Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Book Tour - Review and Giveaway - Forget me Knot by Mary Marks

Forget me Knot is the first book
 in Mary Marks new Quilting Mystery series 
Publisher: Kensington
Release Date - January 7th, 2014

I really enjoy Quilts and when I had the chance to read this book and join the Great Escapes Book Tour, I was so excited!  

When Martha and her friends from "Quilty Tuesdays" decide to invite Claire Terry into their group, they never would have guessed that when they stopped by to visit her, - they would find her dead inside her home.  They quickly become more involved with the murder investigation than they want to be, especially when several of their quilts are stolen including one of Claire's!
 Martha is a sweet character (she is over 50, slightly overweight, stubborn and independent)  and loves to quilt.  When Claire's mother asks Martha to help her figure out who the killer is, Martha cant resist....even if it puts her in harms way.   If you are a quilter, you will love the descriptions of the different quilts, and I especially loved all of the descriptions of how Claire used french Knots in her quilts. It sounds like the french knots were a wonderful addition!   I liked the romance element in the story also.  The mystery had me guessing until the end! 

"Was it just my imagination, or was he looking at me again?  All of a sudden, I had the pulse rate of a hummingbird and a hot flash was coming on."

I believe that quilts tell a story, and after you read this book I think you will agree.
I'm looking forward to more books in this series!
5 stars

See below for Giveaway - U.S. Addresses only

Book summary: 
 Welcome to San Fernando Valley, California, where Martha Rose and her coterie of quilters are enjoying life on the good side of retirement—until murder pulls a stitch out of their plans…
Martha and her besties Lucy and Birdie are set to expand their Quilty Tuesdays by inviting newcomer Claire Terry into their group. Though at forty Claire’s a tad younger than their average age, her crafty reputation could perk up their patchwork proceedings, especially as they prepare for the fancy quilt show coming to town. But when they arrive at Claire’s home and find her dead inside the front door, and her exquisite, prize-winning quilts soon missing, Martha is not one to leave a mystery unraveled. Especially if she wants to stop a killer from establishing a deadly pattern…
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this book from the Publisher for my honest review.

More 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.

Visit Mary Marks website
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Tour Schedule:
January 6 – Sapphyria’s Book Reviews – Review – Guest Post – Giveaway
January 7 – Books-n-Kisses – Review – Giveaway
January 8 – Escape With Dollycas – Review – Guest Post – Giveaway
January 10– Community Bookstop – Review – Giveaway
January 10 – Dru’s Book Musings – Guest Post
January 11– Dr. Pepper Diva – Review – Giveaway
January 12– A Blue Million Books – Interview – Giveaway
January 13 – rantin’ ravin’ and reading – Review – Guest Post - Giveaway
January 14 – My Recent Favorite books – Review – Giveaway
January 15 – Thoughts in Progress – Review – Giveaway
January 16 – Mochas, Mysteries  and More – Guest Post – Giveaway
January 17 – My Devotional Thoughts – Review – Giveaway

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  1. My favorite hobby is reading!

    1. I agree with you Kim! I love reading and always have.
      I love quilts, but I dont know how to quilt.

  2. My favorite hobby is reading. Drinking tea and walking is second. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

    1. I love reading and iced tea! =)
      Im trying to walk more every week.

  3. My pastime is being with my grandchildren but as to a hobby, I love painting especially with watercolors, doing beaded jewelry, and of course, reading. I also love to bake and cook which isn't a hobby as much as a necessity, but I do still love to do it which is a good thing as you may as well love what you have to do, right??

    1. I agree Cynthia, you really need to love what you do, and baking and cooking can be fun!

  4. So glad you enjoyed this read as much as I did! I've always heard that quilts tell a story and loved how Claire incorporated her's into her quilts.

    1. Ashley, Quilt cozies are some of my "favorites"! I really did enjoy this story!

  5. Although I love hand-made quilts I don't have the ability to make them. I love looking at the beautiful work of others though. My favorite hobby would have to be reading and blogging. I LOVE it. Thank you for the great review and giveaway, Melissa! This book sounds really good!

  6. I have many hobbies, tho none of them are of the creative-nature......
    I enjoy reading, shopping, going to the movies...........

    thank you for the giveaway!!

  7. I love to read and collect antiques. Thanks for a chance to win Forget Me Not!

  8. Think with as much time as I spend on the computer and on facebook, that would almost qualify as my favorite hobby. But really, I love to read and would say that's my favorite at this time. I used to cross stitch -- and I loved it! -- but it's been several years since I've tried to do any, my fingers go to sleep. I know what French knots are - at least in cross stitch & embroidery.
    I'm looking forward to reading this debut novel.

  9. Besides reading i like photography

  10. What a cute title. Love it.

    You have a very nice blog. THANKS for stopping by my blog earlier.

    Have a great weekend. Going to follow so I don't miss anything.

    Happy Hopping!!

    Silver's Reviews
    My Blog Hop Answer

  11. This is so cool----my mom is fixing an old quilt for me---I hated to even part with it for a bit but it needed some loving and I have no clue how to repair it. Can't wait to see it once it's finished.

  12. Hey Melissa,
    I love your book reviews. I would love to win a copy. I have so many hobbies, that I can't name a favorite. I just like creating. That is so great.
    Debi @ Adorned From Above

  13. I love to read - and this sounds like a fabulous book!
    Thanks for sharing your review at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy - and thanks for the chance to win!

    Create With Joy

  14. Quilting is my favorite hobby along with reading cozy mysteries and gardening.

  15. I love quilting. I love murder. - in cozies anyway! So this book is next on my list!!

  16. I like cooking and baking best, but love relaxing with a great book too. This one sounds very interesting.

  17. Hmmm... a good question! I guess blogging is my current hobby though I love reading. When I ever get a free moment, I also like to make jewelry.

  18. Thanks for stopping by my blog--I'm returning the favor. It sounds like you have more experience with quilts than I do. You sound like you could really appreciate that part of the story. Great review--and I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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