Murder in the City of Liberty

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I love old movies. In fact, if you give me a choice between a clean modern movie and an old movie, I will almost always choose the old movie. I don't know what it is about old movies but the actresses are classier, the actors are more handsome and debonair and the acting is so much better. Even though it is a new book,  Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is written in the style of an old black and white movie. I even read it in black and white! And I don't mean just black words on a white page, but I actually pictured what was happening in black and white. If you've read and enjoyed the first book in the series, Murder at the Flamingo, then  you will definitely want to read this book. It picks up a couple years later and puts you right in the middle of Boston just before the United States joins World War II.  It has exciting moments, romantic moments, and moments that had me wondering if the book was going to end in the way I wanted it to. It was fantastic. So, if you are wanting to read a book that is like an old classic movie, try Murder in the City of Liberty. 

I recommend this book to anyone who loves old movies, the 1940s, baseball, mystery, romance and historical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan is a story filled with accurate details and a nod to classic literature. The story does have a dead body in it and does move the story along, but, I believe, the plot is more a cultural nod to the social and racial tensions of the 1940's. America is on the brink of World War II, even though majority of the citizens want to ignore the rising terror. McMillan jumps into the plot and brings 1940's Boston to life. I really enjoy her attention to historical detail with her settings and bringing the conflicts to light. The romantic heat between Hamish and Reggie spark even hotter in this addition of their story. McMillan does wonderfully at creating a story that grips my attention and kept me glued to the page. I finished the whole novel in under one day. Wonderful story. I can't wait to see what troubles and romance come to Hamish and Reggie next. 

I received a complimentary copy of Murder in the City of Liberty by Rachel McMillan from Thomas Nelson publishing, but the opinions stated are all my own.
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Rating: 3.5/5
Murder in the City of Liberty is set two years after the first book Murder at the Flamingo. Europe and Hamish’s homeland Canada are at war, but the US has yet to join. Although they were not yet in the trenches; racism and anti-Semitism was growing fast. 
This second book in the Van Buren and DeLuca series was more exciting than Murder at the Flamingo. It did rely on the past events and characters, so I would definitely recommend reading the series in order. 
Even though I wasn’t exactly captured by the mystery itself, there were several aspects that I did enjoy. Those include:
The baseball storyline, which added to the patriotic theme, that painted a vivid picture of 1940’s America.
The way McMillan was able to write a murder mystery centered around such atrocities without using a single racial slur, profanity or graphic descriptions of violence. 
And of course; my favourite character Hamish DeLuca, who is the epitome of a gentleman. 
Rachel McMillan is a talented writer who I would highly recommend.
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Historical fiction with a touch of crime is always appealing to me--and, this book' set in Boston, 1940 held a lot of promise for me.  The two protagonists are compelling characters but the mystery takes a very distant second place to the romance.  And, for me that was both boring and tedious.

I wanted the modest, but dashing, hero to win the girl.  And, I was prepared for him to have to earn his place before she came to her senses----but, all of the tension in the book seemed to be romantic, not plot inspired.  The criminal aspects of the book were convoluted enough (although secondary) that I was frequently confused---and, this book did not merit the reader getting confused about "who's on first."

This is a series I wanted to enjoy. With characters crafted to earn our affection and interest. But, the author just didn't deliver enough story or depth of character to really engage me.

Netgalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Here's what's strange about this book:  I found the mystery rather confusing with too many characters to keep track of, at times, I felt descriptions were over-written, and I was annoyed that the two main characters who were obviously in love couldn't read each other's emotions.  So, why am I still eager to read the next in the series?  I think it's the well-researched historical setting and that despite driving me crazy, the two main characters are delightful.  Do read the first in the series before you read this one.  You will need the backstory.
Review based on an ARC from NetGalley.
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This is the second in the series, and I did like it better than the first one. The characters were  fleshed out and made more believable. I especially liked her historically accurate assessment of life in Boston 1940s. The author has a good sense of time and place and the dialogue is entertaining.
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Where do I START? First off THANK YOU to the publisher for trusting me with an ARC of this phenomenal book.

As I went back in time to enjoy another ride with Hamish and Reggie, I couldn't help but to smile and feel that happy giddy vibe the 1st book gave me. Another hit full of mystery and wit and sweetness, Murder in the City of Liberty is a fantastic addition to the Van Buren DeLuca storyline. I loved everything from the cozyness of the mystery to the anxiety Hamish has to still deal with.. this will no doubtfully be a story to remember. =]
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Fast-paced ~ Richly-detailed ~ Stressful

tl;dr: Mystery in Boston touches on prejudice. 

This face-paced mystery novel set at the cusp of War War II tells about the American milieu. Boston was full of baseball, beautiful buildings, and antisemitism. This a great historic mystery, and I didn't quite know the perpetrator. Reggie, the main female character, makes this a great read. I will definitely add this Canadian author to my list of historic mystery favs. 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Reading this book makes me feel as if I’d just watched an old pre-war 1940’s movie.  I was glad to read more of Reggie and Hamish’s story.  The author makes references to this in the book, but they could be modeled after Nick and Nora Charles in “The Thin Man” movies filmed  during that era.  The description fits this time period perfectly with the music, parties, and glamour.  The historical details enhance the story.  The dialogue between Reggie and Hamish is sparkling and helps define their characters.  There’s quite a mystery to be solved.  It was interesting and held my attention.  I’ve never er been quite sure if Reggie would end up marrying Hamish or Vaughn, but this book helped answer that question.  Hamish is a great fictional character.  I’m still warming up to Reggie, and hope to read more about them Iin another book in this series.

