If you follow Rachel McMillan on social media, you’ve probably seen some of the pictures from her research trips (and boy do they pay off). Another thing to love about McMillan is how transparent she is…and she shares her experiences with anxiety in her newest release, Murder at the Flamingo.
In My Opinion…
Wow, fellow readers. Just wow. There is so much I loved about Murder at the Flamingo, so get ready for some gushing about Rachel McMillan’s newest book.
First, there’s Boston. Seeing the city through Hamish’s eyes and learning some of the history from Nick had me ready to plan a vacation right then and there. McMillan did her research and wove it into this story so well the city came to life.
Then there are the relationships. Luca and Hamish—cousins who are more like brothers. Hamish and his father. Reggie and Hamish. Nick and well, everybody. I just wasn’t ready to leave any of these characters (at least we have more books in this series to spend more time with this group).
And Hamish, dear, sweet Hamish. The man is kind-hearted and intelligent, yet his attacks can paralyze him at times. While I (thankfully) have not personally experienced anxiety attacks, McMillan seamlessly put me into Hamish’s mind during these episodes, I felt like I got a front row seat to what happens in the heads of those who struggle with this.
I thoroughly enjoyed McMillan’s Herringford and Watts series, but Murder at the Flamingo has lifted to an entirely new level. Entertaining, engaging and astounding (in the best kind of way), you don’t want to miss this book.
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About the Book
“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.
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