From Pleating for Mercy, a Magical Dressmaking Mystery
by Melissa Bourbon
Ten things I’ve learned about Harlow Cassidy during the few months I’ve known her.
- She mutters under her breath. A lot.
- She’s keeping a secret. Weird stuff happens in the house, and when I bring it up, she changes the subject.
- Gracie loves her. It’s like they’re connected on a mother-daughter level. Except that they’re not mother-daughter.
- She’s curious. Maybe too curious for her own good considering a murder happened in her front yard.
- She can sew circles around anyone who can, you know, sew.
- People around town are kind of...what’s the word?...cautious of her and her family.
- She misses Manhattan, but I think she’s glad to be back home in Bliss.
- She walks everywhere because Loretta Mae’s old jalopy doesn’t work, but I bet Bubba can fix it.
- I’ve heard her say that I remind her of Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Pancho Villa. All at once? Is that a good thing?
- She's unpredictable. I’m hoping she’ll go to Josie’s wedding with me.
So, clue me in. Is being a compared to Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, and Pancho Villa a good thing?
About Pleating for Mercy:
When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jean 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.