Pleating for Mercy

Pleating for Mercy When her great grandmother passes away Harlow Jean Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss Texas But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn of the c

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  • Title: Pleating for Mercy
  • Author: Melissa Bourbon
  • ISBN: 9780451234360
  • Page: 200
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • When her great grandmother passes away, Harlow Jean Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn of the century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow senses an inexplicable presence Her old friend Josie orders a gown for her upcoming wedding, but when Josie s boss turns up dead, HaWhen her great grandmother passes away, Harlow Jean Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas But when she opens a dressmaking boutique in the turn of the century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow senses an inexplicable presence Her old friend Josie orders a gown for her upcoming wedding, but when Josie s boss turns up dead, Harlow has to find the killer with a little help from beyond.

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    1. Great start to new seriesI really enjoyed this book. It was charming without being cutesy. The characters we likeable. The mystery wasn't an obvious one, the culprit was a surprise. It had a slight supernatural bent, but it didn't overwhelm the story. I can't wait to read the next installment.

    2. Exciting and different!Harlow Jean Cassidy has been living in New York for about ten years when her Great Grandmother Loretta Mae dies and leaves Harlow her home in Bliss, Texas. Harlow grew up in Bliss and left as soon as she could. Now she is back and she is running a dress shop out of her new house! An old school friend stops by and asks her to make the wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses for her upcoming wedding in two weeks!Everything was going great until the Maid of Honor was found dead [...]

    3. A decedent of the infamous Butch Cassidy, Harlow Jane Cassidy and all the other Cassidy women through time possess special "gifts". Harlow is still unsure what her gift actually is when she returns home to Texas from Manhattan. Her great grandmother has passed away and left her farmhouse to Harlow. Harlow worked as a fashioner designer in New York so she decides to open a custom dressmaking boutique on the main level of her new home.One of her first customers is her childhood friend Josie, who i [...]

    4. I really, really liked this first book in another new series! Can't wait for more. I love the family relationship between the protag, her mom and grandmom. I'm not really a fashionista so I can't really understand some of the clothing descriptions but I love the fact that this woman can envision a style, fabric and fashion, for a dress that will make the wearer feel good as well as look good. Eagerly anticipating the next in the series.

    5. Really really enjoyed this book. Great story line, never saw the bad guy coming at the end and the characters and setting are fantastic. I really can't wait for the follow up to this one. Now if only Misa Ramirez would write another Lola Cruz mystery.

    6. For years I read romance as a form of escape from life. When stress got in the way, my nose went in a book. I’ve now found that a good cozy mystery can provide the same escapism. Pleating for Mercy by Melissa Bourbon is one of the books that I’ve been able to totally immerse myself into. It is the first book in the Magical Dressmaking Mystery and I will look for others. Main character Harlow Jane Cassidy returns to her small town in Bliss, Texas after her grandmother dies leaving behind a h [...]

    7. What I liked: I liked the "gifts" that Harlow and the females each had and the fact that they were each a different gift. I liked that they "gifts" were not witchcraft to me. I also like Gracie who Harlow is going to teach how to sew and is the daughter of Will - who I think in future books will become the love interest.What I didn't Liked: I can't think of anything that I did not like about this bookOverall Impression: I enjoyed that this was a fun fast book to read. Harlow was not real sure ab [...]

    8. Book due out in early August - you can pre order at . I got my copy early to review. This book is a real page turner. It's a modern murder mystery incorporating a love of sewing, some magic, ghostly occurances, and romance too. First in a three part series, and I really look forward to the next. Even if you don't sew, you'll find it a very enjoyable read, and well balanced. There is not a lot of boring detail about sewing at all, but it's a theme in the book that the main character is passionate [...]

    9. This book was entertaining. The Cassidy women are funny and it was nice to read about all of them and the history. Meemaw's ghost was an added enjoyment. I am looking forward to more in this series. Harlow's character will be one I will enjoy learning more about

    10. After Harlow's great-grandmother passes away, Harlow leaves New York and returns to Bliss, TX, to live in the house her Meemaw left her. There, she hopes to launch her own dressmaking business. Harlow's first customer is her childhood friend, Josie, who asks Harlow to make the gowns for her wedding party on short notice. Harlow is up for the task, but when the maid of honor is murdered, Josie begs Harlow to help prove that it wasn't her fiance who killed Nell. Harlow knows she's no detective, bu [...]

