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Murder at the Flamingo

(Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #1)

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  181 reviews
“Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…”

Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionabl
Paperback, 343 pages
Published July 10th 2018 by Thomas Nelson (first published July 2018)
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DJ Sakata
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Sometimes stories are in the people whose life’s pages no one thinks of turning…

Reggie didn’t have the privilege of choice when it came to finding gainful employment. Economic times had fallen hard for those with numerous skills she didn’t possess.

She almost missed having someone to rush home and apply red lipstick for. Someone to turn in front of a mirror and adjust her skirt for. Someone she would watch the clock to be fashionably late for…

They both knew Luca had a past. Heck,
Courtney Clark
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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With Rachel McMillan’s distinct historical voice and attention to detail, she paints a vivid historical mystery with a hint of romance against the backdrop of a brilliant 1930s Boston scene. In her distinct way, she makes the setting a secondary character of its own, vocal and important in its culture and story role. With a fabulous puzzle solved and room for more adventures to come, the city comes to life as the characters grapple with loyalty, independence, anxiety, and purpose.

Hamish and Regg
Oct 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fun adventure crackling with life and energy:).

I did think it was a bit rushed at a few parts but overall this charmed the heck out of me:).

Hamish and Reggie wormes their way into my affections pretty quickly and were content to stay there. Many times I just wantes to dive into the story and just hang out with them and "see the city."

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Jocelyn Green
Boston comes roaring to life with fullness and flair, a character in its own right. Endearing protagonists carry the tale with wit, charm, and struggles that make them human. Bursting with rhythm, Murder at the Flamingo is a toe-tapping, heart-pumping immersion into the world of Reggie and Hamish. A delightful experience.
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Murder and Mayhem, O My! If you’ve been following my reviews for a while, you’ll know Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan is a little out of my reading comfort zone (as far as the time period and it being a murder mystery). So I am pleasantly surprised by how much I did enjoy this book!

The story is a great one that focuses a lot on the characters and not a whole lot on the actual murder, blood and grime, etc. Our main characters, Reggie and Hamish, are both looking for adventure and really
Jes Drew
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rachel McMillan has done it again with an atmospheric historical mystery with great relationships at the core. Murder at the Flamingo was a charming pilot to a new series that features a girl and guy detective team this time, set in 1930s Boston. The descriptions are rich and I really felt like I was exploring the city with Regina and Hamish- and getting fat on baked goods- with them. And the characters themselves are rich and multi-layered, with a runaway heiress and a shy lawyer with a fettish ...more
Cara Putman
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read for those who love the glamour of the 1930s. This book is an ode to Boston and a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. It is a journey of self-growth wrapped inside an intriguing mystery. Who’s the villain? There are many good culprits. But the hero is never in question. Hamesh DeLuca is a hero to love, the question is whether Reggie can see him that way.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

"You are only as strong as the moment that finds you braver than you have ever been."

Not many people would consider Hamish DeLuca to be brave; brilliant, introverted, unpredictably anxious maybe, but not brave. Or perhaps he just needed the opportunity. For when Hamish shrugs off an embarrassing debut into his legal career, and travels from Toronto, Canada to the bustling city of Boston, Massachusetts to visit his extravagant cousin Luca, he discovers that courage often needs just the
Rachel McMillan
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
You know there's just something about Hamish DeLuca. A detective with severe social anxiety, his Girl Friday, ex-debutante Regina Van Buren, a city that is at turns dark and beautiful, whiffs of a revolutionary past in a place of liberty, way too many Hunchback of Notre Dame quotes

Can't wait for you to all meet him!
Jul 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I confess to it! I will give up and admit that I was not expecting to fall so very much in love with Mr. Hamish Deluca. But oh my stars!! He is a delight from the first pages to the last and by the time I closed the book, I was thoroughly convinced that I wished he were real. He and Reggie both, of course! And the atmosphere that surrounds them, the city of Boston itself, is very like a secondary character in the book. I was so utterly swept up into the glittering magic of Ms. McMillan's clear l ...more
Nov 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
Solid beginning to a new series. Murder at the Flamingo is set in 1930s Boston. The author does a nice job of creating the atmosphere of the area and time.

What I loved the most though was the characters. Hamish, Regina and Nate all won my heart. Loved all three!

The story line dragged a bit at times, but overall, I enjoyed this historical mystery.

My gratitude to publisher Thomas Nelson for a complimentary copy of the novel. I was not required to post a review and the opinions expressed are my own
Anna Lee Huber
Jul 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Murder at the Flamingo is a dynamite beginning to McMillan’s newest series. Both a coming-of-age tale and a twisty case of whodunit, readers will fall in love with her delightfully complicated characters. 1937 Boston leaps to life in vivid detail, while the author’s portrayal of anxiety and panic disorder is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I cannot wait to read Hamish and Reggie’s next adventure.
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I had an international trip to pack for and shouldn't have picked up this book when I did, but Hamish DeLuca is a bit irresistible 😁

If you’re looking for a talented writer capable of writing a literary novel with a twist of mystery, look no further. There's something about Rachel McMillan's books that are so... Rachel McMillan. And as vague as that sounds, for me it's the truth and the only way I can describe her books.

