My Rating for Brooklyn on Fire: 3 Stars
Mary Handley has closed one case with the Brooklyn Police Department and is determined to become a real detective in her own right. But when a client comes to her new office saying her uncle was murdered, Mary finds her second case is as complex as the first one was. Family scandals and secrets, politics, corruption and more cause Mary to stumble more than once. Add in a romance with one of
elite, well the life of luxury is something Mary could get used to. But Mary is determined to find out the cause
of death and solve the mystery that has spawned not just one murder but three.
Can Mary figure out the case before all she holds dear is gone in a puff of
My Book Review:
I have to admit I haven’t read the first book in the series, Second Street Station, and found myself a little lost at times when I read this one. I highly recommend reading book one first before you pick this one up. There are things mentioned in book two that took place in this book that if you didn’t read it, you’ll have a hard time figuring things out at times. With that said, I got to admit that I really liked this book, even with the above mentions from time to time. With a mystery that kept me intrigued to real life people showing up (Andrew Carnegie, John D. Rockefeller, etc) to a time period that had me enthralled with the way everything was back then. This author does a great job in capturing it all within the pages of BROOKLYN ON
This author has a flair for describing events and people to the point where
they come alive on paper, ready to step out of the book and into your living
room. The mix of fiction and mystery was done masterfully and kept my attention
at times to the point where I forgot to eat, sleep and more. It was highly
entertaining. But there was a downside as well. The author puts way too much
into this book plot wise as well as point of views jump all over the place. One
minute you are following Mary as she hunts up clues and ten the next you are
reading about politicians and their desire for more-money, land, power, etc.
All those things just slowed the pace down and caused some minor confusion over
who was ‘speaking’ in the book. I preferred reading Mary’s story line though I
could have done without her forced romance with George Vanderbilt. It felt like
the author was trying to tick off boxes with that. It didn’t seem real to me in
the story line and was quite stiff.
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About the Author:
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.