Gone But Knot Forgotten (Quilting Mystery Series #3)

Gone But Knot Forgotten (Quilting Mystery Series #3)

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by Mary Marks

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Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they'd stuck to basting and batting. . .

Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made


Sorting through the estate of a wealthy recluse may sound like a fascinating task, but when the skeletons in the closets turn out to be real, Martha and her quilting pals wish they'd stuck to basting and batting. . .

Martha Rose is stunned when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away. Her shock doubles when she learns that Harriet Oliver made her the executor of her estate. But when investigators determine that Harriet was murdered, Martha recruits her fellow quilters to help find the culprit. She's mastered the art of piecing together blocks to create intricate quilts, but piecing together her friend's murder will prove far more challenging. . .

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Praise for Mary Marks and her Quilting Mysteries

"Mary Marks had me on pins and needles and wanting to wrap myself up in a warm quilt while reading her cozy debut!" --Lee Hollis on Forget Me Knot

"What's knot to love? Mary Marks has crafted another winner stitched together with humor and heart." --Rochelle Staab on Knot In My Backyard

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Mary Marks' Quilting Mystery Series , #3
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Product dimensions:
4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Meet the Author

Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com. Readers can visit her at www.marymarksmysteries.com and www.facebook.com/mmarks2013.

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Gone But Knot Forgotten 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Martha Rose would prefer to leave murder out, but she enlists her best friends and fellow quilters in executing her childhood friend's will and solving the mystery of her murder. A true cozy, it was fun to visit West L.A. and environs and watch Martha analyze, deduce, and investigate!
InspirationalAngel531 More than 1 year ago
Title: Gone But Knot Forgotten - Quilting Mystery Book 3 Author: Mary Marks Published: 8-25-2015 Publisher: Kensington Books Pages: 288 Genre: Mystery, Thrillers & Suspense Sub Genre: Crafts & Homes ISBN: 9780758292094 ASIN: Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley . Martha Rose is names the executor of her old school friend, Harriet Oliver's estate. Harriet has become something of a recluse and hidden away form the public. As Martha begins going the her friend's things to settle her estate it is discovered that Harriet was actually murdered. Melody and her fellow quilters rally together to piece the clues together and find the killer. The characters are so lovable, each a little quirky in their own way such as Lucy who believes she is psychic; Yossi "Crusher" Levy, police officer and Martha's boyfriend. All the characters are so well developed and described that they are easy to picture them in our mind's eye. You feel you know them and are friends. Mary Marks and her characters will keep you coming back again and again to check up on your old friends. Her style of writing is full of twist and turns to keep you guessing as to the killer's identity till the very end.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
What better to go with a cozy murder mystery than comfy quilting and all its paraphernalia? Author Mary Marks blends quilting with suspense and murder in her latest release, GONE BUT KNOT FORGOTTEN, the third installment in her Quilting Mysteries series. While there are quilting tips, techniques and talk throughout the book, readers don’t have to enjoy the craft to savor the mystery. Marks creates realistic, likable characters readers can relate to. The characters’ interaction quickly draws readers in and the suspense holds them pinned to the pages until the very end. The close friendship element enhances the story. The author’s rich details adds depth, while her vivid descriptions places the reader among the characters. Marks supplies all the right pieces for a intriguing cozy murder mystery in this story. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me as part of the author’s virtual book tour in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
StudentofParables More than 1 year ago
Make sure you get a copy of this book! A page-turning read that I finished in one sitting, it keeps you on your toes, and in stitches, by turn. The victim's death in this mystery is neither "fresh", nor "cold case", as audiences will most often find in this genre. I thought the choice of having the death be some time past, but not a great amount, made this work quite interesting - a refreshing, unique spin on an oft told tale. I seem to have a penchant for finding a new series and inadvertently starting a few books in. This is the third title in the Quilting Mysteries series, and I'm definitely going to have to go back and read the others! Ms. Marks does a wonderful job of referencing previous events, but with just enough extra explanation that the reader doesn't feel on the edge of the "in the know" group, and can enjoy the fullness of the story. I love these characters! They feel like real people, not caricatures of a certain type of person. Everyone I've met has a group of characters they wish could step off the page, and hang out with them. Martha, Lucy and Birdie are on my list! They are so funny, and experiencing their antics throughout the near-perfect pacing of this work makes the story so much fun to read. As a history nut, the historical, and historical fiction aspects woven into the tale really set this book apart for me. I found the attention to detail in creating the items throughout the house for the reader was incredible, and really showed just how much care Ms. Marks has for her craft. In all, it looks like I will have to make a new space on my shelves for this and other works by Ms. Mary Marks!
