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“Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…” Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionabl “Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…” Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets his cousin's “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand. Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, heir to a New Haven fortune, has fled fine china, small talk, and the man her parents expect her to marry. Determined to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she’s seen in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures, Reggie runs away to Boston, where she finds an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari. But as she and Hamish work together in Luca’s glittering world, they discover a darker side to the smashing Flamingo night club. When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston—and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build.


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“Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…” Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionabl “Maybe it was time to land straight in the middle of the adventure…” Hamish DeLuca has spent most of his life trying to hide the anxiety that appears at the most inopportune times -- including during his first real court case as a new lawyer. Determined to rise above his father’s expectations, Hamish runs away to Boston where his cousin, Luca Valari, is opening a fashionable nightclub in Scollay Square. When he meets his cousin's “right hand man” Reggie, Hamish wonders if his dreams for a more normal life might be at hand. Regina “Reggie” Van Buren, heir to a New Haven fortune, has fled fine china, small talk, and the man her parents expect her to marry. Determined to make a life as the self-sufficient city girl she’s seen in her favorite Jean Arthur and Katharine Hepburn pictures, Reggie runs away to Boston, where she finds an easy secretarial job with the suave Luca Valari. But as she and Hamish work together in Luca’s glittering world, they discover a darker side to the smashing Flamingo night club. When a corpse is discovered at the Flamingo, Reggie and Hamish quickly learn there is a vast chasm between the haves and the have-nots in 1937 Boston—and that there’s an underworld that feeds on them both. As Hamish is forced to choose between his conscience and loyalty to his beloved cousin, the unlikely sleuthing duo work to expose a murder before the darkness destroys everything they’ve worked to build.

30 review for Murder at the Flamingo (Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #1)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Courtney Clark

    With Rachel McMillan’s distinct historical voice and attention to detail, she paints a vivid historical mystery with a hint of romance against the backdrop of a brilliant 1930s Boston scene. In her distinct way, she makes the setting a secondary character of its own, vocal and important in its culture and story role. With a fabulous puzzle solved and room for more adventures to come, the city comes to life as the characters grapple with loyalty, independence, anxiety, and purpose. Hamish and Regg With Rachel McMillan’s distinct historical voice and attention to detail, she paints a vivid historical mystery with a hint of romance against the backdrop of a brilliant 1930s Boston scene. In her distinct way, she makes the setting a secondary character of its own, vocal and important in its culture and story role. With a fabulous puzzle solved and room for more adventures to come, the city comes to life as the characters grapple with loyalty, independence, anxiety, and purpose. Hamish and Reggie are endearing, quirky, enigmatic, and just plain lovable. Even secondary characters like Luca (whom you will dislike/love/want to hug all at once!) and Nate (and his wonderful candidness!) are sure to be favorites and promise to be even more essential in stories to come. And I just want to hang out with Reggie and watch films of the time! Fans of McMillan’s previous Herringford & Watts series will be ecstatic to learn of the “next” generation (Hamish is a DeLuca, after all) and see tiny nods to the previous series and a familiar name or two! Let’s stop right here and talk about Hamish. He is SUCH a product of his parents! But, he is his own kind of special, quirky, and important. Through his unique viewpoint, Rachel McMillan illustrates the challenges of mental illness — namely anxiety and panic — in a normalizing and emphatic way. This makes him wonderfully relatable — even for a reader with no personal experience with such challenges (like myself). I applaud her for using characterization to subtly bring awareness and empathy to the forefront in a way that adds so much to the story. I could talk all day about more wonderful elements of this story — lemon cannolis, bicycles, jazz, picture shows, DANCES, light bulbs, classic literature, and an implied message of grace. Instead, I hope you choose to discover for yourself all the intricacies and fun of this little mystery. I cannot wait to see where these beloved characters will take me next! MANY thanks to Thomas Nelson for the review copy. This is my honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jocelyn Green

    Boston comes roaring to life with fullness and flair, a character in its own right. Endearing protagonists carry the tale with wit, charm, and struggles that make them human. Bursting with rhythm, Murder at the Flamingo is a toe-tapping, heart-pumping immersion into the world of Reggie and Hamish. A delightful experience.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kara

