Restorations (Koehler Books, 2019)

When Miles West discovers a mysterious treasure in an old car he acquires, he thinks his broken life is on the mend. But the 1928 Stutz Black Hawk Boat Tail Roadster contains a secret that has remained hidden for almost ninety years, left there by the infamous bank robber “Lefty” Webber. Jewels, old gold pieces and a coded journal force Miles to dig into the past. With the assistance of the resourceful Bramley Ann Fairchild, West sets out on an adrenaline-fueled adventure. They must evade ruthless Mafia boss Carlo Bello, who seeks to acquire the car and the treasure for himself, no matter the cost. Will West unravel the decades old mystery, rescue his friend, and help a man restore his family name? Or will he simply become another victim of the Roadster’s murky history?

Reviews of Restorations

 “Warning, make sure your schedule is clear before you pick up this book . . . ”

– John J. Jessop, author PLEASURIA: Take As Directed


Restorations is a grand combination of mystery, adventure, and intrigue in the same vein as National Treasure.”

—Nelson Gomm, author of Overhead Assets


“Charles Strickler creates an endearing, relatable protagonist in Miles West, and readers willdelight in riding along on his quest to solve a Depression-era mystery via modern-day tactics.”

—Becky Morris and The Tales End Book Club, Richmond VA


 “Restorations takes you on a wild, rollicking ride from a Midwestern 1920s bank robbery to a present-day NYC gang war . . . the perfect escape novel.”

—Debra Thompson, freelance writer

Book Club Discussion Guides for Restorations

If you’re book club is looking for some extra questions to discuss about Restorations, Charles Strickler’s Restorations Discussion Guide is here.