Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Knot Ready for Murder by Mary Marks

Posted August 28, 2021 by meezcarrie in contemporary, cozy mystery, giveaway, mystery/suspense / 9 Comments

SERIES: A Quilting Mystery #9
GENRE: Cozy Mystery
PUBLISHER: Kensington
RELEASE DATE: July 27, 2021
PAGES: 320

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 . . .


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“I’ve only talked to Fanya over the phone. Tell me what to expect.”

He sipped his coffee. “You can’t tell we’re siblings because she got all the good looks in the family. She’s smart and she’s tall. Us Levys tend to be tall.” He wasn’t kidding. At six feet six inches, he was the tallest person I’d ever known.

“Is she religious?”

He shook his head. “She is fiercely superstitious, but not religious. Contrary to our parents’ expectations, she chose not to marry. She loves her independence too much. Fanya’s a lot like you, in that respect.”

I finished my breakfast and put the dishes in the dishwasher. Even though work was strictly forbidden on the Sabbath, we spent the bulk of the morning doing laundry, scouring the bathrooms, dusting, and vacuuming. I wanted Hadas to know she was up against a balabusta, a skilled Jewish homemaker. After an inventory of the inside of our refrigerator, I sent Crusher to the market. Buying and selling was also forbidden on the Sabbath, but this was an emergency. Fanya and Hadas didn’t have to know what day the food was purchased.

By two in the afternoon, we’d finished our labors and I was about to take a shower when my sister, Giselle, called. “You know, Sissy, I’ve been waiting for hours. You were supposed to call me today, remember?”

Oh crap. “The day isn’t over yet, G.” I’d been too focused on making my house sparkle to remember my promise to call my sister.

“Well, I can’t handle the suspense any longer. You were antsy and distracted all evening. Yossi, too. Harold agrees. Something’s troubling both of you.”

I told her about Crusher’s marriage to Hadas.

“Shut the front door! He’s married?”

“In name only. Yossi signed the papers and trusted his friend to do the legal stuff, but apparently that never happened. His sister, Fanya, is flying to LA as we speak, and she’s bringing Hadas.”

“Why now?”

“Excellent question, G. I won’t find out until they arrive. I think Yossi means for them to stay with us.”

“Are you going to let that happen? Are you going to let his wife, for God’s sake, stay in your home?”

“Actually, G, it’ll be easier for me to keep an eye on things if they do.”

Little did I know how much I would grow to regret that decision.

*Used with permission*

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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9 responses to “Book Spotlight (and a Giveaway!): Knot Ready for Murder by Mary Marks

  1. Sunnymay

    I like the quilt on the cover. Cozy mysteries are one of my favorite genres. I learn something knew about small towns and relationships where everybody knows one another’s business. It’s hard to keep anything secret in a small town.

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