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The Gold Pawn

(Art Deco Mystery #2)

3.91  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  48 reviews
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 courage to face the past, Lane Sanders breaks away from her busy job at City Hall to con
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 1st 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published September 25th 2018)
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The Lit Bitch
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a series that I hadn’t heard anything about. The author and the series were completely new to me but I fell in love with the cover and was eager to see what it was about.

I am always on the look out for new historical mysteries and Kensington Books have a slew of authors that I have come to enjoy over the years.

So this is the second book in a new series and even though I missed the first book, I didn’t feel like I couldn’t read this one. The author did a great job orientating the readers
Feb 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
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I won this book in Goodreads. I bought book one to read first as I felt I was missing something. I'm glad I did. They can be stand alone, but much better if read in order. The author tries to keep you in the story if you don't start with book one.

This book is very good. Like watching an old black and white film noir. Love the history of New York in the book. Just a fun read.
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so glad to get an early peek at The Gold Pawn! I love this continuation of Lane's adventures in NYC in the Art Deco Era. She's a realistic and likable character, and it really is a page turning adventure!

Chandlar does a great job, again, of drawing me in to that time and place.
Jess Clayton
Oct 10, 2018 rated it did not like it
I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley. I was drawn to it based on the setting; NYC in the 30's, independent woman solving crimes...definitely my favorite era and character type (see The Rules of Civility.) However, the writing style of Chandlar is very different from Amor Towles. This is the second in a series, but my first experience with this author. I don't think there is anything wrong with the book; I just prefer something more serious. I know there is a market for this type of th ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Easily the best light-read mystery I’ve encountered this year.

This was an absolute delight. I’m not sure what I was expecting from this, but I got more than I bargained for in the best possible way.

The action and much of the plot is borderline absurd, but I didn’t mind a bit while reading this fun, madcap romp set in 1930s New York and Detroit.

I’m not sure Lane (and the way others treat her) is especially realistic for the era, but the series is surprisingly well written, the plot deliciously
R.J. Koreto
Oct 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A wonderful sequel to The Silver Gun, taking up where the first book left off. The intrepid Lane Sanders faces a new threat, with a mysteriously missing banker as well as a series of puzzles left from Lane's late parents. 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, and this second book allows Chandlar to develop the people we met
Sue Em
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Fun mystery set in NYC when Mayor Fiorello held sway. Lane Sanders works as his assistant, but is deeply involved in the mystery of her parents death and a shadowy criminal network Red Scroll designed to amass artwork and jewels. I would recommend reading the first, The Silver Gun, as much that happens is predicated on events from there. As to tone, the books are a breezy amalgam of 30's mysteries, PI noir, spy stories and historical fiction. Lane is a feisty competent heroine. The atmosphere an ...more
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
I was drawn to read THE GOLD PAWN because of the allure of New York City in the 1930's and the promise of Mayor LaGuardia as a participating character. The bonus for me was the protagonist's side trips to the "country" (now the suburbs) north of Detroit, Michigan---my home town. Although the small country village described in the book has been replaced as a University town and major suburb, it was still fun to read about our heroine's visit to the historic home of Matilda Dodge Wilson and her hu ...more
Jennifer Wilck
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book! This is the second in the series and it's amazing. You do need to read the first one--The Silver Gun--first, but it's a mystery series, so that's expected. 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! ...more
Jun 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book,excellent series.
Dec 28, 2020 rated it liked it
I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway in exchange for an honest review.

Not having read the first book in this series was, to me, a definite drawback. There were complicated backstory elements based on it that intertwined with the plot and the relationships among the characters that made this convoluted sequel confusing to follow.

