amateur sleuth mystery. Frankie also gives us insight into a historical mystery she is working on.
[00:15:39]Frankie tells us about her plans for the Lizzie Stewart mystery series
[00:17:59]Frankie talks about how her work as a crime historian has influenced her writing.
[00:21:51]We talk about Eleanor Taylor Bland and her early efforts to connect and promote black mystery authors.
[00:26:53]We discuss how Frankie’s List was created.
[00:29:05]We discuss “African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study”.
[00:34:53]Frankie recommends two of the early black authors in the mystery genre. Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins and Rudolph Fisher.
[00:45:01]Frankie shares her insight on how the publishing world has changed for Black mystery authors since Chester Himes.
[00:47:23]We talk about Frankie’s plans for a virtual conference for Crime Writers of Color at the University of Albany in March 2021.
[00:52:18]Frankie shares some more information on her next Lizzie Stuart book.

Frankie's Books

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African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study
Midnight Hour
Shades of Black: Crime and Mystery Stories by African-American Authors
The Red Queen Dies: A Mystery
What the Fly Saw: A Mystery
Death's Favorite Child
A Dead Man's Honor
Old Murders
You Should Have Died on Monday
Forty Acres and a Soggy Grave