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The Red Canary

4.77  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  38 reviews
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 f
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Paula Shreckhise
“The night was quiet, but he was about to knock on death’s door”
Ms. McDaniel continues her expert writing in a new tale about the 1920’s.
This time we meet spunky Vera Pembroke in a speakeasy run by her boyfriend, Carson Kelly. Sergeant Mick Dinelo has a hot tip to go to The Kelly Club. There he encounters Vera who has escaped a hard past. She is more than he bargained for when they are faced with fleeing a murderer.
There is lots of cute banter and jargon of the era for good measure. The feisty
Rachel McMillan
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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 snap, crackles and pops every time Mick and Vera share the page. Yet, deeper still, McD
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the banter between the two main characters! Such a fun book. Yet filled with a great message and danger. Vera is hilarious and Mick is the quintessential version of a straight laced guy. They’ve both had so many hurts in their lifetime. And Lacey! Such a sweet addition to the book. Her quotes and care made me smile. There’s one scene (I won’t spoil it) that really made me laugh. Another must read from this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All views stated are my ...more
Janine Rosche
Oct 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
McDaniel takes readers on a delightful jaunt back to the time of speakeasies, gangsters, and quick-witted songbirds who have a talent for finding trouble at every turn. Vera is a feisty and daring heroine with a pure, but shadowed heart. Mick is a steady, rule-touting hero with a heartbreaking reason for keeping his distance from Vera—a tough feat when he’s charged with protecting her. The red-hot chemistry between these two is enough to start a blaze, and the suspense is spine-tingling. McDanie ...more
Caitlyn Santi
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A stunning, superb sophomore novel from Rachel Scott McDaniel!
I fell head over heels in love with this author's writing last year when I read her amazing debut novel, Above the Fold, so needless to say The Red Canary was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020! And oh my word, what a gorgeous, gorgeous story it is! From the first line I was swept away into the world of 1920's Pittsburgh, and the Allegheny forest, and I did not want to leave! This story held me utterly and completely spellbound
Nov 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fun story about life in the roaring twenties! Rachel McDaniel has given us a beautiful portrait showcasing a speakeasy and a lovely young lady in those good old days.
Vera. What a heroine. I liked her character from the very beginning.
I liked her character from the very beginning. She’s fallen into hard times and is singing in an illegal bar. Then things go from bad to worse when she is the only witness to a murder, and is forced to disappear for her own safety.
This book is a delight. It b
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Red Canary was such a fantastic book. I don't even know where to start. I'm pretty sure I've never read anything like it, which to say was incredibly refreshing. I'd also say I want to devour everything roaring 20s, but I don't know if anyone could capture it quite the way Rachel did. I mean, I was transported and it was fantastic! I read this in under 24 hours!

Readers are immediately drawn into the story as they meet Vera at the speakeasy. Something shady is going on and the nail biting beg
Oct 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I instantly knew that I would love this book! Rachel Scott McDaniel writes some of the best Roaring Twenties fiction! She puts so much detail into her stories that they just come alive! She also created some wonderful characters that had great chemistry. I loved this book and was sad that it ended. I look forward to reading more from her!

I received a complimentary copy from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine alone.
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a fantastic book! I have not read many historical fiction books that take place in the Roaring Twenties but I am now a huge fan! The plot was captivating and the characters were so well crafted that sometimes I forgot I was reading fiction. If you enjoy a wonderful blend of intrigue, suspense, and romance all wrapped up in a fascinating period of history, this book is for you!

