Today I am here to tell you about “Forget Me Knot,” the first title in a new cozy mystery series by debut author Mary Marks. It is due to be released on January 7, 2014. I was given an Advance Readers Copy by Kensington Publishing, through netgalley.com, for which they expect my honest opinion. This story features Martha Rose, a retired UCLA Administrator living with Fibromyalgia. We begin on an ordinary Tuesday morning with Ms. Rose and the two other friends in her quilting circle wanting nothing more than to visit a prospective member’s house while pursuing their favorite hobby. Plans change, however, when the group finds their new acquaintance, Claire Terry, lying dead on her living room floor. When the demise is ruled a homicide and the victim’s prize-winning entry is stolen in broad daylight from a crowded quilt show, Martha and her buddies take it upon themselves to find the answers, much to the consternation of the handsome detective leading the official investigation. Someone clearly intends to stop them. Can they piece together the hints in time? Or is she too inquisitive for her own good?
This is a solid effort, most impressive for a first time writer. I appreciated the way the plot unfolded, with just enough red herrings to keep the reader intrigued, and interesting characters that are far from stereotypical. My rating would be 4. 5 out of 5 stars. Be forewarned that this novel deals with family secrets that are of a mature nature. For that reason, I think that most likely adults would enjoy it, but this is definitely worth picking up, especially if you are interested in crafts, or like a little light romance thrown in with your suspense. I look forward to Ms. Marks’ next offering. Until we meet again…