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Former Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she'll need more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery... Business is booming at Harlow's custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother's ghost hangiFormer Manhattan fashion designer Harlow Jane Cassidy has a gift for creating beautiful dresses. But when Harlow becomes the prime suspect in a murder investigation, she'll need more than her sewing skills to unravel the mystery... Business is booming at Harlow's custom dressmaking boutique, Buttons & Bows, even with the presence of her great-grandmother's ghost hanging around the shop. But thanks to the fast approaching Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, Harlow has her work cut out for her when Mrs. James hires her to make her granddaughter's pageant gown. With the debutante ball getting the whole town of Bliss, Texas, into a tizzy, Harlow knows her dress has to be perfect. But when a local golf pro is found stabbed to death with dressmaking shears, the new deputy thinks Harlow and Mrs. James conspired to commit the crime. Now, Harlow has to finish the dress on time and clear her name, before the next outfit she designs is a prison jumpsuit......

Title : A Fitting End
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ISBN : 9780451236142
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 300 Pages
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A Fitting End Reviews

  • Patty
    2019-03-19 14:39

    I can't believe how quickly I finished this book. I had the time and an it was interesting plot and story.I'm not into the "magical" but I do like how Ms Bourbon uses it in the story. It helped set up and build on understanding and believing in Harlow's special gift. This second book really built on the characters that were introduced in "Pleating for Mercy," and introduced new likable ongoing characters. The mystery element kept me guessing until the end. I like light mysteries and this fit the bill.

  • Book of Secrets ☘
    2019-03-29 12:54

    Miss Harlow Jane Cassidy, once a New York fashion designer, is now the proud owner of Buttons and Bows, a unique dressmaking shop in Bliss, Texas. Thanks to a magical wish made by her great-great-great grandfather, Butch Cassidy (yep, that Butch Cassidy!), all of the women in the family are blessed with a special “gift.” While her grandmother is a goat charmer, and her mom has a powerful green thumb, Harlow has the ability to sew magic into the garments she makes, giving the wearer a little supernatural help.In A FITTING END, the town of Bliss is in a tizzy over the upcoming Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, and Harlow has been hired to make the gown for Libby Allen, the granddaughter of Senator and Mrs. Jebediah James. Things go terribly wrong when the golf pro is murdered at the country club where the event will be held, and evidence points to Mrs. James (Zinnia) as the murderer. Harlow can sense that Zinnia is innocent, so while her client is being held in the county jail, she does some investigating of her own. What she discovers is that the people of Bliss, Texas, have more secrets than you can shake a stick at, and someone is willing to commit murder to keep them buried.I fell in love with this series after reading the first book, PLEATING FOR MERCY, and the follow up, A FITTING END, was equally enjoyable. We learn more about the Cassidy family tree and the magical gifts the women possess. The ghostly presence of great-grandmother Meemaw joins the cast again, and she’s gaining strength for helping out and for some mischief, too. The mystery was well written; it kept me guessing until the end. I’m looking forward to seeing how the new discoveries in this book play out in the next installment. This was a great read, and I’d definitely recommend it to fans of cozy mysteries with a touch of the paranormal.

  • ❂ Jennifer
    2019-04-19 13:44

    I really like this author and the first book in this series - and I really liked a lot of things about this book. The mystery plot was excellent. But... there is so much of this story line that has left me utterly confused. Specifically concerning one of the characters, Gracie. I really feel like a page was missing from my book or something. (view spoiler)[Throughout the second half of the book, Harlow and her family keep referring to Gracie's relationship to them and the secrets and how are they going to tell her about her charm, etc. etc. But it's never explained HOW she is related to them or why she should be charmed. (hide spoiler)] So much of the storyline feels disjointed and confusing - I even re-read the book before writing this review, thinking I must not have paid enough attention to the storyline and missed key points - but nothing became clearer after the second reading.I really wanted to give this book 4 stars, but there were too many threads that I felt weren't tied up at the end of the book and no indication that they are meant to be part of an ongoing story in the next book. Even so, I eagerly await the next book. And hope my confusion clears.

