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Knot on Her Life

(A Quilting Mystery #7)

4.47  ·  Rating details ·  329 ratings  ·  75 reviews
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 o
Mass Market Paperback, 294 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Lisa Ks Book Reviews
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I don’t think author Mary Marks could write a bad book if she tried. KNOT ON HER LIFE is her latest testimony to that.

Protagonist, Martha Rose is back and better than ever. I’ve truly enjoyed watching her grow through the past seven books, and look forward to following her for many years to come. (Are you listening, Kensington? )

This seventh installment in the Quilting Mysteries acts as proof to all hardcore mystery readers that cozy mysteries aren’t the fluff they think they are. While still f
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 ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the seventh book in the Quilting series. Martha's friend and next door neighbor is a foster parent to a Jordanian-Jewish orphan named Poppy Halaby, whose parents were violently murdered. When her foster mother suffers what appears to be an insulin-induced medical emergency, Martha decides to step in and take emergency care of the child. She learns Poppy has roots to prominent families on both her maternal and paternal side so why has she fallen into the foster care system?

I have read th
Aug 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martha is working on a quilt for her new granddaughter when she finds the neighbors 8 year old foster girl at her door. The girl says that her foster mom won't wake up. The girl saw her parents murdered and the killer hasn't been caught. The foster mom is suspiciously ill, so Martha takes the girl in. She stumbles into a family feud with ethnic differences and the FBI get involved.
Karen Hollins-Stallman
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This quilting series is like visiting old friends.

Martha's neighbor, Sonia Spigelman, has become a foster parent to eight year old Poppy Halaby. Martha gets herself involved in trying to find relatives of Poppy's parents, only to find herself facing "Jewish Royalty" on Rachel's side and "Muslim Royalty' on Ali's side, all the while trying to figure out whose side had them murdered - or was it Ali's undercover job with the FBI?

Interesting facts about quilting blend into this series as he Tuesday
Carla Johnson-Hicks
When I realized that the 8th book in this series was being released and that I had not read this one, I quickly grabbed it so I would be all caught up. Boy, was I glad I did, this one was awesome. Martha Rose's neighbour becomes an emergency foster mother for a young girl whose parents were killed. She is a bit traumatized and it is unknown if she saw the killer or not. Well, it seems that someone thinks she has some information and both Poppy and her foster mom end up in witness protection. If ...more
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

This book had a few unexpected twists and turns, and although it had a really 'wholesome' feel all the way through, it didn't bother me for some reason. I think it was because the characters were more rounded and fleshed out than others I've read, and I was really caught up in Poppy as a character. I wanted what was best for her too, and struggled with all the decisions that had to be made. I learned a lot about Jewish cul
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is amazing. Each book gets better and better. This one was really great and I highly recommend it.
Aug 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: obs
This is the first novel I've read in this cozy mystery series, and I definitely want to read the rest. The author writes with ease about a variety of characters, backgrounds, and ages. The pattern includes a delightful quilting group, descriptions of the works in progress, even very welcome explanations for we who are not quilters. The mystery is one that I could solve after looking at the suspects and situations, but the solution was not immediately obvious.

Every season of Martha's life is busy
Martha Rose is expecting the birth of first great-grandchild and she is working on a baby's quilt for the baby. She answers the doorbell and fines her neighbor's foster child, Poppy Halaby who tells Martha she cannot wake Sonia. Martha investigate and found her neighbor near death. That start of new adventure of the Quilt Club in the 7th book of this series.Poppy is a child of mixed heritage and witness the murder of her parents and her unborn sister. Her father is from Muslin royalty and her Mo ...more
Sep 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jeanie

Knot On Her Life
A Quilting Mystery #7
By Mary Marks
ISBN 9781496720504
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Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


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
RO G'ma
Knot on Her Life is the seventh book in Mary Marks Quilting Mystery series. The storyline is well-plotted, and the affable characters are well developed. Ms. Marks’ witty and humorous writing style flows smoothly in this complex mystery, and the book is an easy read. The author provided enough background information that this book can be read as a standalone. There are lots of twists and turns to keep the reader engaged.

Martha Rose, Lucy Mondello, Jazz Fletcher-Watson, and Martha’s younger half-
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love spending time with Martha Rose and her quilting group. This is the seventh in the series and each time I read the newest one it becomes my favorite. In this mystery, Martha answers the front door to find Poppy, her neighbor Sonia's, foster child. She needs Martha to come, Sonia is in dire need of medical help. Once Sonia is safe in the hospital and going to recover from what turns out to be due to her diabetes, Poppy's safety comes next. Martha, with her big heart, is quick to offer to ta ...more
Jessica Robbins
*I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily chose to write an honest review for.

