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February 1, 2016

BROOKLYN ON FIRE by Lawrence H. Levy

A Marty Handley Mystery
Book Two of Two
Lawrence H. Levy

(from Amazon)

  • Series: Mary Handley
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books (January 19, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553418947
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553418941
After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Dept., Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at Mary's new office convinced that her uncle was murdered, Mary's second assignment begins.

As she investigates, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high stakes scandal, political corruption, untrustworthy sources and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York's elite, offering a life of luxury. Mary fears she will get used to this.

Featuring historic figures like Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, and the Vanderbilt family. BROOKLYN ON FIRE takes Mary on a wild journey from New York to North Carolina not only to uncover the truth of one man's death but also to unravel he mystery of three murders in a case that threatens those Mary loves most.

Lawrence H. Levy is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writer's Guild award winner and two time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows, such as Roseanne, Seinfeld and many more. 

 I didn't get the opportunity to read the first book in the series.  This book BROOKLYN ON FIRE is the second book.  The reader is introduced to Mary Handley.  She's intelligent and quite lovely.  Lazlo is her friend and lets her set up shop in the back of his bookstore.  This is where she does her detective work. Lazlo thinks Mary's solving a Chicago crime will bring shoppers to his store.  The Chicago crime happened in Book One.  I would suggest you read  the books in series.  That way you get background of the characters and what is happening. This being the second book, Abigail Corday wants Mary to investigate her uncle, John Worsham's murder.  As Mary goes about her investigative work she meets a lot of high brow people in New York City. She meets George Vanderbilt, who was behind the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina.  The author does a well written job of taking real people of the past with the everyday characters in the book.  As you may gather, Mary is in the dog house since women in the 1880's got married and took care of the family.  They didn't become detectives.  That was a No No.  Will Mary have a  romance with Vanderbilt?    How difficult will solving the murder mystery be? or can it even be solved?  I liked the story and some of the characters but Mary was rather wishy washy.  She was hard to warm up to.  I just couldn't relate to her.

I received a complimentary copy of BROOKLYN ON FIRE from the author, Lawrence H. Levy for my unbiased review of the book.  No other compensation took place.

I would give this book 3 Stars.


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