Monday, 24 December 2012

Review: 'A Fitting End' by Melissa Bourbon

A Fitting End by Melissa Bourbon, 2012,Obsidian, $7.99, softbound, 309 pages. Category/Genre: mystery. Cover: a little garish, but manages to draw you in. Where we got it: publisher. Where you can get it: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books-A-Million.

Harlow Jane Cassidy, former Manhattan fashion designer, has returned to her old hometown of Bliss, Texas. Now she owns Buttons and Bows, a custom dress making boutique. She has a family gift, passed down to all the Cassidy women from their ancestor, Butch Cassidy -- what they call the "Cassidy charm." The charm manifests itself in different ways for different people; for Harlow, when she creates dresses for people, their wishes and dreams -- both good and bad -- come true. Harlow's great-grandmother, Meemaw, lends her a hand from beyond the grave. 
Harlow has been commissioned to create 3 dresses for this year's Margaret pageant. Then Mrs. Zinnia James, the chair of the pageant, is arrested for murder. Harlow is sure Zinnia is innocent, and sets out to prove it.
The 1 real flaw we found with this book is that Bourbon doesn't properly explain that Nana is Harlow's grandmother (as opposed to her great-grandmother) when she's first introduced. This may be somewhat confusing to those readers who are not as familiar with the terms "Nana" and "Meemaw."  And also confusing to those reviewers who may have been reading the book a little too quickly . . . 
There are sewing tips and a surprising ending, as well as interesting characters and tons of magic. 
Note: strong language. 

If you like this one, try: Death on Heels by Ellen Byerrum.

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