“Great start to a cozy mystery series. Cute story, likeable characters and imho, it was over way too quickly. I can't wait to see what is in store for the Cassidy ladies in the future installments. :)”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great start to a cozy mystery series. Cute story, likeable characters and imho, it was over way too quickly. I can't wait to see what is in store for the Cassidy ladies in the future installments. :)”Grimmy23 wrote this review Friday, September 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A fun read. I loved the sewing aspect of it since I am an avid sewer myself. The only complaint I have is that it is a little too juvenile.”Cecilia A wrote this review Monday, August 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Library paperback. 3 stars at best. At times the protagonist was just silly.”Marilyn M wrote this review Wednesday, February 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Nice paperback mystery with lots about design, fashion and personalities. Small town texas and the Cassidy women....”Carol R wrote this review Wednesday, January 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ (A Magical Dressmaking Mystery)”Mame wrote this review Tuesday, July 24, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A very pleasant surprise for a cozy mystery. I will be sure to read this series beginning to end. Harlow Cassidy (yes, of the Butch Cassidy family) has returned to Bliss TX and opened a custom clothing shop in her family's home. Her first big commission is a wedding of a friend - the maid of honor is found dead in the front lawn. Each of the Cassidy women have a "charm" - fun book!!”ITZME wrote this review Sunday, February 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I must say that I put this book down several times before I could get into it. I finally picked it up and tried again. I did enjoy the gifts of the Cassidy women, the dress shop and the spirits. I don't like for it to be so hard to start a book. 3 stars”moondance120 wrote this review Sunday, January 15, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A highly enjoyable paranormal cozy mystery! It would be highly enjoyable no matter the genre label.
I like reading the acknoweldgements for a book from time to time. In PLEATING, Melissa thanks her mother for teaching her to sew for the pride she felt in her newfound ability as a child and that sewing helped her come up with the character of Harlow Cassidy.
Harlow is the great-great-great-granddaughter of Butch Cassidy who threw a coin in an Argentinian fountain and made a wish. So starts the magical abilities of the Cassidy women with their charmed lives. Charmed being what you make of it. Each woman has their own unique ability and Harlow is hard-pressed to figure hers out. She knows she likes dressmaking and hopes to make a go of her dressmaking shop in Bliss, Texas, her hometown.
The mystery solving comes across as natural since Harlow wants to help her friend, Josie, and the police aren't moving in the right direction. The characters are engaging and believable, even the ghost of Meemaw who is a bit of a prankster.
I can't wait for the next in the series, A FITTING END, to come out on 7 Feb 2012. It's pre-ordered with Cynthia at High Crimes Mystery Bookshop ( http://www.highcrimesbooks.com/)
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Five Texas ghosts and dresses beans.....”
“Finally finished reading this book after setting it down several times. It got better towards the end, but was difficult for me to get into, due to the fact the author explained the premise of the main characters' charm multiple times. At which point the magic stopped being magical and started being redundant and annoying.”danae wrote this review Wednesday, December 28, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love to read, particularly mysteries. I agreed when requested to read “Pleating for Mercy”, a first in a series. This mystery falls into the “Cozy Mystery” category. This is a rather new category of mystery reading for me. I tend toward the more suspense, action and graphic depiction of a murder. This was a nice change.
The other enjoyment of the book was that the main character is a dressmaker/seamstress/sewist that designs and sews garments. She left her hometown to live in NYC where she trained and worked for a designer of high end fashion. She has returned to her small hometown of Bliss, Texas.
In returning to Bliss, she moves into her great grandmother’s home where she reopens the Button and Bows shop. Throughout the book there are many references to designing, altering and sewing garments. If you are a sewist/seamstress, then you can easily identify.
Harlow Cassidy, the main character, is a descendent of Butch Cassidy. A murder occurs in the front yard of Button and Bows and Harlow sets out to help discover and solve the mystery. The author does a good job of balancing a “who done it” suspense with every day life which makes for a pleasant cozy mystery read. ”