Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review ~ A KILLING NOTION by Melissa Bourbon

Harlow Jane Cassidy is swamped with homecoming couture requests. If only she didn’t have to help solve a murder, she might get the gowns off the dress forms....  
Harlow is doing everything she can to expand her dressmaking business, Buttons & Bows—without letting clients know about her secret charm. When she has a chance to create homecoming dresses with a local charity and handmade mums for several high school girls—including Gracie, whose father, Will, has mended Harlow’s heart—she is ready to use her magical talents for a great cause.
But when Gracie’s date for the dance is accused of murder, Harlow knows things won’t be back on course until she helps Gracie clear the football player’s name. If Harlow can’t patch up this mess before the big game, her business and her love life might be permanently benched.

This was a very interesting cozy mystery for me.  So far, every one that I have read has been different except for the fact that they all seem to have a common thread regarding the main character.  The main character always has a quirk that can be very annoying to the reader.  In this one, the heroine sees ghosts and always pictures people in an outfit that she designed.
A Killing Notion is about a murder in a small Texas town called Bliss.  Harlow Cassidy is a dressmaker and sleuth.  Since she solved a murder before, Harlow is asked to solve another one.  In this case, the victim is the father of her young friend’s boyfriend.  And the boyfriend, Shane is accused of killing his father.  It turns out that there is a lot to be found out about the father.  The mystery is so deep that I can’t tell you a single part of it as it would give everything away.  Needless to say, the search for the truth takes several twists and turns.  You will be guessing until the very end.
Although the book started out slow and makes several references to dressmaking and various Texas traditions that you may not understand, it was actually rather good.  Being from Texas myself, I was able to follow along easily but did get distracted at times.  In the end, it was well worth the read.
Rating: 4
Release Date: April 1, 2014
Book Length: 320 pages
Source: Penguin NAL via NetGalley
Reviewed by: Gemini
Reading Format: Available in eBook and Paperback

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