Wednesday, September 12, 2018

The Gold Pawn by L.A. Chandlar | Blog Tour with Character Guest Post and Giveaway

The Blurb

The Gold Pawn by L.A. Chandlar
Series: An Art Deco Mystery, #2 
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Historical Mystery
Publisher: Kensington
Publication Date: September 25, 2018
Paperback: 336 pages
ISBN-10: 1496713435
ISBN-13: 978-1496713438
File Size: 1150 KB
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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?

The Character Guest Post

Post from Aunt Evelyn

I am Mrs. Evelyn Thorne, otherwise known as Lane Sanders’ aunt. No one has ever mentioned that I’m a Mrs. In fact, in one spot in THE SILVER GUN I’m written at Ms. That of course was a typing error, Ms. wasn’t even a possibility until 1960. Obviously. But perhaps in the future, Ms. Chandlar (;-) will find it appropriate to tell more about my unusual past. And my husband. We shall see.

I have to say, Laurie has done a fabulous job with making me eccentric yet lovable. She says I’m part Amelia Peabody, part gypsy, part New York artist. I do love people, you know. I love our differences. I like learning and appreciating the different races and religions. I have had so many different and lovely friends since I was a young girl. I’ve traveled quite extensively, and I guess I enjoy learning about people that are different from myself. I want to be ninety-nine years old and still be an avid learner. That’s my goal. 

I have loads of friends from rich to poor. And some of my best friends have been from India, Egypt (I think that’s where Laurie gets that I’m a bit like Amelia, she’s one of my dearest friends, you know), Indian descent (I do believe you 21st century readers refer to them as Native Americans which indeed makes much more sense), Africa, France, and Mexico. 

I get a lot of flak from my snooty neighbors about Mr. Kirkland and I. Their salacious minds know no bounds. But our relationship is dear. And to the pesky nay-sayers, I just say what my childhood friend, dear Freddie once said, “I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others, rather than to be false, and to incur my own abhorrence.”

Speaking of Freddie, Lane says I must be careful when I create my little terms of endearment. I don’t really know what she means. My close and lovely friends are just… more than their regular name. I’m not about to call Eleanor Roosevelt by that lugubrious name, she’s too interesting and sparky, she’s Ellie! And Matilda Wilson, well she does seem and look like a Matilda. But I just love the lady. She’ll always be Mattie to me. Freddie, is Frederic and I suppose Lane might be correct. He did wince a little when I’d call him that. Hmmm… I’ll have to take that into consideration.

I love L. A. Chandlar. Do you know, I once heard her say that she adores Lane, our lovely protagonist, but that she feels I’m what she aims to be one day. Can you imagine? And that really, I’m the heart of her stories. I think it’s because she aims to tell a good story that thrills and chills, but what really makes her happy, is when a reader gets that moment of illumination, when they experience and delight in life itself because of the magic of a book. And with my love of art and people, Lane and I are the embodiment of that. Charming, isn’t it? 

I think I might enjoy a sex scene. Oh, did I startle you? Yes, I do blurt out things like that at times. I think I’m where Lane gets that propensity. So sorry. But I’ll have to ask Laurie about that. I bet I can get her to blush. I do enjoy doing that to people.

Well, I need to get going to do some more painting. My friend Thomas Hart Benton is coming over and I want to get his advice on a new work. I need to meet his latest pupil, that Jackson Pollack fellow. He seems an interesting person. I think he’ll really go places, don’t you?

Thank you for having me. This is the most delightful blog.

The Author

About L.A. Chandlar

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.

Find Laurie on the web at

Kensington and I have a special thank you gift to anyone who pre-orders THE GOLD PAWN and registers hereIt’s a limited edition gold author card, swag and a Silver Gun bracelet. 

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