    I confess to it! I will give up and admit that I was not expecting to fall so very much in love with Mr. Hamish Deluca. But oh my stars!! He is a delight from the first pages to the last and by the time I closed the book, I was thoroughly convinced that I wished he were real. He and Reggie both, of course! And the atmosphere that surrounds them, the city of Boston itself, is very like a secondary character in the book. I was so utterly swept up into the glittering magic of Ms. McMillan's clear l I confess to it! I will give up and admit that I was not expecting to fall so very much in love with Mr. Hamish Deluca. But oh my stars!! He is a delight from the first pages to the last and by the time I closed the book, I was thoroughly convinced that I wished he were real. He and Reggie both, of course! And the atmosphere that surrounds them, the city of Boston itself, is very like a secondary character in the book. I was so utterly swept up into the glittering magic of Ms. McMillan's clear love of this city which permeates every aspect of the story. Decadent, delightful, and so wonderfully filled with quirky, extraordinary, likable (and unlikable!) characters, this is a feast for the reader who dares! :D Firstly, can I just repeat? HAMISH IS AWESOME. Okay. Now that I've gotten that off my chest, let me just give you a few short reasons why I think so. (At least, I promise I will try to keep my gushing short! ;) It's his properness, mixed with a bit of an adventurous side that struck me at first. And watching him struggle through dealing with his anxiety and panic just further endeared him to me. He is like a shy little puppy, who has all this amazingness inside of him just waiting for someone to notice and encourage it. He's unlike any other character I've ever met, but I mean that in all the BEST ways! I think what it really boils down to is that he's attempting to find himself. He has all this awesome inside, yes, but he's very unaware of it, especially in the beginning. This beautifully written story is his journey to discovering all the amazing parts of himself and realizing that the flaws he'd imagined he has were just that, his imagination. He simply has to learn that for himself though, no amount of telling him so will suffice. It must be experienced! And watching his gradual awareness and growth, as he finally begins to trust himself, brings such glorious moments! I am unashamed to tell you that he's my favorite. (As you, no doubt, have already figured out, right? ;) Oh, but then there's Reggie! She has quite the journey herself and it's not any easier for her either. Watching the two of them work through their struggles (while dipping and dodging the crackling chemistry between them! *swoon*) and come through to the other side so much stronger...ah, it does my heart good. But it's not just their individual journeys that take center stage, Ms. McMillan has quite the murder mystery for them to solve! This is where the city truly comes alive. As the two circle around everywhere, searching out their answers, the mix of unconventional secondary characters who cross their path makes for so much fun. (Especially Luca and Nate, both of whom are quite unforgettable themselves!) Life in 1930s Boston is full of excitement and secrets, some of which are easily found out and others not so much. This setting is so lovingly described that I could easily picture every building and back alley, kudos to Ms. McMillan for that! One gets so swept up inside the time period that, when real life intruded while I was reading, I was much frowny-faced! Oh! And I shouldn't forget the awesome little callbacks to Ms. McMillan's first series, Herringford & Watts. So many mentions that made me grin, yet so many questions I'm still anxious to figure out! From beginning to end, this story was a delight to my senses. So full of charm and fun, I could not read fast enough. And I closed the last chapter with a heart full of Hamish and Reggie! Excited for book two, yet quite satisfied to go back and be enchanted all over again. And it's a good thing too, since I have such a long wait for the next one! Humph. :D Read it, friends! I promise you won't regret meeting Hamish. (But just remember, I totally saw him first! Well, after Ms. McMillan and Reggie, of course. ;) **I received a complimentary copy from the author via Thomas Nelson & Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Anna Huber

    Murder at the Flamingo is a dynamite beginning to McMillan’s newest series. Both a coming-of-age tale and a twisty case of whodunit, readers will fall in love with her delightfully complicated characters. 1937 Boston leaps to life in vivid detail, while the author’s portrayal of anxiety and panic disorder is both heartbreaking and inspiring. I cannot wait to read Hamish and Reggie’s next adventure.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Clara

    I had an international trip to pack for and shouldn't have picked up this book when I did, but Hamish DeLuca is a bit irresistible 😁 If you’re looking for a talented writer capable of writing a literary novel with a twist of mystery, look no further. There's something about Rachel McMillan's books that are so... Rachel McMillan. And as vague as that sounds, for me it's the truth and the only way I can describe her books. They're unique and I really feel as if these stories were meant for her to wr I had an international trip to pack for and shouldn't have picked up this book when I did, but Hamish DeLuca is a bit irresistible 😁 If you’re looking for a talented writer capable of writing a literary novel with a twist of mystery, look no further. There's something about Rachel McMillan's books that are so... Rachel McMillan. And as vague as that sounds, for me it's the truth and the only way I can describe her books. They're unique and I really feel as if these stories were meant for her to write. They're an ode and anthem for what make her heart sour - be it a city, music, a book... her stories are always an experience as we readers dive into the characters' feelings, senses and journey. It's always a joy to pick up one of Rachel's books and a responsibility to review them because I feel like I'm reviewing her... Anyway, about this book. The writing shines as we travel around Boston’s magnificent streets alongside Hamish and Reggie as they try to find out how a flamingo, Chicago and a giant are related to each other. Join two easy-to-relate-to characters as they try to find their ground as independent grown-ups as well as who they want to be. Honestly, the only reason I accepted the end of the Herringford and Watts Mysteries was that the next series was going to be about Hamish DeLuca with a nod to Notre Dame 💕 *I received a review copy from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    A delightful read for those who love the glamour of the 1930s. This book is an ode to Boston and a testimony to the resilience of the human spirit. It is a journey of self-growth wrapped inside an intriguing mystery. Who’s the villain? There are many good culprits. But the hero is never in question. Hamesh DeLuca is a hero to love, the question is whether Reggie can see him that way.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Abby Breuklander

    Love love and love!! Sometimes the things that we believe hinder us can be the very things that make us exactly who we are. What we believe are issues that need to be kept hidden and kept secret could possibly be the very tools used to get us right where we need to be. Those insecurities or self-doubts that we try to hide behind can actually be something that makes us unique, helping to develop our character and have empathy for others, binding us to those who struggle with the same things we do Love love and love!! Sometimes the things that we believe hinder us can be the very things that make us exactly who we are. What we believe are issues that need to be kept hidden and kept secret could possibly be the very tools used to get us right where we need to be. Those insecurities or self-doubts that we try to hide behind can actually be something that makes us unique, helping to develop our character and have empathy for others, binding us to those who struggle with the same things we do. This creates a bridge of support not just for others, but for ourselves as well. Setting us on a journey that we never saw coming, reminding us that we've gained so much more than we ever thought possible.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Susie Finkbeiner

