This is the sixth book in a fairly long-running series called A Quilting Mystery by Mary Marks. It doesn’t take place in a super small town like most of us are used to reading about in cozies, but the friends are so fun and genuine, that I really forgot that they all lived in the Los Angeles area. I definitely want to start at the beginning and see how this one got started since I really enjoyed this sixth addition so much. I need to know what I was missing out on 😉
Note about the image: This is the design of the quilt that Giselle’s grandmother had made, Grandmother’s Flower Garden. I wanted to have a picture of an actual quilt, but all the images said Etsy on them even though I Google-searched for ones that were licensed for reuse. I definitely didn’t want to use someone’s photo. This one shows the design, so just imagine that over and over and over on a large quilt.
My Goodreads review:
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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 nearby, who just happened to also be CEO of an oil company. When they got together, they found out they did both have things in common, mainly the desire to find out what happened in the case investigating their dad’s disappearance 32 years ago. I thought it was kind of interesting and different for the murder to have occurred that long ago instead of having a current murder to solve. Martha and her new sister, Giselle, become friends fairly quickly despite Giselle’s outspoken and seemingly rude comments. Martha found that it was just who she was, but Giselle did try to rein herself in sometimes.
Not only had Martha gained a fiance and sister in a short period of time, she also learned of another couple of someones to join their family. I won’t say who they are so that I don’t spoil it. The cold case murder involved finding and talking to detectives that had worked the case so long ago. One detective had dementia now, but Martha and Giselle felt that she held the key to what had really happened to their father. They did finally get some closure and the story had a really nice ending. I’m definitely curious to see how this all started out. The author does a nice job of getting readers acquainted with the characters but doesn’t let any of the previous murder spoilers slip out, which I definitely appreciated since this was my first in this series to read, but it definitely won’t be my last. Very well written and well-plotted!