Boston in the 1930’s with a Little Murder Thrown In….

Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan
Genre: mystery
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Date: July 10, 2018
Reviewed by: Rachel Dixon
Fiction Addict Scorecard: A

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 nightclub.

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. *

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.

Anxiety. It’s real. And I just need to say that for Rachel McMillan to take something that she has personally dealt with her whole life, and give it to her hero,  is one of the most beautiful things you will ever witness. After reading this book, 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 which made a connection with this reader for sure! The descriptions in the book are REAL, the emotions are REAL, the pain and the heartache are REAL. Unfortunately too, anxiety is real. Reading this book gave me tremendous insight and understanding of anxiety as a whole.

In addition to the anxiety factor, we also 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 young lady determined to solve a crime. One of the themes that stood out to me in this story, is finding a sense of 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!

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