Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Gold Pawn - A Recipe, Review, & Giveaway

I'm so pleased to welcome L.A. Chandlar to the blog today. L.A. pens the Art Deco Mystery series. THE GOLD PAWN is the second book in the series and will be released September 25.

Hanukkah and Christmas Champagne Cocktails

Champagne was big during Prohibition. So here are two holiday Champagne or Prosecco cocktails in The Gold Pawn at Thanksgiving.

Cranberry & Lime Champagne cocktail:

Beautiful green and red colors with some pizzazz. Use Champagne or Prosecco. Pour cranberry concentrate or just cranberry juice in the bottom of a flute, a squeeze of fresh lime, curlicue of lime rind on the glass.

Blueberry Champagne cocktail:

Beautiful blue and fizzy – for extra glitz, add edible silver glitter. Place one sugar cube in the bottom of flute, top with Champagne or Prosecco, float 2 blueberries on the top (the sugar cube fizzes!). Alternate option: instead of sugar cube, pour a small amount of blueberry schnapps in the bottom of the glass, top with champagne.

For mocktails, both recipes can substitute the Champagne or Prosecco with ginger ale or seltzer. 



THE GOLD PAWN by L.A. Chandlar
The Second Art Deco Mystery

It's 1936 and Mayor Fiorello La Guardia keeps his personal assistant, Lane Sanders, hopping. If he's not off chasing fires, he's adding fuel to the fires he makes with Tammany Hall and other enemies. His current concern though is a missing high powered banker and personal friend. In hopes of uncovering some secrets that may help the problems in New York, Lane decides it's time to travel to her childhood home in Michigan. But it's more than a missing banker and the resurgence of the Red Scroll Network; Lane is about to face her most dangerous enemy yet...her own inner demons.

The second Art Deco Mystery is filled with fantastic period details, from the clothing and the cars, to the cocktails (I want a Hilty Dilty) and more! This incredible research infuses the book with such an authentic atmosphere that as I read I felt as if I was actually in 1936. Despite all the fine trimmings, the heart of the book looks at darkness. Darkness, not only in the bad guys, but in the good ones as well.

THE GOLD PAWN is a gripping novel that had me glued to the pages whilst at the edge of my seat. It is an emotional rollercoaster filled with plenty of action, treachery, romance, and love. Lots of multilayered characters exist here, obvious villains, bad guys who may have some good, good people with foibles, and loved ones with secrets.Who will Lane trust? And ultimately, can she trust herself?

I absolutely loved this riveting book. There are plenty of laughs, but plenty of shocked gasps as well. THE GOLDEN PAWN is a fine mystery that probes much deeper into the human psyche, even as it entertains.

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  1. Thank you for your wonderful review on "THE GOLD PAWN" by L.A. Chandlar and for being part of the book tour.

    Oh those drink recipes sound soooo good! Love the era this book is written in. I have this book on my TBR list and would love the opportunity to read it.
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  2. I would love to read these captivating novels since the storylines, and era interest me greatly. Historicals with actual and authentic people and settings are fascinating and Fiorella La Guardia was a real mench. Thanks.

  3. What an interesting period to write about. Sounds intriguing. Thanks for the giveaway.

  4. I really like reading about the Art Deco era and have had "The Silver Gun" on my TBR list for awhile and I'm adding "The Gold Pawn" to the list. Looking forward to reading both books.

  5. I love reading books. Thanks for the amazing reviwe for the "THE GOLD PAWN" and the recipe for the mocktails looks amazing. I would definatly read the book and try thta recipe. Pawn a jewelry