    If there's one thing I can count on in a Rachel McMillan novel, it's that I'm going to love the characters she creates. If there's another thing, it's that the story she weaves is going to be enthralling. McMillan delivers on both in Murder at the Flamingo. With beautifully conceived prose, dialogue that rings true, and a mystery that kept me turning pages. I so enjoyed this novel. In fact, I do believe this is McMillan's finest work thus far, which is saying A LOT. I loved....LOVED....the Herri If there's one thing I can count on in a Rachel McMillan novel, it's that I'm going to love the characters she creates. If there's another thing, it's that the story she weaves is going to be enthralling. McMillan delivers on both in Murder at the Flamingo. With beautifully conceived prose, dialogue that rings true, and a mystery that kept me turning pages. I so enjoyed this novel. In fact, I do believe this is McMillan's finest work thus far, which is saying A LOT. I loved....LOVED....the Herringford and Watts series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Heidi Chiavaroli

    A perfectly-flawed hero and a liberty-seeking lady are the backbone of this delightful and lively mystery novel. Grounded in a city that is no stranger to independence, Hamish and Reggie seek what it means to be free beneath the lights of Boston's glitziest nightclub...and a murder that taints its opening night. Fast-paced and at times humorous, the satisfying ending leaves the reader content and anxious for more all at the same time.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Patti Henry

    I LOVE THIS NOVEL. In a story both atmospheric and thrilling, we meet Hamish and Reggie, who are brought together at just the right time in just the right place. But there is so much more to this novel than just a mystery to be solved; there are also two lives that intersect as they learn who they were meant to be and growing the courage to be those very people. I literally can't wait for the next in this series.... pch

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rachel McMillan

    You know there's just something about Hamish DeLuca. A detective with severe social anxiety, his Girl Friday, ex-debutante Regina Van Buren, a city that is at turns dark and beautiful, whiffs of a revolutionary past in a place of liberty, way too many Hunchback of Notre Dame quotes Can't wait for you to all meet him!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    Oh, Hamish...My Hamish...Where have you been all my life? Hamish is my kindred spirit. My best friend. The fictional character that I so desperately want to meet. For Rachel McMillan to take something that she has personally dealt with her whole life, and give it to her HERO...It is one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness. I feel like I not only know Hamish...But I know Ms. McMillan better. She opened her heart and let the words pour onto the page. The description is REAL, the emo Oh, Hamish...My Hamish...Where have you been all my life? Hamish is my kindred spirit. My best friend. The fictional character that I so desperately want to meet. For Rachel McMillan to take something that she has personally dealt with her whole life, and give it to her HERO...It is one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness. I feel like I not only know Hamish...But I know Ms. McMillan better. She opened her heart and let the words pour onto the page. The description is REAL, the emotion is REAL, the pain and the heartache is REAL. Anxiety...is REAL! In addition to the anxiety factor...We have all the makings for an intense and intriguing mystery. A suave Italian nightclub owner, a bad guy on the hunt, and a high class born young lady determined to solve a crime. One of the themes that stood out to me in this story, is the sense of finding home. "What if home wasn't something you were born into but rather something you found and ultimately chose?" Murder at the Flamingo is a story full of life and adventure! From the North End of Boston to the nightclub scene of the 1930s...You will want to dance the night away with Reggie and Hamish in this new mystery from Rachel McMillan! I received a complimentary copy of Murder at the Flamingo. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Atchley

    A mystery that unfolds gently, with an unlikely hero and heroine at the helm, Murder at the Flamingo is a smashing start to a delightful new series. A historic thriller wrapped in 1930s magic set against a backdrop that is at times charming, and at others gritty, the novel boasts two endearing lead characters that readers will surely want to befriend. Shy and quiet, Hamish DeLuca struggles with anxiety and panic disorder, and copes by turning to his favorite book The Hunchback of Notre Dame for A mystery that unfolds gently, with an unlikely hero and heroine at the helm, Murder at the Flamingo is a smashing start to a delightful new series. A historic thriller wrapped in 1930s magic set against a backdrop that is at times charming, and at others gritty, the novel boasts two endearing lead characters that readers will surely want to befriend. Shy and quiet, Hamish DeLuca struggles with anxiety and panic disorder, and copes by turning to his favorite book The Hunchback of Notre Dame for comfort. Yet he is also incredibly smart, and over the course of the summer, learns that he can be courageous; the hero of his own story. Readers facing the same challenges as Hamish will at once find a character to sympathize with, while also finding a new literary hero to look up to. Former New Haven debutante Reggie Van Buren is just as delightful in her own right. Full of pluck and a fearless woman of the ‘30s, she learns to navigate life in a new city away from her parents’ affluence. I found it endearing as she marked off each new accomplishment in her Journal of Independence and cheered for both she and Hamish as they took steps toward accomplishing their goals. The friends Reggie and Hamish make and the villains they encounter along the way make for a rich, full cast of characters as diverse as the city in which they live. Having read McMillan’s Herringford and Watts Mysteries, I was delighted by references to the characters I so loved in that series; some of which I was quite familiar with, others bearing familiar names who I hope to meet in future Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries. The setting of the book is marvelous. You can sense the author’s love for Boston in the descriptions of the North End and the lively Scollay Square. The fact that it takes place in the 1930s makes the Boston setting even more endearing, as I can clearly imagine Reggie, Hamish, and Nate as they gather ‘round the wireless in the office to listen to Winchester Molloy and share cannoli. Overall, I really enjoyed Murder at the Flamingo and I can’t wait to read more about Hamish and Reggie and their adventures. Fans who love historical mysteries will love this book. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    4.5 stars "You are only as strong as the moment that finds you braver than you have ever been." Not many people would consider Hamish DeLuca to be brave; brilliant, introverted, unpredictably anxious maybe, but not brave. Or perhaps he just needed the opportunity. For when Hamish shrugs off an embarrassing debut into his legal career, and travels from Toronto, Canada to the bustling city of Boston, Massachusetts to visit his extravagant cousin Luca, he discovers that courage often needs just the 4.5 stars "You are only as strong as the moment that finds you braver than you have ever been." Not many people would consider Hamish DeLuca to be brave; brilliant, introverted, unpredictably anxious maybe, but not brave. Or perhaps he just needed the opportunity. For when Hamish shrugs off an embarrassing debut into his legal career, and travels from Toronto, Canada to the bustling city of Boston, Massachusetts to visit his extravagant cousin Luca, he discovers that courage often needs just the right partner. After all, nothing will test one's heroism like solving a murder and no one fits Hamish quite like the dazzling Regina "Reggie" Van Buren. Escaping her claustrophobic life as an heiress, while dodging an unwanted suitor, Reggie Van Buren decides that life in Boston is just what she needs. Accepting a secretarial position with the enigmatic new owner of the hottest club in town, she fields the most curious phone calls from Chicago and tries to pretend that everything leading up to the Flamingo's grand opening is above board. Besides, her boss's cousin would never step across any illegal lines; Hamish DeLuca is just as determined as she is to understand Luca's diverse set of business partners. If only a murder had not been thrown into the mix, they could have enjoyed the Flamingo's smashing debut, while making many more of their own memories on the dance floor. Above all, "Murder at the Flamingo" a story to be savored and enjoyed; written by an author with an uncanny ability to write just the right words, creating a unique pair of charismatic characters who will undoubtedly capture your heart with their perfectly imperfect partnership and keen determination to "breathe" and "hope" towards the future. "Spira. Spera."

