Monday, February 7, 2022

THE MOBSTER'S DAUGHTER by Rachel McDaniel, Reviewed by Rebecca Maney

"A sob sank into my bones. I didn't know what world I'd stepped into, but I wanted out. Away from men who accused my Papa of murder. Away from policemen who could discover my identity and haul me away."

"I could change my name. My identity. But at the end of the day, I was still the child of a criminal."

After crossing an ocean to locate her beloved Papa, Catarina Salvastano soon realized trouble had either found or followed her to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for the family bakery had been vandalized to the point of utter destruction and her father was nowhere to be found, except in the headlines of the local newspaper. Troubling rumors swirled around his sudden disappearance following the death of a highly respected police commissioner, and according to many, Hugo Salvastano was a cold blooded killer.

Changing her name to Kate Chamberlin, Catarina strives to remain invisible, using her lovely voice and keyboard skills as a musician for KDKA radio while she continues to search for the truth about her family. What she never expected? A veiled threat and the protection of a man with a vested interest in finding the man who had murdered his father.

Private investigator Rhett Jennings has asked Kate so many questions and received so few answers in return. Is she purposefully hiding information? Or perhaps she simply doesn't trust him; after all, her co-worker has fed her plenty of information about the womanizer that Rhett used to be.

What begins as an interesting story set squarely in the midst of mobster territory in the 1920's underworld metamorphose into an impressive display of plotting skills and character development. The escalating magnetism between Kate and Rhett is tough, tense, and altogether tender, flowing steadily towards a conclusion that any and every reader will applaud! "Be still my heart", was my response.

"God knew I needed you."

"Thou art my hiding place. Thou shalt preserve me from troubles; Thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance." Wait a minute! "God sang?" 

*I purchased the book and was under no obligation to provide a positive review.


BackCover Blurb:
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 ss'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?

November, 2021



  1. This is so beautiful! Thank you, Rebecca! My heart is full❤️

  2. I am ready this right now and really enjoying it! It's my first by this author, but I think I may have another on my bookshelf.


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