Thursday, November 7, 2019

Review of Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan

About the Book ~

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.

For more information about Rachel McMillan and her books, check out her website here!

My Thoughts ~

Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is an enthralling conclusion for the dynamic duo of Van Buren and DeLuca!

The author has certainly proven that she can write a cozy mystery coupled with a sweeping romance (and a few end-of-the-world kisses!), but I think the author's greatest strength is her attention to the ginormous and minuscule details that transport the reader back in history! The author clearly gave writing style, references, characterization, architecture, and social/political climate careful consideration while crafting this intriguing story! While reading, I felt like I was watching a new installment in The Thin Man franchise that had been lost to a time-traveling vortex unfold in my mind's eye!

Three years have passed since the events in book one, Murder at the Flamingo. While I did wish that there had been another book between these two stories and am still pinning for another book to follow this one, I very much enjoyed the established and angsty relationship between Hamish and Reggie in this volume. Hamish is an endearing character who struggles with an anxiety disorder, and Reggie is the strong, independent, and headstrong heroine. While both Hamish and Reggie make some foolish mistakes with dire consequences as a result of immaturity, this not only made them more relatable but also showed their steps of growth in their journey. Threads of racism, justice, empathy, and forgiveness are woven into their journeys in a lasting way, like a bell that rings of truth for all of Hamish and Reggie's readers!

Three Stars ~ Murder in the City of Liberty is a gripping mystery and romance that sweeps readers to days gone by! Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is the second Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery, and to prevent confusion, I would recommend reading the first book, Murder at the Flamingo, because there's some crucial information there!

Disclaimer ~ In accordance with FTC regulations, I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated, nor was a positive review required. All opinions expressed are my own.

See you next time, and God bless you guys!!!


~V. Joy Palmer

V. Joy Palmer is the author of Love, Lace, and Minor Alterations and Weddings, Willows, and Revised Expectations, and she is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She is also an avid blogger and co-founder of Snack Time Devotions. In her spare time, Joy is an unprofessional chocolate connoisseur/binger, and she loves acting crazy and drinking coffee with the teens she mentors. When Joy isn’t urging the elves that live in her computer to write, she’s hanging out with her husband, their adorable baby girl, and their socially awkward pets.

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