I used to think that the hustle and bustle of living and working in the fashion industry in Manhattan kept me busy, but Manhattan has nothing on Bliss, Texas. When I moved back home to my great-grandmother’s little yellow farmhouse, I had no idea Meemaw’s ghost would be my companion, or that her Cassidy charm would turn matchmaker between Will Flores and me.
But most of all, I didn’t realize that murder would darken my doorstep—over and over and over again. This time, it’s a big time Dallas designer who wound up dead right in my house. Fashion designers, models, my old friend Orphie Cates, and a dead body. None of that is quite what I had in mind when D Magazine arranged to do an article about me and two other local fashion designers, and it definitely wasn’t a good backdrop for my mama’s barbecue wedding nuptials. Marrying sheriff Hoss McClaine was supposed to be a one of a kind event. Cowboy boots and a white cowboy hat with a tuft of tulle attached instead of a veil? That was pure Tessa Cassidy. And I made Mama’s wedding dress, which meant her wishes and dreams should come true.
But murder has a way of interrupting everything, including the perfect wedding between Mama and Hoss, and that’s just want Jean Michel Beaulieu’s death has done. Now the wedding’s off, Orphie’s in big trouble and Deputy Sheriff Gavin McClaine isn’t letting her out of his sight, and nothing’s blissful in my small town.
But fashion and sleuthing have a way of working themselves into my brain and I’m counting on figuring things out, seeing Mama and Hoss properly hitched, and helping Orphie get out of the predicament she’s in.
It’s all in a day’s work at Buttons & Bows.
Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of A CUSTOM-FIT CRIME to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends July 11; US entries only per publisher’s request.
You can read more about Harlow in A Custom-Fit Crime, the fourth book in the “Magical Dressmaking” mystery series. Click here to download an excerpt from Chapter 1. The first book in the series is Pleating for Mercy.
Meet the author
Melissa Bourbon, who sometimes answers to her Latina-by-marriage name Misa Ramirez, gave up teaching middle and high school kids in Northern California to write full-time amidst horses and Longhorns in North Texas. She fantasizes about spending summers writing in quaint, cozy locales, has a love/hate relationship with yoga and chocolate, is devoted to her family, and can’t believe she’s lucky enough to be living the life of her dreams.
She is the marketing director at Entangled Publishing, is the author of the Lola Cruz Mystery series with St. Martin’s Minotaur and Entangled Publishing, A Magical Dressmaking Mystery series with NAL, and is the co-author of The Tricked-out Toolbox and two romantic suspense titles.
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