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Forget Me Knot (A Quilting Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Mary Marks
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1164 KB
  • Print Length: 385 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0758292058
  • Publisher: Kensington (7 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,376 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Mary Marks grew up in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area. She became an award winning quilter after retiring from an administrative job at UCLA. Her first quilting mystery, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in the 2011 Malice Domestic competition.

"I always heard that the best stories come from writing what you know, so Martha Rose is loosely modeled after me: a divorced, overweight Jewish quilter of a certain age who lives in the San Fernando Valley." The smart but impulsive Martha Rose is aided and abetted by her best friends Lucy and Birdie and a cast of quirky characters.

The author is an unrepentant Hidden Object game player and Sudoku addict. "Solving puzzles, finding patterns, piecing things together--that's what quilters and mystery writers do all the time," says the author.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect, light read. 8 Nov. 2014
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Let me first come clean, I am a quilter with fibromyalgia. Normally books take me to another world, this book is firmly in my own world. OK, I am not Jewish, have not a clue what tamales are, and I am not American. I love the absolute thrill of getting a quilt into Houston is a given (though explained lightly for non quilt readers). Yes it is a light murder mystery, yes I can probably work out the ending, this matters not, in fact it makes it all the more enjoyable. It is a lightweight pleasurable read and all the better for it. I need a break from being scared to turn a page.
ps I haven't finished it yet, but came back onto Amazon to order more from the same author only to find there is just one more. Keep writing Mary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget me knot (a quilting mystery) 21 April 2014
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Loved this book. A well written plot, with plenty of good information regarding my new interest, quilting and funny to boot. Well rounded characters who I feel I know now. Can't wait for the next book in November.
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4.0 out of 5 stars quite a good read 25 Oct. 2014
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I loved the idea of the quilting sleuth and thought it worked very well over all. The storyline was interesting and I loved the three main characters, who were believable. I found the detailed references to food a bit drawn out and annoying but appreciated the humour they sometimes elicited. In contrast I loved the snippets about quilting history and tips as they were interesting but not over detailed or overdone and I felt I learnt something about the craft and culture of US quilting. Unfortunately the clues were hidden in very plain sight and so I was able to make many of the deductions long before the main protagonist, which made her a little frustrating. Over all quite a good read and I would enjoy another in the series.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing read 29 Oct. 2014
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I've only given 2 stars because I felt the storyline was too limp and predictable. It certainly didn't grab me at any point. Not a poor story but just a very easy read, a bit too easy for me. I like some suspense and intrigue and this felt like an episode of 'Murder She Wrote'. An interesting part was how the Braille was woven into the quilts but again if you've never been trained to read Braille I fail to see how you can follow the alphabet so easily and quickly. Sorry but it lacked reality.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Forget Me Knot. 9 Jun. 2014
By Dilys
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Cosy but sweet. If youare someone who enjoys M.C. Beaton and, say, Lilian Jackson Braun, this is probably one for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light hearted enjoyable read 23 May 2014
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Very easy book to read on my Kindle - likeable characters. Looking forward to reading the next book in the series
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1.0 out of 5 stars Pretty mundane. Not very well written 26 Oct. 2014
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Pretty mundane. Not very well written. It was obvious how it would pan out. The most interesting thing were the snippets of quilting info, but if you wanted to know you could get a book on quilting.
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