Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks (A Quilting Mystery, #1)
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
My Review:Forget Me Knot by Mary Marks (A Quilting Mystery, #1)
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