The Red Canary

The Red Canary

4.32 (255 ratings by Goodreads)
4.32 (255 ratings by Goodreads)

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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.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 314 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 18mm | 463g
  • English
  • 1645262812
  • 9781645262817

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What a fresh new read! The sassy heroine pops right off the page, perfectly fitting with all the color and energy of her Roaring '20s setting. The Red Canary is bursting with glamor and vintage music, and it feels like a visit to another time. With a beautifully authentic romance standing against a real force of evil and delicately woven faith elements, McDaniel's newest novel stands out in the historical fiction genre. --Joanna Politano, Award-winning author of The Love Note

Nobody writes 1920s fiction like Rachel Scott McDaniel. From the smoky haze of historic Pittsburgh nightlife to the quiet beauty of the Allegheny National Forest, she truly transports her readers to another time and place, slowly drawing us in with vivid detail and expertly crafted phrasing. This book does a fantastic job of giving her readers a little bit of everything, romance, humor, mystery, and action, and all while making you feel like you've stepped into a classic movie! I honestly adore every single word she writes, and historical fiction lovers will not be disappointed by this beautiful story. --Abbi Hart, Adventures of a Literary Nature

Rachel McDaniel once again gives readers a delightful romp into the Roaring '20s in her latest release, The Red Canary. This book will transport you to 1920s Pittsburgh with its vivid descriptions and quirky time period jargon. A straight-laced hero, rough-around-the-edges heroine, and an unsolved murder will keep readers turning the pages! Vera and Mick are an unlikely pair that will win readers' hearts as they learn to trust each other and unravel the mystery. --Ashley Johnson, Bringing Up Books

The Red Canary features a dazzlingly intelligent heroine, an evocative sense of place, and a pitch-perfect historical narrative. Toss in a whiff of suspense expertly captured with a voice that makes the Roaring Twenties sing, and you have an unputdownable read. The whip-smart dialogue and shadows of danger nipping at the heels of our delightful protagonists is underscored by chemistry that snaps, crackles, and pops every time Mick and Vera share the page. Yet, deeper still, McDaniel has penned a treatise on finding ourselves and our value in a higher place beyond our human limitation. A delightful read from a stand-out talent. --Rachel McMillan, Author of The London Restoration

Here's a book I could not put down. Rachel Scott McDaniel perfectly captured the glamorous 1920s in The Red Canary, from the sassy nightclub singer to the strong, silent detective determined to protect her. I smiled my way through this story, especially the scenes where Mick tried to help headstrong Vera endure hiding away in the Allegheny Forest. Great read! --Karen Barnett, Author of the Vintage National Parks Novels
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255 ratings
4.32 out of 5 stars
5 54% (137)
4 31% (79)
3 10% (26)
2 4% (9)
1 2% (4)
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