Murder in the City of Liberty
Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one could demand a price they’re not willing to pay.
Determined to make a life for herself, 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 would develop into a bus...more
We're back in Boston and it is all cobblestones and cannoli....
And there's Nate, of course, and Luca too!
*actually they're doing a terrible job of it.
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, w ...more
Murder 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. Quirky, 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’ll be even more.
And actually, thi ...more
While this story takes place just prior to WWII we meet prejudice and antisemitism head on, and there is a mystery and sparks flying, I’ll admit I had to fight my way through this book.
I have a fondness for the Red Socks, and this baseball team led me there, but maybe I needed the first book to really get this book.
I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Th ...more
Reggie is her usual charming self- even as the loved ones of her former life 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 fu ...more
Other thoughts: LUCA. And Ray. ...more
Murder 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 I like, and I’ve never seen lead characters quite like Hamish and Reggie. In fact, it’s only in reflecting back that I realize how complex this story really is.
First, there’s the setting, Boston of 1940. My favorite historical era is the Americ ...more
[copy received. opinions my own.]
Regina, known as Reggie by her friends, and Hamish are decently good amateur sleuths. Hired to figure out what's going on in the life of a famous baseball player, they find more questions than answers. Then, i ...more
I 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 pl ...more
Rachel McMillan writes stories for the romantic at heart. I'm not referring to "love stories", though a hefty dose of st ...more
The actual murder is secondary to the mystery of what’s happening with Nate as well as the will-they-or-won’t-they question of Hamish and Reggie’s relationship. But the murder myster ...more
Read 100 pages
DID NOT FINISH
I should have trusted my gut and not requested this one when it became available; after not liking the first one, I should have known that this one was going to be not for me, but I am always hopeful and optimistic, so I went ahead and got this one. Ahhh, yeah. This one is not working for me either.
I don't like the characters or the pacing or really, anything about this book. Sigh.
Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas Nelson - Fiction for providing this ARC in ...more
As if they aren’t fully formed humans yet and they are both old enough to be exercising far better judgment then they do here. The problem with the first book continues to ...more
To be a little more serious—I adore this series. I adore the setting, the characters (Hamish gets all the heart-eyes), and the kinds of issues they’re tackling, both personally and professionally. And I ado ...more
The author Rachel McMillan has a way with words that is unique and thoroughly insightful. The characters are quirky and their witty and fun dialogue really makes the story shine. The murder mystery component is a bit reminiscent of Columbo or Murder She Wrote (or Moonlighting as another reviewer mentioned) but it’s the character study of Regina and Hamish and their relationship that take center stage in the book. I’ve ...more
The characters are fun and unique. Reggie is a runaway debutante, rebelling against her parents expectations, who has opened an investigative firm with her friend, who incidentally ...more
For example, I was terribly confused by the scene which has DeLuca saving Van Buren from almost drowning. The whole episode just wasn't described so that I could visualize what was going on, who was where, how she got into the water, and how he was able to find her to save her. I'm hoping that this is fixed in the final version.
By the way, I don't t ...more
There is an abundance of intrigue and not so nice people in the story. At times I didn't know who was good and who was bad. I remember reading the first book and thinking how much I enjo ...more
After two years, Reggie and Hamish are still friends. Oh wells, good luck with that. Luckily, there are gangsters of all sorts to provide the opening for the changes in their relationship status - or to make them suffer. Or both.
Unfortunately, this second installments does not hold my excitement of the first volume. Maybe because I am not interested in baseball. Or maybe I am too much interest ...more
Reggie and Hamish are private investigators. There is a murder. They had met the person that got murder and knows his uncle. Will they find out who did it? They are also attracted to each other but don’t want to admit it.
The book is set in the 1940’s. Even though it is fiction there is some based on true events. It was enjoyable reading about the baseball players.
The book was a little slow starting out but did get interesting after a few chapters. This is my first ...more
Then there was an immediate introduction of a number of characters from the previous novel. The back story of their involvement in that novel was reviewed but I was at a loss until about a third of the way into the book as to how they ...more
tl;dr: Mystery in Boston touches on prejudice.
This face-paced mystery novel set at the cusp of War War II tells about the American milieu. Boston was full of baseball, beautiful buildings, and antisemitism. This a great historic mystery, and I didn't quite know the perpetrator. Reggie, the main female character, makes this a great read. I will definitely add this Canadian author to my list of historic mystery favs.
I received a complimentary copy of this ...more
Filled with wit and romance, there is plenty of danger to please readers of historical mysteries. While Hamish needs to face shadows from his past, Reg ...more
I struggled a bit with the author's writing style. It was a bit hard for me to follow at times and she made a lot of references to "Old Hollywood" films and the book "Hunchback of Notre Dame". I'm not well versed or interested in these things so those parts w ...more