  • Debbie Heaton
    2019-04-15 12:43

    In Bourbon’s paranormal mystery novel, Buttons & Bows, Harlow Cassidy’s custom dressmaking shop is overflowing with business. The Margaret Maffette Lea Pageant is around the corner and to her surprise; Mrs. Zinnia James hires her to make her granddaughter’s pageant gown. Not surprisingly the local golf pro is found dead and the new deputy in town suspects Harlow since her scissors appear to be the weapon. Determined to find answers, Harlow sets out to solve the crime and complete the perfect pageant gown all with the assistance of her dearly departed great-grandmother.The Cassidy women are a sure winner when it comes to mystery and murder. What a wonderful addition to the A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series.

    2019-04-08 12:41

    Melissa Bourbon has created some fascinating characters in this series. Yes, the Cassidy women are “charmed” but they are also charming, delightful and funny. Harlow stitches a little magic into each of her creations which leads to some very surprising revelations. Reading this story was pure joy.There is a part when a huge piece of furniture is being moved, I had tears in my eyes from laughing so hard. The men is this series can be equally charming but are completely in the dark about what is really happening around them. This just adds to the fun.A wonderful cozy carefully sewn together with love. The relationship between all these woman including MeeMaw’s ghostly interruptions make this a true must read. Bliss, Texas is full of magic, making this story a perfect escape.

  • Kristin
    2019-04-08 12:50

    I love this series. This is book two. I fell in love with the characters in the first one and the second one just confirmed it. The Cassidy women and their magic are just charming and make me wish I didn't have to wait until October for the next one. If you like cozy mysteries with a touch of magic or paranormal you will like this one.

  • Melanie Smith
    2019-04-12 13:42

    Book two of a new series and I am enjoying it very much. I usually do not read the "paranormal" or "magic" mysteries, but this series has me hooked. This is a great cozy mystery and I think what I like about this series is that I think I have it figured out and then in the last 10 pages, I find out that I was totally wrong! I always close the book saying "wow"!

  • Brooke
    2019-04-14 11:30

    WonderfulA charming book with just enough humor, intrigue and hints of blossoming romance. I thoroughly enjoyed and recommend this series. I can't wait to read the next book. The teaser in the back has me wanting more adventures with Harlow Cassidy and her family and friends.

  • Monica
    2019-04-01 15:25

    Very good mystery. Had me guessing till the end. So many suspects. So many new characters that I was getting a bit confused. Had a family tree in the back of the book so that helps a bit.

  • Janet Schaffner
    2019-03-19 14:28

    the magical charms of the Cassidy women continue......

  • Jeanette
    2019-04-08 11:32

    I enjoyed reading this book. I like the characters and the story.

  • Kelly
    2019-03-25 14:50

    really enjoyable, can't wait till I pick up the next one,

  • Jenna
    2019-04-03 17:40

    Secrets, secrets, and more secrets. That, in a nutshell, is the underlying theme to A Fitting End, the second book in Melissa Bourbon’s Magical Dressmaking mystery series. Simply put, I cannot say enough good things about this series. A Facebook friend once said that this series is “like comfort food” and I still have yet to come up with a better description. Just months after finding a dead body in her front yard, dressmaker Harlow Cassidy finds her life interwoven with Bliss tradition and a murder mystery. She is deep in patterns and preparations for the annual Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball, outfitting Bliss teens in 1800s garb to honor the wife of Sam Houston. It’s tradition in this Texas small town and Harlow is quite surprised to find that her mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother all took part. As this year’s event unfolds, a golf pro at the country club is found stabbed – with Harlow’s sewing shears. She had nothing to do with the murder, but the wife of a senator – Zinnia James – just might have. Harlow quickly finds herself taking on vastly more responsibility for the festival than simply making dresses, all while pulling at the threads of family secrets, trying to make the right relationship pattern with handsome Will Flores, and attempting to uncover the true culprit. Melissa Bourbon’s writing is warm and welcoming. I love starting a new Magical Dressmaking mystery because I know I’m going to find myself in Bliss, Texas with the Cassidy clan. It’s a true Southern charmer, that’s for sure. Like Harlow, I find Will magnetically attractive and I can’t wait to see how his budding relationship with Harlow will blossom. Also, the aftermath of some of the newly-revealed secrets in A Fitting End opens up a huge avenue of new mysteries and charms. It’s an enchanting series that I would highly recommend to all readers.

