For years, Tuesday mornings were sacred. No matter what, my friend Lucy, her neighbor Birdie, and I spent the day together working on our quilts. This particular Tuesday was supposed to be just another quilty morning, but that was before we found the body.
This is the first paragraph of “Forget me Knot” by Mary Marks and the jump start into a quilting mystery novel.
Quilters and best friends Martha Rose, Lucy Mondello and Birdie Watson consider inviting Claire Terry, a prize-winning quilter of their local quilting guild, to their weekly meeting „Quilty Tuesday“. To get to know each other they set up a meeting at Claire’s home. When there is no response to their knock, they peek in the window and discover Claire sprawled out in the hallway. Fortunately the neighbour is a friend and has a key to Claire’s house. So they can get in and discover that Claire is dead, murdered.
Four days later the local quilt show starts and the three friends are in for another surprise. In broad daylight a masked robber snatches the winning quilts of Martha and Birdie and Claire’s „Best of Show“.
Could the two crimes be connected? Or was the robbery just a nasty move from a jealous quilter? And who would want Claire, the wealthy philanthropist, dead?
Martha and her friends set out to solve the mystery, sometimes working along the side of Detective Arlo Beavers, sometimes getting into his way. And what they uncover is a heartbreaking story.
„Forget me Knot“ is a cozy mystery in its best sense, with a lot of twists and turns, with some people to like and some to hate and with a surprising end. The perfect summer read.
Forget me Knot by Mary Marks
Kensington Publishing Corp.
available as paperback and for the Kindle