A Magical Dressmaking Mystery (#4)

By Melissa Bourbon

Obsidian, 2013 ($7.99)

ISBN-13: 978-0-451-41719-0

Reviewed by Shirley Wetzel

Harlow Jane Cassidy Is settled and happy in Bliss, Texas. She loved the high-stress world of fashion in New York City, but she loves the leisurely pace of her hometown. She is surrounded by family: her mother, grandmother, and, in spirit, her great-grandmother. She is making good use of the magical ability she inherited, making dreams come true through her dressmaking skills. Her love life is great, and she is about to be featured in a major Dallas lifestyle magazine, along with two other up-and coming designers. Her life would be perfect, if it weren't for the occasional murders she gets caught up in.

Her very busy week starts with a middle of the night surprise visitor. Her New York roommate and co-worker Orphie shows up, saying she wants to help with the magazine's fashion shoot and with the preparations for Harlow's mother's wedding to the sheriff, but Harlow knows there's more to it. Orphie confesses to a big mistake she made when they were working for a major designer, a mistake she thinks may cost her her career.

Harlow is thinking about how to handle her friend's problem when the magazine people, the other designers, and their models show up. One of them is very unpleasant, and extremely rude, and very soon he is very dead. The sheriff and his deputy, who is also his son, tell all involved not to leave town. Could things get worse? Yes, they could. The deputy lets it be known he suspects Harlow, which does not sit well with his future step-mother.

Harlow has to figure out who really did the deed to clear her own name and to prevent the wedding from being derailed. It's no easy task, but she's had experience with sleuthing, and she has some extra help from the other side. If only her great-grandmother could communicate more clearly...

This is the fourth in the Magical Dressmaking Mystery series, and what a charmer it is! There's plenty of down home Texas charm, engaging characters, and a clever plot. Readers who enjoy small town mysteries, fine fashions, or just well-written stories will enjoy this book, and the series.

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