Brooklyn on Fire: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy
Welcome to the New York and Brooklyn of the 1890's. Mary Handley is back and as erudite as ever. This time her investigation leads to a series of murders, corruption at the highest level, arson, disturbance of the rich and powerful and heartbreaking personal anguish.
Emily Worsham hires Mary to investigate her Uncle John's death--a death Emily's convinced is the result murder. And that's when things become 'curiouser and curiouser'. Mary finds herself embroiled in an investigative trail that cuts a swathe through the upper echelons of New York society (the Vanderbilts, Andrew Cargnegie and the Rockerfellas), dives into the stews of Brooklyn and travels as far as Richmond, Virginia.
I was a little put off by the opening scenes. It took me a while to interpret whose eyes I was seeing the action through but, after that opening gambit, I was thoroughly engaged and well and truly hooked with Mary Handley's quest before the second chapter had ended.
I was upset by Mary's heroically tragic personal decision for her life and hope that in future novels she finds comfort from her chosen direction.
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