A historical mystery featuring the witty and wily Mary Handley, the first woman detective in Brooklyn, as she tries to prove herself in a man's world while solving a high profile murder.
Handley is a not your typical late-nineteenth century lady. She's
fiery, clever, daring—and she’s not about to conform to the gender norms
of the day. Not long after being fired from her job at the hat factory
for insubordinate behavior, Mary finds herself at the murder scene of
Charles Goodrich, the brother of a prominent alderman and former
bookkeeper of Thomas Edison. When Mary proves her acumen as a sleuth,
she is hired by the Brooklyn police department—as the city’s first
female policewoman—to solve the crime. The top brass of the department
expect her to fail, but Mary has other plans. As she delves into the
mystery, she finds herself questioning the likes of J. P. Morgan, Thomas
Edison, and Nikola Tesla. Mary soon discovers the key to solving the
case goes well beyond finding a murderer and depends on her ability to
unearth the machinations of the city’s most prominent and respected
public figures, men who will go to great lengths to protect their
Much like Mr. Churchill’s Secretary and Maisie Dobbs, Second Street Station
presents a portrait of a world plunging into modernity through the eyes
of a clever female sleuth. Mary Handley is an unforgettable protagonist
whose wit, humor, and charm will delight readers from the very first
I thought this book was pretty good only because Mary Handley was an
awesome character, especially since this is set in the 1880's.
witnessed a murder when she was a young girl and right then she decided
she wanted to solve murders. In that day and age women didn't have
When she got older her brother Sean is the one
who became the cop and she worked in a sweatshop called the Lowry Hat
Factory. They got paid hardly at all, they had to work in conditions
that included roaches and rats. A lot of days she went hungry. But, Mary
had enough, stood up to her boss, and immediately got fired. Oh well!
had a friend Kate that lived above her in the apartment building and
Kate's fiance got killed. Kate was so distraught that Mary went down to
see if she could get in on what happened. She knew most everyone there
through her brother and the Chief was nice to her. Luckily when she went
in and saw the body she gave her own diagnoses of what happened. After
this they decided to hire her as the first lady private investigator. As
you can imagine, this made Mary ecstatic.
Mary ends up getting
into some scuffs with bad men and bringing them in as she if very
proficient in jujitsu and can take a person down! I love it! She does
end up get stabbed, shot... you know.. your every day things, but she
just keeps on going.
In trying to find the murderer she gets to
interview people like Thomas Edison, since the one murdered did work for
him, J.P. Morgan and Nikola Tesla.
Also, in other places there
are other murders occurring which brings her face to face with the
Bowler Hat, he's the one she saw as a child murder the man on the train.
Image her shock to find him all of these years later!
to not give away any spoilers, I will say that Mary gets the murderer
who you would never in a million years guess. And she takes care of some
people in the story that needed taken care of.
I think she is a
great character and I do look forward to reading the next story about
her. I love that she is a strong woman back in those days and could take
care of herself.
**I would like to thank Blogging for Books for a copy of this book for my honest review.**
BROOKLYN ON FIRE IS THE NEXT BOOK IN THE MARY HANDLEY SERIES DUE OUT IN SPRING 2016
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