Forget Me Knot (Quilting Mystery Series #1)

Forget Me Knot (Quilting Mystery Series #1)

by Mary Marks
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Forget Me Knot (Quilting Mystery Series #1) by Mary Marks

Welcome to San Fernando Valley, California, where Martha Rose and her coterie of quilters are enjoying life on the good side of retirement—until murder pulls a stitch out of their plans. . .

Martha and her besties Lucy and Birdie are set to expand their Quilty Tuesdays by inviting newcomer Claire Terry into their group. Though at forty Claire's a tad younger than their average age, her crafty reputation could perk up their patchwork proceedings, especially as they prepare for the fancy quilt show coming to town. But when they arrive at Claire's home and find her dead inside the front door, and her exquisite, prize-winning quilts soon missing, Martha is not one to leave a mystery unraveled. Especially if she wants to stop a killer from establishing a deadly pattern. . .

"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, author of Death of a Chocoholic

"Mary Marks has stitched together a very clever plot with a cast of engaging characters in this funny, fast-paced debut mystery. I loved Martha Rose and her posse of crime-solving quilters and can't wait to read what they're up to next!" —Laura Levine, author of Killing Cupid

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780758292063
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 01/07/2014
Series: Mary Marks' Quilting Mystery Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 25,892
File size: 987 KB

About the Author

Mary Marks is the author of the award-winning Quilting Mysteries featuring Martha Rose, a zaftig, Jewish divorcee of a certain age living in the San Fernando Valley. The first book in the series was published in 2014 when Marks was 70, proving that anything can happen with persistence and a little bit of luck. The author lives in Camarillo, California with her dog Ginger and her orange cat Louie.

