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Mary Handley is a not your typical late-19th 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 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 secrets.
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 listeners from the very first minute.
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By Kathy on 06-26-15
Not quite there ...
Although a worthy topic for this well-researched historical fiction, Second Street Station seemed awkward to me. I was off-put by the "Bowler Hat" and "Mustache" names and occasionally cringed at phrases such as one describing a man as eager as a dog in heat. Could I have misheard that? Hope so! Cassandra Campbell did a fine job with challenging material; like the book, however, her narration couldn't reduce the tension between melodrama and mystery.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
By Amazon Customer on 07-31-15
I'll admit it - I couldn't finish it.
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
Better writing, better narration.
What could Lawrence H. Levy have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
Better writing, for example, if the author knew the difference between the word "expletive" and "explanation" which was used incorrectly about 30 minutes into it. Also there were more cliche's than I can stand, even for light entertainment. Why do I think this may have been self-published?
How did the narrator detract from the book?
It was like listening to a children's or YA book, the narration was very wide-eyed and arch.
What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?
1 of 1 people found this review helpful