First Line Friday — Murder at The Flamingo

27 Jul

Happy Friday! Today I am happy to highlight the first 4 lines of Rachel McMillan‘s newest novel, Murder at The Flamingo. Why 4 lines? Because you really can’t get the full impact without reading the whole paragraph. I am excited to read this book. Make sure you check out all the info below.

Meanwhile, leave a comment with your first line, then head to Hoarding Books for more fun first lines!



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. 

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.



24 Responses to “First Line Friday — Murder at The Flamingo”

  1. lelandandbecky July 27, 2018 at 6:59 am #

    Happy Friday! My first line is from Dancing in the Rain by Eileen Rife and Jennifer Slattery:

    “The letter was probably one more rejection Loni could add to all the others crumpled in her trash.”

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 9:13 am #

      Great line! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Rachel July 27, 2018 at 7:26 am #

    Today I shared the first couple of lines from Fiona Davis’ upcoming book “The Masterpiece” on my blog. But as I’m only about 25% into the book, let me share the first few lines of the chapter I’m currently reading.

    “Clara had seen Levon only twice since he’d taken her class five days earlier: once in a crowded hallway, where he’d given her a salute as he brushed by, and another time on the concourse of the terminal, where she was certain he’d spotted her but pretended not to.
    His puerile behavior annoyed her. She had no way of knowing if he’d upheld his end of the bet and insisted that Mr. Lorette keep her on.”

    I hope you enjoy that. Happy weekend and enjoying your reading! 😀

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 9:12 am #

      Enjoy your book! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. susandyer1962 July 27, 2018 at 8:52 am #

    Happy Friday!😊

    My first line comes from The Mending by Susan Lantz Simpson……..

    She sensed someone had entered the room, even though she’d been dozing and hadn’t heard the whoosh of the door opening or the squeak of athletic shoes on the tile floor. Her eyes felt glued shut.

    Have a great weekend and happy reading!😊📚

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 9:11 am #

      Those are some ominous lines! Thanks for sharing.

  4. joyofreadingweb July 27, 2018 at 9:59 am #

    Happy Friday! Over on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from The Reckoning at Gossamer Pond by Jaime Jo Wright. Here I’ll share the first line from Chapter 28 of the same book:
    “Dusk had settled over Gossamer Pond. The mist rolled off its surface, making the mossy green algae glow in the moonlight.”
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm #

      Loved, loved, loved that book! Happy reading!

  5. bellesmoma16 July 27, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    Can’t wait to read this book!

    Happy Friday!

    Today on my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Cara Putman’s novel A Promise Forged. Here I will share the first line from the novel I just started reading, Thief of Corinth by Tessa Afshar.

    “The first time I climbed through a window and crept about secretly through a house, the moon sat high in the sky and I was running away from home.”

    Hope you have a great weekend! 😀

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      Hope you enjoy your book. It looks great.

  6. Anneliese Dalaba July 27, 2018 at 1:18 pm #

    On my blog, I’m sharing the first line from Secrets & Charades by Cindy Ervin Huff. Since I’m still reading the book, I will share the first two lines from chapter 8 here. “Jake finished hitching the wagon as the sun rose over the horizon. When he peered in the door of the soddie, Evangeline stood before him trying to press the wrinkles out of her green dress with her hands.” Have a wonderful weekend!

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:21 pm #

      I haven’t heard of this book. Thanks for sharing!

  7. Yvette - Bookworlder July 27, 2018 at 2:09 pm #

    Happy Friday! This is on my “Must Read” pile and I’m looking forward to reading it soon. I’m sharing from a different book on my blog today, but my current lunchtime read is the second Lady Alkmene Cozy Mystery, Diamonds of Death by Vivian Conroy. Here is the first line (well, first two):

    “It was madness to do this on a night with a full moon. But then you had to be a little mad to do this work to begin with.”

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:20 pm #

      Sounds very intriguing! Have a great weekend!

  8. Paula Shreckhise July 27, 2018 at 2:38 pm #

    Rachel ‘s book looks yummy!

    My First line is from The Best of Intentions by Susan Anne Mason:

    May 1919
    Grace Abernathy stood at the rail of the S S Olympic, staring out over the calm expanse of the sea as the last trace of sunlight disappeared over the horizon.

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

      Beautiful picture! Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. thebeccafiles July 27, 2018 at 2:47 pm #

    The book I shared on my blog today is A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano but it’s also the book I’m currently reading so I’ll share the first line from chapter 3 here: “Squinting into the fog made orange by the rising sun, I strode through the sprawling vineyard in a nightdress and my tattered old garden cloak and pondered the odd whispers of my servant.” Hope you have a great weekend with lots of reading time! 🙂

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 2:54 pm #

      Got that one in the mail today! Can’t wait to crack it open. Happy weekend!

  10. Hallie @ Book by Book July 27, 2018 at 3:12 pm #

    Happy Friday!

    Enjoy this book! It’s a fun one.

    I’m reading The Hero’s Guide to Being an Outlaw by Christopher Healy right now, so here’s the first line: “Outlaws have too many feathers in their hats.”

    Hallie @ Book by Book

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 4:41 pm #

      That line sure made me smile!

  11. Becky July 27, 2018 at 3:49 pm #

    I keep seeing this book around! Hopefully I’ll get my hands on it someday!

    I’m sharing the first line of Carolyn Miller’s Miss Serena’s Secret on my blog, so I’ll share the first lines of Rachel Dylan’s Lone Witness, my current lunch break read, here: “Guilty. That’s the only possible verdict.”

    • rbclibrary July 27, 2018 at 4:40 pm #

      Lone Witness is such a fabulous book! Enjoy!

  12. carylkane July 27, 2018 at 7:06 pm #

    Happy Friday! My first line comes from The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

    London, 1913

    It was dark where she crouched but the little girl did as she’d been told.

    • rbclibrary July 28, 2018 at 6:50 am #

      That line makes me want to know more! Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful weekend!

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