#FASHIONVICTIM by Amina Akhtar


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A psychotic fashion editor murders her co-workers to get closer to her intended BFF in this comedic mystery novel, the author's debut.

Anya St. Clair, fashion editor at New York magazine La Vie, is obsessed with her co-worker Sarah Elizabeth Taft, a tall, willowy, rich blonde who is "the source of all things fashionable." Anya is so determined to hang out, do nails, go to bars, and take selfies with Sarah that she will do anything, including murder. Anya's first victim is editorial assistant Mulberry von Gratz, a "fashion girl who couldn't walk in heels," who's found dead in a closet with a vintage shoe smashed into her head. More murders follow as Anya's obsession deepens and the buzzing noise in her head gets louder. If Anya's co-workers seem one-dimensional, it's all part of the fun as death is met with manicures, green juice, and an article about what to wear to a funeral. There's no doubt that Anya is "totes" psychotic, but will Detective Hopper see past her crush on him and figure out the "obvi" fact that she's responsible for the murders? And what's up with Anya's clueless psychiatrist, the mysterious Dr. M? Much of the humor comes at the expense of characters engaged in excessive exercise, self-harm, starvation dieting, narcissism, and paranoia, yet Anya's point of view makes their behavior hilariously funny as well as profoundly unsettling.

The shallow friendships, betrayals, shifting alliances, and many, many designer shoes will keep readers hooked and laughing, if a bit uncomfortably, from Page 1 until the shocking ending.

Pub Date: Sept. 11th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-68331-834-7
Page count: 304pp
Publisher: Crooked Lane
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: July 1st, 2018


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