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 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. Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown.
With the debutant 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…
A Fitting End is the second book A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon. The author also writes under the name of Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, Lola Cruz Mystery series. I read the first book of the Magical Dressmaking series last year, and it was one of those great cosy's that you read in one sitting. So I was hoping that this one would be just as Pleating for Mercy.
Harlow is slowly getting back into the groove of things, both in her haunted house and in her hometown of Bliss, Texas. Like any other small town, the gossip reigns supreme. There were a few more introductions in this book, and I have a feeling that these additions will be very enjoyable in the future. It was nice to have more background information on the Cassidy clan and how the "gifts" are manifested within the family. The mystery itself was truly a mystery to me, I found that my initial presumption was not correct and I was completely floored on who did it and the reason behind it.
It did not disappoint. I was hooked right from the first page. Good thing the book was read during the weekend otherwise I would have been able to do a thing. I only have one little complaint, there wasn't enough of Harlow and her love interest. Ah well...maybe in the next one.
A Fitting End by Melissa Bourbon (4/5) Paranormal Mystery; Published: Signet (2/2012); Series: # 2, Magical Dressmaking Mystery; New Release 2012; Mystery Suspense Challenge 2012 (3); Library; Books 2012 (23);