  15. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    A unique start to a new series, set in 1937 Boston. Underneath the glitz and glamour of the nightclub scene lurks dark secrets and sinister characters. Loosely linked to the fun Herringford and Watts series, the fledgling detective team of Hamish DeLuca and Regina 'Reggie' Van Buren find themselves in the middle of a confusing murder investigation. Fans of classic films will enjoy all of the references and interaction of this pair. Old Boston is a lovely setting for a new mystery series with its A unique start to a new series, set in 1937 Boston. Underneath the glitz and glamour of the nightclub scene lurks dark secrets and sinister characters. Loosely linked to the fun Herringford and Watts series, the fledgling detective team of Hamish DeLuca and Regina 'Reggie' Van Buren find themselves in the middle of a confusing murder investigation. Fans of classic films will enjoy all of the references and interaction of this pair. Old Boston is a lovely setting for a new mystery series with its history, and the dark undertones of the 1930's. The plot develops at a steady pace as Hamish and Reggie try to piece together what is going on behind the club scene, and the confusing 'who-dun-it'. Hamish is a complex character as he battles his own inner turmoil and struggle with anxiety, crippling at times. He and Reggie both are young people breaking away and finding their true identity and strengths. There are fun moments as the pair dances like pros--a version of Astaire and Rogers--and find their friendship growing as the tension mounts. Some action and final revelations made the ending exciting, setting up for the next book. Readers who enjoy a mystery with hints of romance, in a historical setting may enjoy this book. Look forward to the next installment. (I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. All opinions expressed are completely my own.)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Annette Gilbert

    You had me at....THE COVER!! Seriously. That vintage font and art deco image set the stage for a nightclub murder mystery in 1930s Boston! Reading experience with McMillan's other two sleuths, Herringford and Watt, should have prepared me for Reggie, a no nonsense, I got this, feminist. But I was totally taken. I loved her! Shunning conformity and family expectations, she escapes to Boston, away from a comfy entitled future with a husband, to an unpredictable 9 to 5 wage earner living in a roomi You had me at....THE COVER!! Seriously. That vintage font and art deco image set the stage for a nightclub murder mystery in 1930s Boston! Reading experience with McMillan's other two sleuths, Herringford and Watt, should have prepared me for Reggie, a no nonsense, I got this, feminist. But I was totally taken. I loved her! Shunning conformity and family expectations, she escapes to Boston, away from a comfy entitled future with a husband, to an unpredictable 9 to 5 wage earner living in a rooming house. But her journal of 'firsts', an independence journal, inspires her self-confidence as she comes to learn what she's really capable of. Let's face it: we all daydream about launching such an adventure. While I'm definitely team Reggie, I warmed to Hamish like so many other readers. How can't you? Embedding your own struggles with anxiety as an author into a character requires a balance of guts and sensitivity. We need more characters who not only reveal their mental health challenges, but further, invite us to imagine their impact despite not overcoming them. Recognizing the power that setting has on McMillan's narrative style, I eagerly anticipated full immersion into 1930s Boston. One can just imagine poking around the north end, late afternoon, a cannoli in hand. Like her other series that explored Toronto's marginalized and immigrant community in St John's ward, I enjoyed her respectful handling of the challenges facing the Italian immigrants here. Indeed Hamish's sense of belonging in this new city of Boston is convincingly tied to this community. It's a great read, a quick read. You won't be disappointed, except if you, like me, get sucked into hoping for Hamish to finally kiss the girl! I guess that's one reason this is the first book in a series I'll be following.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    Hamish DeLuca and Regina (Reggie) Van Buren both leave home and meet in Boston. They find themselves involved in the life of Luca Valari as he opens his nightclub, The Flamingo. Reggie is Luca's secretary and Hamish is Luca's cousin. On opening night, a woman is found dead and the authorities decide it was an accident. However, Reggie and Hamish believe otherwise. The author does a wonderful job describing the hustle and bustle of life on the streets in Boston in this murder mystery. Hamish loves Hamish DeLuca and Regina (Reggie) Van Buren both leave home and meet in Boston. They find themselves involved in the life of Luca Valari as he opens his nightclub, The Flamingo. Reggie is Luca's secretary and Hamish is Luca's cousin. On opening night, a woman is found dead and the authorities decide it was an accident. However, Reggie and Hamish believe otherwise. The author does a wonderful job describing the hustle and bustle of life on the streets in Boston in this murder mystery. Hamish loves to ride his bicycle and I was caught up in the thrill as he dashed through the streets, the rush of the city passing by. And! The glitz and glamour of the nightclub with bubbling champagne, bands and glamorous surroundings. There are many references to classic films and the actors and actresses in these films. Hamish loves the story, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and as I have never read that classic story, I enjoyed reading all the comments and quotes from the book. However, the mystery wasn't for me. It was to confusing and as I reflect on the book, I'm still missing pieces to this baffling story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Allison

