The Lanvin Murders

The Lanvin Murders

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by Angela M. Sanders
     
 

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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

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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.

"As you dive into this intriguing mystery novel featuring vintage clothing dealer/sleuth Joanna Hayworth and a quirky cast of characters, prepare for an entertaining ride through long-buried crimes and Portland lore to solve the mystery of 'the woman in the Lanvin coat.' A truly enjoyable read!" --Christine Finlayson, author of "Tip of a Bone," a Pacific Northwest mystery

"Slip on a pair of pink mules and a silk robe, mix up a shaker of martinis, and relax with this delightful mystery set in a Portland vintage clothing store. Populated by a charming heroine and a flock of odd characters, this engaging tale will satisfy the sleuth in you as well as the fashionista." --Ann Littlewood, author of "Endangered," a zoo-dunnit

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780990413301
Publisher:
Widow's Kiss
Publication date:
06/17/2014
Pages:
298
Sales rank:
569,799
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.67(d)

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The Lanvin Murders 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like to read details about vintage clothes this is the book for you. If you like murder mysteries maybe not so much.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Exciting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Humorous mystery with well developed characters. Plot was well thought out. Will read other books by this author
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Light, breezy and entertaining. Likable characters. Added attraction with wonderful descriptions of vintage clothing. No unnecessary descriptions of murder. I am so tired of dark, misogynistic "blood and guts" novels. Smart woman solves mystery while dressed in terrific clothing. Puts a smile on your face.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED IT! INTRIGUE, SUSPENSE AND BUDDING ROMANCE. VINTAGE CLOTHING AND MUSIC GREAT.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
240 pages, first in a series of three. The next two are $3.99 each. This book was well edited and a clean, cozy mystery. No sex, perhaps a thimble full of romance. The mystery was rather insipid, but this was a good book to read, while sitting in the sun, on a gorgeous spring day. About the only semi adult theme is two cross dressers and this was actualy pretty funny, because of the the author described them. I enjoyed this book. Chick lit, ages 16 and up. AD
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is supposed to be a mystery but it just draggs on and on and never truly gets interestint
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All she does is talk about vintage clothes in extreme detail. The hetoin livrs in a time warp and needs serious cpunselimv.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this one a try because it was offered as a free ebook. Too much info about old clothes, not enough mystery for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the blend of cool vintage fashion, dubious politics(like they come in any other flavor), murder, long-buried secrets, and interesting characters. Looking forward to seeing more of these characters in the rest of the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read! The vintage clothing store was a brilliant setting for a murder, plus the plot keeps the reader wanting to read more!
Anonymous 17 days ago
Not crazy about vintage clothing but this book was a fun fast paced mystery.
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Anonymous 5 months ago
Cute mystery. Enjoyed it right up until the end when it suddenly ended leaving too many plot details unresolved. Guess the author figured she was done as soon as she revealed who done it. Needed a couple more chapters to wrap things up properly.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Great mystery .
Anonymous 7 months ago
Really good story Read this
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not bad
Anonymous 8 months ago
Grown- Up Nancy Drew! Very enjoyable and even educational re:vintage clothing.
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Anonymous 8 months ago
A new twist! Love how she always stumbles into new evidence.
Betsy-Kipnis More than 1 year ago
"The Lanvin Murders" is a decent read for its oddball characters and unique settings. Fashioned together in this work are snapshots of Portland, dirty politics, tidbits of coture trivia, a quiet love story and an homage to disenfranchised Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest. Fans of offbeat vintage clothing shops will find themselves sorting through elegant fabrics and frocks from eras of days gone by. Music recordings croon from a record player near a rotary phone on a Tiki Bar. Old rose scented perfume will hypnotize you and carry you off and into Joanna Hayworth’s world. Joanna, on the heels of spinsterhood buys clothes from estate sales, thrift shops, and old-school hosteses who dream of the past. One such hostess, Marnie, sells Joanna a fabulous, red Lanvin coat which harbors a great mystery and stories of those who’ve previously worn it. Marnie suffers from seller's remorse for the coat and expresses an urgent desire for its return. Too late! Marnie and the coat are united for eternity as she ends up found dead under the coat in Joanna's shop. Who needs pompous Sherlock Holmes, itchy Clouseau or post-puberty Nancy Drew when we can have elegant Joanna Hayworth? Joanna peels back the layers of mystery of Marnie's life as if it's a fantastic chest of clothes each item with a great story connected to it. Told in third person narrative, the characters are a little too shallow which affects their connection to the conflict and each other. However, the amount of detail Sanders knits together compensates nicely for this. Not sure if Joanna Hayworth has what it takes to sustain three books worth of mystery but as a devotee of fashion, I will try one more on for size.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read.
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