Wednesday, August 25, 2021

Book Spotlight, Review, & #Giveaway ~ Knot Ready for Murder (A Quilting Mystery, Book 9) by Mary Marks @KensingtonPub


Knot Ready for Murder (A Quilting Mystery, Book 9) by Mary Marks

About Knot Ready for Murder:

Knot Ready for Murder (A Quilting Mystery)

Cozy Mystery

9th in Series

Publisher: ‎ Kensington (July 27, 2021)

Mass Market Paperback: ‎ 320 pages

ISBN-10: ‎ 1496720520

ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1496720528

Digital ASIN: ‎ B08MBFZPVC

The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancé’s ex-wife. 

One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . . 

My Review:

Martha Rose is finally ready to tie the knot with Crusher. When she makes the announcement one Friday night at dinner, Crusher doesn't display the excitement one would think he should after spending the previous 8 books asking her repeatedly. Come to find out, Crusher has a secret - a 30-year-marriage-to-someone-else kind of a secret. Crusher's wife, Hadas, and Crusher's sister, Fanya, fly across country to L.A. to handle some business with Crusher but shortly after their arrival, Hadas, is forcibly removed from Crusher and Martha's home. Martha must now try to figure out if Hadas' disappearance is related to the hit-and-run death of her brother or because of another reason. 

Martha continues to evolve and improve as a crime solver/fighter. She does the best she can in the situations presented to her, and this situation is personal. In Knot Ready for Murder, Martha manages to accomplish more than those assigned to the murder case. When you have a rapport with people like Martha does, it’s no wonder she gets adults and children to open up to her. She also has resources she can use to assist her in getting the information requires.

I love all the characters in the Quilting Mysteries by Mary Marks. The relationship between Martha and Crusher is sweet and I’m honestly glad she is with him. He is so devoted to Martha and her to Crusher. The goings-on in book 9 are but a bump in the road to their happiness. The quilting group is a riot and totally have Martha’s back. I really feel like they are all my friends since we’ve now been together for nine books now. I hope we continue to get more books in this series.

Mary Marks does another wonderful job building up the mystery and keeping everything a secret. The truth of the situation is revealed at the perfect time and the person responsible is not the person I thought it would be. I was completely off-base. The writing flows well and is concise. The author's writing style is fluid and smooth and so easy to get lost in you don't realize how fast you read the book. The entire novel is engaging; never a dull moment.

I was provided a copy of this book read.

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About Mary Marks:

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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