They're unique and I really feel as if these stories were meant for her to wr
Abby Breuklander
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love love and love!! Sometimes the things that we believe hinder us can be the very things that make us exactly who we are. What we believe are issues that need to be kept hidden and kept secret could possibly be the very tools used to get us right where we need to be. Those insecurities or self-doubts that we try to hide behind can actually be something that makes us unique, helping to develop our character and have empathy for others, binding us to those who struggle with the same things we do ...more
Hamish is a new favorite for sure! Better review to come.
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
About this book:

“Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets his cousin's “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand.
Regina “Reggie” Van Bu
Narration of Kristin James a delight as she characterized and accented for era and attitude.
Definitely a positive contribution to author Rachel McMillan's excellent storytelling.
Patti Henry
Jul 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE THIS NOVEL. In a story both atmospheric and thrilling, we meet Hamish and Reggie, who are brought together at just the right time in just the right place. But there is so much more to this novel than just a mystery to be solved; there are also two lives that intersect as they learn who they were meant to be and growing the courage to be those very people. I literally can't wait for the next in this series....
Susie Finkbeiner
If there's one thing I can count on in a Rachel McMillan novel, it's that I'm going to love the characters she creates. If there's another thing, it's that the story she weaves is going to be enthralling. McMillan delivers on both in Murder at the Flamingo.

With beautifully conceived prose, dialogue that rings true, and a mystery that kept me turning pages. I so enjoyed this novel. In fact, I do believe this is McMillan's finest work thus far, which is saying A LOT. I loved....LOVED....the Herri
Alyssa Maxwell
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a great start to this series! The prose caught me up immediately, and it wasn't long before I fell hoplessly in love with Hamish de Luca, a character who's vunerable and courageous in equal measure. He's also the perfect yin to Reggie's yang, or maybe that goes the other way around, but together they are a delight and make each other stronger and more confident. I also loved the setting. I don't know Boston other than what I've read about it, but there are just enough recognizable landmarks ...more
Heidi Chiavaroli
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A perfectly-flawed hero and a liberty-seeking lady are the backbone of this delightful and lively mystery novel. Grounded in a city that is no stranger to independence, Hamish and Reggie seek what it means to be free beneath the lights of Boston's glitziest nightclub...and a murder that taints its opening night. Fast-paced and at times humorous, the satisfying ending leaves the reader content and anxious for more all at the same time.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was so entertaining! I loved this! Here are my full thoughts -
Karen R
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
A unique start to a new series, set in 1937 Boston. Underneath the glitz and glamour of the nightclub scene lurks dark secrets and sinister characters. Loosely linked to the fun Herringford and Watts series, the fledgling detective team of Hamish DeLuca and Regina 'Reggie' Van Buren find themselves in the middle of a confusing murder investigation.

Fans of classic films will enjoy all of the references and interaction of this pair. Old Boston is a lovely setting for a new mystery series with its
Apr 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Hamish DeLuca and Regina (Reggie) Van Buren both leave home and meet in Boston. They find themselves involved in the life of Luca Valari as he opens his nightclub, The Flamingo. Reggie is Luca's secretary and Hamish is Luca's cousin. On opening night, a woman is found dead and the authorities decide it was an accident. However, Reggie and Hamish believe otherwise.

The author does a wonderful job describing the hustle and bustle of life on the streets in Boston in this murder mystery. Hamish loves
Emily Crow
*Actual rating: 2.5 stars*

It's not a bad book by any means, but too slow-paced for my tastes. The murder doesn't even take place until 60% of the way through the story. Hamish was quite a likable character, though.
Lou Allen
I would class this story as romantic suspense with a side order of mystery.
I loved the characters Hamish and Reggie. They were good fun to read and felt very real. I can’t wait to hear more from them in the next book.

For those of you who’ve read the book - does anyone else now have a craving for cannoli?

(FYI - I found Murder at the Flamingo listed under Christian fiction on Amazon but I would say that it should be listed as Christian-friendly-fiction. It was clean, there were no sex scenes or s
Jul 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh, Hamish...My Hamish...Where have you been all my life? Hamish is my kindred spirit. My best friend. The fictional character that I so desperately want to meet.

For Rachel McMillan to take something that she has personally dealt with her whole life, and give it to her HERO...It is one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness. I feel like I not only know Hamish...But I know Ms. McMillan better. She opened her heart and let the words pour onto the page. The description is REAL, the emo
Yvette (bookworlder)
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
With writing that was at times reminiscent of golden age mysteries, Rachel McMillan amuses, enchants, and leads the reader through a cozy mystery and adventure set in 1937 Boston full of interesting characters and an unlikely detective duo.

On finishing this first Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery, I had two thoughts: first, I’m glad there will be more mysteries with anxiety ridden Hamish DeLuca, lately of Toronto, and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren of the New Haven Van Burens and secondly, where can I get
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
To be honest … this book hurt my brain. And I really don't understand all the great buzz I've been seeing about it.

Don't get me wrong. It had its good parts. I adored Hamish (I want to wrap him up in bubblewrap and keep him safe forever because he is epic!), and I absolutely loved Nate. Luca and Reggie also had their moments, though they did get on my nerves a few times.

But it was the story itself that really drove me bonkers. I adored the series that came before this. Jem and Merinda's adventur
Sep 28, 2018 rated it it was ok
As soon as I saw the cover of this book I was in love! I liked the colors, the scene, and the font used. I loved the cover so much that I wanted to just pick up the book and start reading right away. But, since I'm a one-book-at-a-time kinda gal, I finished my current read and then delved right into this one.

I wish I could say I was as in love with the story as I was the cover, but that just isn't the case. This was my first book by this author and I found her writing style a bit different at ti
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Rachel McMillan is the author of the Herringford and Watts mysteries, the Three Quarter Time series of contemporary romances set in opulent Vienna, and the Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries praised for bringing an authentic 1930’s Boston world to life while normalizing the fictional conversation surrounding mental illness. Her first work of non-fiction, described as a romantic’s guide to independent ...more

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