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Knot My Sister's Keeper

(A Quilting Mystery #6)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  62 reviews
In tracing her ancestry, quilter Martha Rose discovers a ritzy half-sister, a stash of family secrets, and a decades-old mystery that only she can unravel . . .

Martha Rose is shocked to find she has a half-sister, especially one so different from her. Giselle Cole is wealthy, widowed, and lives a glamorous life in West Los Angeles. At least her grandmother was a quilter!
Paperback, 336 pages
Published July 31st 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author Mary Marks keeps each book in her Quilting Mystery series fresh and exciting. KNOT MY SISTER'S KEEPER is no exception. With protagonist Martha Rose's discovery of a half sister, and investigating the streets of LA, this makes for on of the most adventured filled stories in the series to date. As long as Marks keeps going like this, there is no end in sight to this series!
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the sixth installment of the Quilting Mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. This one is a bit different from the others in the series in that the mystery is a 32 year old murder. I think it is also important to know that you do not have to be a quilter, want to be a quilter or know anything about quilting to enjoy this book or series.

Martha Rose never met her father. He abandoned her mother when she told him that she was pregnant, Martha had been told that he died. For a gift, Mart
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another great addition to the series. I tend to devour these, and this one just might rank as my favorite so far. Would have rated even higher were it not for the tendency to repeat factoids (for example, the names of her cat and exes). Tends to pull me out of the story. Regardless, I already have the next one ready!
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
Knot My Sister's Keeper is the first I have read in the Quilting Mystery series and I enjoyed it from front to back! I am not a quilter, so I have been hesitant to read the series. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that you definitely do not have to be a quilter to be a fan of these books. After quilter Martha Rose has her DNA submitted to an ancestry company, Martha discovers she has a half-sister, Giselle. Despite definite personality conflicts, Martha and Giselle team up to uncover the s ...more
Jun 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the sixth installment of the Quilting Mystery series. Although I had not read any of the prior books in the series nor have I ever quilted, the author made it very easy for me to jump right in and thoroughly enjoy this book.

Martha Rose has lived her whole life not knowing her father, a talented artist. When her daughter submits her DNA to an ancestry database, Martha's whole world is turned upside down when she discovers she has a half-sister named Giselle. The two sisters decide to com
Lisa Morin
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The story is well told and I couldn't put it down.
When Martha Rose receives a DNA test in the mail, she has no idea what her but if saliva will bring into her life.
Will she finally find out the truth about her father, or will it just simply remain a cold case?
I like the cast of characters in this book. They all work well together to bring the story to light.
I've read all the books in this series and I believe this one is my favorite.
I volun
Jul 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Knot My Sister’s Keeper by Mary Marks is the sixth novel in A Quilting Mystery series. Martha Rose is bewildered when she receives a DNA kit in the mail from Deep Roots. Her daughter, Quincy sent it as a surprise, so Martha can find out more about the father she never knew. Martha is shocked when she learns she has a half-sister. Giselle Cole, Martha’s half-sister, is a wealthy widow living in Los Angeles and is looking forward to meeting Martha. Giselle is a forthright woman with expensive tast ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books, arc, cold-cases, cozy
Martha Rose engaged to Yossi Levy aka the Crusher. Her daughter is curious about her ancestors and submits her DNA to an ancestry firm. Martha sent her DNA and is very to find she has a half-sister, Giselle. Her father disappeared when Gisele was 8 years. The sisters set out to find out what happened to their Father. The twist and turns of the book will have enthralled until you finished the book. What do the sisters find about their Father? Is he Alive or was he MURDER? The ending will surprise ...more
3.5 stars

Despite the author's ignorance about asthma and her dismissive attitude toward it, and a weird character name that screamed PNR or urban fantasy, I enjoyed the book. A complex and intriguing story with complex, interesting and mostly likable characters. I love that our heroine was Jewish, which is a rarity in cozies, and she is older and plus-sized. Her fiance is also older and Jewish. The author also did a fantastic job of working the quilting theme of the series into the story. It was
Aug 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent addition to this series. So much happens in Martha Rose’s latest adventure. I just couldn’t put it down. So many changes. This series gets better and better with each new book. There is never a dull moment for Martha and her family and friends. ‘‘Tis is one of my top three favorite series. I can not wait for the next book.

Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Knot My Sister's Keeper by Mary Marks is the 6th book in A Quilting Mystery series, and another enjoyable fun book. Martha Rose receives a DNA test in the mail from her daughter. When she receives the results she is shocked to find out she has a half-sister.
Martha never met her father, so is excited to meet Giselle and learn about him. When Martha finds out their father disappeared years ago, they work together to get to the bottom of what happened to him. This book made me laugh out loud at ti
Jessica Robbins
Aug 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-kindle, blog-tour
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

If you are looking for a cozy with a Jewish flair, quilting, and different type of mystery then look no further then this adorable book. Martha was raised believing her father died in an accident only to find out differently years later though not who he was. When her daughter pushed her to do an ancestry DNA thing she agrees. What follows is really quite intriguing as each new secret is revealed. Daddy
Stanley McShane
Absolutely delightful cozy mystery that seamlessly integrates the love of quilting with an unusual premise. Daughter Dearest sends off for a DNA test for her mother and the results knock her socks off. Martha Rose is surprised to discover she has a half-sister she never knew existed. What's more, Martha's sister, Giselle Cole, is rich. Really, stinkin' rich, but Giselle is an acquired taste. It is Giselle's grandmother who also shared a common interest in quilting providing the familial link.

Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I normally don't read a series out of order, but sometimes if a new book to a longer-running series comes out and I've been wanting to try the series, I'll jump in and do that. I'm definitely going to start this one from the beginning. This book was so good, I found it hard to put it down. I quickly grew to like all the regular characters and the idea of the quilting meetings.

Martha Rose was just getting used to being someone's fiancee when she found out she had a wealthy half-sister who lived
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Martha Rose, a quilter, is shocked to find a long lost half-sister after she takes a DNA test to trace her ancestry. They realize their missing father may not have abandoned them, but was murdered. Can Martha uncover the clues to find the true story behind her father’s disappearance?
This was a great cozy mystery read. I love Martha’s antics to find the truth. I also like how her friends assist her in going undercover to get information from an uncooperative source. Martha took risks in finding t
Kathleen Gray
Jul 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
HAH! That DNA test you mail in might lead to more than info about your ethnic background. Martha finds out she has a half sister, Giselle, who she refers to as G. As you might imagine, things don't go swimmingly at first but these two warm to each other as they work to figure out the mystery of their shared father. This plot line moved the latest installment in the series beyond the classic cozy as it adds a familial learning experience to the murder mystery. Well done. Thanks to Netgalley for t ...more
Maureen Timerman
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This is the first book in this series that I have read, and it won’t be the last, first I am a quilter, and second I found myself laughing out loud, this author is a great story teller.
We hit on genealogy big time here, and getting DNA in an uncouth way, stealing a cup! This story is about finding family, living with family, and getting away from family.
New relatives tracking down their missing father, and surprises and chuckles abound, a great book to unwind with and enjoy!

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Paula Yerke
Jan 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
I think I will have to read this series and I rarely say that. I loved the feel of this book. I cared about the characters. A "comfort food" type of book!
Janis Hill
I would like to thank Kensington Books for providing me with a free electronic ARC of this book, via Netgalley. Any reviews I give are done obligation free, and are unpaid… well, unless you count getting this book for free… but we won’t go there. ;-)

‘Knot My Sister’s Keeper’ is book six in ‘A Quilting Mystery’ series and a book I had been hanging out for and was so pleased to get a chance to read. I love this series, have done so from book one – ‘Forget me Knot’ and was not disappointed when I r
RO G'ma
Knot My Sister’s Keeper is the sixth book in Mary Marks Quilting Mystery series. This book is well plotted and has well-developed characters. Ms. Marks’ witty and humorous writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read. The author provides enough background information that this book can be read as a standalone. There are lots of twists and turns and enough suspects to keep the reader engaged. The final reveal surprised me. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy cozy mysteries.

