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Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy

Updated on July 20, 2015

I am an avid reader who prefers fiction, fantasy, sci-fi, suspense, supernatural, and thriller books however I am always willing to give any book a read at least once. I have often found myself falling love with books that I never would have read if I had not received for free. Knowing this I sought out ways to get more books for free in exchange for a review. In this search I found Blogging for Books. Blogging for Books has given me Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy for free in exchange for an honest review of the book.

While SECOND STREET STATION is historical fiction, the murder case is based on a true crime, and Mary is based on a real woman. In fact, many of the events in the novel actually happened, and Levy includes little-known historical facts about Edison, Tesla, and Morgan. For instance, the feud between Edison and Tesla prevented them from receiving the Nobel Prize when they refused to share it with one another.

— Rachel Rokicki

Lawrence H. Levy

Lawrence H. Levy is the author of Second Street Station. Lawrence H. Levy was the primary writer for Seinfeld, Family Ties, and Roseanne. Lawrence H. Levy became inspired to write this book after he came across the Edison/Tesla feud over the electricity market when assisting his son with a term paper. Finding the feud both fascinating and dry he decided to incorporate it in a murder mystery, the Goodrich case fit the bill perfectly.

Crown has hired him to write a sequel called Brooklyn On Fire which will be published in 2016 and many production companies have shown interest in Second Street Station in TV and movie format.

Mary 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, 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 police as the city’s first female policewoman.

— Lawrence H. Levy

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 secrets.

— Lawrence H. Levy


When I first started reading Second Street Station: A Mary Handley Mystery by Lawrence H. Levy I was a bit confused. The book began with a prologue, not that confusing, but the prologue was about a man refereed to as the Frenchman instead of Mary. I expected the book to start with the female detective so I was a bit confused, but I stuck it out and kept reading. Chapter one began and lo and behold Mary appeared.

I liked how the book included flashbacks into Mary's childhood; the flashbacks helped to paint a picture of who Mary was as a person. They showed how she became independent and why and how she learned how to defend herself. These key details provided as flashbacks truly made me understand Mary. Lawrence H. Levy truly did a great job with all of his characters; he truly made me hate the Widow Lowry right along side Mary. I found myself smiling when Mary told the Widow Lowry what she thought of her and I understood her dread when she realized that she was having dinner that night with her parents.

As the book continued onward it flashed between Mary and other characters. The other characters are often not referred to by name, but instead by a description. I found this confusing at first, but as the book went on everything began to fit together and make sense. I love books like this where they keep you guessing for a while and then when things start to come together you can try to figure it out for yourself.

Overall I found that the book was well written and I like how the pieces came together the more that I read. I won't ruin the book for anyone by saying who the murderer is, but I will say it was quite the surprise. After reading this book I would recommended it to all mystery lovers as the mystery is truly amazingly well done, the aspects of history were well thought out, and the female strength was inspiring. I find myself excited for the sequel, Brooklyn On Fire.

"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."


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