Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series #1)

Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series #1)

by Melissa Bourbon

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Overview

Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series #1) by Melissa Bourbon

When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow senses an inexplicable "presence". Her old friend Josie orders a gown for her upcoming wedding, but when Josie's boss turns up dead, Harlow has to find the killer-with a little help from beyond.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451234360
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 08/02/2011
Series: Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series , #1
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 179,777
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Melissa Bourbon, the author of the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name, Misa Ramirez. She gave up teaching middle school and high school kids in Northern California to write full time amid horses and Longhorns in North Texas.

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Pleating for Mercy 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Michele1610 More than 1 year ago
I found the story and the characters interesting and look forward to the next in the series. The book is a fairly quick read, and it's not full of technical jargon, so it's a great book for someone who has small pockets of reading time (like commuting). These are probably not for hard core murder mystery fans, more in the Agatha Christie genre.
joanie830 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. I think I read it in one sitting. The characters are engaging and remind me of some of my quirky family members. The story line was realy interesting. It kept me reading late into the night to see what was going to happen. I loved that Harlow Cassidy was a deccendent of Butch Cassidy. The light magical element that existed in the story was a nice break from some of the heavier handed magical stories that have become so popular lately..
judiOH More than 1 year ago
this is the first in a series about a dress designer with special a special gift, that has passed down for only the women in the cassidy family. they are decended from butch cassidy, and it was his wish on a fountain that gave their gifts to them. her meemaw is a ghostly presence in her house. meemaw has also planned cassidy's life for her from the beyond. murder, romance, humor make a great read. with all the twists and turns, this story was very interesting. can't wait for volume two.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed very much, great characters, nice book to curl up with and read the afternoon away!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recently discovered the joy of paranormal cozies and I've been scouring on line to find more I really enjoyed this story. The characters grabbed me from the very beginning. While I might have had an idea who the killer was half way through, there were plenty of red herrings to make me wonder. I will be buying the rest of the series.
Carol Berg More than 1 year ago
The book is a fairly quick read and a real page turner!  The characters are enjoyable and story line interesting.  I really enjoyed the book.
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SJM-reader More than 1 year ago
Texas is full mysteries and magic. For Bliss' newly returned designer, her shop is more then making clothes. Its finding her Cassidy "charm" and finding a murderer.
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Dollycas More than 1 year ago
A decedent of the infamous Butch Cassidy, Harlow Jane Cassidy and all the other Cassidy women through time possess special "gifts". Harlow is still unsure what her gift actually is when she returns home to Texas from Manhattan. Her great grandmother has passed away and left her farmhouse to Harlow. Harlow worked as a fashioner designer in New York so she decides to open a custom dressmaking boutique on the main level of her new home. One of her first customers is her childhood friend Josie, who is getting married in just two weeks. The store where she had ordered her bridal gown and bridesmaids dresses has gone out of business and she needs Harlow to save the day and create all the dresses as fast as she can. Calamity strikes when the maid of honor is found dead outside of Harlow's shoppe. The bride looks like the prime suspect and she now needs more than a few dresses. She needs her help to find out who killed her friend. It turns out Harlow may be able to do this especially with a little bit of unusual help, a little help from the great beyond. This story really tugged at my heartstrings. I too come from a long line of dressmakers, seamstresses, and people who love to sew. My grandmother was known for her beautiful work, making men's suits and wedding dresses along with every other garment thinkable. My mother made all my clothes until I started making my own and until my accident I created not only clothes for my family but quilts as well. While we may not have possessed any magical powers we found so much joy in what we were able to create. Harlow's gift with fabric is extraordinary, but it is her late great-grandmother that steals the story and will keep you in stitches as she makes her opinions "heard". The other characters are varied and well written. A little bit of romance, loaded with humor and a wonderful mystery made this book a delightful read. You can also feel the author's love and talent of sewing jump of the pages. She definitely has a passion that shines through. This was a fun read and would be enjoyed by all but especially those that love to sew. It would also make a fabulous gift for anyone who sews. If future books follow this pattern some wonderfully constructed mysteries are in our future!! Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Obsidian. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Receiving a complimentary copy in no way reflected my review of this book. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."