Aug 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Knot My Sister’s Keeper is a different book than the rest of them in the Quilting Mystery series. This book is very personal to Martha. After submitting her DNA through an ancestry database, Martha learns that she has a sibling, a half-sister named Giselle Cole. The exact opposite of Martha, Giselle is rich, glamorous, and tactless. What they do have in common is the want of family and to know why their father disappeared without a trace so many years ago. An up-and-coming artist, their father d ...more
Susan Johnston
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: I have been reading this series and have enjoyed the earlier books but for the first time, I really felt connected with Martha. I cannot tell you what changed but I was engrossed in this story. Martha, who has learned that the father she thought had died before she was born actually deserted her mother when he discovered she was pregnant. So, when her daughter “gifts” her with a DNA kit, she approaches it with some trepidation. Now that she knows that things she held as ...more
Knot My Sister's Keeper is the first I have read in the Quilting Mystery series. I am not a quilter and don’t believe you need to be to enjoy the book. I learned a lot. The descriptions were marvelous. I did not feel lost in picking up with book 2.

I found this to be topical in today’s society. Martha Rose has lived her whole life not knowing her father, a talented artist. Her daughter has her submit her saliva to a DNA Ancestry site. Martha Rose discovers she has a wealthy half-sister named Gise
LauraWhitmer Bradach
I have read all the books in this series and they just keep getting better and better. The main character is jewish and it is always fun when you can find out about another persons culture. Martha was an only child raised by her grandmother and uncle. Her mother was there, but not really there, ever since the man who got her pregnant disappeared before Martha was born. All Martha ever knew about her father was that his name was Quinn. That's why she named her daughter Quincy. 50ish Martha lives ...more
Jun 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mary Marks scores another winner!

Martha Rose has met her match in Giselle Cole, a half sister she never knew existed. Their bullying and tricks lead to solving a thirty-two year old missing person case and discovering another half-sibling.

The Tuesday Quilters help Martha and Giselle with a quilt top that holds secrets that lead them to discovering the father both girls were abandoned by.

The plot was fun and full of interesting facts about quilting and living the Jewish faith life.

I definitely l
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A rare 5 star review from me. I have read all the books in this series and reviewed most if not all. Not sure if I've given another a 5 star, but I give one to Knot because I didn't want to put the book down and go to bed.

The story line is really unique and complicated. I like how Martha and Giselle maturely handle the shocking news and each other. The way the author even weaves in quilting as part of the story is realistic and well done. You also really couldn't see where the story was going t
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Oh my word Mary Marks has pulled it out of the bag again, this one starts with Quincy (Martha's daughter) wanting to do DNA testing to see if they can find a link to her grandfather (Martha's father) who dropped out of Martha's mother's life almost as soon as he arrived .... or did he?

Martha discovers she has a half sister (and very RICH gentile half sister) who did know their father, at least until he disappeared, now Martha and Giselle need to get to know each other, they need to find out why
Jul 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I have not read a book by this author before and I'm glad I got the chance now. This was a fun mystery. Martha Rose is an interesting character as well as her surrounding posse. Her significant other is Yossi or Crusher if you prefer. Both characters happen to be Jewish and so you learn a little bit about the customs and practices of the Jewish faith. Martha is given a DNA test as a gift. From these results she finds a half-sister she never knew about. Her father deserted her mother and she neve ...more
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I totally enjoyed this sixth and most recent book in the Quilting Mystery series. I have read them all over the past few weeks and have really gotten to know and love the characters through the author's deft writing. Quilting is worked into the stories so well, it offers comfort and leads to clues to the mystery. This particular mystery had a great twist in the tale that I didn't see coming until it was there, some character tensions resolved, and a sweet ending tied it up. I admit I like how th ...more
Oct 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is book 6 in the Quilting Mystery series. It can be read stand alone but it gives lots of updates from the previous stories. Martha Rose has been looking for her unknown father and is surprised to learn she has a half sister. When she meets Giselle she discovers she lives not too far away in Los Angeles and that her father was there also for much of her life. Now Giselle and Martha Rose decide to look for their missing father. Nicely written and tied into the popular DNA testing advertised ...more
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Mary Marks became an award-winning quilter after an early retirement from her job in administration on the campus of the University of California Los Angeles. After twelve years of sewing twenty four/seven, she came up for a breath and started writing about some of the nearly one hundred quilts she’d created.

Then the writing bug bit her. She was off to the UCLA Extension Writer’s Program for class

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