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MURDER AT THE FLAMINGO – Rachel McMillan
“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.
My Thoughts: 4/5 stars!
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!
About the Author:
Rachel McMillan is a history enthusiast, lifelong bibliophile, and author of the Herringford and Watts series. When not reading (or writing), Rachel can be found at the theater, traveling near and far, and watching far too many British miniseries. Rachel lives in Toronto where she works in educational publishing and is always planning her next trip to Boston. Facebook: RachKMc1; Twitter: @RachKMc; Instagram: RachKMc.
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