There were some interesting historical tidbits woven in regarding NYC in the 1930s, and its larger-than-life mayor, Fiorello LaGuardia. These appeared mostly in
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
In The Gold Pawn, Lane Sanders, personal aide to Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, is drawn into investigating the mysterious disappearance of prominent New York City banker Ted Hambro as well as her own curious past, which is dominated by the death of her parents when she was a young child. Following up on the discovery that her parents were likely murdered because of their secret work as intelligence agents, Lane is drawn back to her childhood home in Rochester, Michigan in search of clues that will l ...more
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
What do you do with the choices that you are faced with? The choices that in the long run will dictate the kind of person you will be. Do you give into the anger, or walk away from it? These are questions that The Gold Pawn, the second book in the Art Deco mystery series, by L. A. Chandlar, deals with.

The Gold Pawn follows where The Silver Gun left off. Lane continues to have dreams that seem to have something to do with the death of her parents. This time a gold pawn is appearing in those drea
Tamanna A. Shaikh
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
ARC from Netgalley.

It probably gets better or is already good--not my cup of tea though. I didn't finish it.

This is a second installment (I think) in a mystery series. It's about the disappearance of a banker around the time LaGuardia was mayor of New York City as narrated in most part by LaGuardia's girl Friday, our protagonist (?) Lane. Lane is from Michigan and has moved to NYC. In Michigan, her parents were murdered when she was little and that's why she has avoided going there. Until in th
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
I enjoyed book 2 of this series almost as much as book 1.

This series has a number of things making it a great read for me:

First off I love strong female characters, and Lane is most certainly strong. She's also resourceful, resilient, brave and just a bit reckless. All of which makes her a super-fun character to go on adventures with. And go on adventures we certainly do in book 2!!

This story continues the plot from book one, with more danger, intrigues and scheming on the part of the villains f
Oct 30, 2018 rated it liked it
A very atmospheric, character driven mystery. Set in New York in the glamorous 1930s, we get a feel for the spirit of the people in the post-war era. One quote that sums this up nicely is:

“Beauty out of ashes. I wondered just what ashes this came from. It was the same feeling I got every time I look at the Chrysler building. The beauty and the art of the Right Now was so yearning and reaching and oh, so poignant. It’s because it came out of ashes. Between the end of the war, the awful wounds and
Terry Ambrose
Sep 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you love the 1930s, get ready for a fun art-deco ride. The Gold Pawn picks up right where The Silver Gun left off. There’s enough back story to orient the reader, so this can be read as a standalone. Filled with gangsters, dolls, and atmosphere, the story is a nice escape to a sometimes simpler time.

Lane is a thrill-seeking young woman whose heart has been stolen, and we feel her joy at taking risks as well as her anxiety over whether she should indulge her dark side. This contrast creates a
Tiffany S
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
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'The Gold Pawn' made me think of what might have happened to Nancy Drew, George, and Bess as they grew into their 20s if in the 1930s.

Lane Sanders is an assistant to New York City Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia and lives with her aunt and her aunt's butler/long term companion. They (including the Mayor) are trying to solve the disappearance of a family friend and a bank president. In the midst of the Great Depression the disappearance of a bank president could cause ripples. The disappearance turns ou
Helen Drake
May 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent series taking place in the 30’s in NYC. Fiorello LaGuardia is the mayor. Lane and a number of assorted characters work together to figure out who the bad guys are to bring them to justice.

In the meantime., Lane returns to her family home in Michigan. She left it when she was 10 after her parents were murdered. In this story Lane is learning more about what her parents did and why they were killed.

There are plenty of fascinating characters in this book including street kids w
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is an excellent follow-up to The Silver Gun. I would definitely recommend reading this series in order as this book refers back to things that happened in the first book. I love the characters and learning more about Lane's parents and also some of Finn's background as well. This book does take place in New York City mainly, but Lane makes several trips to her childhood home in Michigan. This triggers memories of her parents as well as revealing things to Lane that she didn't know. Thi ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
Enjoyed this second installment of the 1930s historical mystery series by L.A. Chandler. While most of the characters are fictional, NYC Mayor Fiorello "Fio" LaGuardia was a real person and the author includes a lot of his real-life characteristics and activities in the narrative- like how he "enhanced" chairs by shortening the front legs on the guest seats in his office so that visitors would be too uncomfortable to want to linger....