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Murder In the City of Liberty is a romantic historical mystery/thriller with very captivating characters and an awesome story line. The setting is in Boston at the start of World War ll. Rachel McMillan does an excellent job of weaving the separate plot lines into an extremely complex conspiracy. The story is fast paced and fun to read and I really enjoyed it. I highly recommend this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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Murder in the City of Liberty is an astoundingly good historical thriller set in pre-WWII Boston.  Not only does it capture the feel of the time, it accurately captures the social unrest and ingrained bigotry that was common.  While it doesn’t pull punches when showing antisemitism, corruption, and the rise of pro-nationalistic fascist sentiment, the novel also shows the strength and determination of those wanting to bring forth positive change.  

Reggie and Hamish start with two seemingly unrelated cases - that of a boatman trying to prevent the building of apartments on his land (which is unsuitable for building), and that of Errol Parker a leading baseball player in the farm leagues who is suffering from harassment.  Rachel McMillan does an excellent job threading the separate plotlines together into a more complex conspiracy. If you like historical mysteries, you definitely should take the time to read Murder in the City of Liberty.

5 / 5

I received a copy of Murder in the City of Liberty from the publisher and in exchange for an honest review.

-- Crittermom
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historical-fiction, historical-places-events, cozy-mystery, suspense 

I had some trouble getting into the 1940s mindset, but enjoyed all the twists and turns of the plot. It starts out with a bang and then kind of runs along like an old school rolley coaster with ups, downs, and variant speed. Lots of bad guys to boo and hiss at. The main characters are interesting and engaging even when I wanted to shake some sense into them! I didn't really appreciated it as much as the first one, but that's probably because of how I feel about hate crimes of any sort. 
All in all it's a good read! 
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Thomas Nelson Publishing and this is my own opinion.
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I did enjoy this mystery even if it was sometimes hard to follow.
I liked the well researched historical setting, the descriptions of the social environment, and the cast of characters.
The mystery was good and it kept me guessing till the end.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC
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I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
The author writes extremely well and certainly draws the reader into the time and location of the book  (or at least how I imagine it was) - 1940s Boston. The attitudes of the characters against a backdrop of poverty and crime is regrettably convincing with Italians versus Irish versus Jews and then everyone against the coloured people. If the story had been as good I would have given a 5*. There are really two stories here though - the criminal one and a wretched romance between the two main characters which, for me, gets completely in the way. It is exceedingly annoying in it's own right with the 'will they won't they admit their attraction to each other' paragraph after paragraph after paragraph. I really didn't care. Reggie, the heroine, is just not convincing - somewhat estranged from a well-off family, working as a typist cum investigator, the eligible bachelor pursuing her such that she accepts his proposal but only to help get her father out of debt. Hamish, her business partner (as yet I surmise) goes into too long soliloquies about his desires for her. He's better when he concentrates upon the crimes although his panic attacks are well written and understood. The reader feels for him at these times. The criminal story is much better written even if disturbing - the initial "pranks" against a young black baseball player who should really be going places in his sport, followed by the murder of his young relative who is mixed up with the drug gangs that then sashays into something far more convoluted, and even rambling, at times.. There's too much about baseball for my liking - detailed descriptions of playing (boring) - and the story does jump around quite a lot. I've since read that this is the second of two stories for Hamish and Reggie so that might account for some of the confusions. I'm afraid that I am not sufficiently convinced about this to go and read the first story however. So, whilst the writing is good the stories need further work to my mind.
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I love a mystery that uses the political and sociocultural influences of the times to enhance the story.  Boston is the setting, in the 1940’s, where racism and corruption exist in the background.  Reggie and Hamish are hired to find out who is harassing a Black baseball player, when they become enmeshed in a deeper mystery.  I love these two characters, but did find the various Mob like characters and the subplot a bit difficult to follow.  If you enjoyed Murder at the Flamingo, this 2nd in the series is a must.
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This was a fun and entertaining mystery. It was well written and kept my interest. I look forward to reading more from this author.
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I found the flow of this book a bit hard to follow and confusing at times, and I found it a bit difficult to connect with (and like) Reggie. I did enjoy the setting and the overall premise of the story, but I expected more mystery than I found, so parts came across a bit boring. This is the second in the series, and I haven’t read the first one yet. Perhaps I’ll give this one another go after checking out the prior book.

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy from NetGalley, but I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, atmosphere, and characters.  I would recommend the book to friends and family for their reading pleasure.
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The characters and scenery come alive in this historic novel - you will feel like you are there, hard to put down.
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I love reading Rachel McMillan’s stories and her latest, Murder in the City of Liberty, the second in her Van Buren and DeLuca Mystery series, is a wonderful example of why. 

Reggie Van Buren, rich society girl and Hamish DeLuca, not a rich society guy, set out together to investigate their latest caper in the city of Boston. Baseball player Errol Parker, a talented and lead player for a farm team, approaches them to investigate pranks that the police decline to check out, pranks that escalate to include family and murder. 

As Reggie and Hamish investigate, their interpersonal relationship heats up with both hesitating to declare their true feelings. Then Reggie finds herself engaged to Vaughan Vanderlaan, much to her mother’s delight and Reggie’s dismay. 

Highly recommend Murder in the City of Liberty. One of the most compelling themes throughout this, and the first of the series, is the author’s focus on anxiety disorders, of which she has experienced her whole life. I am appreciative of her willingness and sensitive approach to mental health disorders, something that resonates with me.
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