04 January 2021

The Red Canary | Book Review


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 the 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.

Publisher: Smitten Historical Romance
Release Date: November 10, 2020


Venture back to Pittsburgh of the 1920s with Rachel Scott McDaniel’s The Red Canary!

As the only witness to a murder, speakeasy singer Vera Pembroke must go into hiding. Sergeant Mick Dinelo must protect her—and neither one is all that happy with the situation. Of course, sparks fly as they sort through what can be uncovered (with both the murder and their feelings), and they prove to have the makings of a delightful historical romance.

I definitely enjoyed The Red Canary. With a blend of mystery, character growth, and romance, it is a book not easily put down. I highly recommend it to historical-romance readers.


I received a complimentary copy of this book and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own.

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