The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel

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.


My Review

Set in Pittsburgh, during the prohibition this story takes you deep into the heart of the speakeasies. I haven’t read as many prohibition stories so some of the lingo I wasn’t as familiar with. That didn’t deter from the wonderful story as I felt like I was right there with Mick and Vera.
It kept me reading until the end. I liked Vera’s spunkiness an determination. Even though times got tough, she stood her ground. She and Mick’s relationship was fun to watch. Both of them were headstrong and stubborn. The lessons of forgiveness and second chances are weaved throughout the story.

I recommend this book to my family and friends.

I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. I also purchased a copy for myself. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.

Purchase your copy at your local bookstore or online.


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