    This series debut sweeps the reader into a world of liquid-silk gowns, snazzy gangsters, smoke-filled dance floors, and star-crossed romance. Not to mention a bit of murder. Rachel McMillan breathes life into a cast of characters that defy the clichés of the genre: a rich girl who isn’t spoiled, a leading man plagued with anxiety, a mob boss with a heart, and others who bring twists with each turn of the page. McMillan crafts Hamish, Reggie, Luca, and Nate with enough dimension for the reader to This series debut sweeps the reader into a world of liquid-silk gowns, snazzy gangsters, smoke-filled dance floors, and star-crossed romance. Not to mention a bit of murder. Rachel McMillan breathes life into a cast of characters that defy the clichés of the genre: a rich girl who isn’t spoiled, a leading man plagued with anxiety, a mob boss with a heart, and others who bring twists with each turn of the page. McMillan crafts Hamish, Reggie, Luca, and Nate with enough dimension for the reader to inspect each with a slow turn—strengths, flaws, frustrations. Nothing is absolute. The story plays out with the grit and humor of an RKO picture show, with the author’s love for the time and place evident with each nod to detail. McMillan gives us a new Nick and Nora. Fans of mystery should know that this isn't a story that opens with a dead body in the parlor and the remaining pages devoted to finding the killer. This is a coming-together of characters, the introduction of a romance, and the start of something that goes beyond solving a crime. Thus I, not being a huge fan of mystery, loved it! But I think you'll find yourself swept up in the story, and the murder well worth the wait.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    I liked this book. It is a fun and charming and I enjoyed the time period. It felt like I was in the 1930's. Hamish and Reggie are great. They really held the story together as main leading characters. It was nice getting to experience everything for the first time through Hamish's eyes. Reggie may have come from better upbringings than Hamish but she was not stuck up. She was personable. Thus the reason that I liked and could connect with both of them. This is a good start to what appears to be I liked this book. It is a fun and charming and I enjoyed the time period. It felt like I was in the 1930's. Hamish and Reggie are great. They really held the story together as main leading characters. It was nice getting to experience everything for the first time through Hamish's eyes. Reggie may have come from better upbringings than Hamish but she was not stuck up. She was personable. Thus the reason that I liked and could connect with both of them. This is a good start to what appears to be a fun series. It will only get better. While, I was not in love with this book, I did like it. My only issue is that while I liked Hamish and Reggie, I did have some trouble staying focused at times. The other characters were not resonating with me as well. Thus I was not invested as I wanted to be. Readers should check this book out.

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Books and Biscuits Blog

    Murder at the Flamingo – Rachel McMillan (4.5-5 Stars) Ms. McMillan kicks off the Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery series with Murder at the Flamingo. Hamish DeLuca suffers from anxiety, which puts him at a disadvantage in the courtroom. After a particularly embarrassing episode, Hamish leaves behind his hometown of Toronto to visit his cousin, Luca, in Boston. In spite of the Great Depression’s impact on the community, Luca’s new nightclub is the talk of the town, as the fashionable set looks for di Murder at the Flamingo – Rachel McMillan (4.5-5 Stars) Ms. McMillan kicks off the Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery series with Murder at the Flamingo. Hamish DeLuca suffers from anxiety, which puts him at a disadvantage in the courtroom. After a particularly embarrassing episode, Hamish leaves behind his hometown of Toronto to visit his cousin, Luca, in Boston. In spite of the Great Depression’s impact on the community, Luca’s new nightclub is the talk of the town, as the fashionable set looks for diversions and a glamorous night life. Reggie Van Buren has also escaped her family and found herself in Boston as Luca’s new secretary. Together, Luca, Hamish, and Reggie work together to prepare for the opening of the Flamingo, even as Hamish and Reggie realize that Luca’s glittery world covers over the darker side of Boston. When the club’s opening is interrupted by an unexpected murder, Reggie and Hamish show off their skills as amateur detectives, hoping to discover the truth behind the façade of the nightclub’s many patrons. Ms. McMillan introduces readers to a delightful sleuthing duo, who feel both larger than life and as grounded as they come. Murder at the Flamingo captures the unique glamor and darkness of Great Depression-era Boston, while presenting a riveting storyline for readers to enjoy. Overall, I really enjoyed reading Murder at the Flamingo. While I do not normally read 1930’s era storylines, Ms. McMillan’s characters and storyline had me absolutely fascinated. Personally, I found the beginning of the book to be a bit slow and a few sections of the story to be overly descriptive. However, the rest of the novel is really interesting and the characters themselves are delightful. Hamish’s anxiety seems like a natural extension of his character, presenting itself in a believable way that fits well with the plotline development. Likewise, the duo of Hamish and Reggie is lively and well worth being featured in forthcoming novels of the series. I eagerly look forward to seeing what Ms. McMillan writes next! Special thanks to Thomas Nelson and NetGalley for the complimentary copy of Murder at the Flamingo! Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Thanks! Brittany at the Books and Biscuits Blog PS. To see the full review, please visit http://booksandbiscuits.com/blog/2018.... Thanks!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lynn

