Thursday, September 29, 2011

Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking Mystery, Book 1) [Paperback]

I've finished "Pleating for Mercy" the 1st book in her Magical Dressmaker Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon.

Product Description

All the Cassidy women possess special gifts. Harlow Jane Cassidy's is creating beautiful dresses. But she's about to discover secrets in her own family and another gift-one that can reach beyond the grave ....

When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But soon after she opens Buttons & Bows, a custom dressmaking boutique in the old farmhouse she inherited, Harlow begins to feel an inexplicable presence ....

One of her first clients is her old friend Josie, who needs a gown for her upcoming wedding. But when Josie's boss turns up dead, it starts to look as if the bride-to-be may be wearing handcuffs instead of a veil.

Suddenly, Josie needs a lot more from Harlow than the perfect dress. Can Harlow find the real killer - with a little help from beyond?

Product Details
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Signet; Original edition (August 2, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0451234367
ISBN-13: 978-0451234360

My Review:

I really enjoyed this cozy and can't wait till the next book comes out.

Harlow's grandmother Mee-Maw has just passed away so she moves back to Texas after quitting her fashion designer job in New York City.  She has inherited Mee-Maw's house and opens up her own shop Buttons and Bows in the house.  She's related to Butch Cassidy yes that Butch Cassidy!

Her childhood friend Josie commissions her to design her wedding dress and also her bridesmaids.  She is marrying Nate Kincaid the influential family who made a fortune in oil.  Harlow overhears a conversation between two people that night right before one of Josie's bridesmaids Nell is murdered outside her shop.

Now Harlow must investigate who would kill Nell and why to clear her friend Josie's reputation with a little help from beyond.

I really enjoyed how the legend of Butch Cassidy was incorporated into the storyline.  Each of the Cassidy women have special talents:  Grandma is known as the Goat Lady since she has the ability to deal with goats, her mother can make plants grow just by looking at them but no one knows Cassidy's ablity.

Also enjoyed the scenes with Will Flores and his daughter Gracie a budding designer.  I hope that Will and Harlow get together because you can see the sparks between them and he's good for her.

It was funny how Mee-Maw made her presence be known!


1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a fun read - thanks for sharing!

    Shelleyrae @ Book'd out