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Praise for the Magical Dressmaking Mysteries

“Melissa Bourbon’s new series will keep you on pins and needles.”—Mary Kennedy, author of The Talk Radio Mysteries

“[A] sure winner.”—National Bestselling Author Maggie Sefton
 
“A seamless blend of mystery, magic, and dressmaking.”—National Bestselling Author Jennie Bentley

About the Author

Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amid horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams. 
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Product Details

  • Series: Magical Dressmaking Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: NAL (July 2, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451417194
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451417190
  • Product Dimensions: 4.1 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #239,477 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Esther Schindler TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 17, 2013
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I've been reading this series since the first novel, Pleating for Mercy, which introduced Harlow Jane Cassidy and her small-town fashion design shop (helped by a bit of magical charm), and this novel continues the enjoyment. As with so many cozies, it's the characters and the setting that make the story so compelling, even when the "whodunnit" is just okay. That's certainly the case in this latest installment -- I'll start out by admitting that the murder motivations were a little "Uh, really?" -- but it doesn't bother me a bit.

Perhaps that's because Harlow and the people around her are so Southern-charm _nice_. I care about her grandmother (and grandma's goats); I like Harlow's Mom and want her marriage to come off without a hitch (but definitely with the cowboy hat-and-veil); and I sure like Harlow's own love interest. Plus the dressmaking discussion really is about fashion design (such as darts and hems), not just designer labels.

In this novel, a big Dallas magazine is going to do a feature story about Harlow and other Texas-area fashion designers, including a photo shoot at Buttons & Bows. Which is going well, until one of the other designers -- a jerk who you are ready to dislike -- falls over dead. Why yes, Harlow DOES have to get involved!

It's a good summer read. While you COULD read it standalone, I do recommend starting with the beginning of the series. Not that you'll hate me for that suggestion; this is fun stuff.
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A Custom-Fit Crime is the fourth book in the A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon.

When Harlow's grandmother, Meemaw, passed away she moved back to Bliss, TX. She opened the dress shop she has always dreamed of having. All the Cassidy women have their own magical niche.

It's regular whirlwind in Bliss. Harlow's mother will be getting married soon to Sheriff Hoss McClaine and there are dresses to be finished. Also D Magazine wants to do a story on two of Dallas' well known designers, Michel Ralph Beaulieu and Midori and include Harlow as a up and comer in the design world. Then to add to these concerns, Orphie, who Harlow had worked with in NYC, shows with a design book from Maximilian, where they used to work.

Before they can get started with the photo shoot, Beaulieu is found dead in the bathroom of Harlow's dress shop. It is rumored that Beaulieu had been "borrowing" other designers works and had been blackmailing other designers.

In fact Harlow is a suspect and must start sleuthing to save her name and to make sure that her mothers wedding goes off as planned.

Most of the characters from the previous books are back to support Harlow. Meemaw, who is a real joy is back to guide Harlow and in fact makes a quick appearance.

This is a fun series with interesting and believable characters. Travel on down to Bliss Texas, y'all and visit with the friendly folks there.

Looking forward to the next book.
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Harlow Jane Cassidy has her hands full planning and making the dresses for her mother's wedding, her old friend Orphie has come to visit and one of her biggest dreams in coming true - her designs are going to be featured in big time magazine spread. She has things under control until a rival fashion designer dies in her shop, Buttons & Bows. Then a near miss shows Orphie may also be in danger.

Harlow has no choice but to untangle the clues and find a killer if she has any hope of saving her friend, the wedding and her business. She is going to need more than her charm to save the day this time!

Dollycas's Thoughts
I grew up in a family of seamstresses so this series is one of my favorites. I was thrilled to see Harlow getting some recognition for her creations. Harlow, her mom, and MeeMaw just touch my heart stirring up fond memories of my own family.

Bourbon has created magical characters and Button & Bows is a dressmaker's dream shop. She stitches them together with an enchanting mystery sure to please all cozy lovers.

In this installment Orphie comes to town with her own share of troubles. Harlow's mother, like all Cassidy women, is STUBBORN, especially when it comes to her daughter, and it puts the wedding in jeopardy. Gracie is having some trouble adjusting to her charm. All this plus some snooty designers and their snotty models show up from out of town for a photo shoot and all heck beaks loose. Hold on tight, this Custom-Fit Crime will have you on pins and needles from the first page to the last.
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In this fourth novel featuring Harlow Jane Cassidy of the family of legendary Butch Cassidy, we find the pressure of Harlow's mother's wedding and an upcoming magazine interview.

Harlow gets the sense that something is just 'off' when her former roommate, Orphie arrives two days early in the dead of night. Why? What is going on?

Then, the feature for 'D Magazine' seems doomed when the guest designers meet for the interview to be conducted in Harlow's studio/home. Tempers are frayed and egos are bursting as accusations are peppered when the participants meet. Events come to a crisis when designer Michel Ralph Beaulieu drops dead in the house.

More than the fashion shoot is in jeopardy...the wedding is as well, when the fiancé considers the Bride's daughter (Harlow) a lead suspect in the murder.

This crime is going to take the combined efforts of Harlow and friends, family, and even the departed to solve this crime and seek the motive.

This novel uses the paranormal in a gentle and credible manner. The Cassidy gifts that all the women possess are fun and make the story a page turner for me.

I do like this series.
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