    To be honest … this book hurt my brain. And I really don't understand all the great buzz I've been seeing about it. Don't get me wrong. It had its good parts. I adored Hamish (I want to wrap him up in bubblewrap and keep him safe forever because he is epic!), and I absolutely loved Nate. Luca and Reggie also had their moments, though they did get on my nerves a few times. But it was the story itself that really drove me bonkers. I adored the series that came before this. Jem and Merinda's adventur To be honest … this book hurt my brain. And I really don't understand all the great buzz I've been seeing about it. Don't get me wrong. It had its good parts. I adored Hamish (I want to wrap him up in bubblewrap and keep him safe forever because he is epic!), and I absolutely loved Nate. Luca and Reggie also had their moments, though they did get on my nerves a few times. But it was the story itself that really drove me bonkers. I adored the series that came before this. Jem and Merinda's adventures kept the midnight oil burning for me on several occasions, and I still go back and remember their escapades quite fondly. There were just so many things about this book that made it feel like it was written by a completely different person. While I loved/liked the characters, they felt out of place in their surroundings quite often. (Don't get me wrong - I adore Boston. It just felt a few times like Boston was more of the star of the story than the characters.) The mystery didn't come together well at all, there were these - things - tossed in that I think were supposed to be plot twists, but they came out of nowhere in the worst possible ways. Some of the story wasn't even brought to a proper conclusion (and no, I'm not talking about Luca). And don't even get me started on some of the phrasing/word usage! People were constantly "painting" other people's profiles/bodies/etc. with their eyes. While I agree with its first usage (it's a creepy phrase, and the person who did the original act was a total creep), it was eventually beaten to death with a stick over the course of the book. Plus "her pantheon of curls." Um - huh? That doesn't even make sense! And those are just 2 examples of so, so many things that kept bogging down the story and just making me scratch my head. I feel like in her effort to find original ways to say the same old things, the author reached a liiiiiitle too far outside the box. Not to mention the fact that this is a murder mystery - I think? But the murder didn't even happen until over 170 pages into the book. Over halfway into the book, which made them tracking down the killer and catching him feel rushed. Plus - who is Maisie Forth's mother?! (Jasper was my absolute favorite character from the H&W series, and not knowing who he wound up with is DRIVING ME CRAZY!) And barely a mention of Jem from the original series, and NO mention of Merinda. Considering that series made this one possible, it feels just a little disrespectful, not to mention careless. There were little glimpses of what could have been a truly good story in here. They were just lost under all the infodumps, the endless tours of Boston, and the heavy-handed prose that left me with a rather sour taste in my mouth. I'm really hoping book 2 is better than this, because I really do like Rachel McMillan, and know she can write so much better than this. 1 1/2 stars for Hamish, Nate, and the glimpses of what could have been a great story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review! Check out my blog for more about the author and the book. So not only am I a big fan of historical fiction, but I also love a good mystery. MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO brings these two elements together in a fun filled read. We're transported to the 1930's into the world of glitz, night clubs, and murder. We meet a great set of characters that all have something unique to bring to the table. A lawyer that is Thanks to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review! Check out my blog for more about the author and the book. So not only am I a big fan of historical fiction, but I also love a good mystery. MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO brings these two elements together in a fun filled read. We're transported to the 1930's into the world of glitz, night clubs, and murder. We meet a great set of characters that all have something unique to bring to the table. A lawyer that is trying to live with his anxiety and take things day by day, a club owner that is trying to expand, and an heiress that is trying desperately to have an independent life of her own. We are transported into the world of the 1930's - full of elegance, smoky night clubs, and the darker side of society. Hamish, his cousin Luca, and Reggie (Lucas's personally secretary) are all working hard for the opening of Luca's newest club, The Flamingo. Things go into a tailspin when the opening is halted by an unexpected murder. As Reggie and Hamish team up to try and solve the murder, they get a peek behind the curtain into the underworld of Boston's night club scene. For those mystery fans out there, know that the mystery isn't the main focus, but it is definitely a big element. The characters are all so well-developed and you can connect with each of them. Hamish and Reggie make a great team and their chemistry feels real. I know that Hamish will be a favorite for many readers because we get to see him living his day to day with his anxiety - something that the author has been experiencing herself. If you're looking for something that falls into historical fiction with some amazing characters, and just a hint of mystery, then this is the next book for you! I give this 4/5 stars

  23. 4 out of 5

    Suzie

    Wow, fellow readers. Just wow. There is so much I loved about Murder at the Flamingo, so get ready for some gushing about Rachel McMillan’s newest book. First, there’s Boston. Seeing the city through Hamish’s eyes and learning some of the history from Nick had me ready to plan a vacation right then and there. McMillan did her research and wove it into this story so well the city came to life. Then there’s the relationships. Luca and Hamish—cousins who are more like brothers. Hamish and his father. Wow, fellow readers. Just wow. There is so much I loved about Murder at the Flamingo, so get ready for some gushing about Rachel McMillan’s newest book. First, there’s Boston. Seeing the city through Hamish’s eyes and learning some of the history from Nick had me ready to plan a vacation right then and there. McMillan did her research and wove it into this story so well the city came to life. Then there’s the relationships. Luca and Hamish—cousins who are more like brothers. Hamish and his father. Reggie and Hamish. Nick and well, everybody. I just wasn’t ready to leave any of these characters (at least we have more books in this series to spend more time with this group). And Hamish, dear, sweet Hamish. The man is kind-hearted and intelligent, yet his attacks can paralyze him at times. While I (thankfully) have not personally experienced anxiety attacks, McMillan seamlessly put me into Hamish’s mind during these episodes, I felt like I got a front row seat to what happens in the heads of those who struggle with this. I thoroughly enjoyed McMillan’s Herringford and Watts series, but Murder at the Flamingo has lifted to an entirely new level. Entertaining, engaging and astounding (in the best kind of way), you don’t want to miss this book. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Renee

