Weekend Reads: “Brooklyn on Fire”

Brooklyn on Fire (Mary Handley Mystery #2)Brooklyn on Fire by Lawrence H. Levy

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mary Handley is trying to get her consulting detective business going after helping the police solve a murder, so she’s very excited when a woman comes in and asks for her help. She gets busy on the case, but there are some strange coincidences about it — coincidences involving two other murders. And all of those murders are somehow connected to Mary herself. Needless to say, she needs to find out what’s going on … while simultaneously trying to keep her romance with wealth George Vanderbilt going.

Author Lawrence Levy puts readers square in the middle of 1890s New York, with scenes ranging from Brooklyn tenements to upper crust mansions. Peopled with historic figures like Cornelius Vanderbilt and Andrew Carnegie, the book is rich with entertaining characters both real and invented.

We know “whodunnit” early on, but the how and why take a while to reel out and that keeps readers interested. Nicely done.

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