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Book Title: Lady Killer|
The author of the book: Elisabeth Sanxay Holding
Date of issue: May 8th 2013
ISBN 13: 9781627550819
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 820 KB
Edition: Black Curtain Press
Read full description of the books Lady Killer:This is a delightful fast read and such a glorious period piece. It seems like every noir writer working in the 40s had to write a twisted thriller set on board a cruise ship, which leads me to believe that they all let themselves get talked into cruising out of New York and down to the tropics in the winter, found themselves bored and in a bit of a constant dark drunk stupor, and invented bizarre murder plots set on cruise ships and tropical islands to keep themselves amused.
This book mentions a cocktail called the Carlito in Chapter 15. It was invented by one of the characters, which is fantastic, but we don't find out what's in the drink, which is not so fantastic. But you know what they do drink an awful lot of in this book? Champagne cocktails.
So here's what you're gonna do:
Get a bottle of nice French champagne. I don't think Honey would have been drinking California champagne in those days. Don't spend a fortune--something in the $15 price range will do. Failing that, get a good Spanish cava for $10-15 and you're good.
Get a champagne goblet if you can (the wide, shallow kind of champagne glass) but failing that, a flute will do.
Drop in a sugar cube and douse it with about six drops of Angostura bitters. (Angostura is most certainly the brand the ship would have served.)
Give the bitters a minute to soak in, then top with Champagne.
Drink a toast to Honey and Weaver. They're going to need it.
Read information about the authorElisabeth Sanxay Holding (1889-1955) was born and brought up in New York and educated at Miss Whitcombe's and other schools for young ladies. In 1913 she married George Holding, a British diplomat. They had two daughters and lived in various South American countries, and then in Bermuda, where her husband was a government official. Elisabeth Sanxay Holding wrote six romantic novels in the 1920s but, after the stock market crash, turned to the more profitable genre of detective novels: from 1929-54 she wrote eighteen, as well as numerous short stories for magazines. In 1949 Raymond Chandler chose her as 'the best character and suspense writer (for consistent but not large production)', picking The Blank Wall (1947) as one of his favourites among her books; it was filmed as The Reckless Moment in 1949 (by Max Ophuls) and as The Deep End (with Tilda Swinton) in 2001. After her husband's retirement the Holdings lived in New York City. Her series character was Lieutenant Levy. Holding also wrote numerous short stories for popular magazines of the day.
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