Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she’ll need more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery… Business is booming at Harlow’s custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs. James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown.
With the debutante ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas, into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs. James conspired to commit the crime. Now, Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name, before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit…
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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...
A web of secrets lead to a murder of a philanderer and Golf pro at the local country club, during the finishing touches of the annual 'Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball.'
To add to dressmaker, Harlow Jane Cassidy (yes, of the famed Butch Cassidy family,) stress of designing three gowns, she learns that it is her very own sewing scissors that is the weapon used in the murder.
Harlow is a hard working woman struggling with finding out the truths of the Cassidy women with help from the living and spirit relatives. Yes, there are ghosts but they are caring ones.
Harlow must find out whom the killer is before her Nana's former best friend pays the price for a crime she did not commit.
This was a great exploration through family genealogies, pedigrees, and closely held secrets. Secrets, the kind that can and do kill.
I thought this was a great follow up to the first book in the series. We learned more about the Cassidy family, and their charms. The residents of Bliss, Texas are fun to get to know. Every little town has quirky characters, and Bliss has quite a few. I like the direction that Harlow and Will's relationship is taking too. Also, I like that Harlow and Gracie are forming a bond. A fun, enjoyable read! Already planning on reading the next in the series.
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