Every time I pick up a book in this series it makes me want to be a quilter even if I don't have the time to. Martha has some skill and she is creating what sounds like a gorgeous quilt for upcoming birth of her first grandchild. While working on it she gets interrupted by a sweet young girl names Poppy who needs her help with the neighbor she is staying with. The health crisis brings the two of them tog
Maureen Timerman
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
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.
Lisa Morin
Knot on Her Life by Mary Marks is a well told cozy mystery that is filled with twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the end. Martha Ross is a strong, loving character that is extremely likable and filled with love and compassion for her friends and family.
When a brutal murder takes away a young girl's parents, Martha steps in and won't stop asking questions until the young girl is safe.
This story is filled with mystery and intrigue, capturing the reader's attention and keeping it u
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Martha Rose is happily preparing for a grandchild which sets the stage for the entrance of Poppy, a little girl who saw her parents murdered. The child’s parents were different religions and Marks does a wonderful job of showing us each world. This was a heartwarming cozy that can be read as a standalone or as a part of the series. I loved the character of Crusher, the gentle giant, and want to belong to that quilt group!
Kim Bakos
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Wow, not what I was expecting from a cozy mystery. Most are pretty shallow, just friends solving a mystery, but this one was much deeper.
To me, the story wasn't the mystery, but rather the story of the little girl who had lost her parents and where she was going to find her place in this world. The quest for the right family tackled serious issues such as religion, educational freedom, chronic illness, and ageism in foster placements.
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
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 ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
I am loving this series of books. The characters are wonderful and their development just where it should be. The plot is entertaining and full of interesting twists and turns that keep you guessing. I did not even have the eventual killer on my radar, but knowing what I know now, I should have. The ending was disappointing but also full of hope. I can't wait for the next book in the series!
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I found the first book in this series by accident and stuck with series on purpose! The books are clever, the dialogue witty, the mysteries are smart, and the characters are relatable and lovely. The quilting club premise with mature members seems like it would pigeon-hole a specific demographic, but I have found that this series is appealing to all kinds of cozy mystery readers.

In this offering (book #7 in the series) has Martha waiting for the birth of her first granddaughter. She’s making the
Carole Jarvis
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery-cozy
Reviewed at The Power of Words:

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 i
Martha Rose is back and expecting a grandchild any day now. While she’s waiting, she’s making a quilt for the new baby. When her neighbor Sonia’s new foster child, Poppy, comes knocking because there’s been a medical emergency under suspicious circumstances, Martha’s attention is diverted. Poppy’s parents were murdered, and the killer was never apprehended, raising suspicion in both Martha and her fiancé, Crusher. Circumstances behind how Poppy ended up in the foster care system puzzle Martha, a ...more
Cozy Cat Reviews
Aug 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Knot on Her Life by Mary Marks is the seventh A Quilting Mystery. It can be read as a standalone. This is a endearing sweet series that I adore returning to with each new release. Martha Rose is a savvy smart, woman who is a devoted friend and has a recently become engaged to a agent for the ATF. I love Martha as a protagonist as she has fibromyalgia. and so do I. I appreciate that the author is writing about this disease bringing awareness .

This story has many layers to the plot. Her daughter
Susan Johnston
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: This is a quilting cozy but it always has an edge to it that makes the stories more compelling. Martha Rose is a large sized divorced Jewish lady who lives with a fascinating younger man. Her daughter is about to deliver her first grandchild. Her beloved uncle who raised her is getting old and may have some serious health issues. But Martha always has time to help a friend.
She saves her diabetic friend from a coma and welcomes her foster daughter into her home until she
Bobbie Kirkland
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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 ta ...more
Shelle Perry
Sep 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This is my first book from this author and I was quite excited to read it. I wasn't as excited to finish it.

The book is filled with terrific, dynamic characters who obviously have a history with each other and the protagonist Martha Rose, this being the latest book in a substantial series, yet I never felt lost or left out of that history. The cozy itself was fun and quick-paced and though I did figure out the bad guy, it was only near the end and by sheer luck. I did enjoy learning more about
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love cozies, but I've never read anything by this author so I wasn't sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised to discover protagonist Martha Rose, an avid quilter and amateur detective, is a great lead character. I wish her pregnant daughter, Quincy, was a larger part of the story, but I enjoyed Martha's boyfriend, an ATF agent.

I also enjoyed the cultural teachings about Judaism and the Muslim religion. In this novel, a young girl named Poppy is a foster child staying with Martha's neig
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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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