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Deadly Patterns: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery (A Dressmaker's Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 2, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: A Dressmaker's Mystery (Book 3)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451238249
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451238245
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.1 x 6.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #196,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 “Cozy couture! Harlow Jane Cassidy is a tailor-made amateur sleuth.”
—Wendy Lyn Watson, author of the Mystery à la Mode series

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

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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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 amidst 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.

She is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin's Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and co-author (with Tonya Kappes) of The Tricked Out Toolbox.

Visit Melissa's other writing personalities:

Misa Ramirez (first two Lola Cruz mysteries): http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001JSEGK2

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Great cozy book.
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It was very enjoyable and I love the characters, especially Harlow and her family with their magical charms.
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I love this series, I adore the characters and depth of the stories.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By F. Yoder on October 2, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Deadly Patterns is the third book in the A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series.

Life back in Bliss, Texas is going well for Harlow Jane Cassidy and her dressmaking shop is going well, too. Preparation are well underway for the Holiday fashion show that will be held at a beautiful mansion that is currently being restored. When the recently divorced Dan Lee Chrisson goes to inspect the railing around the widow's walk and doesn't return in a few minutes, Harlow and some other members of the planning committee go see where he might be. When they get there they find that the railing has broke and Chrisson has fallen to his death. Harlow, in the chaos that happened upon finding the body, also falls, but is save by a tent that has been erected in the back. So with numerous bumps and bruises she sets out to finish several outfits for the show and a new Santa's suit for Will.

But, naturally, her mind keeps going back to the death of Chrisson. Everyone knew that the railing was weak, so was it an accident or murder? There are several possible suspects. The ex-wife, Raylene, who feared that Chrisson would try to get custody of their child or maybe Hattie, Raylene's sister, for divorcing her sister. The house has a colorful past, what with Bonnie and Clyde having stayed there after a robbery in town. Possibly something valuable had been hidden in the house and the murderer thought that Chrisson might have found it.

I always try to read a series in order, but somehow I missed #2. The author causally mention things that had occurred in that book and would have help me to understand better, those parts.

This is a delightful series, with a fun and interesting cast of characters and just a little bit of woo-woo, too. And a little romance too.

Looking forward to book #4.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on October 2, 2012
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Bliss, Tx this town has more dirty little secrets the the CIA and FBI combined. The winter fashion show is gettting under way at least it should be if not for the body that fell off the widow's peak of the newly renovated house that the show is going to take place in, it would also have been easier if the said fashion designer that would be Harlow or heroine did fall off said widow's peak on top of a corpse.
This lady has away with finded bodies kind of like a cadaver dog. Harlow is up to her lovely neck since it was almost broken in fall. On top of that she thinks she's losing her mojo for designing say it isn't so Harlow.
Then another secrect is revealed from her grandmother's past that effects people close to her heart. And will she finally tell Will Flores the truth looks like since some of it if not all of it involves his daughter who happens to work for Harlow. Your just gonna have to get this books to find out. And the Cassidy secret it's not all that much of secert like they would like to think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By marilyn Bourbon on October 9, 2012
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Deadly Patterns is such a delight to read. Not only does it get one in the mood for holidays, it keeps ones brain frantically working
to try to figure out the 'who done it' part of the story. Harlow is an inspiring dress designer and makes me want to head to my sewing
machine. definitely a 5 star read!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. Rigod on October 8, 2012
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This book brought me so many laughs, catches of breath, confusion, and ended with complete clarity. Huh? Yes, I really went through all that and in a mere comfy paperback novel. Ms. Bourbon writes very compellingly.

This gives a reviewer a problem...how to make the reader (of the review) understand the excitement yet not give a darn thing away in telling. So, I will give you the points from the back of the book with my embellishments.

Harlow Jane Cassidy, Butch Cassidy's descendant has been put in charge of the Winter Wonderland Fashion show by Mrs. James (yup, that James family.) Mrs. James and Mrs. Abernathy want to delegate and they seem to think Harlow Jane is the one to go to. The community has restored and renovated the old Dennison House. The house, itself, is filled with infamous folklore of the past, with having Bonnie and Clyde staying there and being won in a poker game.

During the final walk-through of the house as the ladies start the decorating for the show, Mr. Dan Lee Chrissom goes up to the widow's walk for a safety check and falls. The railing is broken off! That sounds normal doesn't it? Well, that scene had me gasping and saying aloud "Oh, My Gosh." You have to read it to find out why.

Was the fall innocent,an accident or was it planned? And, who was supposed to fall? And, here is the magic question, just why?

There is treasure, genealogy, craft making, Santa Claus, and Romance in this compact mystery. The Cassidy gift expands, as does the family.

So, here is the truth, I love this series. I can barely wait until "Custom-Fit" comes out in July 2013. Grab a copy and catch up with the 'Hole in the Wall' gang in 2012! This book was an early Christmas gift to me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kayek on November 9, 2012
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It's almost Christmas in Bliss, Texas, and Harlow Jane Cassidy is working hard designing the fashion show for the Winter Wonderland Festival in the most prominent historic mansion. Of course, there are problems, the mansion is not quite completed, the weather threatens to turn the streets into a skating rink, and Harlow is having trouble finding an outfit for her pregnant friend Josie. While meeting with the committee at the mansion, Dan Lee Chrisson plunges to his death from the widow's walk. Now Harlow is not only involved in finding the truth, but Dan Lee was supposed to play Santa. It's going to take all of her energy and friends to solve this mystery. Including the help of her great-grandmother Meemaws ghost. I really like this series because I like the characters. Harlow is an engaging sleuth with lots of secrets that often make her very uncomfortable.
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