Friday, August 10, 2018

Blog Tour: Review of Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan

Author: Rachel McMillan
Publihser: Thomas Nelson
Date of publicaton: July 2018

“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.

Murder at the Flamingo takes you back to the 1930s when the nightclubs were packed with glamours ladies and dashing young men.  Hamish has come to Boston to live with his cousin after being humiliated in his first court case.  He is looking for a fresh start.  Reggie is a former debutante looking to escape her parents and become an independent woman.  The didn't count on getting caught up in a murder investigation.

For me, the mystery part of the book was just OK.  It wasn't too hard to figure out what was going on so that part made the book a bit slow.  What I liked most about the book were the characters.  I loved Hamish.  It's not often that you read about a male character with anxiety.  Especially one in the 1930s.  He was such a sweet guy and interesting character. I adored his conversation with his father toward the end of the book.  Reggie was intriguing as well.  A woman willing to turn her back on her pampered life in order to find herself and become independent wasn't common back the either.  She was hilarious and a strong-willed.  They are definitely characters I would want to read about again.  

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About Rachel McMillan

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.

Connect with Rachel

Instagram tour:
Monday, July 16th: @alittlebookishlife
Tuesday, July 17th: @ladyofthelibrary
Wednesday, July 18th: @thebooksellersdaughter
Thursday, July 19th: @jennblogsbooks
Friday, July 20th: @kim_reads
Saturday, July 21st: @pnwbookworm
Saturday, July 21st: @dropandgivemenerdy
Sunday, July 22nd: @brookesbooksandbrews

Review tour:
Monday, July 23rd: Reading Reality
Tuesday, July 24th: Book by Book
Wednesday, July 25th: Jessicamap Reviews and @jessicamap
Thursday, July 26th: Fiction Aficionado
Friday, July 27th: Blooming with Books
Friday, July 27th: Broken Teepee – spotlight
Tuesday, July 31st: Running Through the Storms
Wednesday, August 1st: What is That Book About – guest post/Q&A
Wednesday, August 1st: Fiction Aficionado – author Q&A
Thursday, August 2nd: By the Book
Friday, August 3rd: Cheryl’s Book Nook
Monday, August 6th: Reader’s Cozy Corner
Tuesday, August 7th: Reflections from my Bookshelf
Wednesday, August 8th: Write Read Life
Friday, August 10th: From the TBR Pile
Friday, August 10th: The Lit Bitch
Monday, August 13th: Books & Bindings
Tuesday, August 14th: Encouraging Words from the Tea Queen
Wednesday, August 15th: @ladyofthelibrary

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