Fted story I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the views and opinions are my own I was having a bit of a time to get into this story but soon realized that this was the second book and I id feel lostWhile 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 bookI received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson and was not reuired to give a positive review 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 ll be even And actually thinking about that The character arc could explain the lightweight faith elements If they Les pingouins nont jamais froid 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 Iidn t have any trouble getting up to speed Rachel McMillan Hit Refresh: The Quest to Rediscover Microsoft's Soul and Imagine a Better Future for Everyone did a fabulous job giving us the past withoutumping it on us or giving us too many spoilers It all feels like stuff we Code pnal 2020 annot. dition limite - 117e d. d likely figure out early on reading the other book okay a couple of minor things we wouldn t have known but nothing that will ruin those storiesI spent the entire book on tenterhooks about everythingIt wasn t that Murder in the City of Liberty was that suspenseful Instead it was like it was thatelightful 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 The Peoples Songs detectives means motives opportunities and than just the mysteryriving it this Van Buren and De Luca series promises to be a whole lot 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 book 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 seuel in which the pair now partners in a etective agency look
into some nasty pranks aimed at a baseball rising star Set in Boston in 1940 Murder in the City of some nasty pranks aimed at a baseball rising star Set in Boston in 1940 Murder in the City of features characters that made me think of the 1980s television show Moonlighting DeLuca is the stolid Cybil Shepherd character while Reggie s the evil 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 love How could such a set up 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 like such a sad sack that I have to admit that I couldn t force myself to finish this book Say what you 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 Hamish and Reggie are Blind Devotion (The Shifter Chronicles 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 reoing a terrible job of it Rachel McMillan has written an authentic and atmospheric Mystery steeped in history 1940s Boston Hamish and Reggie are a couple years into running their etective 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 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 a book with this setting and time This such an entertaining read and even though there were some ark spots it ultimately was full of hope Perfect for anyone who loves a well told Mystery or romance that is fizzing with history The book was a real gas. And he's afraid for his life Hamish and Reggie uickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem to link Boston to Hamish's hometown of TorontoWhen an act of violence hits too close to home Hamish is riven to a ecision that may sever him from Reggie forever even than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan. .
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Reviewed at The Power of Words in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is a wonderfully atmospheric novel filled with romance historical Billy Bragg detail wittyialogue and adventure There s a freshness to McMillan s writing that I like and I 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 Polly Prices Totally Secret Diary detail In this seuel she brings us home not only to a city she clearly loves 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 redemption 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 T For the last two years Hamish DeLuca and Reggie Van Buren have been solving small cases involving property and rental law and searching for missing pets Now they are being consulted for a potentially huge case A guy named Pete Kelly ownsockland by the waterfront he uses for a variety of purposes A powerful architectural firm wants to buy the land 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 ancing with pretty Bernice Wong while pining for Reggie who is still ating Vaughn Vanderlaan who works for the same firm interested in the waterfront They pick up another case when Boston farm league player Errol Parker turns to Van Buren and DeLuca for help He s been the target of some very nasty pranks and feels frightened because he believes the crimes are related to the color of his skin He aims to be the first African American baseball player for the Boston Red Sox but some people are not happy about it Hamish has a nasty encounter with a group calling themselves the Christian Patriots are rallying and handing out hate filled leaflets aimed at protecting America from a foreign war Jews and other ethnic groups Could they be trying to harm Errol or scare him away from baseball Hamish and Reggie aim to find out Meanwhile Nate Reis is acting strangely and Hamish is concerned and Reggie can t make up her mind what to The Majors Daughter do about her feelings for Hamish vs her feelings for Vaughn Can she ever untangle any of this mess and get her happily ever after like in the pictures Iidn t care for this mystery as much as the previous one This one oesn t have as much local color I was eager to read this because I live in the current hometown of the Boston minor
league baseball teambaseball team the team in the story is fictional and they play in Charlestown Charlestown plays of a role than the North End in this story The main North End location is the ocks Mrs Leoni makes very brief cameos but not enough of her cannoli and cookies make it into the novel The end of The Novel Features The novel features the erection of the Paul Revere statue in the Prado by the Old North Church The mystery here seems a lot The Touch darker than the Flamingo mystery especially given the fact the reader is privy to insider information Hamishoesn t know about his cousin The Christian Patriots alt right group was modeled after the Nazi Party and other Fascist groups of the time but uncomfortably and sadly sounded so much like certain groups today and even like a certain politician That to me is frightening that the mystery The actual murder takes place WAY late in the book I had a feeling it was going to be one of two characters neither of which I wanted to On His Majestys Service die The one thatid was too awfully tragic to make the story enjoyable There was also too much romantic Different Class drama for me Like Reggie I want my nice neat