Knot on Her Life (Quilting Mystery Series #7)

Knot on Her Life (Quilting Mystery Series #7)

by Mary Marks

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While quilter Martha Rose awaits the birth of her granddaughter, a neighborhood girl appears at her door with a mystery that can’t be pinned down . . .
  Martha’s eager to finish the baby quilt she’s making for her new granddaughter, but she scraps those plans when a young girl rings her doorbell begging for help. Poppy Halaby, the foster child of Martha’s neighbor, is an orphan whose parents were murdered by a killer who was never caught. When Poppy’s doting foster mom falls suspiciously ill, Martha is determined to keep the child safe. But she’ll have to unravel more about Poppy’s parents to stitch a broken family back together again—and prevent another crime cut from the same cloth . . .
Praise for Mary Marks and her Quilting Mysteries
“A pleasurable and satisfying addition to any quilting mystery fan’s reading list.”
—Library Journal on Knot in My Backyard
“A mystery combined with wry humor.”
—Kirkus Reviews on Knot My Sister’s Keeper

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496720504
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 07/30/2019
Series: Mary Marks' Quilting Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 25,493
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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 Readers can visit her at and

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Knot on Her Life 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
MaureenST 4 months ago
This is the second book in this series that I have read, and yes, I enjoyed it as much as the last one. Our girl Martha Rose is still meddling, but she has such a good heart that you quickly understand why she is putting herself in danger. We, of course, are still quilting, and having our Tuesday morning get together, with chuckles and love, I want to come. Of course, not all of this book is warm and fuzzy, and the horror of the crime, and the after ramifications, our girl had to get involved. While we welcome a new addition to her family, the book did not end as I wanted, but, that being said, there is a promise of another new character, and I can’t wait to meet them! I received this book through Great Escapes Virtual Book Tours, and was not required to give a positive review.
the_judylwd 4 months ago
This is a new to me author. It was a very well written cozy. I'll be honest and say that the cozy mystery is hands down my favorite genre. I loved the main character, Martha Rose and the little girl, Poppy, stole my heart. I was a bit nervous about reading #7 before I had read #1, but the characters are so well developed that I didn't feel lost. I also enjoyed the fact that when Martha was quilting, she was very detailed in her explanations. I'm not a quilter, so that helped me to understand it a little better. I'm also not Jewish, which the majority of the characters are, and a couple of the characters are Islamic, so I was fascinated by that aspect of the story. I like learning about different religions and their customs. The mystery was wrapped up very well and it wasn't until one suspect was eliminated that I even guessed who it was! I will now be reading 1-6, just to get back stories on everyone. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous 4 months ago
I always love the way Martha's beautiful Jewish heritage is woven into the intriguing story lines!
Karen-Hollins 4 months ago
"Knot on Her Life" the 7th installment in the "Quilting Mysteries" by Mary Marks. I wasn't sure if I had read any in the series but after a few pages it all came back to me. I am very glad I read this installment and thoroughly enjoyed visiting with Martha and her Tuesday quilting bee/group. I had no problem reading the book as a stand alone novel. But I am planning on reading the other 5 I haven't read in the series While quilter Martha Rose awaits the birth of her granddaughter, a neighborhood girl appears at her door with a mystery that can’t be pinned down . . Martha’s eager to finish the baby quilt she’s making for her new granddaughter, but she scraps those plans when a young girl rings her doorbell begging for help. Poppy Halaby, the foster child of Martha’s neighbor, is an orphan whose parents were murdered by a killer who was never caught. When Poppy’s doting foster mom falls suspiciously ill, Martha is determined to keep the child safe. But she’ll have to unravel more about Poppy’s parents to stitch a broken family back together again—and prevent another crime cut from the same cloth . . . Protagonist Martha Rose, is a strong, educated woman, and the side characters are realistic, slightly quirky too like her sister Giselle and Sonia. The characters are/were well rounded. I found myself engrossed in the story and reading it in one sitting. It was entertaining, full of twists and turns as well as a few surprises. I even learnt something about Jewish and Muslim customs and religious life along with quilting tips which is always a bonus. I look forward to reading the next installment in this series. I requested and received an Advance Reader Copy of this book from Kensington Books and NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my OWN.
KrisAnderson_TAR 4 months ago
