Now that I have read both novels by Rachel Scott McDaniel, I plan to add her to my list of must read authors. Her books bring history to life as her characters practically leap off the page. I loved The Red Canary with its exciting blend of history, mystery, and romance.

I particularly enjoyed the late 1920s setting as it was the era my grandmother was coming of age. We have a beloved photograph of her in her flapper garments and hairstyle and I can easily imagine her fitting right into the life and times of Vera and Mick. I think she would have enjoyed getting to know Vera who was a sassy, independent young woman who didn’t need anyone’s help, thank you – until she did. As witness to the murder of her boss at the speakeasy where she sang, it became quite evident that she required protection and Mick was just the man to do it, even if he was not thrilled at the prospect. Vera’s thoroughly modern persona complete with her liberal use of the current slang was a marked contrast to Mick’s straight-laced, professional demeanor. As most can guess, the two of them were destined to develop a very unexpected relationship by the end of their story. And what fun it was.

The Red Canary was a thoroughly satisfying read with a strong spiritual theme interwoven through a intriguing plot compete with superb dialogue and multiple twists and surprises. I enthusiastically recommend it to all.

I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided by Just Read Tours. A favorable review was not required. All views expressed are my own.


Music sparks her world, but can love ignite her heart?

In 1928, soot from the local mills and music from speakeasies linger in the Pittsburgh air. When the manager of The Kelly Club is found dead, nightclub singer Vera Pembroke is thrust into peril. As the only witness to the crime, she’s sentenced to hide away in the Allegheny Forest with a stuffy police sergeant as her guardian.

Sergeant Mick Dinelo harbors a burning hatred for Pittsburgh’s underworld after the devastation it left on his life—and heart. He should be out exposing culpable gangsters rather than tending to the impetuous woman who defies his every effort to keep her safe.

Mick and Vera must set aside their differences to solve the murder that someone wants to keep buried beneath the soot of Steel City.


Rachel Scott McDaniel is an award-winning author of historical romance. Winner of the ACFW Genesis Award and the RWA Touched By Love award, Rachel infuses faith and heart into each story. She currently enjoys life in Ohio with her husband and two kids. Rachel can be found online at and on all social media platforms.

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