happily ever after at the end of the storyI really appreciated how human these characters are They re all threeimensional with complicated thoughts and feelings They make mistakes and mistakes feel guilt and have conflicted feelings about people close to them Should Hamish love his cousin Luca who has always been kind to him but is involved in some shady #business Should the reader care for Luca who seems to be a gangster but not mafia #Should the reader care for Luca who seems to be a gangster but not mafia I thought previously WHY WHY WHY The Essential Good Food Guide does the Italian guy HAVE to be a gangstermafiavillain type Thank goodness Hamish is such a great guy or I be very mad at the author Hamish is such a Textbook of Wisdom dear He s a wonderful beta hero whoeserves a happily ever after ending His anxiety and panic attacks seem better in Boston but not entirely cured and never will be He s learned to live with his problem and Reggie is good for him because she recognizes the signs and helps Hamish take a break to calm In Defence of Dogs down Yet Hamish makes what he thinks is a huge mistake in this novel He cares for and trusts his cousin Luca even though he knows Luca may not be worthy of his trust Ion t like Luca very much but at the end of the novel some. Hamish DeLuca and Regina Reggie Van Buren have a new case and this one brings the war in Europe angerously close to homeDetermined to make a life 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 iscover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing ,
Information comes to light that explains why Luca is the way he is and what may have happened Hamish is The City in Mind determined to maintain family ties and figure it out Reggie still has a lot of growing up too She s very naive and looks at life as though it were a movie She keeps waiting for some Revenge (The Red Ledger drama or some exciting moment when her life will change for the better Reggie strings along two good men because she is waiting for a screenwriter to come and figure it out for her Ion t understand her worries about confessing her feelings to Hamish Her feelings may be confused but I believe he would respect that as much as he loves her and give her the space she needs I believe that is what he is No One Wants You doing and sheoesn t know that Even at the end when I The City Of Heavenly Tranquillity didn t agree with some of herecisions I still felt compassion for her and liked her enough to want her to have that happy ending Vaughn was rather a surprise I kept waiting for him to Penguins Poems for Life do something nasty like Cal in the James Cameron movie Titanic but he s aecent man who loves Reggie but isn t the right fit for her He oesn t eserve to be led on by Reggie Reggie s mother reminded me too much of Mrs DeWitt Bukater and her father is kind of a helpless idiot Yes I o want to see your fine things sold at auction I like to see you get a job or stand in line at the soup kitchen because that s the reality for most people I Divine Beauty didn t like Reggie secision but I probably would have Fear and Loathing at Rolling Stone done the same thingVaughn s best friend Dirk is a really awful person He seems lazy but hides a cunning mind He s of a mastermind like Luca butoesn t get his hands irty He leaves that to Walt Brinker a workingman and member of the Christian Patriots whom Hamish actively islikes Walt is a nasty man who repulses me He stands for everything I abhor and would hate me as much as I hate him I o not blame Hamish for losing his temper Walt may be involved in serious crimes and tied in some way to the major mystery Pete Kelly is another new and unlikable character He s also a member of this Christian Patriots group espite the fact he s Irish and only 1o0 years ago his people were hated as much as he hates newer immigrants like the Italians His business seems a little shady and he leaves Reggie is a perilous position possibly on purpose Errol Parker is a good guy trying to make life better for African Americans and show his nephew Toby that if he works hard he can get ahead Errol is being harassed because either he s the best player on the team and others are jealous andor simply because he s a black player on a white team trying to better himself joining the Major Leagues He seems intelligent and Dog Years doesn teserve any of the things that happen Toby is a bright boy with big reams He s outgrowing his mother s narrow world and eager to make himself known I really like him and admire his tenacity Nate is a little likable and sympathetic now we know exactly
he The Devils Elbow (Mrs. Bradley, does He tries to keep hisown and stay out of The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur drama but it sifficult His story adds a little complication to the mystery I LOVE the ending to his story I wasn t expecting that Despite the Maharaj darkness of this book I be up for reading another one just because of the characters including Boston I give the author lots of credit for understanding the passion New Englanders have for their sports teams but it was very odd she probably Kuduz did this on purpose to have the characters talking about going to see a Patriots game in 1940 and have them mean baseball She shouldn t have chosen a real team name Also Boston had two baseball teams the Red Sox and the Bees formerly the Braves Bonus points for tossing in all the reasons why locals love to attend their farm league team games over the major team games all the way in Boston We reevastated they are leaving us and likely will get expensive 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 espite his isability and shines an honesty seldom seen in fiction And Lucas stays in the shadows a safe istance from his beloved "COUSIN AS HE MOVES FURTHER INTO THE WORLD OF "as he moves further into the world of but still manages to charm himself into his status as a favorite character And of course there is Nate good old Nate who oesn t The Taste of Ashes 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 alsooes such a spectacular job at instilling the aura and lingo 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 partners for a couple years now and Hamich being the only honest one in the relationship but a side romance rises And the mystery takes a Camellia (Ellie, darker turn than I was expecting knocking me off guard but theseeadly beliefs have eadly conseuences Anyway if you enjoy historical novels romantic novels andor mysteries you will enjoy this expertly cra. Ould evelop into a business partnership with the handsome yet shy Hamish DeLucaTheir latest case arrives when Errol Parker the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe.what he oes he tries to keep his