  • Amanda
    2019-04-06 13:42

    I love this series, when I am reading it I wish that I could step into the pages and have Harlow make a dress for me, see Tessa's garden, even meet Coleta's goats.I think it was fantastic that the reader is kept guessing almost to the very end. I think it adds to the story and makes it more plausible, the false leads, the suspicions, the surprise revelations... they all add to the suspense and keep you guessing as to who the real killer is and what new secrets are going to be uncovered next.As much as I love this series there were a few things missing and a few inconsistencies that bothered me in this installment of the Magical Dress Making Mysteries...Missing: How does Gracie's family connect to the other lines of Cassidys?How did Macon find out about the gifts and the connection between Butch and the James'?What was the argument about that lead to Eleanor's dress being ripped all those years ago, we know that Coleta ripped it but we never find out why.Inconsistent: Coleta said that the three women (Zinna James, Eleanor Mcafferty, and herself) had a pact that they could not break because it was their secret as well; but it would not have been Zinna's secret when they were fifteen because she is not a descendant of Butch Cassidy, her husband is.I can't wait to read the next novel in this series, I hope that there are more buried secrets waiting to come to light and shake this small town.

  • Jeannie and Louis Rigod
    2019-04-05 12:46

    Secrets. What town, family, group of friends, haven't their share of secrets? The small town of Bliss, Texas has perhaps more than their share of secrets. This novel explores secrets that can hurt, harm your business, even kill.Dressmaker, Harlow Jane Cassidy, yes of the famous Butch Cassidy family line, is thrown into uncovering deceits and lies, when she learns that the local Country Club's Golf Pro, Vance Macon, has been murdered by someone using Harlow's very own sewing scissors. Added to that shock, she learns the person arrested for the crime is no other than her Nana's former best friend, Mrs. James.The background for this murder mystery is the annual 'Margaret Moffette Lea Pageant and Ball' for debutantes making their official entry into society. Harlow not only must sew four gowns, she must try to find the true killer while discovering secrets unknown to herself about the Cassidy women.This mystery is a true mystery. There are genealogical searches of families as well as pedigrees searches, and history of gowns that are found in Harlow's inherited wardrobe. Can the mysteries be uncovered and solved in time to stop the killing? When are secrets meant to be disclosed?The novel does come to a "Fitting End." Leaving me to wish there was a good hundred more pages. I, at least, have the pleasure of pre-ordering "Deadly Patterns," due out in October 2012.

  • Morgan
    2019-03-28 18:53

    This is interesting for a cozy mystery. I enjoy Harlow, her Mama and Nana interacting with Meemaw's spirit. There's a lot of secrets about who belongs to which family and such.I'm not sorry that Macon Vance was murdered since all he did in life was golf and donate his sperm to lonely housewives. However, I don't understand why so many women would accept him in the first place and the stupid husbands do nothing about it and just please their wives.What threw me off a little was who murdered him. There was some reason behind it, but it seemed uncharacteristic for that certain someone.The ending was a tad rushed. We don't know the specifics about Trudy and Fern's well-being. It just kind of cuts off to the next chapter which is short.When it comes to Gracie Flores, I was kind of hoping she would meet her grandmother even if her own mother wanted nothing to do with her. There's something sinister about why a baby would suddenly cry bloody murder being held by their own mother, but calms down instantly in someone else's arms.There was the family tree at the end of the book and all I can say is that I hope everyone knows they're related to each other because that would be awkward as hell finding out after you accidently inbreed with them. I'm starting to like the Texan town, so I'm hoping it doesn't live up to some Southern stereotype of committing incest.

