Angela M. Sanders just published her first mystery novel, The Lanvin Murders. Angela’s goal with The Lanvin Murders was to mash-up Portlandia and Agatha Christie, with a few dozen vintage dresses tossed into the mix. In The Lanvin Murders, 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.
Angela also sends out a monthly newsletter filled with the sorts of things the book’s heroine likes. Past newsletters have included old cocktail recipes, dating advice from Zsa Zsa Gabor, profiles of women mystery novelists, a drag queen’s makeup tips, and more. The Lanvin Murders is $3.99 on Amazon, Kobo, and Barnes & Noble. A trade paperback, $12.95, will be available for order in bookstores or online the week of June 23.