A Magical Dressmaking Mystery Series

A Seamless Murder, book 6


RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

“Bourbon has another great read to add to her list. The people of the town are quite an interesting bunch, including the ghost of Harlow’s meemaw, who helps her deal with the situations that she inevitably finds herself in. With a dash of magic thrown in, this series is a must-read for cozy mystery fans.”

With a needle and thread, Harlow Jane Cassidy is capable of magic. Her neighbors in Bliss, Texas, on the other hand, are capable of murder….

Any garment Harlow stitches together has the power to grant the deepest desire of whomever wears it. So when she’s asked to sew aprons for a local women’s group, Harlow must get to know each member. First up is Delta Lee Mobley, who doesn’t care much for Harlow’s family—or anyone else in Bliss, for that matter. Granting Delta’s greatest wish could only lead to trouble….

But trouble finds Delta all the same. The day after Harlow delivers her apron, Delta’s body is discovered in the cemetery. It seems one of the townsfolk harbored ill will toward one of their own. Harlow’s sleuthing skills are a cut above the rest, and with a few magical tricks up her sleeve, she is determined to cuff this killer once and for all.


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National Bestselling Book: A Killing Notion, book 5

Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms….  

Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.

But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.


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4 stars, RT Book Reviews

“Harlow is back and read to dig into another murder. Bourbon has done a great job with the plot and characters, and the mystery surrounding the murder is fascinating. Readers will find themselves trying to guess what happens, but will end up shocked at the conclusion. With each series installment, Bourbon get better.” ~RT Book Reviews


“Talented Harlow Cassidy, descendent of Butch, helps clear a high school football player who’s falsely accused of murder in this lightly paranormal Texas cozy. The series stands at five (after A Custom-Fit Crime); sewing tips and recipes included.” ~Library Journal, April 2014


“Fantasy and cozy small-town mystery mix nicely in the Magical Dressmaking series by Melissa Bourbon…Cassidy’s adventures are consistently entertaining with their mix of small-town Texas color, fashion, and all of Harlow’s quirky female relatives with their distinctive little magical gifts.”~Locus Magazine, Carolyn Cushman


A Custom-Fit Crime, book 4 

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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…




Deadly Patterns, book 3


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Bliss, Texas, is gearing up for its annual Winter Wonderland festival, but when a mysterious Scrooge ends the merriment with murder, it’ll take more than a ghost from Christmas past to set things right.

Designing a holiday fashion show set in the town’s most prominent historic mansion seems like a job tailor made for dressmaker Harlow Jane Cassidy. But with the mansion’s restoration still in progress and threatening weather on the horizon, she’s feeling on pins and needles more than reveling in holiday cheer.
Having volunteered to play Santa in this year’s festival, Dan Lee Chrisson was ready to move on after his divorce—until Bliss became his final resting place. Discovering his body puts Harlow at the scene of the crime. She’ll need plenty of help from friends and even her late great-grandmother’s spirited sleuthing if she’s to have a ghost of a chance of catching a killer who’s just jumped to the top of the naughty list….






A Fitting End, book 2


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Business is booming at Harlow Jane Cassidy’s custom dressmaking boutique-even with her great-grandmother’s ghost hanging around the shop. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed with dressmaking shears, the new town deputy suspects Harlow. Now she has to clear her name before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit…





Pleating for Mercy, book 1


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When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane 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.