Series: Magical Dressmaking Mystery #4
Also in this series: A Fitting End
Genres: Mystery & Detective
After a year of hard work in her Texas hometown, Harlow Jane Cassidy’s dreams are finally within reach—if she can just get it all done in time…
Harlow’s designs will be featured in a big magazine spread, but she only has a few days to finalize her collection. Plus she’s busy helping to plan her mother’s upcoming wedding, playing host to her old friend Orphie, and avoiding a competitive Dallas designer set on stealing Harlow’s ideas. Harlow’s making it all work—until someone breaks into Buttons & Bows and the rival designer is found dead.
But when a near miss makes it clear that Orphie could be the next victim, Harlow will have to untangle the threads of evidence if she wants to save her friend, her mother’s wedding, and her business from becoming fashion road kill…
Magic and mystery stitched together with love.
The words are Meemaw’s, but the feeling is tucked, hemmed, stitched, and sewn into every scene, page, and chapter of A Custom-Fit Crime. In fact, Melissa Bourbon infuses every piece of the Magical Dressmaking mystery series with love – love of family, love of friends, and romantic love; love in all of its forms and with all of its faces. So much so that readers can’t help but love the series.
In A Custom-Fit Crime, love is all around Harlow Jane Cassidy. Her mama’s wedding is a few short days away and she’s about to be featured in D magazine’s up-and-coming designers feature. A journalist and a photographer, four fashion models, and two additional designers are visiting Buttons & Bows in Bliss. The night before their arrival, Harlow’s friend from Manhattan, Orphie Cates, comes to visit, bringing a boatload of trouble with her.
Harlow’s cup is overflowing, so the very last thing she needs is a dead body. But, that’s exactly what she gets – smack dab in the middle of her boutique. Now, not only is Harlow trying to keep herself out of jail and her best friend out of danger, she’s also trying to keep her mama’s wedding on the right track.
Orphie Cates is a great addition to the Bliss character canvas – she adds another dimension to Harlow and a surprising softness to a sharp-edged hometown boy, as well. As always, I love the continually unfolding relationship between Harlow and Will. They are a favorite cozy couple of mine and I adore the scenes Melissa Bourbon constructs for the pair – especially in this book. They are both such strong and independent characters as individuals; I think it makes them that much more well-matched and superbly suited for one another romantically.
Simply put: this is one of my favorite cozy series and I’ll be waiting on pins and needles for the next book! (Well, the next next book, since I’ve already had the pleasure of reading the fifth book, A Killing Notion.)