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Murder in the City of Liberty

(Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #2)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  127 ratings  ·  92 reviews

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

Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 28th 2019 by Thomas Nelson
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Jun 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 known black baseball player who is being messed with. The racism and the criminal element on the cobblestone streets of Boston is really brought to life with McMillan‘s words. Throw in some major romantic tension and this book really had a bit of everything. The perfect balance of mystery, histor ...more
Rachel McMillan
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Hamish and Reggie are doing SUCH a good job of being *"just friends"

We're back in Boston and it is all cobblestones and cannoli....

And there's Nate, of course, and Luca too!

....and baseball.

Spira, Spera!

*actually they're doing a terrible job of it.
Ivonne Rovira
May 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ivonne by: NetGalley
Onetime socialite Regina “Reggie” Van Buren and shy 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 sequel in which the pair, now partners in a detective agency, look 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, w
Chautona Havig
Jun 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 which.

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
Maureen Timerman
May 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I was having a bit of a time to get into this story, but soon realized that this was the second book, and I did feel lost.
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
Jes Drew
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 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
Amanda G. Stevens
Feb 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From my endorsement (which ended up on the front cover. Oh. My. Squee.): Rachel McMillan paints her portrait of 1940 Boston with brushes of poetry, humor, and care for historical detail. In this sequel she brings us home, not only to a city she clearly loves, but also to her winning cast of characters. Flavored with quipping 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 read.

Other thoughts: LUCA. And Ray.
Carole Jarvis
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

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
May 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
On a scale of cotton candy and Brussels sprouts, Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is unlimited kettle corn. Lightly sweet with a touch of saltiness, kettle corn is an addictive crunch that you can't feel bad consuming. What's another handful?

[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
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction with a touch of crime is always appealing to me--and, this book' set in Boston, 1940 held a lot 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 tedious.

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
Courtney Clark
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the City of Liberty whisks you away on a mystery and adventure that's really about the characters and friendships. Loyalty, romance, relationships and their ties to the past, grace, and social justice are all themes displayed in an immersive setting of Boston with its cobblestones and steeples. I feel like I could map Boston from the descriptions Hamish and Nate give!

Rachel McMillan writes stories for the romantic at heart. I'm not referring to "love stories", though a hefty dose of st
Kelly Bridgewater
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is a story filled with accurate details and a nod to classic literature. The story does have a dead body in it and does move the story along, but, I believe, the plot is more a cultural nod to the social and racial tensions of the 1940's. America is on the brink of World War II, even though majority of the citizens want to ignore the rising terror. McMillan jumps into the plot and brings 1940's Boston to life. I really enjoy her attention to hist ...more
Jan 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a mystery that uses the political and sociocultural influences of the times to enhance the story. Boston is the setting, in the 1940’s, where racism and corruption exist in the background. Reggie and Hamish are hired to find out who is harassing a Black baseball player, when they become enmeshed in a deeper mystery. I love these two characters, but did find the various Mob like characters and the subplot a bit difficult to follow. If you enjoyed Murder at the Flamingo, this 2nd in the ser ...more
Suzie Waltner
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Y’all, I just adore Hamish DeLuca. This man is loyal to those closest to him and strives to protect them even when his own anxiety threatens. It’s obvious there’s been a growing friendship (and perhaps more?) between Hamish and Reggie in the couple years that have passed since the first book (Murder at the Flamingo).

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
Dawn Michelle
Read 100 pages

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
Karin Carlson
Jan 07, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in the series involving Hamish and Reggie. I was hoping they would have improved since the first outing but sadly they may have gotten worse. I had such a hard time finishing this. It, much like the first one, was not too mysterious. Or thrilling. The way the characters behave is somewhat incoherent.....
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
Oh. My. Word. I thoroughly loved every second spent with Reggie and Hamish in this fantastic murder mystery. Murder in the City of Liberty is SO, SO good. The plot is insanely fast paced and highly engaging. Hamish and Reggie are outstanding protagonists. The chemistry between the two — it’s a delicious blend of hope, romance, and tension. It kept me furiously turning pages well into the night! And the history. I learned so much about 1940s Boston and the political climate in the early days of W ...more
Fiction Aficionado
Hamish + Reggie 4 ever! No, I’m not doodling romantic daydreams inside the cover of my school books, but I would happily read books about these two forever. Even their names go together perfectly! Perhaps more perfectly than they do themselves, but that explanation is better left to the story…

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
Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
“You can make yourself believe a great many things about the choices you make.”

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
Lynda Edwards
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't read a lot of mysteries, but I have been curious about Rachel McMillan’s writing for a while now, and when the opportunity popped up to review her latest release, the vintage look to the cover reeled me in. I am so glad I took a chance outside my favorite genre and look forward to reading more of this author!

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
Davida Chazan
Maybe I should have read the first book in this series before asking for this via NetGalley. Unfortunately, I don't think I can finish reading this.

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
Deana Dick
I'm happy to be back with the duo of Hamish and Reggie. They are a great team and for some reason remind me of the duo from the show Moonlighting. They have this quirky relationship that seems to compliment each other. I'm not quite sure if there are sparks between them at times, but they sure liven up the story.

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
Janka H.
May 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Reggie and Hamish sleuthing team is at work to solve the seemingly petty crimes in the baseball world.

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
Janice Sisemore
Jun 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Murder in the city of liberty

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
May 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I had difficulty reading this novel. I was confused by the beginning, starting with Luca. I remember wondering who Luca was when this novel was about deLuca. That chapter would have better been placed later, after identifying the relationship between those cousins.

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
Seema Rao
Feb 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Fast-paced ~ Richly-detailed ~ Stressful

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
Rachel Mcmillan's unique voice never fails to draw me into her stories. Her love of Boston and attention to historical detail is evident in this 1940 mystery. America is hovering on the brink of war and the tensions felt by people from all walks of life are the unifying thread between different cases amateur sleuths Hamish and Reggie are solving.

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
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to start by making this abundantly clear: I love Hammish. As a person who suffers from anxiety attacks, this character is my hero. As Hammish is experiencing his "episodes," I am right there with him. The description are so well written that I had to be careful, because I could feel my heart start to respond with Hammish. It was almost as if my body knew these feelings and physical symptoms so well, that it began to mimic them. Have you ever been reading along with a book, and a character ...more
Virginia Winfield
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wish that I had read the first two books in this series. I was a little confused in the beginning of the story and this confused me for a little bit of time. I really loved how this story ended. All of the main characters learned many old secrets about themselves and their families. I received a copy of this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
May 29, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
The setting and time period of this book were very fun to me...1940 in Boston. I loved the descriptions of the sights and sounds of the city. I haven't read many books that take place in this time period so it was interesting to read about. 

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
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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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