Friday, July 22, 2016

Blog Tour Review & #Giveaway ~ Something's Knot Kosher (A Quilting Mystery, Book 4) by Mary Marks

Something’s Knot Kosher
by Mary Marks


Something’s Knot Kosher
A Quilting Mystery, Book 4
Cozy Mystery
Kensington (June 28, 2016)
Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1496701800
E-Book ASIN: B0165HUVWS



About the Book:

Funerals can be patchy affairs for Martha Rose and her close-knit circle of friends–especially in the case of a missing body. . .

When Birdie Watson’s husband Russell is killed during a bank robbery, Martha just wants to support her grieving friend. But en route to the burial plot in Oregon, Martha makes a harrowing discovery about the casket’s contents–instead of Russell, she finds an unidentified man. Now Martha and her quilting klatch can’t rest in peace until they unspool the truth behind the macabre mix up. . .

My review of Forget Me Knot, Book 1:

My review of Knot in My Backyard, Book 2:

My Review of gone but Knot Forgotten, Book 3:

My Review:

Martha is nothing less than supportive when she is informed that Birdie's husband has been murdered in the bank he manages.  A robbery gone wrong according to the FBI, Martha isn't quite as sure.  Before she can truly dive into solving this mystery, though, Martha joins Birdy, and Lucy, along with Jazz - a new character to the group - to bury Russel in his family's Oregon burial plot.

Along the way, information about a mysterious ledger, a Swedish rapper, and what really happened at the bank become center stage.  After having issues with the hearse driver, Martha and the group end up in a less than favorable situation, especially when the local police don't believe their wild tales.  It takes calling in the cavalry to smooth things out.

While I didn't feel Book 4 was as robust as previous books in the series, I still enjoyed the story.  We found out more about Birdie's past and her relationship with Russel.  This plot point actually clears up some questions that Martha has had about them since she and Birdie became friends.  The interactions between the women are realistic and makes the reader feel like they, too, are part of the group.  

Mary certainly knows how to tell a story. Her writing style is wonderful and fluid.  The book is very easy to get lost in - you won't want to put it down once you start. The entire novel is engaging; never a dull moment. Birdie and Lucy are wonderful friends to Martha, bringing another dimension to the story. They do quilt things together, whether it's actually sewing or visiting local quilt shops - a time to be focused on something other than murders, men, or other characters.

Mary Marks does a wonderful job building up the mystery and not disclosing clues to the identity of the suspects early. The truth of the situation is revealed at the perfect time, after sending the reader on several wild goose chases. Danger builds as the mystery unfolds - and there are actually several story lines that take place.  We also get another glimpse into Martha's love life that may or may not have you shaking your head.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher, at no cost, in exchange for an hones review.

My Rating:


Praise for the Quilting Mysteries:

Mary knows how to draw the reader into the book. You feel like you are right there with Martha trying to figure out what is going on.

This is a fun series and the author keeps you interested and captivated by the story line.

Mary Marks has written a delightful, exciting book that I could not put down. From the shocking beginning to the heart stopping conclusion, you will be glued to your seat and cheering on these fierce, brave women.

Something’s Knot Kosher is sure to delight quilters (beautiful cover art, by the way) – and while I don’t sew, I do love quilts.

The story in Something’s Knot Kosher was addictive right from the beginning…

…a bank robbery resulting in murder, a disastrous road trip to honor final wishes, new friendships made, and the flaring up of old emotions, twists and surprises keep on coming!

Each installment of this series just gets better and better…If you are looking for a fast paced read that will keep you turning pages and guessing till the very end, then this is the book for you.

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 atwww.nyjournalofbooks.com.


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