Series: A Magical Dressmaking Mystery #4
Genres: Paranormal Mystery
Published by Signet on 2 July 2013
Moving back home hasn’t hurt Harlow Cassidy’s career one bit. She has been steadily making a name for herself as a dress designer and a Texan magazine wants to feature her along with two other designers. When a particularly obnoxious designer drops dead in Harlow’s store, she becomes a suspect. Bourbon has given us another cute cozy mystery with a dollop of the paranormal.
All the Cassidy women have a gift that makes them stand out from the crowd whether it be talking to goats or growing plants. Harlow’s gift is a bit trickier – whenever she sews an outfit for someone and imbues it with her charm, their wishes come true. It suits her personality as she is a very giving person who always trying to accommodate others. This time she almost bit off more than she could chew as she had to make her mother’s wedding gown, deal with someone trying to steal her designs, clear her name by finding the real killer and deal with her friend Orphie’s dramas. Luckily she has her great-grandmother Meemaw (dead but not gone), grandmother, mother and boyfriend to support her. Her mother is even willing to risk her relationship with Sheriff Hoss McClaine to support her.
There is a lot happening in this novel with two mysteries to solve and romance in the air. Bourbon juggles this fairly well but I did want to know more about our baddies. I like that Harlow’s gift does not give her a free insight into the suspects or crimes as protagonists with psychic skills can lead to a deus ex machina. Instead she uses her brain and her dressmaking knowledge to solve both crimes. The climax worked well and we had an extended denouement as Bourbon wrapped up the cozy side of things.
I really enjoyed curling up with this book. It is probably best to start with the first in the series though so you can watch the relationships develop.