Deadly Patterns by Melissa Bourbon is the third book in the “Magical Dressmaking” mystery series. Publisher: Obsidian, October 2012
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.
Harlow is pulled into the latest murder when her spiritedly meemaw tells her the accused is innocent and she needs to help them. Using her inquisitiveness and the clues that presents itself to her, secrets comes uncovered and the truth sets everyone free. I love the pace and the way this lighthearted whodunit flows from beginning to end. It was very enjoyable and I love the characters, especially Harlow and her family with their magical charms. Harlow is surrounded by a superb cast of characters that includes her family, Gracie, Josie and Will. The dialogue is entertaining and I love their small town of Bliss, Texas. I look forward to my next visit with the Cassidy in this delightfully charming series.