  • Leya
    2019-04-05 17:46

    A Fitting End is the second book A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series by Melissa Bourbon. The author also writes under the name of Melissa Bourbon Ramirez, Lola Cruz Mystery series. I read the first book of the Magical Dressmaking series last year, and it was one of those great cosy's that you read in one sitting. So I was hoping that this one would be just as Pleating for Mercy. Harlow is slowly getting back into the groove of things, both in her haunted house and in her hometown of Bliss, Texas. Like any other small town, the gossip reigns supreme. There were a few more introductions in this book, and I have a feeling that these additions will be very enjoyable in the future. It was nice to have more background information on the Cassidy clan and how the "gifts" are manifested within the family. The mystery itself was truly a mystery to me, I found that my initial presumption was not correct and I was completely floored on who did it and the reason behind it.It did not disappoint. I was hooked right from the first page. Good thing the book was read during the weekend otherwise I would have been able to do a thing. I only have one little complaint, there wasn't enough of Harlow and her love interest. Ah well...maybe in the next one.

  • Nell
    2019-03-27 13:45

    I didn't think this book was as good as the first one. First, I find the improper and overuse of y'all annoying. Too many Southern transplants and 'faux belles' think that makes them sound Southern :/ It's one of my pet peeves. In one early chapter, it's used every other line when referring to one person. (rolling my eyes). Next it strains credulity that the MC would be allowed to take over the town's debutante pageant with no experience, no social connections and no involvement with the sponsors. And even had she been allowed to there's no way to do that, plus complete two formal gowns plus make a special dress plus take over completion of all the gowns for the other dressmakers AND solve the murder. It's ridiculous! That said - I do like the characters and the back story of this series. The murder mystery itself was a good puzzle. So I will read the next book in the series. A ghostly presence and magical powers are quite enough without making the MC singlehandedly responsible for everything that happens in this town.

  • Rogue Reader
    2019-04-14 14:54

    A Fitting End is Bourbon's second Magic Dressmaking Mystery, and it has more of what I really enjoyed in Pleating for Mercy. Harlow's starting to feel more comfortable in Bliss, Texas and now has some friends and advocates that are bringing in business. The ghost of her great grandmother is more present now and finds ways to communicate with Harlow. Family relationships and small town histories become even more entwined, and of course, Harlow has a dead body to worry about."I had nothing to do with Macon Vance, Gavin, I said, my accent deepening to match his. Southern speech was contagious. Before long, I'd have my drawl back completely."Harlow's a fun combination of savvy business woman, outlandish style and down home Texan - I'm glad I've got a couple more Magic Dressmaking Mysteries to go before I catch up to Bourbon.--Ashland Mystery

  • Debbie
    2019-04-14 18:51

    Another appealing entry in the Magical Dressmaking series. Harlow Cassidy is a direct descendant of Butch Cassidy, and all the Cassidy women have a special talent. Her grandmother's a goat whisperer, her mother has flowers appear in profusion wherever she walks, and Harlow (the Cassidy name is passed through the female line) she a person and envision's the perfect dress for whatever occasion, sewing into the seems the strength/confident/whatever quality the wearer requires. She's busy making "Margaret" dresses, for the town's debutante event, and ends up in charge of the event when the organizer is charged with murder, and with more dresses to fit with the elderly sisters who have been the go-to dressmakers for years have a health scare.It's an intrging concept. and great characters.

  • Dharia Scarab
    2019-03-24 15:34

    Since I don't normally write reviews unless I have something specific to say, here's the break down of how I rate my books...1 star... This book was bad, so bad I may have given up and skipped to the end. I will avoid this author like the plague in the future.2 stars... This book was not very good, and I won't be reading any more from the author.3 stars... This book was ok, but I won't go out of my way to read more, But if I find another book by the author for under a dollar I'd pick it up.4 stars... I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be on the look out to pick up more from the series/author.5 stars... I loved this book! It had earned a permanent home in my collection and I'll be picking up the rest of the series and other books from the author ASAP.

