Hamish and Reggie are doing SUCH a good job of being just friendsWe re back in Boston and it is all cobblestones and cannoliAnd there s "Nate of course and Luca tooand baseballSpira Speraactually they re doing a terrible job of it I was "of course and Luca tooand baseballSpira Speraactually they re doing a terrible job of it I was a bit of a time to get into this story but soon realized that this was the second book and I did feel Poetry Man lostWhile this story takes place just prior to WWII we meet prejudice and antisemitism head on and there is a mystery and sparks flying Il admit I had to fight my way through this book I have a fondness for the Red Socks and this baseball team ed me there but maybe I needed the first book to really get this bookI received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson and was not reuired to give a positive review Historical fiction with a touch of crime is always appealing to me and this book set in Boston 1940 held a ot of promise for me The two protagonists are compelling characters but the mystery takes a very distant second place to the romance And for me that was both boring and tediousI wanted the modest but dashing hero to win the girl And I was prepared for him to have to earn his place before she came to her senses but all of the tension in the book seemed to be romantic not plot inspired The criminal aspects of the book were convoluted enough although secondary that I was freuently confused and this book did not merit the reader getting confused about who s on firstThis is a series I wanted to enjoy With characters crafted to earn our affection and interest But the author just didn t deliver enough story or depth of character to really engage meNetgalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review Rachel McMillan has written an authentic and atmospheric Mystery steeped in history 1940s Boston Hamish and Reggie are a couple years into running their detective agency Their newest
Client Is A Well is a well black baseball player who is being messed with The racism and the criminal element on the cobblestone streets of Boston is really brought to ife with McMillan s words Throw in some major romantic tension and this book really had a bit of everything The perfect balance of mystery history and romance This book really reminded me of the 1980s television show Moonlighting Reggie was smart savvy and spunky and Hamish was shy and uirky The sexual tension between them was palpable and I think that will be a fun storyline that will run throughout the series The mystery was interesting but I think it was of a social commentary on 1940s Boston especially when it came to racism and anti Semitism There was also that mobstercriminal element to the story that is expected I guess with a book with this setting and time This was such an entertaining read and even though there were some dark spots it ultimately was full of hope Perfect for anyone who oves a well told Mystery or romance that is fizzing with history The book was a real gas I first must say that for a book from a Christian publisher the faith elements are either very thickly veiled OR missing I m not sure whichMurder in the City of Liberty is a well written engaging book with fabulous characters I seriously had so much fun with them You have no idea uirky interesting consistent but not predictable all the time And of course my favorite Flawed Thanks to a character arc that is going through the series I suspect there Dead Taboo ll be even And actually thinking about that The character arc could explain theightweight faith elements If they don t have much yet maybe it s because something is coming An interesting thoughtThe mystery isn t one you ve never seen but seriously with the characters the setting etc it made it seem new and funThough I haven t read the first book I didn t have any trouble getting up to speed Rachel McMillan did a fabulous job giving us the past without dumping it on us or giving us too many. Hamish DeLuca and Regina Reggie Van Buren have a new case and this one brings the war in Europe dangerously close to homeDetermined to make a ife for herself Regina Reggie Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing D I felt ost at times Mob characters were difficult to keep up with I highly recommend reading Murder at the Flamingo first as I believe that would have given me a much better understanding There s The Subtle Beauty lots to enjoy in Murder in the City of Liberty and Iook forward to spending time with these uniue characters created by Rachel McMillanI received a copy of this book through Celebrate Lit The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own Onetime socialite Regina Reggie Van Buren and shy Having Tanner Bravos Baby (Bravo Family, lawyer Hamish DeLuca met in a previous book I haven t read But not having read the first in the series isn t what kept me from enjoying this seuel in which the pair now partners in a detective agencyook into some nasty pranks aimed at a baseball rising star Set in Boston in 1940 Murder in the City of Liberty features characters that made me think of the 1980s television show Moonlighting DeLuca is the stolid Cybil Shepherd character while Reggie s the devil may care Bruce Willis stand in As on the show there s a sexual tension between the two characters with the female reluctant to reciprocate the male s ove
How Could Such A Set could such a set go wrongAsk author Rachel McMillan Somehow I could never get into this cozy mystery Reggie seemed so foolhardy and thoughtless her uest for adventure always seems to create trouble for DeLuca and Deluca seems ike such a sad sack that I have to admit that I couldn t force myself to finish this book Say what you The Billionaires Runaway Bride like about the original Moonlighting the actors made you care about the characters they played Maddie Hayes and David Addison and neither made stupid mistakes I simply couldn t make myself feel the same way about DeLuca and ReggieI received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own This novel was the epitome of historical romantic mysteries set in 30s Boston with all the civil unrest tension between the protagonists and the underlying web binding crime and their pasts together Reggie is her usual charming self even as theoved ones of her former ife jeopardize her independence Hamich stands tall as a strong man despite his disability and shines an honesty seldom seen in fiction And Lucas stays in the shadows a safe distance from his beloved cousin as he moves further
the world of crime but still manages to charm himself his status as a favorite character And of course there is Nate good old Nate who doesn t deserve any of the antisemitism threatening Boston The historical aspect itself is rife with tension revealing an evil that haunted that era and tragically today as well The author also does such a spectacular job at instilling the aura and ingo of the times giving an atmospheric immersion of 1930s The romance really rises in tension in this installment with our characters having been partners for a couple years now and Hamich being the only honest one in the relationship but a side romance also rises And the mystery takes a darker turn than I was expecting knocking me off guard but these deadly beliefs have deadly conseuences Anyway if you enjoy historical novels romantic novels andor mysteries you will enjoy this expertly crafted story I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the views and opinions are my own From my endorsement which ended up on the front cover Oh My Suee Rachel McMillan paints her portrait of 1940 Boston with brushes of poetry humor and care for historical
into the world of crime but still manages to charm himself
detail In this seuel she brings us home not only to a city she clearly In this seuel she brings us home not only to a city she clearly but also to her winning cast of characters Flavored with uipping nods to The Thin Man and imbued with insecurities and prejudices of the time and place Murder in the City of Liberty is an irresistible readOther thoughts LUCA And Ray And a revelation at the end that promises great conflict between the cousins in Book 3 Looking forward to the fallout and I trust redemptio. And he's afraid for his Caught on Camera with the CEO life Hamish and Reggie uickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem toink Boston to Hamish's hometown of TorontoWhen an act of violence hits too close to home Hamish is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever even than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan. .
