L.A. Chandlar is the Agatha nominated National bestselling author of The Art Deco Mystery Series

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L. A. Chandlar is a terrific new voice in mystery--an author you are going to love!” —Charles Todd, New York Times bestselling author of THE BLACK ASCOT

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“Engaging, vivid, and intriguing…an action-packed adventure with quirky characters, snappy dialogue, a hint of romance—and starring one of the pluckiest, most entertaining heroines ever.”

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“Colorful characters and rich historical flavor buoy Chandlar’s frothy second Art Deco mystery…the complex central puzzle will keep readers turning the pages.”

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“Action packed and filled with 1930s charm.”

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CrimeReads “A Best Fall Read of 2018”

“Chandlar’s lush historical novel follows Mayor LaGuardia in 1936 as his political future stalls under the weight of a missing persons case. Chandlar sets out to capture the complexities of the 1930s, a time of great art and culture as well as a time of great suffering.”


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“Chandlar has an eye for detail so New York City in the 1930s—the clothes, the nightclubs, the food—are all quite vivid and tangible.”

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“From the colorful and well-researched backdrops that make you feel as if you are definitely part of the 1936 realm; to the vibrant characters who must fight both good and evil in themselves to see justice done, Chandlar has done a fantastic job creating a suspense that you’ll wish to read again.”

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“Readers will love The Gold Pawn for its compelling plot, rich historical details, action, and mystery, as well as the likable main characters... Chandlar has found a way to blend accurate historical facts with a more contemporary mind-set...Readers will eagerly await the next book. Highly recommended.”

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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 danger...


November 1936. Mayor La Guardia’s political future buckles under a missing persons case in New York City. Simultaneously, Lane unravels devastating secrets in the outskirts of Detroit. As two crimes converge, judging friends from enemies can be a dangerous game . . .


New York City 1937

As the Great Depression loosens its grip on New York City, Mayor La Guardia and his team meet their greatest foe in the fight against organized crime.


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