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Forget Me Knot 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
MontanaQuilter More than 1 year ago
I am a quilter and a group of us get together once a week to sew, so that part of the plot was very familiar. I have to admit I went to school with Mary Marks and found out about this book on Facebook where I also saw some of her beautiful quilts; but I digress. I enjoyed the humor and the way  the main character makes fun of herself  because of her age - kind of hits home. The story line was believable and entertaining. I am looking forward to her next book.
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
5 STARS I gave it 5 stars because I was entertained, the suspense was good, learned something more about quilts, clean read, clever and believable cozy mystery. The plot was good. Three friends who get together every Tuesday to quilt together are going to a different quilters house to see if she would be a good fit with them and join their group. When they get their no one answers the door. So they look into the house through window and see a body. The mother of Claire asked Martha to look into Claire's quilts because she once remarked that her quilts were her journals. The story focusing on the quilts and what story they told I thought was very clever and different. It made me want to look into more quilts shows and their history. I love quilts have only tied mine. I can't believe that some go for $10,000. The characters are great. The three friends Martha, Lucy and Birdie are older women. Martha is single and the younger of the three in her 50's. Lucy has a great family. Birdie is caring. The three get together to try and figure out what Claire's quilts are really saying. They figure out a lot. The book had great pacing. It kept me reading and wanting to know more about Claire and her quilts. The setting is Los Angels. The story was full of drama, history, action, mystery and humor with a touch of romance thrown in along the way. I would read another book in this series in the future. I was given this book to read and in exchange agreed to give honest review of it by Netgalley and Kensington Books Expected publication: January 7th 2014 by Kensington Books 384 pages ISBN 9780758292056
ruthhill74 More than 1 year ago
I have had such marvelous success lately with cozy mysteries, and this new series is no exception. I have never read any of those "quilting mystery" books that are so popular on the internet these days, but this one is certainly not to be missed. Just to give you an idea of how rapidly I read it, I began on a Friday, and by the end of work that day, I was more than halfway through the book. It was then a swift finish on Saturday afternoon, and I genuinely never wanted to set the book down. I will also say that I did not figure out "who done it." I determined it was not who everyone believed it was, but the cleverness of the story line was quite refreshing. Again, no graphic sex (implied, but not detailed), and essentially no profanity. If there was any, it was so minimal that I have forgotten it. I could exonerate Martha's (the main character shares my daughter's name) Democratic affiliation because she was so amiable. And it is as though she just happens to be in the right place at the right time, and she never gives up. Since this is the first in the series, there should be plenty more in the future. The romance should keep things pretty hot for many more books to come. I appreciated the humor in this book, and I am quite astounded that this is Mary Marks's first mystery. I can highly recommend this one, and don't let the length of the book keep you from checking it out. Because her writing style is so down-to-earth, you will find it a quick read. Concerned that the age of the sleuth will not keep things riveting? (Martha is in her 50's.) It is clear that this woman is sharp, quick-witted, and downright lovable! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was humorous. Granted, it was about a murder, but the main character and her two companions provided the comic relief. Have never read a quilting mystery, and the secret revealed by the quilts belonging to the murder victim are amazing. Will be happy to read the next in the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an entertaining read beginning to end. I loved the main character, Martha, who doesn't take herself too seriously. She also is a woman "of a certain age" as am I which pulled me into the story, as did the quilting background. It's a cosy mystery with an intriguing plot line, friends, love, and with quilting to tie everything together. I can't wait to start the next in the series, which I just purchased!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a fun read! As a quilter, it was funbto have quilting threaded through the story. I am ready to read her next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This would have been a great beginning to a new cozy series, if the author didn't seem determined to push what I assume is her political views. Because of that I won't be reading any more by this author
Bookworm_Debbie More than 1 year ago
Great debut mystery! I won a free copy of this book through a Goodreads, First Reads giveaway in exchange for my honest opinion. The characters and mystery story were very well developed. I enjoyed the plot very much and was very intrigued to find out who murdered Claire Terry and why. I loved the fact that all 3 of the main characters were 55 or older. I also enjoyed all of the quilting descriptions and explanations throughout the story.  One of the quoted author reviews on the back called this a “cozy debut.” In my mind that meant that this was going to be a clean murder without sexual references in it. I may be being too harsh with my judgment since there are no explicit sex scenes. But there are brief references that in my opinion could just have easily been left out and the story would not have been affected. This bothered me enough that I did drop the possible 5th star from my rating. The story is well written and if these brief references won’t bother you I highly recommend that you read this book.
DarkAngelCT More than 1 year ago
I love starting a new series that doesn't have too many books behind the authors belt, it's like meeting a new friend that you can form a great relationship with.  This book was no different. Martha Rose, and her two friends form a quilting circle of their own and have decided to include Claire Terry to their mix if they can all get along. Not long into this book Clair Terry is found dead and Claire's mother makes contact with Martha Rose for helping finding the stories Claire quilted.  Of course many people seem to have motives to want to silence Claire, and Martha Rose has to sort through them all to find out the guilty party. I loved Mary Marks ability to write this story and reminds me of Elizabeth Lynn Casey's Southern Sewing Circle.  Women are both around the same age give or take.  I definitely love the characters of Ray and Lucy they are so great together and all the quilting girls come together to help Martha Rose in anyway they can.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put this down....a wonderful story !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a quilter I thoroughly enjoyed the characters, especially being senior citizens. The plot was entertaining and well thought out. I will be purchasing the next book.
Debb23 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Martha is a very likable character as well as her best friends and quilting buddies Lucy and Birdie. I loved the multiple mystery of murder and theft. I got a little irritated when Martha doesn't share well with police but it was easily overlooked because clues just kept popping up and what interesting clues they were. I found the whole idea fascinating and the whole wow factor of the background mystery. It definitely had my jaw dropping quite a few times. I will definitely continue on with this series.