    I don't know where to begin with this one. It honestly checks off so many boxes for me, I am in love! A shy hero who wears suspenders, a swinging nightclub, a mysterious death, and loads of red lipstick. Everything is art deco and that's total kryptonite for this gal. The knockout cover is just the beginning of a book I can only describe as crack for the book addict. Just one hit of atmosphere, a sweetly dashing hero, and newly independent woman Reggie Van Buren and I was hooked. Rachel McMillan I don't know where to begin with this one. It honestly checks off so many boxes for me, I am in love! A shy hero who wears suspenders, a swinging nightclub, a mysterious death, and loads of red lipstick. Everything is art deco and that's total kryptonite for this gal. The knockout cover is just the beginning of a book I can only describe as crack for the book addict. Just one hit of atmosphere, a sweetly dashing hero, and newly independent woman Reggie Van Buren and I was hooked. Rachel McMillan has teased readers with characters in this first book in the series that is sure to be an adventure and romance that I for one cannot wait to continue reading. There are several loose ends that I'm hoping are addressed, including Mr. Sexy Dimple DeLuca and his vow to "Get the girl." I NEED this guy to get the girl who understands and loves him just as he is. Sigh...I'm a pile of mush. ~ My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars ~ *I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

  25. 4 out of 5

    Moya Tobey

    Loved I have to admit, when I saw MURDER in the title I was SO EXCITED. GUYS. I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I WAS. This book was soooo promising. I'm a history nerd, and this book takes place in the late 1930's, AND it's A MURDER MYSTERY. Although, I was definitely not expecting the romance side. BUT HEY, A ROMANCE MURDER MYSTERY. IT'S FINE. EVERYTHING IS FINE. I really like Rena McMillan's writing style, she clearly did her research on the slang and city the book took place in. I was immedia Loved I have to admit, when I saw MURDER in the title I was SO EXCITED. GUYS. I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU HOW EXCITED I WAS. This book was soooo promising. I'm a history nerd, and this book takes place in the late 1930's, AND it's A MURDER MYSTERY. Although, I was definitely not expecting the romance side. BUT HEY, A ROMANCE MURDER MYSTERY. IT'S FINE. EVERYTHING IS FINE. I really like Rena McMillan's writing style, she clearly did her research on the slang and city the book took place in. I was immediately immersed into Boston during the 1930's, it was fantastic. The imagery was also amazing. I loved the contrast between the high class citizens who attended the club, and those who the main characters interacted with on a regular basis. ALSO, CANNOLI WAS CONSISTENTLY MENTIONED  IN THE BOOK. I may have drooled. It's fine. There was also a very deep backstory involving the crime which I appreciated. Meh I'm going to be honest, this wasn't my jam. There were a lot of really good aspects to this book, but unfortunately they just didn't outweigh the bad. I was really disappointed that it took half the book for the murder to happen. Other mystery books I have read jumped right into the mystery, so I was a little baffled at the long build up. It was also really difficult for me to get into the story. This is probably because of the lack of intrigue at the beginning. There just wasn't much going on for the first half of the book besides day to day tasks. I also found Regina kind of annoying toward the end of the book. There were some things she seemed to feel and believe at the beginning of the book that changed pretty quickly at the end. She also struck me as the stereotypical damsel in distress to some degree. Don't get me wrong, she was very brave, but when trouble arose she immediately transformed into the damsel in distress. Overall I really wanted to like this book, and I had super high expectations because MURDER was in the title, but I just didn't like it. I can only give this book a 2 star rating. I think the idea was really strong, but as far as pacing and some character development it could have been better.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    Murder at the Flamingo has the glitz and glamour come to life with the backdrop of the 1930's as Rachel Mc Millan tells the story of characters who have a voice not only in the past, but also in the present. The voice of her characters make their role crucial into culture and the story. This book is impeccable and with a mystery to solve, the reader will have an adventure unfold with each page as the story unfolds chapter by chapter. You'll love the characters, plot, emotion and journey.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    McMillan is a master at depicting a setting so that readers are immersed in a location and an era. She makes 1930s Boston come alive in this fascinating story so that it feels authentic and real. Hamish's issues surrounding panic and anxiety give his character depth and humanity, it's frightening to think about the ways these illnesses were handled less than one hundred years ago. The interplay and relationship (talk about romantic tension!) between Hamish and Reggie is captivating and will defi McMillan is a master at depicting a setting so that readers are immersed in a location and an era. She makes 1930s Boston come alive in this fascinating story so that it feels authentic and real. Hamish's issues surrounding panic and anxiety give his character depth and humanity, it's frightening to think about the ways these illnesses were handled less than one hundred years ago. The interplay and relationship (talk about romantic tension!) between Hamish and Reggie is captivating and will definitely be one to watch in the upcoming installments of the series. SUMMARY: Hamish DeLuca leaves his new law practice and life in Toronto after a humiliating panic and nerves episode in court. He flees to Boston, where his cousin Luca Valari is now opening up a nightclub called The Flamingo. He enlists Hamish to help him get everything off the ground, but things Hamish is seeing and hearing make him wonder whether things are entirely above-board. Meanwhile, Regina "Reggie" Van Buren also flees her privileged, wealthy life in New Haven to take time to discover what it is she wants from life. Reggie takes a job as Luca's secretary and is puzzled about the calls she receives. When Hamish and Reggie start to compare notes, they wonder what exactly is going on. A murder occurs shortly after the Flamingo opens--can Hamish and Reggie figure out who did it and why? I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    J'nell Ciesielski

