Review: Brooklyn on Fire (Mary Handley Mystery #2) by Lawrence H. Levy ~~ A+ Historical Accuracy

25430606 Title: Brooklyn on Fire
Series: Mary Handley Mystery #2
Author: Lawrence H. Levy
Date of Publication: January 19, 2016
Publisher: Broadway Books
Genre: mystery, historical fiction, fiction, detective, romance
Pages: 344
Source: Blogging for

Rating: 3/5


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.

My Thoughts:

I received this book from in exchange for an honest review, which has not altered my opinion.

In this sequel to the first adventure, we again find our heroine, Mary Handley, going agains the grain of normal society.  She has officially started up her own consulting firm as a private detective in the back of a bookstore. The story actually starts off with a murder, which is one of the things I enjoy about this story.  We get to see not just Mary’s side of the story, but we see the murders taking place and hear the thoughts of the murderer and several other important characters with whom Mary would not normally come into contact with.

Mary herself was a bit of an enigma to me. I liked her but, even more in this book, I didn’t really like her.  She was such a know-it-all and her prejudices against the wealthy were quite obvious, even if she did deny or try and get rid of them in her thoughts.  However, she learns from her few mistakes and she does put the needs of others before her own. She acquires a new assistant in this book as well and I do like him a bit more, but I don’t know that it was entirely the detective work that he expected it to be.  I love that Mary doesn’t put up with any crap from anyone and is more than willing to tell you what she thinks.

The only issue I found with how it was written that I found it a bit crowded at points and I did find the beginning very slow, so it took a while for my interest to solidify. I give this book a solid three beans and I would recommend it. I’m interested to see if there’s another book…

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