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Murder in the City of Liberty (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery) (vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Rachel McMillan (Tekijä)

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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 business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca. Their 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, and he's afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes. When Hamish has his carefully constructed life disrupted by a figure from his past, he is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:AmandaGStevens
Teoksen nimi:Murder in the City of Liberty (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery)
Kirjailijat:Rachel McMillan (Tekijä)
Info:Thomas Nelson (2019), 320 pages
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Arvio (tähdet):****
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This is the second book in the series, and although I haven't read the first novel yet, I had no trouble sinking into the second. So, yes, this can be read as a stand alone. However, the character and story is so enjoyable, that I'd recommend starting with the first book (which I'm going to have to do myself).

Reggie is a woman, who is very focused and knows where she's headed. Her partner, Hamish, is more quiet and relaxed. Together, the two make a wonderful pair of detectives, who insist on remaining friends despite the attraction. The two are hired by a baseball player to discover the truth behind pranks, which the player is sure fall into the category of hate crimes.

I enjoy a fun jaunt into history, and this book does a wonderful job of that. The setting is nicely laid out and comes across with lovely details in just the right way to lure the reader in. It's easy to get lost in the world building an seep back into time.

In this book, the theme of racism and hate crimes is presented while remaining very true to the historical period. While this is a mystery, these social themes come through loud and clear. Still, the mystery takes center stage and weaves with exciting surprises, red herrings and carefully hidden clues. It's hard to guess where the entire thing is going and holds some unexpected twists just as a good mystery should.

Outside of the world building, it's the two detectives which make this a fun read. The pair reminds of the television series Moonlighting. Reggie is strong and determined, while Hamish leans toward the more relaxed end of things. The romantic tension between them buzzes strong, although Reggie refuses to acknowledge anything. It makes for a nice back and forth to keep the tension high.

It will be fun to see where this series goes next.

I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading it very much. So, I'm leaving my honest thoughts. ( )
  tdrecker | Jul 4, 2019 |
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 enjoyed it. This book had me confused. There seemed to be too many characters and I didn't know if I was reading a mystery or a romance book.

The story covers a little about baseball and prejudice during this time period. I enjoyed reading about the great baseball players during this time period. My blood boiled as Errol Parker explained how he has been treated in the baseball world due to his color. He is the best at stealing bases, but someone is not happy with him playing. When he describes how his nephew was beat up at a game, you could feel Hamish and Reggie become angry and ashamed of how cruel people are.

Lies are being spread about different nationalities and the tension has built up to where it is infiltrated the baseball world. Why is this group spreading hate? Baseball is America's favorite pass time, but Errol thinks his life may be in danger. I wish the author would have not spent so much time on if Hamish and Reggie liked each other. This book is listed as a Christian fiction book, but I found no reference to faith at all in the book.

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion. ( )
  Harley0326 | Jun 23, 2019 |
This is the second book about Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, and as far as I remember I have not read the first book. While I think it would be helpful to read Murder at the Flamingo first, I found myself able to follow along with the storyline fairly well. This historical book, set in 1940 in Boston tells the tale of a set of private investigators.

This book started off a little slow for me, and I initially had a hard time staying interested. However, at some point in the story, I did become more interested. I am a fan of murder mysteries, so I really wanted to enjoy this one. I felt like some details were focused on too much in the story, while other things I wanted to know about were brushed to the side.

The book centers around a case Hamish DeLuca and Reggie Van Buren are trying to solve involving Errol Parker, who plays for the Boston Baseball farm league. Errol has been subject to a series of what the local police state are pranks. I loved the interactions of the characters -, especially between Hamish and Reggie. Throughout the story, crimes and adventures seem to increase. The ending was fairly satisfactory to me. I have to say I really felt sorry for Vaughan, who was in love with Reggie and ultimately walked away from her since she realized she was in love with Hamish.

Dirk Foster was a character I was easily able to despise and want to see brought to justice. Nate was a character, however, I found myself liking throughout the story – even when he was keeping secrets.

At times the story seemed to drag along, while at others it seemed to fly by. All in all, I would recommend this book.

I received a copy of this book for my fair and honest review. ( )
  PattiP1992 | Jun 20, 2019 |
Set in early 1940’s Boston, this story took some time for me to get into - perhaps because I had not read the first book in the series. It was a time when WWII was already happening, even though the USA was not yet involved. Boston was a melting pot with crime and corruption, racial tension and antisemitism. Our intrepid hero and heroine find themselves involved in cases that go way beyond their normal work of employment and property law contracts. The author has done a fine job of using the anxiety and other problems that Hamish struggles with, to highlight the fact that overcoming is possible. The romantic tension brought some smiles and some head shaking, wondering if they would possibly get it figured out.

In all, this was an interesting book with rich detail about the Boston area, making me wish to visit there once again. The statement made by Hamish to Reggie seems to sum up many of the twists and turns in this book and one that requires a great deal of thought for all of us.

‘You can make yourself believe a great many things about the choices you make.”

I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley and CelebrateLit. The impression and opinions are my own. ( )
  Eamace | Jun 19, 2019 |
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. ( )
  Virginia51 | Jun 18, 2019 |
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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 business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca. Their 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, and he's afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes. When Hamish has his carefully constructed life disrupted by a figure from his past, he is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.

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