Review: The Mobster’s Daughter, by Rachel Scott McDaniel

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The one man who could help her, must never know her name.

If Kate Chamberlin can’t reveal her true identity to the world, she must settle for sharing only her talent. Hired as a musician for KDKA radio, Kate plays everything from sponsors’ jingles to complex sonatas. As long as the whispers around the broadcasting room refer to her as “Killjoy Kate” and not “Catarina the crime boss’s daughter,” then her life is safe from danger.

Or so she thinks.

When anonymous, violent threats surface, Kate’s wary of accepting protection from the handsome private investigator, Detective Jennings. His save-the-world attitude is as charming as his manners, but no one, especially him, can know the gruesome realities of her birth.

The 1924 Pittsburgh underworld is as complicated as it is elusive, and though the dealings of the Salvastanos have dwindled, Rhett Jennings is certain the man responsible for his father’s death is still at large. But his personal hunt for justice must be set aside when his day job requires him to investigate threats directed at a young radio broadcaster with enamoring brown eyes and secretive behavior.

When danger surrounds them, will the truth of Kate’s past become the key to their survival?


Disclaimer: Although I received an electronic copy of this book from the publisher and author, the opinions below are my own.

Rachel McDaniel takes readers back to the familiar setting of Pittsburgh in her latest romantic suspense novel, which sees an Italian emigrant trying to uncover the mystery of her father’s disappearance as well as his links to organized crime. She’ll need to do it while avoiding his mob rivals and hoping her protection doesn’t discover her connection to his father’s murderer.

I can’t deny I love books set in my favorite American city. After all, this was the first place I visited in the USA twenty-five years ago, and it’s remained in my heart all these years later. But I was entertained by The Mobster’s Daughter, and I found it difficult to put down. It begins with a wonderful description of Pittsburgh in the opening paragraphs, one that speaks of the Steel City’s industrial heritage. From there we get a novel that reflects the city, including its innovative history with groundbreaking KDKA radio and an account of the day when drivers in the newly completed Liberty Tunnel suffered carbon monoxide poisoning due to a lack of ventilation.

This is a book that will appeal to any aficionado of Christian historic and/or romantic suspense, even if they don’t know or love Pittsburgh. The narrative twists and turns, tension builds, and we soon learn Kate isn’t the only one with secrets. A reveal left me breathless because I hadn’t expected it. Here we have vulnerable characters trying to do the right thing but not always succeeding. Kate’s young neighbor has a heartbreaking tale of his own, and you can’t help but hope for a happy ending for him. Overall, this is a tale which left me wanting to know more about Kate, Rhett, and everyone else. And, let’s face it, where there’s a power vacuum there will always be someone wanting to fill it… especially in organized crime.



Product Information

Publisher:   Ally Press

Publication Date:   02 November 2021

Book Information


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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 Scott McDaniel’s Website



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