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The third book in the Mary Handley Mystery series features Mary's most dangerous and personal case yet.
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's Mary's most dangerous, most personal case yet.
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Levy stumbles in his unfocused third mystery featuring New York consulting detective Mary Handley (after 2016's Brooklyn on Fire). In 1894, Basem Ben Ali asks Mary to prove the innocence of his brother, Ameer, who was convicted three years earlier of murdering a prostitute in a style akin to Jack the Ripper's. Mary soon suspects that Ameer, an Algerian immigrant, was framed by real-life police inspector Thomas Byrnes, who had promised to put the Ripper away in 36 hours should he come to the States. Mary's policeman brother, Sean, helps her identify an intricate pattern of murders that mirror the Ripper's as part of their effort to exonerate Ameer. Meanwhile, Byrnes and his corrupt circle get caught up in an elaborate mystery involving a bomb and a Vanderbilt-style robber baron. Excepting her sometimes charming banter with her journalist suitor, Mary is self-righteous and rude, spouting unsolicited lectures and crude vulgarities that would offend even in today's relaxed society. Levy builds on fascinating 19th-century facts and figures, but anachronisms and unconvincing characterizations weaken the story's appeal.