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in "A Quilting Mystery" series, but this book was fine without reading the other 2. Martha Rose is named the Executrix of the estate of a childhood friend. She has not seen her in years and is surprised. Adding to the surprise, she finds out that Harriet was dead in her house for 10 months before she is found. At the autopsy, it is determined that she did not die of natural causes. The estate is worth millions and there are many items that are missing. With help from her two quilting buddies, her boyfriend Yossi and his pals, Martha is able to uncover what happened to Harriet. There are several twists to the story, one involving the Declaration of Indendependance Quilt and another regarding the disappearance of Harriet's husband 13 years earlier that make this story very interesting and entertaining. I like how she was able to add in several cultural and historical aspects of Jewish life and heritage as part of the story. Of course, there is also a storyline pertaining to Martha's romantic life which is another great addition to the story. I will definitely look for more in this series. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Tiggedy2 More than 1 year ago
Author Mary Marks is back with another delight installment of her Quilting Mystery series. Please be assured, you do not have to know how to quilt to enjoy this series, not do you need to have read the first to books in the series to read this one. But it is always fun to go back to the other installments to see how it all started. In GONE BUT KNOT FORGOTTEN, protagonist Martha Rose suddenly finds herself executor to a friend’s estate. A friend she hasn’t seen in twenty years. Things don’t seem right to Martha, and then another body is discovered. Add to that the theft of items worth millions of dollars, and Martha knows she has to get to the bottom of things. I truly enjoy Ms. Mark’s style of writing. I really liked that she explained some of the rituals of a Jewish funeral. I’m Christian and my grandmother was a minister, so learning more about other religions is fascinating to me. GONE BUT KNOT FORGOTTEN was a wonderfully crafted mystery. Ms. Marks takes us through a sleuthing at a perfect pace. There were more twists and turns than a quilt has stitches. More suspects than a few, and questions that felt like there could be no answers to. All leading up to an amazing reveal that had me completely surprised. I look forward to what author Marks has in store for us next!
birdladyvm More than 1 year ago
Ms. Marks has Martha Rose and her two best friends back in the thick of things again. This is the first of her books I have had the pleasure of reading; I found it delightful as only cozy mysteries can be. Martha is Jewish, her two friends, Lucy and Birdie, are not; this does not stop the intrepid trio from being fast and loyal friends, who respect each other, quilt together, and get in scraps together. I loved the fact that Ms. Marks explained a lot of the Jewish traditions especially in regard to the Sabbath and funerals. This added to the story and I loved the information she included, it was educational and interesting as well as adding to the depth of the story. In this book, Ms. Marks has Martha named as the executor of her old high school friend, Harriet Oliver’s estate. Martha hasn’t been in touch with Harriet for years. Harriet’s estate is worth millions and something seems fishy to Martha about the scene of her death. She was not found for 10 months after she died; it appears that Harriet led a sad and solitary life, her son drowned at five, her husband disappeared and was declared dead, and she had few friends. To make things even more interesting, Birdie is a walking talking CSI expert from watching television; she is up on all the latest “speak” in regard to criminal investigation. What follows are plot twists and turns, mysteries, murders, an entire list of suspects, antiques, a priceless quilt and other extremely valuable items are missing, greedy family members, and a body is found buried in Harriet’s garden. Things are really getting interesting in the quilting world. Martha also has new man, Crusher, in her life; will this be the real thing or does he have secrets? Is Martha’s luck about to change in regard to relationships and just why is Arlo Beavers sniffing around again? Sorry, I can’t spoil the story and tell you. There are quite a few plots going on in this story and Ms. Marks did a wonderful job of bringing all the threads together to form a complete and delightful story. You will not be bored with this book. Ms. Marks also included a small tutorial on quilting at the end of the book that I found fascinating. