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Book 1: Pleating for Mercy, A Dressmaker’s Mystery

About Pleating for Mercy…

All the Cassidy women possess special gifts. Harlow Jane Cassidy’s is creating beautiful dresses. But she’s about to discover secrets in her own family, and another gift—one that can reach beyond the grave…

When her great-grandmother passes away, Harlow Jane Cassidy leaves her job as a Manhattan fashion designer and moves back to Bliss, Texas. But soon after she opens Buttons & Bows, a custom dressmaking boutique in the turn-of-the-century farmhouse she inherited, Harlow begins to feel an inexplicable presence…

One of her first clients is her old friend Josie, who needs a gown for her upcoming wedding. But when Josie’s boss turns up dead, it starts to look as if the bride-to-be may be wearing handcuffs instead of a veil. Suddenly Josie needs a lot more from Harlow than hemming a dress. Can Harlow find the real killer—with a little help from beyond?


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Praise for Pleating for Mercy

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“A seamless blend of mystery, magic, and dress-making, with a cast of masterfully tailored characters you’ll want to visit again and again.”~Nationally Bestselling Author, Jennie Bentley
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“Enchanting! Prepare to be spellbound from page one by this well-written and deftly-plotted cozy. It’s charming, clever and completely captivating!  Fantasy, fashion and a foul play—all sewn together by a wise and witty heroine you’ll instantly want as a best friend.  Loved it!” ~Hank Phillippi Ryan  Agatha, Anthony and Macavity winning author

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“Cozy couture!  Harlow Jane Cassidy is a tailor-made amateur sleuth.  Bourbon stitches together a seamless mystery, adorned with magic, whimsy, and small-town Texas charm.” ~Wendy Lyn Watson, Author of NAL’s Mystery a la Mode series

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