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Knot My Sister's Keeper

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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 disappeared at the high of his career, never to be heard from or seen again.

The emotional content in this book is heightened due to the personal nature of the situation. Thinking she had limited family members, Martha can’t believe that she has a half-sister. When the gravity of the situation surrounding their father comes to light, the new-found sisters know they have to try and find him. This entire book was an emotional rollercoaster. I liked the unique spin of this book compared to the rest of the books in this series.

Martha Rose is the typical heroine - totally not a crime solver/fighter but makes it her duty to dive in head first whether there's water in the pool or not. Martha Rose puts herself into vary precarious situations and breaks a lot of laws in her quest to find the killer. During downtime in the quest to find their father, Martha still holds the quilting sessions that now include others besides Lucy and Birdie. Giselle, even though she is thoughtless in the things she says does take an active interest in Martha and Crusher’s Jewish customs and traditions, bringing the two sisters that much closer together. The relationship between Martha and Crusher is sweet and I’m honestly glad she is with him. He is so devoted to Martha and she to Crusher.

Mary Marks does another wonderful job building up the mystery and keeping everything a secret. The truth of the situation is revealed at the perfect time and the person responsible is not the person I thought it would be. The writing flows well and is concise. The author's writing style is fluid and smooth and so easy to get lost in. The romantic elements of Knot My Sister's Keeper are subtle and don't overshadow the mystery. The entire novel is engaging; never a dull moment.
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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.

Giselle actually knew their father until he disappeared when she was eight years old. Martha, of course, is not a total stranger to sleuthing and it's not long before she's off to figure out what happened to daddy, an acclaimed artist. Martha's financé, Yossi, or "Crusher," is an undercover agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco and has connections which will prove useful since this constitutes a REALLY cold case. Her dad disappeared more than thirty years ago.

This book is such a hoot! I really enjoyed the author's writing style, that terrific sense of humor. Loved that the protagonist is a middle-aged woman with a few extra pounds and is involved in a hobby she is good at. Her romantic interest is cleverly done with a mature view. Giselle, while a widow, is 180 degrees from the sensibilities of Martha and their contrast makes for some hilarious dialogue. The support characters are well fleshed and contribute to a sense of tight kinship. It doesn't take long before the reader is invested enough that he/she must learn the truth of what happened to daddy as well. 

This is the sixth in the series, but would function well as a standalone. The story is well-plotted and progressed smoothly, never lagged, and the conclusion is most satisfying. I received this ebook download from the publisher and NetGalley through a book tour and greatly appreciate the opportunity to read and review. It was totally my pleasure! Recommended to all who enjoy a fun, fast novel.
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Knot My Sister's Keeper by Mary Marks is the sixth book in the Quilting Mystery series.  Martha's daughter gifts her a DNA kit which leads Martha to discover a half sister named Giselle.  Outspoken Giselle cannot provide many answers about their father who disappeared 30 years ago.  Together Giselle and Martha decide to solve the murder.  The mystery and the side story lines in this book kept me reading whenever I had a free moment.  Giselle is a wonderful addition, and I hope to see her in future books.  This book easily stands on its own, and a love or knowledge of quilting is not required.  This is a wonderful addition to an amazing series.
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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 story of their father’s life and unravel a 32-year-old murder mystery. I enjoyed that the main character is over 30 years old. It’s nice to read a mystery from another generations point of view.  This book is interesting, engaging and full of twists and turns. I loved the ending and you will too.
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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 half-sister named Giselle.
Neither knows what has happened to their father. They join forces to find out what happened to their father.

What I liked about this story is:
It is well written, flows smoothly and has a delightful cast of characters.
Twists and turns to keep you guessing.
Can be read as a standalone.
I learned a lot about Jewish customs, dietary law and some words I had never heard before.  I also did not know there were variations of Judiasm, other than practicing or not.
There is a history of quilting at the end of the book.
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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 never knew him.  With Giselle, her newly found sister, by her side, the two of them decided to solve the mystery of his disappearance.  Great story.  I enjoyed not only the story and the characters, but the writing style as well.
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A superb mix of quilting, Jewish traditions, and a mystery. The quilting and Jewish references did not bog down the story with too much detail. There was just enough to inform without overwhelming the story. Loved the ending that followed the solving of the mystery. Interesting characters. Non-typical protagonist.
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This is the fifth book in Mary Mark's Quilting Mystery, but the first I've read. I will definitely be seeking out books 1-4. Marks did a great job of establishing the characters and their backgrounds so the book stood,successfully on its own.  Quilting unifed the established characters but also served as an element to inteoduce a new character, a half-sister discovered through ancestry-type  DNA testing.  The half-sister shared a her grandmosthers unfinished quilt, which revealed evidence used to solve the mystery.  The Jewish customs and traditions central to the life ofmthe main character and her family were another enjoyable element to the book. Highly recommended.
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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 some one altered the case notes back in the day, oh and Martha and Quincy need to plan a wedding.

