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Pleating for Mercy (Magical Dressmaking Mystery, Book 1) Mass Market Paperback – August 2, 2011
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"A fun read." ~Fresh Fiction
"A crime-solving ghost and magical charms...a sure winner!" ~Maggie Sefton
"A seamless blend of mystery, magic, and dress-making."~Jennie Bentley
"Enchanting!"~Hank Phillippi Ryan
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Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and recommend it to cozy mystery readers who are looking for a new series. Also, if you like Juliet Blackwell, Heather Webber and/or Annette Blair, I think you would really enjoy this new cozy mystery. Already looking forward to the next book!
Our setup: Great-grandma left her home in historic Bliss Texas to Harlow Jane Cassidy, who was ready to give up the bright-lights-big-city lifestyle of New York and LA where she's been working under top fashion designers. Harlow's decided to turn the house into a custom dressmaking shop, and to re-acquaint herself with the people she grew up with. Her first commission is a wedding gown for an old school friend -- until one of the wedding party turns up dead. Harlow is, of course, drawn into finding out who committed the murder.
It's a nice lightweight cozy mystery, with the added dollop-of-fun from Harlow's family (descendents of Butch Cassidy) all having some kind of spiritual gift. And, since this _is_ about a dressmaker, there's plenty of fun fashion-talk (entertaining even to me, who rarely gets out of t-shirts). Never mind the sometime implausibility of the plot, because the characters are fun, and I want to get to know all of them better. And I will, since I already put the next book in my Amazon cart.
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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".Read more ›
"Pleating for Mercy", the first book by Melissa Bourbon (aka Misa Ramirez), is a fantastic cozy mystery. All of the elements I enjoy about cozy mysteries are in this book and I enjoyed reading it a lot.
The pacing of the book is relaxed but not too slow - just perfect for a cozy mystery. The writing style is very engaging and I was always in the mood to read on. I also enjoyed the setting of the book, Bliss was a lovely town and full of interesting characters. I'm already excited to visit this town in the next book of the series again.
All of the main characters were very likable and especially Harlow and her family were also fascinating. I loved that they have certain special gifts/charms and that they were still pretty normal. I also loved that there's a ghost in Harlow's house and how it tries to get it's way was always very funny.
The mystery is not so easy to solve and not too dark. I liked that Harlow always looked at the most logical suspect first and that she didn't do too much investigating. She concentrated more on her real job and I enjoyed reading about her making the dresses.
Both Harlow's mum and grandmother made me laugh as soon as they were in a scene and besides the Harlow family I enjoyed reading most about Will Flores and his daughter Gracie.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Enjoyment - 3.00
Characters - 3.00
Story(s) - 3.00
Technical - 3.00
Overall - 3.00
An okay read. The mystery was well done. Read more
Fun book. A call this a "fluff" mystery. It is the first in a series.Published 6 months ago by Carol J. Pudlas
Loved it from beginning to the end and can't wait to read the next book. I never knew that dressmaking was so exciting.Published 12 months ago by Amazon CustomerSweetDeb
I wish I had discovered this great series when it was first released. I loved the small town setting, and the fun characters. Read morePublished 16 months ago by MI book lover