Knot on Her Life by Mary Marks is the seventh A Quilting Mystery. It can be read as a standalone if you have not had the opportunity to read the rest of the novels in the series. Martha Rose is a smart, perceptive woman with a big heart who loves to quilt. Martha is divorced, engaged to ATF agent Yossi “Crusher” Levy, and suffers from fibromyalgia. The author accurately portrays what it is like to suffer from this painful and debilitating disease. Martha’s daughter, Quincy is expecting her first child which Martha is eager to spoil. There are a variety of quirky characters like Jazz, Sonia, and Giselle. Martha’s half-sister, Giselle has no filter and her comments provides levity. Marigold Poppy Sarah Halaby aka Poppy is a sweet, precocious child who has gone through something no individual, much less an eight year old, should go through in their life. The characters are realistic, developed and round out the story. Knot on Her Life is an engrossing story with a perplexing whodunit. It is a mystery that is atypical for cozy mysteries which I liked. There are a variety of suspects, a red herring and twists that will surprise readers (I love a good twist). I found it hard to put down this book because I wanted to discover who was the reprobate that killed Poppy’s parents. I particularly enjoyed the take-down scene. It was interesting to learn more about Jewish and Muslim customs which are explained in an easy to understand manner. There was one little matter at the end that I found disappointing because I was rooting for a different resolution. I like the author’s engaging writing style with steady pacing and smooth transitions. I hope Birdie Watson, a member of Martha’s Tuesday quilting group, returns soon because I miss her. Knot on Her Life has a wholesomeness to it that is welcoming. Knot on Her Life has a plucky young lady, a menacing killer, a complex crime, a brawny protector, and one determined lady sleuth.
Anonymous 4 months ago
loved it
Anonymous 4 months ago
I love the characters and the mysteries. Once I start to read one of Mary's quilt mysteries, I can't put it down until I'm finished!
PianoLady831 4 months ago
The Quilting Mysteries by Mary Marks center around the thoroughly likeable quilter Martha Rose, who is much more than a lady who quilts. She’s a thoughtful, intelligent, and talented middle-aged lady who cares about her family and sometimes quirky friends – and when murder touches any of their lives, that protectiveness and intuitiveness kicks into overdrive. The characters are richly developed, there’s lots of family drama, and the mystery is complex. Every book I’ve read in this series is very good, but Knot on Her Life just might be my favorite so far. It can definitely stand alone, but I recommended reading the stories in order for their character development. The suspense begins when Poppy (Marigold Poppy Sarah Halaby), the foster child of Martha Rose’s neighbor, comes seeking help after finding Sonia in a diabetic coma, which might not be as straightforward as it seems at first. Poppy is the daughter of a Muslim father and Jewish mother, and it is soon discovered that she possibly witnessed her parents’ murder. With Poppy and Sonia whisked off into witness protection, Martha Rose begins to seek answers from relatives on both sides of Poppy’s family, as well as through the law enforcement connections of her fiancé, ATF agent and “gentle giant” Yossi, and son-in-law, Noah. We learn a lot about Jewish culture and religious rituals – especially the Shabbat, or Sabbath dinner – and some Muslim traditions also, all seamlessly woven into the texture of the story. The theme of being respectful of other people’s religious beliefs is something I appreciated. I also loved how the fellowship of quilting is such an integral part of the story, especially the way Poppy opened up and came to trust Martha Rose through the sharing of this art. Another strong theme is that of legalism vs. grace, and I loved these words spoken by Martha Rose to Rabbi Katzenozen: “You may be the world’s greatest authority on Jewish law … but from what I’ve seen, you don’t know the first thing about the spirit of the law, which is compassion and the preservation of life. For all living things. Including your own flesh and blood.” The mystery itself is well crafted, the final revelation logical but unsuspected by me. I welcomed the surprise twists and could never figure out if the murder of Poppy’s parents was religious driven or related to her dad’s undercover work with the FBI. And then there’s the question of Poppy’s future, as adoption is sought by three different families. While the solution might not have been what my heart wanted, it was a wise and legally ethical decision, and she will be loved. I don’t know if we’ll see more of Poppy in future stories, but I certainly hope so. Meanwhile, the ending sets the stage for another child in need to enter the lives of the delightful Sonia and her new intriguing husband, Malo. I highly recommend Knot on Her Life, as well as the whole Quilting Mysteries series. I received a copy of this book through Great Escapes Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
AFerri 4 months ago
This is a very well written book that hooks you on the first page. It will keep you guessing until the end. I really enjoyed this cozy mystery. Thank you Kensington Books via NetGalley for the ARC copy. All opinions expressed are my own.