Cold case murder, distractions, new family, weddings, Mary Marks has linked the lot in a smooth and seriously readable cozy mystery and I want more!
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Love is in the air along with wishes to learn more about family.
Some shocking surprises are in store along with some (more) wild and crazy adventures for Martha Rose and friends. I enjoyed what we learned about Jewish customs, food and quilting along the way.

There is never a dull moment after Martha learns she is not the only child she believed herself to be for many decades. As her gray hair accumulates, so do her relatives.
And when her daughter makes her special announcement, Martha has to learn how to open her heart and mind to a very different future.

So much fun!
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'Knot My Sister's Keeper' was the first book I have read in Mary Marks' Quilting Mystery series and I was fascinated with the delightful characters, the cultural instruction and the sparkling mystery.  I was so captivated that I am going to go back and get the others in the series.  I highly recommend this book.
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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 the ARC.  You don't need to have read the earlier books or be a quilter (I'm not) to enjoy this one.  It's nicely written and will make you wonder how many other people will get this sort of surprise in the future.
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Martha Rose and her quilting friends make great quilts, and they also solve mysteries. When Martha's DNA test kit gives her more new questions than answers, her friends help out.

The DNA kit turns up a half sister Martha never knew she had. Giselle, Martha's new sister, is a wealthy businesswoman. She bankrolls a lot of adventures along the way to identifying the killer of their father. Of course, there are quilt-related clues, but friends and family turn up the most important information. 

Martha's family is central to the whole story, and their relationships deepen and unfold in the course of the story. It's a pleasure to read, with likeable characters and all kinds of interesting twists and turns. Plausible? Not entirely, but it's entirely enjoyable.
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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 volunteered to read and review an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
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Absolutely loved this book.  The characters are wonderful, like people you know, and the mystery was great.  I've really enjoyed this series, and this book is hands down the best one yet.  The zany characters and their antics will keep you entertained.  5+ stars for this wonderful cozy.  Read it, you'll love it.  Can't wait for the next one.
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Knot My Sister's Keeper by Mary Marks is the sixth installment in Quilting Mystery series but can be read as a standalone'.
Even though this is the first book in the series that I have read I did not have problems following the story. All references to past happenings are well introduced.
I liked that story is reasonably paced and quite interesting. There aren't too many characters but each is very distinctive. There are many references about Jewish culture and customs which are quite educational, but any religious references are simply not my cup of tea.
However I liked Marta and her half-sister Giselle, the nuances of the newly found relationship, who when discover that they are related decide to uncover the mystery about their father's disappearance.
With several twists and turns and a clever plot this book is an excellent suggestion for all mystery lovers especially to quilters.
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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 the truth, which is a great character trait for a long-lasting amateur sleuth. The plot had enough twists and turns to keep my pages turning. I can’t wait to the next one in the series. I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and am voluntarily reviewing it.
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The first book I read in this series, easy to get into the series and characters are fun and likeable.  Easy to get into the story for someone who knows nothing about quilting. One can read this series out of order.
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I thoroughly enjoyed the plot, atmosphere, and characters.  I would recommend the book to friends and family for their reading pleasure.
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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 combine forces and investigate the mystery of their father's disappearance.

The book was a great read and kept me engaged from beginning until end. Although their relationship had a rocky start, I was really hoping that Martha and Giselle (Martha calls her "G") would begin to develop a sibling bond and I was not disappointed. The other characters rounded out the book nicely and the side plot of Martha's daughter's romance with a police detective added additional, but not overpowering, romance to the storyline. There were nice plot twists and some good red-herrings. Overall, the book was well-paced.

The author also provided detailed description of Jewish rituals and customs, such as dietary laws, Yiddish words and phrases, celebration of the Sabbath, and life cycle events. She also confronted "G" about some stereotypes and politely provided an informed response without the need for name-calling. At the conclusion of the book, the author provides a detailed history of quilting. I have several of the books in this series in my personal library and plan to read them in order. I highly recommend this book and series!!

** Thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary ARC of this book. My review is voluntary.
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