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Murder in the City of Liberty (A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery Book 2) Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Rachel McMillan is the author of The Herringford and Watts mysteries, The Van Buren and DeLuca mysteries, and The Three Quarter Time series of contemporary Viennese romances. She is also the author of Dream, Plan, Go: A Travel Guide to Inspire Independent Adventure. Rachel lives in Toronto, Canada.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07DT69ZM3
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson (May 28, 2019)
- Publication date : May 28, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 4809 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 336 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#504,188 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,524 in Christian Mystery & Suspense Romance (Kindle Store)
- #2,814 in Christian Historical Fiction (Kindle Store)
- #2,832 in Christian Suspense
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The writing is vivid, but from my perspective, choppy. I found it difficult to keep track of which character we were following at various points in the narrative, and some of the scenes did not make a great deal of coherent sense. At the beginning, when our protagonists are trying to follow up on an interview with a client at his waterside warehouse property, Reggie falls into the water and gets trapped, while Hamish is in another location checking paper work. How he manages to find her, and why she was in the predicament in the first place, is not clearly explained, and I found myself rereading several pages to see if I had missed a transition (I hadn’t). I won’t go into subsequent examples to avoid “spoiling”. However, my impression of this book is that a reader needs to be alert and able to get into the author’s mindset to avoid confusion.
A Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery #2
By Rachel McMillan
Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have been working together for approximately 2 years. Their friendship is something that they both value. But the case that they are about to take on just might be the case that destroys everything.
Threats of war are brewing while racial and ethnic tensions and prejudices are approaching at an all-time high in Boston. These tensions are about to make their presence known in the lives of this investigative duo as their case takes them into direct contact with those who are flaming the hate.
Having been introduced to Hamish and Reggie in Murder at the Flamingo one is not disappointed with this sequel. It is interesting to see how the historical factors of the day are presented. One can't help but like Hamish, as he deals with his feelings for Reggie, his loyalty to his cousin Luca, and his friendship with Nate. Life is never easy and when everything is in turmoil sometimes it is just plain confusing.
If you haven't read the first book that is not an issue as you can read this one and still follow the story easily.
I was provided a copy of this book through Amazon's Vine Program with no expectations but to offer my honest review - all thoughts expressed are my own.
Then there was an immediate introduction of a number of characters from the previous novel. The back story of their involvement in that novel was reviewed but I was at a loss until about a third of the way into the book as to how they figured in this one.
I did not find the main characters engaging. Someone mentions to Hamish about traveling from Boston to Cincinnati, for example. “Hamish knew nothing about American geography. 'Is that far?'” (1319/3875) I don't mind a bumbling hero but I don't like a stupid one. I just never found anything engaging about Hamish. Reggie seemed like a foolhardy woman to me. I did not find her decisions to pursue a vague sense of adventure endearing. The relationship between the two of them seemed to be the focus of the novel. I would have rather had the focus be the cases Hamish was working on with the romance/friendship tension a side issue.
I did appreciate learning a bit about minor league baseball in the 1930s as well as the housing situation in Boston.
This is not a stand alone novel. One must have read the first in the series and I would suggest having read it very recently. Potential readers would need to be satisfied with a plot heavy on relationship issues rather than sleuthing.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review. I read an ARC and the quote I noted in my review may have changed in the final edition of the book.
Top reviews from other countries
Wonderfully written, it felt like watching a film from Hollywood's golden years in many ways. Not graphic or overtly sexual, it was a joy to read. Hope there are many more to come as I'm already hooked!