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  • Series: A Dressmaker's Mystery (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Signet; Original edition (February 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451236149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451236142
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,201 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an easy book to read and enjoy.
C.A.
Great mystery set in a small Texas town with historical tidbits about Butch Cassidy sprinkled throughout the book.
Staci Marchbanks
Fun read,, well developed characters, and a good plot.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Book of Secrets VINE VOICE on February 18, 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Miss Harlow Jane Cassidy, once a New York fashion designer, is now the proud owner of Buttons and Bows, a unique dressmaking shop in Bliss, Texas. Thanks to a magical wish made by her great-great-great grandfather, Butch Cassidy (yep, that Butch Cassidy!), all of the women in the family are blessed with a special "gift." While her grandmother is a goat charmer, and her mom has a powerful green thumb, Harlow has the ability to sew magic into the garments she makes, giving the wearer a little supernatural help.

In A FITTING END, the town of Bliss is in a tizzy over the upcoming Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, and Harlow has been hired to make the gown for Libby Allen, the granddaughter of Senator and Mrs. Jebediah James. Things go terribly wrong when the golf pro is murdered at the country club where the event will be held, and evidence points to Mrs. James (Zinnia) as the murderer. Harlow can sense that Zinnia is innocent, so while her client is being held in the county jail, she does some investigating of her own. What she discovers is that the people of Bliss, Texas, have more secrets than you can shake a stick at, and someone is willing to commit murder to keep them buried.

I fell in love with this series after reading the first book, PLEATING FOR MERCY, and the follow up, A FITTING END, was equally enjoyable. We learn more about the Cassidy family tree and the magical gifts the women possess. The ghostly presence of great-grandmother Meemaw joins the cast again, and she's gaining strength for helping out and for some mischief, too. The mystery was well written; it kept me guessing until the end. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new discoveries in this book play out in the next installment. This was a great read, and I'd definitely recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries with a touch of the paranormal.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Elisabeth on February 27, 2012
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I was disappointed in this book because I really enjoyed the first in the series, but this one just didn't live up to that standard. The characters were shallow, the plot thin and the end came out of nowhere. The protagonist ran from situation to situation, wringing her hands throughout, with very little motivation other than the author had to fill up pages. Especially disappointing as the first book shows the author is capable of better than this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Esther Schindler TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 28, 2012
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I was charmed by Pleating for Mercy. In it, we were introduced to Harlow Jane Cassidy, who traded in her New York clothing design career for a dressmaking shop in Texas, kept company by her family (not all of whom are precisely alive) and a host of friends, new-and-old. It has just a sparkle of magic, but the magic never becomes the primary plot driver.

In this next book in the series, Harlow -- invited to design dresses for the debutante ball -- overhears an argument, whereupon one of the arguers shortly turns up dead. Naturally she gets involved, since she simply cannot believe that the Person of Interest could possibly be guilty.

Like many cozy mysteries, the whodunnit (which is good) plays second fiddle to the setting (fashion! dressmaking!) and the characters (who are all VERY fun). I like Harlow's special power: the ability to sew into a garment the wearer's hopes and dreams.

The result is a fun summer romp of a read... perfect for curling up with, when you want a few hours escape from real life.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann MA on March 6, 2012
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I loved this series of books and I cannot wait for the next book! My love of fabric, sewing, relationships and Texas were all brought together for a very enjoyable 2 reads. I highly recommend them especially to fellow quilters!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cozy Reader on October 6, 2012
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It's pageant season in Bliss, Texas, and no better place for dressmaker Harlow to gain some new client's. However when Golf pro at the local country club turns up dead and the murder weapon turns out to be a pair of scissors belonging to Harlow herself, it's up to Harlow to drop the cloth and needle and investigate a murder.

I really enjoyed the first book (A Pleating Mercy) in the series and I was glad to see that there were two other books in the series. I love the atmosphere of A Fitting End, with the pageants and balls it is the genteel south at its best. Of course adding murder and mystery to the mix made it even better!

I liked how Melissa Bourbon gave the reader some background into how Harlow's magical inheritance came into play in the form of the infamous Etta Place (of Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid fame). The magic aspects are weaved perfectly into the story, and while they take second place to the murder itself, they are some of my favorite parts of the story. I definitely love a good paranormal cozy mystery and this one delivers.

A great follow up to the first book in the series and I absolutely can't wait to read the newly released, Deadly Patterns, being the third book in the series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C.A. on October 1, 2012
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This is an easy book to read and enjoy. The characters come alive and the plot flows as it should. I would recommend this to any female. I doubt many males would want to spend the time reading this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Cali Books and More on September 7, 2012
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A very fun, light read. The writing is smooth and enjoyable. You can read it very quickly and wish for more!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S. Brown on September 5, 2012
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I love this series it only going to get better. The Cassidy legacy comes to live with the women and more secrets come to light in the process. Cna'y wait fot the third installmetn to see if the tell the girls thier gifts and what of grandma's ghost will have to what and see.
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