  • Jessi
    2019-04-05 11:54

    Cassidy Harlow, dressmaker extraordinnaire, is back... and another murder. She's filled up on dress orders for the Margaret ceremony, a local tradition for debutantes. While waiting for Lucille, who is charge of the ceremony, Cassidy overhears her arguing with the local golf pro, the local golf pro who later ends up dead... killed with Cassidy's sewing shears.There're no shortage of suspects. It turns out the local golf pro (as Ramirez says) is more like a tennis pro in terms of his relationships with women in the town. He wasn't particularly picky either. So Cassidy not only has to finish four dresses for the ceremony, she needs to solve the murder, and figure out the secrets that her dead-great-grandmother's ghost doesn't want her to uncover.

  • Vickie
    2019-03-21 12:41

    I do enjoy continuing a series, though I rarely immediately get the next in series this quickly. I usually wait for a bit since there are so many other new-to-me series out there to discover. I made an exception here as I really like the characters and the setting of this series. The mystery is well done, the victim got his 'just desserts' and the fun of the chase is enjoyable. I do like the ghostly presence of Harlow's great-grandmother and the varying gifts of Harlow and her family.Five Texas ghost beans...

  • Ann
    2019-04-06 11:39

    Harlow Cassidy is back in the second book in this series. She is asked to make dresses for the annual Margaret Ball and travels to the local country club to meet with Mrs. James, the coordinator. Whens he arrives, she hears an argument between Mrs. James and a man she doesn't know. The man is Macon Vance, the golf pro. When Vance is found murdered with Harlow's scissors used as the weapon, Mrs. James is arrested. Harlow needs to clear her friend of the murder, coordinate the pageant and keep the family's secrets from outsiders. This is a good series but I liked the first one better.

  • Joyce
    2019-04-11 19:26

    This is my first time reading a book by Melissa Bourbon. It was delightful! I love a mystery and I love to sew - win win situation :) The characters (interesting ones too) were well defined and the story unfolded quite nicely. I really enjoyed the magical part of the book also. Overall I would recommend this to anyone loving mysteries. The small bits of what I like to call comedy interjected with some "real life" drama gave this book 5 stars in my rating. Looking forward to reading more of Bourbon's mysteries.

  • Shuriu
    2019-03-25 14:55

    SEWING TIPS1. Using tearaway stabilizer, particularly when working with sheer fabric, can help avoid gathering and puckering during machine sewing.2. When hand stitching, use an embroidery hoop in stead of tearaway stabilizer to keep the fabric taut. 3. Always start each project with a new needle. A sharp needle means less chance of damage to your fabric.4. Thimbles come in different sizes and materials; if you do handwork, find a thimble that fits the middle finger of your sewing hand.5. Take things a step at a time and never rush!

  • NancyPrice
    2019-04-14 19:46

    I really liked the first book in this series, but since I'm not a paranormal fan, this one didn't measure up. The magical charm idea still worked, but the ghost of Harlow's great grandmother was too present in stereotypical ways. I also felt that the book was unfinished. There were allusions to a relationship that was never clarified; the ending came too abruptly with a lot of dangling threads.

  • Lacey
    2019-04-09 15:38

    Another great novel in a fantastic cozy mystery series! It had me guessing till the end... When I thought it was definitely Anna who had done it, it turned out to be somebody else! Melissa Bourbon definitely has an amazing talent to keep you guessing. My only complaint is that the small budding romance between Harlow and Will is taking just a little too long for me. My fervent hope is that in the next book there will be more sparks flying between the two of them.

  • Moondance
    2019-03-28 17:53

    I must admit that the first book in the series was difficult for me to get into. I am pleased to say that was not the case with this one. I feel that the Cassidy women were warmer and more together in this book. I appreciated the small town feel of Bliss, Texas and the intertwining of friendships and relationships. The revelation of long kept secrets helped, too. i look forward to the next book in the series. 4 stars

  • Nicky
    2019-04-06 13:31

    I love Harlow, she's such a likable character. This one still had me guessing until the end. I didn't understand the part of Anna's sisters wedding though. Will is one of my favorite characters. I think I get butterflies along with Harlow when he walks into the room. I just order the next book on Amazon, can't wait to start reading! Melissa is going to need to write faster!!