Miami Days, Havana Nights is the followup to Al Capone at the Blanche Hotel, by Linda Bennett Pennell. It isn’t listed as a series, but I think a lot of character background can be gained from reading them in order. I quickly fell in love with this book, as it was an interesting story (2 actually) and a bit of history. The chapters alternate telling the story of Sam Ackerman and Liz Reams. At the end, they merge, and you get a full picture. While I did like that, because its 2 stories, set nearly 100 years apart, at times I was annoyed I couldn’t see what happened next for another chapter. It was hard to alternate, only because it keeps you in suspense a while longer.
Sam is a teenager when he witnesses a murder, and is quickly sent off for his protection. He didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye to his mother, and was sent across the country with not even a change of clothes. But its better than being killed or locked up, so he makes the best of it. He falls in love, to someone forbidden, and must try to cut ties with the mob, but seems to keep getting pulled back in.
Liz is a history professor, who’s passion is researching American Crime. She likes to research the unknown, every day man, and write their story and connection with the mob. She is led on quite the dangerous adventure this time, trying to obtain more research.
Highly recommend this one. I hope there are more to come in this series! I want to see what happens with Liz and Hugh!
reviewed by @way2gosmartguy