I received a complimentary copy of this book but it in no way affected my review.
Carolyn Bryant
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In The Red Canary, Ms. McDaniel masterfully melds romance, history, mystery, and faith into one exciting, captivating read which is definitely what I expected from this consummate storyteller! Her expressive prose evokes a myriad of emotions, and her descriptive language paints wonderful, clear word pictures. Vivid, detailed imagery brings to life the sights, sounds, and smells of the locale whether it be the smoky Kelly Club speakeasy, the “soot tarnished” streets of Pittsburgh, or the tranquil ...more
Stacey Ulferts
Oct 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW! Rachel Scott McDaniel proves again that she knows just how to write a historical mystery romance with an unforgettable hero and heroine. The story starts off with a bang and doesn’t let up. With dialogue and suspense worthy of a Cary Grant movie, chemistry that almost did damage to my Kindle, and characters right out of a film noir joint, The Red Canary is a swoony trip around 1928 western Pennsylvania.

I received an advance copy and all opinions are my own.
Nov 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
"The sorrow may last for a night, but joy comes in the morning. He had tasted the sorrow. Had plenty of it. It was time for the joy."

Rachel Scott McDaniel returns her readers once again to 1920s Pittsburgh during the Prohibition Era; this time she delves into the world of speakeasys and corruption running rampant in that city. The nightlife in Pittsburgh is so vivid that you can touch, hear, taste, and smell the jazz and alcohol in smoke-filled clubs as other nefarious dealings occur underground
Susan L. Tuttle
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
There was so much to love about this book. For me, McDaniel does such an amazing job with her settings and time period. From the glitzy side to a cabin in the mountains, she nails them as well as she does her characters. Vera and Mick are well-matched for one another, though it may not seem it at first. McDaniel does a wonderful job of breaking down their walls while keeping both leads believable and likable. The hint of danger that follows throughout is a wonderful backdrop to the romantic side ...more
Gretchen M.
Oct 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
From the beginning of this book, I felt like I stepped back into the 1920's. I am not sure if the author watched lots of movies or read a book called, "How to Talk Like a Flapper," she nailed Vera Pembrooke's character. There is a fine line when writing a historical character with a strong personality, and by the end, I felt like I had truly gotten to "know" Vera. She was up in your face, yet her actions did not seem cliche.
The book's setting also was interesting. I am not sure that I have read
Janyre Tromp
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is all things big city (Pittsburg) and 1920s and flappers. McDaniel’s scenes are wonderful and her sarcastic, broken heroine is spot on and a breath of fresh air. The banter between her and the staid hero, Mick, is priceless.

You don’t want to miss this award-winning book.
Keren Herrera-Lyles
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Author Rachel has molded the Roaring 20's of Pittsburg's history with a romance story that will captivate you from the first turn of the pages. I enjoy the way the Author can bring description of the time of gangsters and the history that you can easily picture the story in your mind as if you are playing a dvd of a movie. The way she focuses detail and storyline is amazing. I love how she molds within the story God's love for us in each one of her characters regardless the troubles, fear and do ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Nobody writes 1920’s fiction like Rachel Scott McDaniel! From the smoky haze of historic Pittsburgh nightlife to the quiet beauty of the Allegheny National Forest McDaniel truly transports her readers to another time and place! The way she slowly draws you in, painting the story and scene in such vivid detail, is truly a gift. Everything is skillfully placed, giving us all the important information whether we can see it in the moment or not.
The story starts by giving us a glimpse of the life Ver
Jerrye Bell
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Red Canary by Rachel Scott McDaniel

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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Rachel Scott McDaniel brings readers a fresh and sassy new book based in the Roaring Twenties that has plenty of wit, spark and suspense on all the pages.

