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Sewing Mysteries – Books for when you can’t sew

August 15, 2012

You all may be interested in reading a couple of cute mysteries – I’ve heard them called “cozies”.  There are always a few times when you can’t “cozy up” to the sewing machine… like when you’re on vacation.   At least my vacations don’t involve sewing – perhaps, if I am lucky, a trip to a quilt fabric store – but not sewing.

These two books, by Melissa Bourbon, “A Fitting End” (2011) and “Pleating for Mercy” (2012), are lots of fun.  The main character, Harlow Jane Cassidy, comes back to Texas after her great-grandmother passes away.  As a New York City fashion designer, Harlow has quite a “gift'” for designing and sewing “just the right dress” for the women she meets or gets reaquainted with in Bliss, TX.  The house she inherits from her great-grandma is perfect for the new dress making boutique she starts up.


Of course (as in all murder mysteries!), murder gets in the way!  And, as an added bonus, the women in this Cassidy family all are desendents of Butch Cassidy.  AND… they all have special “gifts” in their lives, passed down from Butch Cassidy!

Here is how the author describes the plot of the first book in the series, “Pleating for Mercy”:

When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane 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.

I believe you will want to read both these books, with a third promised yet this year.  Enjoy!

— Bia

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