    11. My rating leans closer to 3 1/2 stars.Harlow Cassidy leaves her job in Manhattan to open a dressmaking boutique in Bliss, Texas after her great grandmother passes away and leaves her the property. It doesn't take her long to figure out that her great grandmother may have passed away, but that doesn't mean she is gone. When Harlow's friend Josie wants a gown made for her upcoming wedding, she is excited to get started but then one of the wedding party ends up dead on Harlow's lawn. She sets out t [...]

    12. Pleating For Mercy: Pleating For mercy puts the cozy in cozy mystery, the plot is simple, as most cozy mysteries are, where this one stands out among it's brothers and sisters, are in the characters. Harlow is warm, strong, confident, without being overly shallow, or cold to those around her or whiny. She comes across as a real person, you wouldn't mind having a drink with, someone you can and do root for. Her Mama and Nana, are drawn in ways, that remind you of your own grandparents and parents [...]

    13. I found it enjoyable to read, but it was a bit too southern themed for my taste. I liked the extensive sewing knowledge and the main character's knowledge of fashion. While I found the story entertaining, it just seemed to lack that certain something that makes me really want to get to know the main character, even though the other characters seemed very well developed. I'm going to give the next few a try to see if it draws me in a bit more.

    14. Delightful! A great cozy mystery with some endearing characters and a touch of magical whimsey. This is one where I will go looking for others in the series. I wish FURBALL were still with us, because she would have enjoyed it. I will be sending this to my sister-in-law, because the women in this book are rumored to be the descendants of Butch Cassidy and she is actually a descendant of the Parkers (Cassidy's real name) and is a seamstress to boot.

    15. Harlow inherits her grandmother's dressmaking business. She learns she has magical gift with fabric and can pull a dress or garmet together and make the item fit and look good on individuals. She gets to know Will who was her grandmother's handyman. First of a really good series and it is fun with magical abilities.

    16. Fun new cozy mystery series about a dress designer who returns to her small hometown when her great grandmother dies and leaves her a house on the town square. As a sewer I found what she was able to accomplish in 10 Days pretty amazing but maybe she doesn’t procrastinate as much as I do. Look forward to the rest of the series.

    17. I am endlessly amused by how many horrible puns they can come up with to name these cozy mysteries.This one was a little longer than I am used to but it didn't drag at all and checked all the boxes for an enjoyable, fairly easy and fun read.

    18. I'm a sucker for a quirky cozy mystery with a delightful pun as the title, and this delivered. I didn't quite mesh with the characters but it wasn't so off-putting that I'm not willing to read the next in the series to see if they become more fleshed out.

    19. This book has a creative cast of characters, set in Texas, and the ending calls for more tales to solve. copy right 2011

    20. I loved this first book in the series and will definitely continue with the next book. The characters were fun and it kept me guessing until the end.

    21. About magic and dead intervention not really my type of book. I liked the sewing and mystery aspect but could not get past the first chapter.

    22. So this was quite an interesting cozy mystery. The reason it gets four stars is because the story flowed well enough and didn't drag on like other cozy mysteries where the main character/narrator gets side-tracked and has to explain how their hobby/interest works in fine detail. This one had balance and you learned a thing or two about sewing while remaining on track with the mystery.I enjoyed this book and Harlow. Her magical abilities are taken in suspiciously by others at times, but her town [...]

    23. Rating: 4.5/5Harlow's great-great-great grandfather was the infamous Butch Cassidy, and since his time, all of the Cassidy women have been blessed with a magical ability. When Harlow inherits her great grandmother's farmhouse, she gives up her career as a fashion designer in New York City and moves home to Bliss, Texas. Though not certain what her "special gift" is yet, Harlow knows that she has an amazing talent for dressmaking.Harlow turns the first floor of her farmhouse into a custom dressma [...]

    24. Harlow Cassidy has recently returned to Bliss, Texas, after years of working in NYC as a fashion designer. She's set up a custom dressmaking shop in the house her recently deceased great-grandmother left her, and she's eager to get her new business off the ground. However, having a client's bridesmaid murdered in her garden isn't helping, so Harlow is quite motivated to figure out who the real killer is and clear her name.This is the first installment of a fun cozy mystery series with elements o [...]

    25. This is a sweet little mystery set in a small town near Dallas/Fort Worth. I enjoyed the Texas element (naturally) and I thought the characters were likable. Harlow's dressmaking shop, Buttons and Bows, sounds like a warm, cozy place to hang out. All in all, I liked this book, but there were some things that really bugged me, too(view spoiler)[There seemed to me to be some inconsistency in details as well as important details that were left out. For example, why do all of the Cassidy women, who [...]

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