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Monday, May 30, 2016

Brooklyn On Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

Title: Brooklyn on Fire (Mary Handley Series #2), Author: Lawrence H. Levy
ISBN: 9780553418941
Publisher's Synopsis:
Brooklyn’s most witty and daring detective risks everything to solve a dangerous triple-murder case
After closing a case with the Brooklyn Police Department, Mary Handley is determined to become an official detective in her own right. And when Emily Worsham shows up at her new office— convinced her uncle John Worsham was murdered and desperate for answers—Mary’s second assignment begins. 

As she investigates the curious circumstances surrounding John’s death, Mary soon finds herself entangled in a high-stakes family scandal, a series of interconnected murders, political corruption, untrustworthy sources, and an unexpected romance with a central member of New York's elite.

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 City to North Carolina to uncover not only the truth of one man's death, but to unravel the mystery in three murders – with links tied perilously close to her own personal world.

MrsK's Review:
Who is Mary Handley? Well she is as clever as Sherlock. She is quite adorable.  She is inquisitive and wise in discernment's concerning character. Which by the way is why she is a Consulting Detective for the Brooklyn Police Department.  As a salesclerk for Lazlo's Books, she is ready to begin her investigative services in her new office. Mr. Lazlo believes that many customers will enter the bookstore in need of Mary's service, so an agreement was made that she could locate her office in the back of his bookstore since there was a possibility of "elevating someone's intellectual pursuits" as they sought Mary's services and perused the inviting titles upon his shelves (which by the way I fully agree is an excellent business arrangement).

With such outstanding traits, Mary tends to "step" into the craziest... life-threatening situations. Mary's second mystery begins when Miss Emily Worsham requests assistance in proving the murder of her great-uncle John. Solving a murder case entails so many different twists and turns, yet solving a 20 year old murder will not be completely accepted by the Police Department, relatives, nor the "elite" society that may have benefited from the murder.

Even though it is 1890, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle has failed to mention the murder of  Gabrielle Evans. The Huttington's are powerful, rich, and willing to do anything to keep their status. So would murder be out of the question? Has Archer Huttington's quest for the truth about his father's death (John Worsham) set off more cover-ups? Will an attack on Mr. Lazlo quiet Mary? Will Superintendent Campbell help Mary exhume John's body? For Mary, too many strands were getting tangled, including the new attention of one George Vanderbilt!
Events unfold quickly once an actress is stabbed. Now Mary's list of unanswered questions has grown out of control, as well the list of suspects.

Nothing is as it appears, the plot continues to plummet into a depth of corruption that is mind-boggling. The one consistent thread will be found in Mary's character. As a team, George and Mary will get to the truth and untangle all of the threads. What will be revealed is the moment in which the reader realizes how entertained they have been with a read such as this!
Enjoy a mystery in which all are players...
Including the reader,
MrsK
"When traveling, dining, or really doing anything with a Vanderbilt, 
there was generally only one class--the best and the finest."
 
An enjoyable and entertaining read!

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Title: Second Street Station (Mary Handley Series #1), Author: Lawrence H. Levy

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LAWRENCE H. LEVY is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writers Guild Award winner and two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Family Ties, Saved by the Bell, Roseanne, and SeinfeldBrooklyn on Fire is his second novel.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review." 

Penguin Random House

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