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Brooklyn On Fire (Review)

Brooklyn On Fire (Mary Handly Mystery #2)
By Lawrence H. Levy
Published by Broadway Books
Jan 19, 2016 | 352 Pages | 
Rating: 4/5





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.




From the writer of the Mary Handley series, comes the second installment in the series and a new adventure for this determined Brooklyn woman. Mary wants to become a detective and she gets her first chance in this tale. 

When I saw this book I knew that it would be right up my alley. A perfect combination of Nancy Drew and Murdoch Mysteries, it’s a fun, intriguing historical fiction. I love that the protagonist is fearless in her ventures and will not back down. Emily Worsham approaches Mary directly asking her to assist with the investigation of her Uncle’s murder and two more murders draw Mary into a compromising position

The story and the plot as incredibly interesting. I really found myself loving this world. The author manages to blend true history with this fictional setting and doesn’t make it too far fetched.  I did find the plot a little bit jumpy at times but overall cohesive. 

I love Mary’s character and she is an example of the women’s independence movement of this time where more and more women were demanding an education, equal positions and careers of their own. 

I enjoy a good story that you can pick up, even if it’s part of a series, and not feel like you’re completely lost. This is certainly one of those tales and I would recommend it to any fan of historical fiction. 

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. 



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 Seinfeld. Brooklyn on Fire is his second novel.

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