CozyOnUp 4 months ago
Martha Rose answers the door to find her neighbor’s foster child asking for help when she believes the woman is dead. Luckily Sonia has had a diabetic medical emergency that she survives. Rather than placing the child in a new home, Martha gets the social worker to agree to let her keep the girl until the woman can return home to care for young Poppy. While staying with Martha, Poppy builds a relationship and eventually comes to trust her and shares that her parents were murdered and she saw the man who did it. It’s up to Martha, her fiances, Crusher, and his fellow FBI agents to keep Sonia and Poppy safe and alive as the murdered is looking to eliminate the final witness to his crime. This is the first book in the series that this shiksa has read and I enjoyed it. I found Martha to be smart and a fierce champion for those she cares most about and the rest of the characters are a great mix that any of us can find in our own lives. I’m looking forward to reading more in this series.
BookloverUT 4 months ago
One night while Martha is working on a baby’s quilt, there is a knock on her door. An eight year old girl named Poppy asks for her help. They run over to Martha’s neighbor who is out cold on the floor. Martha finds out that her neighbor is Poppy’s foster mother. Can Martha find the truth about Poppy’s parents’ murder before someone else is found on the floor? I loved this novel. It kept my interest and I couldn’t figure out whodunit. I loved learning about both Jewish and Muslim beliefs. I loved all of the characters and how they learned to respect Martha’s input and observations on the mystery. I can’t wait for the next installment to this series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
BobbieLCLA 4 months ago
I received a free copy of KNOT ON HER LIFE (Book 7 of the Quilting Mysteries) by Mary Marks in exchange for an honest review. Martha Rose is working happily on a quilt for her soon-to-be first grandchild when there’s an urgent summons to her front door. Young Poppy Halaby has come to seek help because her new foster mother is non-responsive. Martha verifies her friend is indeed ill, but still alive, and summons help. Martha takes in Poppy while her friend recovers and learns that Poppy may be targeted by the same murderer who killed her parents. After connecting to the young girl, Martha is determined to find someone amongst her parents’ estranged families to give Poppy the loving home she deserves. However, Poppy isn’t going to be able to live with any of her relatives until the killer is identified and captured. Martha will make sure Poppy has a safe new home even if Martha has to find the murderer to do it. I liked this book. I had not read any of the prior books in the series, but I still connected to the characters and easily followed the story. I recommend this book to fans of Mary Marks, fans of the Quilting Mysteries, and to fans of cozy mysteries with sewing themes and/or storylines exploring the Jewish and Muslim communities. #KnotOnHerLife #NetGalley
WisReader 4 months ago
WOW that was exciting. I just finished and my emotions are still running high as I write this review. While this is a crime story, it is just as much a love story. It is abut family and secrets and hopes and dreams and learning to live when life does not turn out as planned. When two people marry against their families wishes, the ripple effect is massive. No one could predict all the people affected. Then there is the greed aspect underlying motivations. Caught in the center is a little girl, wiser beyond her eight years. A deeply complicated mystery involving murder, secret communications, and more than one very determined woman. Along the way we learn ethnic and religious customs, get some fabulous quilting tips and enjoy delicious food. Some of it has the potential to be heartbreaking yet there is underlying hope. Overall - EXCITING. And you can follow along even if you have not read previous books in this wonderful series.
MKF 4 months ago
Fans of crafting cozys might pick this up because Martha, the main character, is a quilter but they will seek out installments in the series because Marks always adds an element which is educational and relevant to the mystery. In this volume, Martha agrees to help Poppy figure out what happened to her parents, who were murdered, leaving her a foster child. Her mom, Rachel, was Jewish and her father Ali was Muslim. There are some secrets Poppy did not know (she was a kid) and Martha carefully untangles a web of lies. Don't worry, this never gets too serious but there is an intriguing underlying mystery. As always, the characters are great- Martha's smart and her sister G (who she did not know growing up) is terrific as well. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. This is fine as a standalone but you'll be like me- looking for the next one!
AMGiacomasso 4 months ago
An entertaining, engrossing and somewhat unusual cozy mystery that kept me hooked till the end. It was the first I read in this series and I loved the unusual characters and the originality of the plot. The cast of characters is well developed, the plot keeps you hooked and the mystery is clever and full of twists and turns. I look forward to reading other books in this series. Highly recommended! Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.