Monday, September 14, 2015

ARC #Review & #Giveaway ~ Gone But Knot Forgotten (Quilting Mysteries, Book 3) by Mary Marks #CozyMystery

About Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks:

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. . .

Cozy Mystery
3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-0758292094

My Review:

My review of Forget Me Knot, Book 1 in the series, can be found at this link:

My review of Knot in My Backyard, Book 2 in the series, can found at this link:

Martha is back in the fantastic 3rd book of Mary Marks' Quilting Mysteries series. Martha comes complete with her friends Birdie and Lucy and Crusher and his gang of friends. This time Martha receives communication from a lawyer indicating that she contact them regarding an old high school friend. It seems the friend, Harriet Oliver, has not only passed away, but has also made Martha the executor of her estate.

Unsure of what to make of this, Martha meets with the lawyer in charge of Harriet's affairs. What Martha receives is the tale of tragedy and heartbreak along with an estate worth millions. After entering Harriet's home and surveying the articles and heirlooms within, Martha realizes that the house has been tossed on its ear. If Harriet remained the same person she when when they were young, there is no way that Harriet's house would ever look as disheveled as it does right now. Martha brushes it off until she learns that the police never searched the house - it is as the police found it, all except the area where Harriet's body was found.

Knowing the value of the contents and the fact that someone has indeed been within house, Martha hires her own security - Crusher and some of his friends - to help keep the house from being ransacked again. Then Martha learns that there may have been foul play involved in the sudden and unexpected death of her friend. Of course, as per usual, Martha takes it upon herself to figure out what happened to Harriet - it's the least she can do for her now deceased former best friend.

Now with her life on the line, Martha sets out to unmask a killer.

Birdie and Lucy play the faithful sidekicks to Martha's superhero, bringing another dimension to the story. Martha is the typical heroine - she's absolutely not a crime solver/fighter but makes it her duty to dive in head first whether there's water in the pool or not. I love the characters and find them easy to relate to and bond with, if you will.

As I mentioned in review for Book 2, I adore Crusher. He is the yin to Martha's yang and is patient enough to wait for her to figure out what she wants relationship-wise. We do get a glimpse of Arlo Beavers in Gone But Knot Forgotten. Plus, our heroine has caught the eye of someone else involved in the settling of Harriet's estate.

The mystery unfolds at a nice pace and we learn that not all was well in Harriet's backstory. New characters are introduced and they play a very important role in the resolving of Harriet's murder. Plus, as the executor, Martha also has to deal with the theft of some very priceless artifacts and heirlooms. Martha definitely stays busy in Book 3 of the Quilting Mysteries.

Mary definitely knows how to tell a story. Her writing style is fluid and smooth and so easy to get lost in. The entire novel is engaging; never a dull moment. Mary does a wonderful job building up the mystery and not disclosing clues to the identity of the suspect(s) too early. The truth of the situation is revealed at the perfect time and is full of twists, turns, and surprises. Danger continues to build as the mystery unfolds, taking the reader on a wild ride.

ARC Review Copy Courtesy of the author, Mary Marks, and the Publisher, Kensington, at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:


…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.
~Lisa Ks Book Reviews

The author does a great job with her scenes and the story line you will be pulled into the story right away and feel like you are helping Martha in her search for results.
~Bab’s Book Review

This book is interesting on so many levels. As you read, keep the title in mind and see how many ways it relates.
~Laura’s Interests

This book grabbed my attention from the beginning and kept it the whole way through.
~Melina’s Book Blog

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.
~Student Of Opinions

I love cozy mysteries and Gone but Knot Forgotten did not disappoint me. It was very good and I loved the characters.
~Kaisy Daisy’s Corner

…the mystery is excellent and there are so many bits and pieces that it was really fun to watch them all come together.
~I Wish I Lived In a Library

Martha was so likable, and a super strong character! I am excited for the next book in the series!
~A Year of Jubilee Reviews

I really enjoy Martha and the regular cast of characters in this series.

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.
~Thoughts In Progress

…this is a quick read that will keep you hooked from beginning to end.
~Booklady’s Booknotes

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

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1 comment:

bn100 said...

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