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About the BookFifth volume in the Joanna Hayworth Vintage Clothing mysteries
When Joanna Hayworth visits Bradley Stroden, a onetime protégé of legendary costume designer Edith Head, she expects to find closets bulging with drool-worthy gowns to stock her Portland, Oregon, vintage clothing store. Instead, she finds a corpse.
With movie costumes as bait, Joanna investigates why Stroden was murdered. Could it be tied to the tell-all Hollywood memoir he was writing? Or to a midcentury film noir that was mysteriously yanked before it was released? Or to his "adoring" sister?
At the same time, Joanna stumbles upon a priceless pair of emerald earrings hidden on her laundry shelf. Her houseguest has some explaining to do. Joanna's new marriage--and, possibly, her life itself--depend on figuring out who is acting and who is for real.
"The Vintage Clothing mysteries offer a compelling blend of suspense and style. In every book, the memorable characters, twisty plots, and delectable fashions are beyond fabulous. Highly recommended, especially for those who like a little couture with their crime."
- Cynthia Kuhn, Agatha award-winning author of the Lila Maclean Academic Mysteries and co-editor of Styling Texts: Dress and Fashion in Literature