    A swirling good time that swings you through Boston's jazz age. With murder most foul, an unlikely hero, and a girl who knows her fashion statements, you're in for one heck of a time with McMillan's unforgettable storytelling.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    After meeting Rachel last year at CFRR I decided I really needed to read her books! I really loved so many parts of this book. The setting and characters are very well written and this book takes on a whole different spin when it comes to Christian fiction. There is a lot going on in this book and Reggie really makes a perfect heroine. The first part of the book had me eagerly flipping pages, while the last part got slow for me. That being said, I still enjoyed the mystery, the humor, and the si After meeting Rachel last year at CFRR I decided I really needed to read her books! I really loved so many parts of this book. The setting and characters are very well written and this book takes on a whole different spin when it comes to Christian fiction. There is a lot going on in this book and Reggie really makes a perfect heroine. The first part of the book had me eagerly flipping pages, while the last part got slow for me. That being said, I still enjoyed the mystery, the humor, and the simple wit that comes with any McMillan book. Four stars. "I received this book from BookLook Bloggers. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions are my own."

  30. 4 out of 5

    Marlene

    Originally published at Reading Reality This historical mystery begins when two 20-somethings run away from home. Separate homes. Hamish DeLuca runs away from his home in Toronto, Regina Van Buren runs away from her home in New Haven Connecticut. They both end up in Boston in the midst of the Depression, and they both end up working for, or with, Luca Valari as he performs all the wheeling and dealing necessary to open his high-class nightclub, The Flamingo. Hamish intended to end up with Luca. Luc Originally published at Reading Reality This historical mystery begins when two 20-somethings run away from home. Separate homes. Hamish DeLuca runs away from his home in Toronto, Regina Van Buren runs away from her home in New Haven Connecticut. They both end up in Boston in the midst of the Depression, and they both end up working for, or with, Luca Valari as he performs all the wheeling and dealing necessary to open his high-class nightclub, The Flamingo. Hamish intended to end up with Luca. Luca is his cousin, his favorite cousin. And the only person who ever seems to have treated Hamish as normal and not as “poor Hamish” afflicted with a nervous disorder. Hamish has severe panic and anxiety attacks. His most recent, or most embarrassing, occured in the middle of a courtroom as he attempted to defend his first client. In the aftermath, he discovered that even the job he thought he’d earned had been given to him as a favor to his father. Hamish ran off to Luca. Reggie ran away from her upper crust family and her upper crust boyfriend when said boyfriend decided to announce, in the middle of a huge family party, that he and Reggie were engaged. They weren’t. He hadn’t even asked. The force of the slap she administered could be heard echoing all the way to Boston. Or so it seemed. She packed a bag and ran away, intending to make a life for herself away from her family’s privilege, money and restrictions. Luca hired her to answer his phone and stave off his creditors, not necessarily in that order, and to provide a touch of class to his new establishment. Reggie and Hamish find themselves, and each other, working with Luca. But the trail of slimy double-dealings has followed Luca from Chicago to Boston – and it catches up with them all. Escape Rating B: This is the first book in an intended series. Book 2, Murder in the City of Liberty, scheduled for publication next spring. As such, it has to carry the weight of all the worldbuilding for the series, and it’s a lot of weight. The characters of both Hamish and Reggie are interesting, and Reggie in her exploration of Boston’s working class precincts is a lot of fun, but they cut themselves off from their backgrounds, leaving a lot about where they respectively began more than a bit murky. But not nearly as murky as the character of Luca Valari, around whom so much of the story resolves. Luca seems to be absolutely dripping in charisma, and Hamish certainly hero-worships him. Reggie is grateful for a job opportunity that does not involve being groped and ogled, and is caught up in his spell to some extent, but not in a romantic sense. Still, she’s aware that Luca has something that makes people want to please him. However, while it is obvious fairly early on that Luca is up to his eyeballs in something at least slightly dirty, neither Hamish nor Reggie are savvy enough to figure out exactly what, or how much, until it is far too late. Unfortunately for the reader, Luca is so good at keeping his secrets that even after all is supposedly revealed, it still feels like some things remain lost in that murk. This is also a very slow building story. The titular murder does not occur until the mid-point of the story, and it is only then that things begin to move into a higher gear. While the introduction to the characters and their situation is interesting, it takes rather long to get to the meat of the story. Murder at the Flamingo, as hinted at by its art deco inspired covers, takes place in the late 1930s, post-Prohibition, pre-World War II and in the depths of the Great Depression. This isn’t a period that has been seen a lot previously in historical mystery, so readers may not be as familiar with this setting as, for example, the “Roaring 20s” or the WWII time frame. More grounding in the setting might have been helpful. If this time period interests you, another historical mystery series set in the 1930s, the Jake and Laura series by Michael Murphy, is worth taking a look at. The first book is The Yankee Club, and it comes at the period from a different perspective as both Jake and Laura, while doing well by the time the story begins, both had a much more hardscrabble upbringing than either Hamish or Reggie. I liked Hamish and Reggie more than well enough to stick around for their next adventure. I want to see if Quasimodo manages to figure out that he really is Superman, and gets the girl after all.

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