In addition to humor, I love the Art Deco era of the series,
Aug 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Gold Pawn is a page turner and a great follow up to The Silver Gun. I have been waiting for the release of book 2 in the Art Deco Mysteries for almost a year and it did not disappoint!

The characters are interesting and fun and Chandlar seamlessly weaves in tons of great history that makes you feel like you lived in 1930s NYC. I love the fearless Mayor La Guardia as a key character and the details of his quirks and personality added a lot to the story and the time period.

There were layers to
Marta Ratliff
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh I loved the Gold Pawn by L. A. Chandlar. It takes place in the 30s. That is one of my favorite times in History. This book kept me guessing and I loved Lane. She was humorous and made this a fun mystery. I only wish I would have read The Silver Gun first. Living in Michigan I enjoyed the seeing the Detroit area in the book. Mainly it takes place in New York City which is always fantastic no matter what year it is. There is so much history in this book and I recommend it for all to rea ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Second book featuring Lane Sanders and her loyal friends and family. She's a feisty gal with numerous family mysteries and secrets. Gangsters, Mayor La Guardia, and several potential beaus all come together to make for a fun and exciting series of questions Lane struggles to find answers for. With the backdrops of both Manhattan and the Detroit area (Rochester-a small suburb northeast of Detroit), Lane searches for answers to a murder, curious gold pawn pieces, a distinctive silver revolver, and ...more
James Hockenberry
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Gold Pawn, by L.A. Chandler: A fun book. Following The Silver Gun, this is the 2nd book in Chandler’s “Art Deco Mystery” that follows New York City mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The main character, Lane Sanders, works for the mayor and becomes involved in the disappearance of a respected banker and personal friend. The web of intrigue grows that threatens the mayor’s reputation and reveals a dark side of Lane. The author throws us wonderfully into mid-1930s life in New York and makes the reader ...more
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant! Truly amazing cozy mystery with a twist of everything that I love - mystery, murder, a touch a romance and a main character who I relate with and completely brings everything together with perfection. Lane is a headstrong young lady in the 1930s and she doesn’t hide who she is. Her family has many secrets including her parents who were murdered decades ago. She has to figure out who her true friends are now more than ever and it may cost her everything. The ending left me wanting more ...more
Kathleen Gray
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This historical mystery set in 1936 features Lane, a young woman who works for the Mayor of New York. When a banker mysteriously disappears, Lane finds herself going home to Rochester, Michigan to deal with issues from her past. How is the banker linked to her childhood trauma? That is at the root of this tale. The subtitle of Art Deco mystery refers to buildings in New York and there are some good period atmospherics. I also liked Lane's Aunt Evelyn. The story wavers between serious and light, ...more
Marybeth Taranow
Sep 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the time period. New York in the mid 1930's. Even though I read this on my kindle, I love the cover of the physical book. This is the second book in the Art Deco mystery series. I would recommend reading the first one before starting this one. I feel like I missed some important things in the first one and it's not fully explained in the second. I already have the first one ready to go after this one. I look forward to number three. Thanks to NetGalley for the ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this second in the series. Please note that there is a spoiler for book one in the early chapters.

Instead of the focus on the gun this time the focus is on gold pawns. It was the calling card of the big bad Rex. It was a threat. Also there were red envelopes.

Even after his death people are getting red envelopes, and Rex wanna bees are all hunting for the gold pawn.

We see the same basic characters as book one, plus we learn more about NYC and it's attractions.

We also learn more about L
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L.A. Chandlar is the National Best-selling author of the ART DECO MYSTERY SERIES with Kensington Publishing featuring Mayor Fiorello La Guardia and a fresh take on the innovation and liveliness of 1930s New York City. Her debut novel, The Silver Gun released in 2017, followed by the sequel, Agatha Award nominated, The Gold Pawn. Book 3, The Pearl Dagger released in 2019 and won Suspense Magazine's ...more

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