Free read Murder in the City of Liberty A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #2.
Spoilers It all feels ike stuff we d ikely figure out early on reading the other book okay a couple of minor things we wouldn t have
KNOWN BUT NOTHING THAT WILL RUINbut nothing that will ruin storiesI spent the entire book on tenterhooks about everythingIt wasn t that Murder in the City of Liberty was that suspenseful Instead it was ike it was that delightful You just knew something fun would happen every now and then something bad something unexpectedWith every element that a solid mystery needs red herrings fun detectives means motives opportunities and than just the mystery driving it this Van Buren and De Luca series promises to be a whole ot of funMeanwhile I m really glad that I asked for a review copy of this one and
NOW I M OFF TO BUY THE FIRST BOOKI m off to buy the first book the ast two years Hamish DeLuca and Reggie Van Buren have been solving small cases involving property and rental Wild Nights with Her Wicked Boss law and searching for missing pets Now they are being consulted for a potentially huge case A guy named Pete Kelly owns dockland by the waterfront he uses for a variety of purposes A powerful architectural firm wants to buy theand and build affordable housing but poorly constructed on the site Pete isn t interested in selling When Reggie is nearly killed and Hamish spies an old nemesis of his cousin Luca s he becomes suspicious that this scheme has his cousin s name all over it Determined to stay out of his cousin s business Hamish enjoys dancing with pretty Bernice Wong while pining for Reggie who is still dating Vaughn Vanderlaan who works for the same firm interested in the waterfront They pick up another case when Boston farm Midsummer Night (Lady Julia Grey, league player Errol Parker turns to Van Buren and DeLuca for help He s been the target of some very nasty pranks and Reviewed at The Power of Words in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is a wonderfully atmospheric novel filled with romance historical detail witty dialogue and adventure There s a freshness to McMillan s writing that Iike and I ve never seen Always You lead characters uiteike Hamish and Reggie In fact it s only in reflecting back that I realize how complex this story really isFirst there s the setting Boston of 1940 My favorite historical era is the American Revolution and Boston reflects much of our country s fight for independence to this day In McMillan s hands Boston comes alive so much so that it iterally becomes a major character But there s also a realism as she shows its darker side such as the criminal underworld And some themes are just as prevalent today as they were then racial tensions corruption and antisemitismAnother strength is the characters of Hamish DeLuca and Regina Reggie Van Buren who when it comes to historical mysteries are in a class all by themselves In spite of her high society background or maybe because of it the determined Reggie is striving for independence and making it on her own yet is still drawn to certain elements of the society world Hamish is an incredible but flawed eading man How often does a hero wear glasses Or suffer from mental illness With Hamish it s panic attacks caused by an anxiety disorder realistically portrayed because this is something with which McMillan has first hand experience What I Lucy Carmichael like most is that Hamish is not defined by his disability rather turning his weaknesses into strengths I alsooved the chemistry between Hamish and Reggie as their romance takes a step forward beyond the friend and coworker stageTwo extremely strong secondary characters really stand out Nate Hamish s best friend is a patient encourager who I iked and want to see of And then there s Hamish s cousin Luca Valari Is he good or bad or maybe a ittle of both I don t know yet but I m intrigued Much of Luca s One-Click Buy life existed behind a kind of filter where shapes were blurred andines were fuzzy and nothing ever uite added up Murder in the City of Liberty is the second book in this series and while the author provides some backgroun. Ould develop into a business partnership with the handsome yet shy Hamish DeLucaTheir Redeeming Claire latest case arrives when Errol Parker theeading base stealer in the Boston farm Return to Willow Lake (Lakeshore Chronicles leagues hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks Errol believes these are hate crimesinked to the outbreak of war in Europe.