I can guess what you’re thinking: Angela has finally lost it and has taken a hatchet after the executives at Lanvin who discontinued Scandal. Tempting, but not quite. Instead, I’ve written a mystery novel in which a couture Lanvin coat plays a central role. Here’s the back cover copy:
All Portland, Oregon, vintage clothing store owner Joanna Hayworth wants to do is turn her back on the modern world and retreat into a carefully curated life of satin cocktail gowns, icy martinis, and old movies.
But when Joanna finds a key in a 1930s Lanvin coat cast off by an ex-showgirl, everything changes. The elderly woman turns up dead, and Joanna is pulled into a long-ago drama of back room deals, blackmail, and lost love. She must find a very real — and present day — killer before she becomes his next victim.
The Lanvin Murders is a sort of mash-up of Portlandia and Agatha Christie, with a few dozen vintage dresses tossed in the mix. If you’ve just plowed through The Goldfinch and need a palate cleanser, or if you — like me — enjoy beach reads all year long, I hope you’ll give it a try.
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