Brooklyn Legacies

Brooklyn Legacies

by Triss Stein

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Murder strikes the neighborhoods of Brooklyn—the hip, the historic, and the hood

The search for a lost portrait of Brooklyn's own genius Walt Whitman sends urban historian Dr. Erica Donato into Brooklyn Heights, a neighborhood of quaint and charming streets, family names out of history, and spectacular views of the harbor and the world-famous bridge. New York's first suburb has long weathered political battles about neighborhood preservation and destruction. Is a new one shaping up?

Erica meets an idol, fiery community activist Louisa Gibbs, now locked in a dispute with the Watch Tower Society. One of Brooklyn's biggest landowners, the Jehovah's Witnesses are selling off their holdings. Then at a glittering party, Erica meets the threatening Prinzig clan who are trying to buy the Witness's property adjoining Louisa's historic home.

The discovery of the Society's Daniel Towns' body in the Witnesses' underground tunnels reignites old conflicts. Erica learns Louisa has made bitter enemies in her time while she becomes steadily better acquainted with a collection of characters young and old, sane and not-so-sane, living and dead. They all carry bitter secrets and old enmities.

The beautiful setting only hides them. Can Erica use her research expertise to expose a killer?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492699354
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 12/03/2019
Series: Erica Donato Mysteries Series , #5
Edition description: Large Prin
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Triss Stein is a small-town girl who has spent most of her adult life living and working in New York City. This gives her the useful double vision of a stranger and a resident which she uses to write mysteries about Brooklyn, her ever-fascinating, ever-changing, ever-challenging adopted home. Brooklyn Legacies is the fifth Erica Donato mystery, following Brooklyn Bones, Brooklyn Graves, Brooklyn Secrets, and Brooklyn Wars.

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Brooklyn Legacies 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
chicpanda 23 hours ago
In Book 5 Erica Donato has earned her PhD and is working full time at the Brooklyn Art Museum. Her full time job has given her a greater sense of independence, and her family life has been enhanced as her relationship with Joe is moving forward. Her daughter, Chris, now a teenager, could not be happier. A historian's job is to uncover the past, give it authenticity, while making it relevant to today. Stein has created an engaging protagonist, one who has the personality and skills to bring the past Brooklyn into vibrant life. Brooklyn Legacies is set in Brooklyn Heights, New York City's first suburb which became it's first historical district. This affluent neighborhood was home to the religious organization of Jehovah;s Witnesses, contains numerous Victorian row houses, and Landmark Buildings. Stein captures the depth and feel of the neighborhood. A reader feels like they are walking with Erica. The mystery surrounds Louisa Gibbs. A trailblazing, historical preservationist, Louisa was the head of the brigade who forced the city to create the first protected historical district. Now she is engaged in a new battle. Her home is in danger of being taken from her. The powerful real estate brokers along with the board of the Jehovah's Witnesses want to develop her land. With Louisa, Stein explores the feelings of defiance combined with helplessness that many senior citizens face. The battle is not pretty. Someone is sending threatening letters. Someone might be behind a disastrous fire. Someone did kill one of Louisa's adversaries. Will Erica be able to intervene? Triss Stein is a new author for me. Her talent leaps from the page. I enjoyed Brooklyn Legacies so much, I that I interrupted my reading to order the first books in the series. I look forward to catching up with Erica, and hope Stein continues to explore Brooklyn. Very Highly recommended Full disclosure: I received an ARC from netgalley and Poisoned Pen in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you for this opportunity.
AMGiacomasso 3 days ago
It's the first book I read in this series and won't surely be the last because I was fascinated by the historical background and the great plot. Ms Stein can certainly write a story that fascinates and keeps you hooked till the end. I loved the well crafted plot, the fleshed out and interesting cast of characters, and the solid mystery that kept me guessing. An excellent read, highly recommended. Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Tangen 6 days ago
Brooklyn, law-enforcement, amateur-sleuth, historical-places-events, historical-research, cozy-mystery The publisher's blurb is pretty good, so no recap or spoilers here. The mystery is very well done and is interspersed with some tidbits of real history. Actually, I devoured it in one afternoon but now come the disclaimers: I geek history, cozy mysteries, museums, and have family in Brooklyn. So what's not to like here? I absolutely loved it! I requested and received a free ebook copy from Poisoned Pen Press via NetGalley. Thank you!
MKF 6 days ago
Oh what happens when change comes to the neighborhood. Erica Donato finds herself in the midst of a local land war of sorts between Louisa Gibbs and the Watchtower Society and the Prinzig family. Louisa's house is adjacent to property owned by the Watchtower and coveted by the Prinzigs. Then there's a murder. Is Louisa the guilty party? She might be a strong advocate for her community but she's not the nicest person in the world- but murder? This has a nice blend of fact and fiction (read the afterword) and atmospherics of an area which has morphed incredibly over the last few years. Erica, who was meant to be looking for a portrait of Walt Whitman, is the perfect intrepid heroine for this case. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. An enjoyable read.