Last Stop in Brooklyn is the third murder mystery in a series by Lawrence H. Levy. They are set in New York before the turn of the 20th century, and the detective is female named Mary Handley.
In this story, the main mystery is a series of murders that seem to be a continuation of Jack the Ripper’s work—prostitutes are murdered and mutilated on the anniversaries of Jack’s kills. And someone seems to be trying to cover up for the murderer, since each case has been sealed shortly after the investigation began. Mary is approached by the brother of a man who has been convicted of the first prostitute murder to clear his name.
There are other things going on, as well, however. An anarchist sets off a suicide bomb in a wealthy industrialist’s office, injuring the industrialist and killing at least one person other than the bomber. The husband of one of Mary Handley’s friends seems to be having an affair with the wife of the son of one of Mary’s mother’s friends. An employee who was injured in the bombing tries to sue the industrialist. A policeman is in the pay of the industrialist.
These are all interesting pieces to the mystery, and I was looking forward to the way that Levy would connect all of them. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. It seemed to me that the murderer would have to be someone important in the city, someone who would have a police officer on his payroll, because the files were all sealed. That was important in the story—someone was sealing all of the files on dead prostitutes before the killer was found.
But, when we found out who the killer was, he had no apparent connection with anyone in the police force. He was not connected in any apparent way with the wealthy industrialist who was such a large part of the story. He was not connected in any way with Mary’s friend, her husband, or the woman he was supposedly having an affair with. So, these were two different stories: the murder of the prostitutes and the problems of the wealthy industrialist. What connection did they have with each other? Nothing was shown.
All in all, I was quite disappointed with this story.