I loved this story! From the Twenties slang to the witty conversations to the tension throughout, this story was wonderful. I’m a big fan of old movies, like the Thin Man and the Falcon, so this
I saw the Allegheny National Forest for the first time on a Monday in August 1996. I’d set foot on American soil less than a week before that, when I landed in the city of Pittsburgh, PA. I stood on that hill, overlooking a carpet of trees with the Allegheny River catching the sun in the distance, and fell in love. The property belonged to my then-boyfriend’s uncle. I married that boyfriend over 20 years ago, but that view is just as beautiful then as it is now. Western Pennsylvania holds a spec ...more
Shreedevi Gurumurty
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Kelly Bridgewater
Nov 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read Rachel Scott McDaniel's first novel, Above the Fold, and really enjoyed it. Naturally, I was interested in another novel that she had written, so I was so excited to see that she wrote another historical cozy mystery. This time, The Red Canary, takes place in a speakeasy and a cabin out in the middle of nowhere. The story starts out with the dilemma, which a good story should, and allows the heroine and hero to run from the incident and try to figure out what happened. The romance built q ...more
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Do you like to read new-to-you authors? I’m always a little nervous even though I love to find a new author whose books I can start collecting. Rachel Scott McDaniel is now officially one of those authors for me. Her latest book The Red Canary is simply fantastic.

Vera Pembroke is a singer at a speakeasy in Pittsburgh. Not her favorite job in the world, but it provides her food and a place to live. When she becomes a witness to murder, her whole world turns upside down. Sergeant Mick Dinelo is ta
Amy Renaud
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Goodness but does Rachel Scott McDaniel have a way with words! This story has it all—romance, mystery, suspense with faith weaved in beautifully throughout this historical romance tale. This is Rachel’s second release and it does not disappoint.

I loved Vera and her extensive 1920s vocabulary. This character was painted amazingly well, and I enjoyed reading Rachel’s authors note about how this speakeasy singer’s character came together— and came to life—on the page. Vera is the kind of dame who
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Red Canary is my introduction to Rachel Scott McDaniel's writing. Roarin' '20s is not my usual fiction forte, but I'm happy to recommend this new novel. Immensely enjoyable and imaginative, her descriptiveness and characters captivated me into this story of speakeasies, songbirds, and crime in the "wettest" city in the nation during prohibition.

Her characters are flawed as the best ones usually are. Mick, a follower of Jesus, yet plagued with guilt from his past, while Vera scoffs at the id
Beth Pugh
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Let me start by saying I am not a huge fan of historical, unless it's written by Rachel Scott McDaniel. Her debut novel, Above the Fold, made me a fan for life. I was super excited to read The Red Canary and believe me, it did not disappoint.

Mick and Vera's chemistry is off the charts. Both are beautifully flawed characters that when put together become whole. The lingo and tone was stellar. The pacing kept me turning pages. I felt like I was watching a movie. In addition to the wonderful charac
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Red Canary is a fantastic blend of a fierce intelligent heroine, a dependable stoic hero, and the dazzle of the roaring 20s. I really enjoyed the dichotomy of the main characters and loved their banter and interactions. I also liked their growth throughout the story. There is also some great suspense and mystery woven in the book that made it easy for me to be drawn into the novel and made it difficult to put down! The author’s ability to weave details in her stories cause them to come alive ...more
Amanda  H
Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was hard to put down! I enjoyed reading the story of Vera, a young "Canary"-nightclub singer with a shadowy past. When she witnesses a crime at the nightclub she works at, she is thrust into the difficult position of sole witness. At a time when a lot of police and officials are paid to look the other way, she is unsure who to trust.

I enjoyed this historical novel! The characters are well written and I thought that the story line was unique. I never really thought what it might of been
Nov 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a ride! This book transports you to the 1920's right from the first page. It then takes you on an adventure through prohibition & speakeasies, danger, and peril. And the singing...oh the singing! It was so well described I felt like I could hear Vera's voice! And then there's the romance! The chemistry, banter, and friendship forming was perfect! And last, but certainly not least, is the beautiful faith thread! It is so delightful and heartfelt, I loved it! This book is definitely one I'll ...more
Emily Shannon
Nov 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story! I really felt transported back to 1928 Pittsburgh. The pacing of the story was excellent. I loved watching the relationship evolve and grow between Mick and Vera. The faith elements in this book were realistic and encouraging. This was my first book by this author and it won’t be my last!
Linda Bumba
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A really good story, hard to put down. A story that became a part of me.
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