Friday, September 4, 2015


Gone But Knot Forgotten
by Mary Marks

(Quilting Mysteries)

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

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. . .

Not only a wonderful mystery, but history lessons and quilting tips are included!
This book is interesting on so many levels. As you read, keep the title in mind and see how many ways it relates.
Martha Rivka Rose is not a formal person, so when an envelope arrives using her entire name she is almost afraid to open it. Martha has been named executor of the will for a childhood friend, Harriet Gordon Oliver.  Having not been in touch for over twenty years, since their lives took different directions, this is a huge shock for Martha. Even more so after she finds out what is involved in being the executor.
Martha weaves together the tragic details of her friend's life, from outgoing, ambitious high schooler to recluse in her final years, surrounded by wealth without friends or enjoyment of life.
In fact, Harriet lay dead in her mansion for many months without anyone noticing.
When Martha checks out the mansion she finds things not as they should be and asks why the police had not investigated this as a crime. It isn't until  an on-the-ball mortician discovers something missed by the coroner's office that the mystery kicks in.
The best mysteries have eager sidekicks and Martha has her quilting circle; Lucy, a gun toting, Wyoma raised, best friend and Birdie, an 80 year old crine tv addict.  Another great friend, Crusher, is determined to be Martha's love interest. No wonder she needs stress relief, and chooses yoga.
Maybe I should mention Paulina in purple plays a mystical role in the story too. I LOVE these characters!

Things not being as they seem turns up several times through the course of this book, along with a couple of things being EXACTLY as they appear if one takes the time to look. Every time the cops release Harriet's house to Martha, they get called back.
I smiled at a scene near the end of the book describing how society has changed over the decades, influenced by technology advances.
A first rate cozy by an excellent 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. Sounds like a wonderful mystery would love to read. Wrote on tbr list.

  2. Thanks for the great post! This is a new to me author, but I am really looking forward to reading this book! Thanks for the chance! :)


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