About the Book
Book: Murder in the City of Liberty
Author: Rachel McMillan
Genre: Christian Fiction, Historical
Release Date: May 21, 2019
Hamish DeLuca and Regina “Reggie” Van Buren have a new case—and this one brings the war in Europe dangerously close to home. Determined to make a life for herself, Regina “Reggie” Van Buren bid goodbye to fine china and the man her parents expected her to marry and escaped to Boston. What she never expected to discover was that an unknown talent for sleuthing would develop into a business partnership with the handsome, yet shy, Hamish DeLuca. Their latest case arrives when Errol Parker, the leading base stealer in the Boston farm leagues, hires Hamish and Reggie to investigate what the Boston police shove off as a series of harmless pranks. Errol believes these are hate crimes linked to the outbreak of war in Europe, and he’s afraid for his life. Hamish and Reggie quickly find themselves in the midst of an escalating series of crimes that seem to link Boston to Hamish’s hometown of Toronto. When an act of violence hits too close to home, Hamish is driven to a decision that may sever him from Reggie forever . . . even more than her engagement to wealthy architect Vaughan Vanderlaan.
Click HERE to purchase your copy.
If you would rather listen than read a review, check out my YouTube channel! New videos every week! Be sure to subscribe if you like what you see! :)
Looking for equal parts suspense/romance/history? This book is for you. Our author portrays (very realistically) 1940s Boston and the tumultuous time it was. The book gives us a true look at racial tensions of the time which I give her props for. Also, the hero and heroine are both relatable and heroic in their own way. The sleuthing is really interesting to put clues together with the characters. The romance is a slow blossom, and though a little too sensual for me, would probably be perfect for your romance fiction fan. Since the book is equal parts suspense and romance, there were direction changes in the book that may be confusing to some, but I felt the writing was a high level that required time to digest, and I feel that's a good thing. Quirky, historical, realistic, and romantic, Murder in the City of Liberty is sure to draw a wide range of readers.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.
About the Author
Rachel McMillan is a keen history enthusiast and a lifelong bibliophile. When not writing or reading, she can most often be found drinking tea and watching British miniseries. Rachel lives in bustling Toronto, where she works in educational publishing and pursues her passion for art, literature, music, and theater.
Read the excerptBoston April 19 40
There really never was a good time to drown. But this particular April had been unseasonably cold and promised spring long in coming.
The slosh of the Charles River warmed by ribbons of June sun would have been preferable to the crusted sludge of leftover ice rimming the harbor, or so thought Reggie Van Buren as she bobbed up and down like a buoy. A New Haven Van Buren ought to have perished an old, wealthy woman, tendrils of snow-white hair falling around a satin pillow, comforted in the knowledge that she would be interred in the family plot, her soul destined for paradise—not with water up to her nose, choking as it lapped in and out like a tide over her chattering teeth.
But a New Haven Van Buren also might have had the propriety to insist upon the use of her given name and not the “Reggie” she so preferred. The Reggie she was just hearing now in a rather frantic yet familiar voice. “Reggie!” Hamish DeLuca’s panicked voice reached into the hollow dome of her cement cave. “Reggie!” “I was st-stupid. I s-slipped.” She treaded poorly, her arms feeling like gelatin, her form rather lacking the swimming skills she had learned informally alongside her family’s schooner on Regatta Day. Reggie strained to rise above the lapping water. She took turns treading and raising herself as high up on her toes as she could. Rotating and wondering why she failed to complete the ballet classes her parents enrolled her in as a child. Standing on tiptoe might have added inches to her height and allowed her to clear her mouth of the water. As it was, her calf muscles strained. She said something that came out in a series of bubbles before glugging, rising upward, and noticing for the first time how the fog from her icy breath rippled over the water. If she couldn’t understand herself, how would he? “S-slipped,” she said again, trying to make him out in shadow. “H-Hamish.” She tried again.
Funny, usually he was the one with the stutter. Hamish DeLuca with the stutter and the bit of a handshake and that one pesky dimple and those big blue eyes. Her own eyes fluttered. Maybe she would never see him again. She would just slip under the water and rest her heavy eyelids. She blinked until a stream of torchlight buttered the dark walls, crystallizing the percolating water drips around her, and then the figure of her rescuer, whose blue eyes looked even more brilliant than usual in the eerie glow of the flashlight. Hamish dropped to his knees. “Take my hand.” “This didn’t turn out as I expected,” she chattered. “Reggie, we don’t have much time.” His voice rippled as he looked frantically at her and then over to the grille she had stared at since she got into the mess, watching the water level rise and fall and rise and fall until it made her dizzy. She clung to his hand a moment. “We should have gone with plan B.” Hamish growled. “We didn’t even have a plan A.” “You’re my hero, Hamish.” She patted his hand with her icy one. “It was so nice of you to come.” “Reggie, just take my hand.” “I’m stuck!” “What?” “M-my shoe.”
Hamish said something she was altogether certain she had imagined in her half-frozen and very soggy state. And then, of course, he recklessly jumped in to get her.
Just the Write Escape, June 11
Simple Harvest Reads, June 11
The Power of Words, June 12
amandainpa, June 12
As He Leads is Joy, June 13
Fiction Aficionado, June 13
Through the Fire Blogs, June 14
Carpe Diem, June 14
Moments, June 15
The Christian Fiction Girl, June 16
Have A Wonderful Day, June 16
Cordially Barbara, June 17
Rebekah’s Quill, June 17
All-of-a-kind Mom, June 18
Hallie Reads, June 18
Bigreadersite, June 19
Connect in Fiction, June 19
Blogging With Carol, June 20
Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, June 20
For Him and My Family, June 21
Remembrancy, June 21
Pause for Tales, June 22
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 22
Godly Book Reviews, June 23
Texas Book-aholic, June 23
janicesbookreviews, June 24
A Reader’s Brain, June 24
Inklings and notions, June 24
To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize of both book in the series!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/e513/murder-in-the-city-of-liberty-celebration-tour-giveaway