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jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks Really enjoying this book because all the time the story is being told there are snips of very useful quilting information. Love how the story starts out with a bunch of women who are quilters and they join together to go to various events, until one is found dead. And they were the first on the scene, then the next event happens and again they are first on the scene. Like this book so much and I'm not even 4 chapters into it that I know I am going to enjoy the next in the series. The cast of characters are very similar to ones of my mother's age who I've been known to hang around with at times, to quilt. Everything is described in such detail you can just picture it in your mind as if you are watching a movie. When Claires' relatives want the truth about the murder Martha Rose is given permission to search Claire's quilts for a hidden message. Such a treasure when she talks about the quilts, the story quilt in itself can tell the life of someone. Because she has studied so much about the history of quilts, texture, etc she knows what to look for and hope it's in time to solve the mystery. With the leads she uncovers she is not so sure who is the killer....the detective keeps telling her to stay out of it or she'll end up dead... totally amazing how she learns the secret of the coded quilt... A handful of characters that are easy to keep track of and with all the details of the places traveled to this is a good read, especially the quilting tips along the way-many I learned from my mother. Excerpt from the next one is included. I received this book from The Kennsington Books in exchange for my honest review
Melissa2 More than 1 year ago
When Martha and her friends from "Quilty Tuesdays" decide to invite Claire Terry into their group, they never would have guessed  that when they stopped by to visit her, - they would find her dead inside her home.  They quickly become more involved with the murder investigation than they want to be, especially when several of their quilts are stolen including one of Claire's!  Martha is a sweet character (she is over 50, slightly overweight, stubborn and independent)  and loves to quilt.  When Claire's mother asks Martha to help her figure out who the killer is, Martha cant resist....even if it puts her in harms way.   If you are a quilter, you will love the descriptions of the different quilts, and I especially loved all of the descriptions of how Claire used french Knots in her quilts. It sounds like the french knots were a wonderful addition!   I liked the romance element in the story also.  The mystery had me guessing until the end!  "Was it just my imagination, or was he looking at me again?  All of a sudden, I had the pulse rate of a hummingbird and a hot flash was coming on."
DrPepperDiva More than 1 year ago
When asked to help promote this new series, I knew I couldn’t say no. I’ve found a new favorite in these cozy mysteries and that synopsis was one I couldn’t turn down. It’s just another normal Tuesday for Martha and her friends Lucy and Birdie. Known as Quilty Tuesday, the friends spend the day working on their quilt projects together. This specific Tuesday they are headed to the home of Claire, a potential new member to the group. Things take a horrific turn as the group arrives and finds Claire dead on her kitchen floor. When her prize-winning quilts are stolen, along with Martha’s and Birdie’s, Martha decides to play detective. As she searches for the truth, she discovers a lot more than she bargained for and realizes not everything is as it seems. I just loved the main character, Martha. She was very stubborn and wouldn’t take no for an answer. She is also loyal by default and stays true to her word. Although good qualities, they tend to get her into trouble as she unravels the mystery behind Claire’s quilts. Butting heads with the lead detective on the case is one of those troubles, despite the fact that there seems to be a spark between the two. That spark ignites once the case is closed and a kiss is shared between them. What a fabulous debut! Marks is an award-winning quilter and she has taken this knowledge, along with the help of a mystery writing course, and developed a superb intro into this new series. Throw in some surprising twists and turns, add a dash of humor and you have a compelling read that leaves questioning everyone and everything up until the very end. I can’t wait to see what develops between Martha and the detective and what mischief she gets herself into next. I would recommend this book to all lovers of cozies. If you’re looking for a light read with a mix of humor and mystery added in, this is definitely a book you want to give a try. Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book, at no charge to me, in exchange for my honest review.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Martha and her besties Lucy and Birdie are set to expand their Quilty Tuesdays by inviting newcomer Claire Terry into their group. Though at forty Claire’s a tad younger than their average age, her crafty reputation could perk up their patchwork proceedings, especially as they prepare for the fancy quilt show coming to town. But when they arrive at Claire’s home and find her dead inside the front door, and her exquisite, prize-winning quilts soon missing, Martha is not one to leave a mystery unraveled. Especially if she wants to stop a killer from establishing a deadly pattern… Dollycas’s Thoughts Before my accident I was a avid quilter and it is one of the things I miss most but reading books like this let me escape back into the world of quilting with the mystery of a dead body thrown in just for fun. I would love to be part of Martha, Lucy and Birdie’s Quilty Tuesday group. I can’t believe this is the author’s first cozy, she has nailed it perfectly. Fabulous, real characters. I love Martha. I can relate because I am 50ish, overweight, love food, hate to cook and a horrible failure when it comes to dieting. She also has great friends, loves to quilt and likes to solve mysteries. But she does put herself in danger and does break a few laws which even land her behind bars. Something I have thankfully not experienced :) Marks also tackles some powerful issues in this story. There is a mystery behind the mystery that just broke my heart. I was impressed how this subplot was presented and revealed. As a quilter I know that many quilts tell a story but after reading Forget Me Knot I will never look at a quilt the same way again. This is a perfectly plotted and paced story with some very surprising twists that have stuck with me well beyond the final page. A wonderful way to start 2014!!
gail0172 More than 1 year ago
I liked this book for an easy read. The main character was very witty. An amusing, little bit funny about a serious situation, A good mixture. All of the characters were described where you could just have any easy picture of each character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, hard to believe this is a debut novel! Excellent mystery with some pretty clever twists that I didn't see coming. Yes, there are probably 3 brief indications that the main character is a Democrat, part of those conversations also reveal that her very best friends are Republicans ..... this is so inconsequential that I find it incredible other reviewers not only mention it, but they lower the rating & quit reading because of a brief mention of the political opinion of ONE character. Also - yes, the main character has a budding relationship & a kiss is shared. Again - nothing sexually explicit, I hope the author continues to describe the personalities of her characters, as well as the development of their relationships. This was a terrific read and I look forward to more from this author. No swearing. Great descriptive storytelling, nothing graphic.