Book Two of the Art Deco Mysteries - Agatha Award Nominee

Book Two of the Art Deco Mysteries - Agatha Award Nominee

The Gold Pawn

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 . . .

Finally summoning the courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to confront childhood nightmares in Rochester, Michigan. An unknown assailant left Lane with scattered memories after viciously murdering her parents. However, one memory of a dazzling solid gold pawn piece remains—and with it lies a startling connection between the midwestern tragedy and a current mystery haunting the Big Apple . . .

Meanwhile, fears climb in Manhattan after the disappearance of a respected banker and family friend threatens the crippled financial industry and the pristine reputation of Lane’s virtuous boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia. Fio’s fight to restore order leads him into more trouble as he meets a familiar foe intent on ending his mayoral term—and his life . . .

Guided by overseas telegrams from the man she loves and painful memories, only Lane can silence old ghosts and derail present-day schemes. But when the investigation awakens a darker side of her own nature, will she and New York City’s most prominent movers and shakers still forge ahead into a prosperous new age . . . or is history doomed to repeat itself?

Engaging, vivid, and intriguing.
— Hank Phillippi Ryan
A wonderful sequel to The Silver Gun.There are multiple plot threads that Chandlar deftly weaves together for a satisfying conclusion—but not before some exciting cliffhangers in this briskly paced mystery! The greatest joy comes from the characters. NYC itself is also a character, and Chandlar brings it to life in all its 1930s glory.
— R.J. Koreto
A gripping novel that had me glued to the pages...I absolutely loved this riveting book. There are plenty of laughs, but plenty of shocked gasps as well. THE GOLD PAWN is a fine mystery that probes much deeper into the human psyche, even as it entertains.
— Kozy Up with Kathy
Wow! It amazing when you come across a second book in a series that’s just as good as the first book, but that’s what we have here with The Gold Pawn! The plotline was brilliant. Just like with the first book...I was riveted to it through the whole thing...I cannot wait for the third book to come out so we can see what happens!If you can’t tell just from all my gushing about it, I’m HIGHLY recommending that you read this book!
— Valerie @ Valerie's Musings
Fantastic book! This is the second in the series and it’s amazing. The author paints a beautiful picture of NYC in the 1930s. Her characters leap off the page and I want to be friends with all of them! There’s just enough history to be authentic, and plenty of creativity to keep you entertained. Seriously, go buy this book and read it ASAP!
— Jennifer Wilck, Author

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The Gold Pawn Book Club Guide: The 1930s historical context, mystery, and adventure of The Gold Pawn make an ideal read for book clubs and discussion groups. Download the discussion guide here.

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Book 1 - Art Deco Mysteries

Book 1 - Art Deco Mysteries

Book 3 - Art Deco Mystery

Book 3 - Art Deco Mystery