03 February 2016

Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

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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.

Lawrence H. Levy’s Brooklyn on Fire is the second novel starring female detective Mary Handley (yet can easily be read as a standalone) and offers a compelling and gripping mystery. Wanting to build her business as a detective, Mary jumps at the chance to investigate when her first client arrives and finds herself drawn into a case involving politics, murder, and scandal. Astutely she puts together the pieces that connect multiple murders and handles herself well while dealing with well-known historical figures of the time. I thoroughly enjoyed Brooklyn on Fire and would definitely recommend it to readers who enjoy historical mysteries.

Thanks to Blogging for Books, I received a copy of Brooklyn on Fire and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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