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 …
Lane Sanders and her fiery boss, Mayor Fiorello “Fio” La Guardia have managed to contain the explosive underground conspiracies of New York’s most sinister schemers. But after a seemingly harmless pinball racket claims the life of a trusted ally, a new ringleader signals the rebirth of an all-too-familiar crime network at home and across the pond …
Spurred on by the possibility of a violent syndicate spreading like wildfire through Europe, Lane sets sail for London—the city where her parents began the undercover work that led to their tragic undoing. And this time, she won’t chase down childhood nightmares without Finn Brodie, who vows to dispel his own difficult secrets abroad …
While Finn confronts a devious sibling’s plot that echoes Orson Welles’s Voodoo Macbeth, Lane discovers that a dazzling pearl dagger may wield the ultimate clue to guide their hunt for justice on two sides of the ocean. With terrors from the past and present converging, Lane can’t save herself unless she starts believing that, like her weapon of choice, she also has the power to be both beautiful and dangerous.
About the Author
Agatha Award nominee L.A. Chandlar is an author and motivational speaker on The Fight to Keep Creativity Alive, demystifying creativity in the workplace and personally. She lives in New York City with her family. Visit her at lachandlar.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you like cozy mysteries set in the Art Deco era of the 1930s, this book is for you. It’s New York City and Prohibition has just ended. Criminal organizations and crime pockets have popped up all over the city. Mayor Fiorello La Guardia is hard at work busting the gangs and ringleaders. A new crime ring from Europe is now threatening to overtake the city. Lane Sanders, La Guardia’s personal aide, sets off to London to investigate the origins and intentions of this violent syndicate. Much to her surprise, a single pearl dagger takes center stage of past and present secrets. This is the third in the Art Deco Mystery series. I would have liked to have connected with the characters more. However, it’s an interesting and wonderful mix of historical facts and fiction with a strong female protagonist and an engrossing plot.
Contrary to a lot of historical murder mysteries, the reader enjoys the developments of the characters, who are learning from the events and also of the complexity of the plot, which unravels till the end of the book. Like a mosaic, the descriptions of the Art Deco buildings enhances the way of life of the characters. More deeply, ethics is explained without wavering, what is right remains right, and the characters know once for all on which side they are fighting. I will definitely put this title on the reading list for my students, so they can read a fiction grounded on firm beliefs, without sarcasm or corruption. Still, the characters have got a lot of questions and maturity to gain throughout the story, and this is what makes the book compelling. Be prepared to be surprised by unexpected encounters till the end, it is impossible to guess the details of the story before you finish the book !
Hard to categorize but fun to read, this continues the story of Lane Sanders, an aide to Mayor LaGuardia. Don't worry if you didn't read the first two- Chandlar gives you enough back story to charge ahead and enjoy the story. Lane's an unusual crime fighter for the 1930s, or today for that matter. She's got tragedy in her past; her parents were murdered and she's never really gotten the whole story. This time out, she's off to London to uncover more info about a group of bad guys threatening in New York and she's with Finn, her love interest who has some darkness in his own background. She's quite intrepid and she's going to find out more than, well, maybe more than she might want to know. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical mysteries which feature real people as characters!