Knot of This World (A Quilting Mystery) by Mary Marks
Cozy Mystery, 8th in Series
Published July 28, 2020 by Kensington
Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
About the Book: Quilter Martha Rose must patch together the clues to solve the murder of a cult leader in the California mountains . . .
Has Martha’s fellow quilter and dear friend Birdie Watson become unraveled? Birdie and her new husband have decided to join the Mystical Feather Society, a spiritist group living on a commune in the mountains of Ojai, California. Before her free-spirited friend makes a huge mistake, Martha organizes a surprise visit to check out the commune. While white-robed members conduct a seancé in a glass yurt, their leader—Royal St. Germain—is nowhere to be found . . . until, that is, Martha and her friends discover him shot in their Winnebago. Now Martha must track down the killer and debunk the cult—before it’s bye bye Birdie . . .
4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I enjoy the Quilting Mystery series, especially because of the relationships between the main characters. Martha Rose is a fifty something divorcee, who has some pretty good skills in investigating. She has solved almost a dozen murders, some that had stumped law enforcement. She is an ordinary woman, a bit overweight, a new grandma and someone that I can definitely identify with. This story has her and her friends investigating murder/unexplained disappearances/embezzlement at a commune or cult that one of her friends is considering joining. It takes several visits with her friends to unearth the clues as to who the culprit(s) were. Can they solve the crimes without putting anyone else in danger?
The character development is wonderful in this series. I have read all the books and love how Martha has grown and changed from the beginning of this series. Living with her fiancee Yossi Levy, an ATF officer and quilting with her group of friends and her sister, has her getting help from multiple sources when investigating. Gisele, Martha’s half-sister, is the comic relief in the story. She has no filter at all, and the questions she asks, along with the comments she makes have me smiling and shaking my head. Mary Marks has written a mystery with several suspects, clues, twists and red herrings, that had me quickly flipping the pages to find out who done it. I thought I had it figured out, and I was partially correct, but the final showdown was still exciting. The dialogue is fun, sometimes snarky, but definitely entertaining.There are some other things I like about this story. The reader will pick up information about quilting as well as the Jewish faith. Martha also deals with fibromyalgia, an inflammatory musculoskeletal disease that is considered to be an illness that primarily affects the central nervous system. I enjoyed this book and definitely recommend this book and series to those who enjoy a well-written crafty, cozy mystery. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
About 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 www.nyjournalofbooks.com.