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a solid cozy mystery with a lot of interesting elements, plots, twists, turns, and quilting. I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Gone but Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks is the third book in A Quilting Mystery series. Martha Rose is fifty-six, Jewish, suffers from migraines and fibromyalgia (I know how she feels). Martha receives a letter stating she is the executor of Harriet Gordon Oliver’s will. Martha has not seen Harriet in over twenty years. They drifted apart after her divorce from Aaron Rose. Martha immediately contact the attorney, Deke Abernathy. Turns out that Martha and Deke were at UCLA at the same time (Deke was a football star). Martha will be responsible for disposing of the assets of the estate and following Harriet’s wishes in her will. Martha feels she should do this for her friend, but she has no idea what she is getting into. Harriet’s only son, Jonah died when he was five years old and her husband disappeared many years ago. Nathan, her husband, was declared dead when he did not return after seven years (and they could not locate him). After arranging for Harriet’s funeral, Martha then checks out Harriet’s house. When she starts checking the insurance inventory against items in the house, there are several Early American antiques missing as well as Harriet’s jewelry. Martha gets help from her weekly quilting group members Lucy and Bertie. They start going through the house item by item. Martha is dog sitting her ex-boyfriend’s dog (he used to be a police dog). The dog starts digging in the backyard. Upon investigation they discover a body. Looks like the have solved the mystery of the disappearing Nathan Oliver. Before Harriet can be buried, it is discovered that Harriet was murdered. Martha feels she needs to find out who killed her friend as well as took items from her house. Martha, Birdie, and Lucy set out to solve the murders as well as discover who took the Early American antiques. Martha decides to keep Harriet’s house under guard. She calls her friend, Yossi Levy (aka Crusher). Crusher is a member of the Valley Eagles (motorcycle club). Two of the members agree to watch the house. Yossi is hoping to get closer to Martha. He proposed once and is determined to get Martha to commit. He slowly starts leaving a few items at Martha’s house each time he stays the night. Martha feels that Yossi is rushing and needs him to back off (I have no idea why). When she finds out something that Yossi kept secret, will Martha break it off? I found Gone but Knot Forgotten to be a pleasurable book to read. It has fun characters and a good mystery. I did not understand why Martha kept pushing away Yossi (maybe something in her past or commitment issues). I wish that it had been explained in the book (it could have been mentioned in the first two books which I have not had a chance to read). Gone but Knot Forgotten can be enjoyed without having read the first two books in the series. I give Gone but Knot Forgotten 4.5 out of 5 stars. It was a pleasure to read this book. I received a complimentary copy of Gone but Knot Forgotten from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.
TessT More than 1 year ago
What happens when someone you haven't seen in 20 years names you as executor of her estate? The author of A Quilting Mystery series, Mary Marks, tries to answer this and other questions. This is the 1st book I have read in this, so far, series of 4. I'll be on the lookout for the others. A cozy mystery about friends trying to solve a murder case, quilting and food. It doesn't get much better than this. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Great Series! This is a great series; this is the third book in A Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks. Martha Rose is a quilter, when she hears that her best friend from high school has passed away and has made her the executor of her estate. When Martha is told that her friend was murdered, she asks her friends and fellow quilters to help find the killer. If you are looking for a great mystery that will keep you guessing until the end, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series. A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
This is the third book in this series. When Martha Rose sorts her mail, she finds an interesting letter from a law firm. She is shocked to read that her friend Harriet Oliver has died and Martha has been named executor of her estate. Martha’s appointment with the attorney unleashes sad details. It appears Harriet was dead, in her own home, for at least 10 months before her body was discovered. When the mortician prepares the body for burial, he stumbles upon some odd facts, turning the cause of death into a homicide. No one, including Martha, had heard from Harriet for some time and rumor has it that Harriet had become a recluse, leaving her attorney, Deacon “Deke” Abernathy in charge of her finances. Martha’s friends Lucy & Birdie offer to help sort through Harriet’s personal effects, and soon, secrets and betrayals are discovered. When another body is found buried in the backyard, Martha refuses to accept the simple explanation. Martha is determined to find out who killed her friend and will stop at nothing to clear her friend’s name. The twists and turns are amazing, I was left guessing until the very end. I really enjoyed this book and would definitely recommend it to other cozy readers! I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.