Author: Rachel McMillan
Series: Van Buren & DeLuca Mystery #2
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: May 28, 2019
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
As Van Buren and De Luca help the residents of North End Boston, they find themselves investigating their own relationship!
Three years have passed since the infamous case of murder at the Flamingo Club that left Hamish shot on the club floor. His nefarious cousin Luca Valari has vanished back to Chicago but may have an opportunity to return to Boston to pursue some racketeering for the possibility of the United States entering the second great war. Meanwhile, Hamish and Reggie have been building up their investigative practice of Van Buren and De Luca. The pair have grown much closer during the time, but still haven’t crossed any lines of intimacy. They get a call from Pete Kelly, who has been using the harbor area in the North End for black market business for years but keeps the tenants with decent prospects and jobs. The prestigious architectural firm Hyatt and Price (the same firm that the Vaughn of Reggie’s past is employed) is working to develop the area into affordable housing. But after learning of Hamish’s connections to his cousin Luca, Kelly steps away from working with them. Shortly after, Hamish receives a visit from a colored farm league baseball player for the Boston Patriots, Errol Parker. Errol has always been on the receiving end of pranks, but lately they’ve escalated to threats. Hamish and Reggie agree to investigate this and shortly a murder takes place at the stadium. As the investigation continues, all the events that have been taking place begin to become intertwined and it will take both of them to figure it out.
Although three years has passed from when the previous book ended, it was evident that Hamish and Reggie have grown closer. The was a parallel investigation of their personal relationship to that of the murder that was being investigated. It was put through a very trying time in this book and readers will finally get to see what it is made of. The previous book did a great job of setting up a new series including character development and the scenery of the time of the North End of Boston. Since that had already been done, this book just took that previous momentum and carried it forward. There wasn’t as much descriptive scenery, but both Reggie and Hamish continued to develop. Several of the supporting characters from the previous book continued in their progress as well. As a reader, I still didn’t like Vaughn because of his relationship with Reggie, but he was such a good guy and had matured. Dirk of course was still lowly and easy to dislike. I still enjoy the series and will be looking forward to what comes next.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.