Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Book Review - Last Stop in Brooklyn


It’s the summer of 1894, and an infidelity case has brought PI Mary Handley to a far corner of Brooklyn: Coney Island. In the midst of her investigation, Mary is contacted by a convicted man’s brother to reopen a murder case. A prostitute was killed by a Jack the Ripper copycat years ago in her New York hotel room, but her true killer was never found. Once again it’s up to Mary to make right the city’s wrongs.
New York City’s untouchable head of detectives, Thomas Byrnes, swears he put the right man behond bars, but as Mary digs deeper, she finds corruption at the heart of New York’s justice system, involving not only the police, but the most powerful of stock titans. Disturbing evidence of other murders begins to surface, each one mimicking Jack the Ripper’s style, each one covered up by Thomas Byrnes.   

As Mary pieces together the extent of the damage, she crosses paths with Harper Lloyd, an investigative reporter. Their relationship grows into a partnership, and perhaps more, and together they must catch a killer who’s still out there, and reverse the ruthless workings of New York’s elite. It’ll be Mary’s most dangerous, most personal case yet.


LAWRENCE H. LEVY is a highly regarded film and TV writer who is a Writers Guild Award winner and a two-time Emmy nominee. He has written for various hit TV shows such as Family Ties, Saved by the Bell, Roseanne, and Seinfeld. Last Stop in Brooklyn is his third novel in the Mary Handley Mystery series.


There's nothing I love better than a good female detective story. This one has a lot of interesting historical information as well as a detective you find yourself rooting for!

Mary is on the type of case she doesn't like doing - following a woman whose husband thinks she's cheating on him. She follows her to Coney Island where she sees the woman meeting someone she knows. This opens a whole new dilemma for Mary until she can get to the bottom of it.

While she's following the woman, someone is following her. When she finally confronts the man, he asks her to help him because his brother has been accused of a crime he hasn't committed and he wants her to find the real culprit. This opens the horrific murder investigations that are eerily like the Jack the Ripper.

Mary is an interesting person, full of indignation at the injustices she sees around her. She has a mother who presses her to get married while her kind father is proud of what she's doing. The story itself, is quite interesting in that it pulls real life historical figures into the story and makes it feel very real.

I liked this book very much and would like to read the first two in the series now. It's a good detective story with a good mystery that keeps you interested. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by the Blogging for Books program

Blessings - Julie

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