Friday, April 20, 2018

Great Escapes Book Tours Book Tours Book Review: The Silver Gun

The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar

About the Book

The Silver Gun (An Art Deco Mystery) by L.A. Chandlar Cozy Mystery 1st in Series
Kensington (August 29, 2017)
Paperback: 336 pages 
ISBN-13: 978-1496713414 
Digital ASIN: B01MQSAJO7

New York City, 1936. In the midst of the Great Depression, the Big Apple is defiantly striving toward an era infused with art, architecture, and economic progress under the dynamic Mayor La Guardia. But those in City Hall know that tumultuous times can inspire both optimism and deadly danger . . .
It’s been six months since Lane Sanders was appointed Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia’s new personal aide, and the twenty-three-year-old is sprinting in her Mary Janes to match her boss’s pace. Despite dealing with vitriol from the Tammany Hall political machine and managing endless revitalization efforts, Fio hasn’t slowed down a bit during his years in office. And luckily for Lane, his unpredictable antics are a welcome distraction from the childhood memories that haunt her dreams—and the silver gun she’ll never forget.
When Lane gets attacked and threatened by an assailant tied to one of most notorious gangsters in the city, even the mayor can’t promise her safety. The corrupt city officials seem to be using Lane as a pawn against Fio for disgracing their party in the prior election. But why was the assailant wielding the exact same gun from her nightmares?
Balancing a clandestine love affair and a mounting list of suspects, Lane must figure out how the secrets of her past are connected to the city’s underground crime network—before someone pulls the trigger on the most explosive revenge plot in New York history . . .
Review: The first thing I noticed upon starting The Silver Gun, was how much the book reminded me of Beatriz Williams recent books. There was a nice mixture of history, mystery and romance going on in the story.

This is the first book in the Art Deco series and without giving out any spoilers, this is a series that you are going to want to read in order.

The Silver Gun is set in the 1930s NYC. It is a perfect mixture of fact and fiction. with one of the primary characters being Fiorello La Guardia, the 99th mayor of NYC. Lane is his fictional assistant. La Guardia is a colorful character in history, so he really makes this book more interesting. The cast of characters is fabulous here. I adored Finn, he was a great romantic interest.

The mystery is one that will keep you on your toes, with a mixture of the mob and Lane's back story, which gets more and more intriguing as things go on. This is really an edge of your seat mystery, with some twists and turns on the way. Just when you think you know who's who, things change.

The title of the book also figures into the story, in a big way. I love when this happens, even though you don't know the full significance until the end.

This is a great start of a new series. I can't wait to read more about Lane especially with the ending, which wasn't quite a cliffhanger but more a harbinger of what's to come.

Rating: 5 flowers

About the Author

L .A. Chandlar is the author of the Art Deco Mystery Series with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released August 29, 2017, and the sequel, The Gold Pawn, will release September 25th, 2018. Laurie has been living and writing in New York City for 16 years and has been speaking for a wide variety of audiences for over 20 years including a women’s group with the United Nations. Her talks range from NYC history, the psychology of creativity, and the history of holiday traditions. Laurie has also worked in PR for General Motors, writes and fund-raises for a global nonprofit is the mother of two boys, and has toured the nation managing a rock band.
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L.A. Chandlar said...

Love love love your page, Mistress of the Dark! And we have a lot of common interests;-). Thank you so much for having me today on your blog! I'm so happy that you enjoyed The Silver Gun! Can't wait for you to read The Gold Pawn. I had a LOT of fun writing it. Have a great week!

Kay Garrett said...

Thank you for your review and information on "The Silver Gun" by L.A. Chandlar as well as for being part of the book tour.

I'd love the opportunity to read this book.
2clowns at arkansas dot net

diannekc said...

I really like the 1930's setting and Art Deco era in the storyline. Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading.

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