Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve twin mysteries — Knot Ready for Murder (A Quilting Mystery) by #MaryMarksTweet
Using the side of my dinner fork, I concentrated on cutting neat, little squares in the potato kugel on my plate. Should I say something now or wait until everyone leaves?
My stomach fluttered with anxiety as I thought about my options. As much as everyone at the table will probably approve, shouldn’t Crusher be the first person to know? He’s been so patient . . .
I’d managed to reduce the kugel, a potato and onion casserole, to nine bite-sized pieces when my daughter, Quincy’s, voice dragged my attention back to the Sabbath table. “Earth to Mom. Come in, please.” All conversation stopped as seven pairs of curious eyes focused on me.
Embarrassment warmed my cheeks. “Sorry.”
Quincy continued to probe. “Is everything okay? You’ve hardly touched your food. Are you ill?” Since becoming a mother herself, my daughter had become keenly aware of exposing her infant daughter to germs.
I gave my daughter a tight little smile. “No, I’m fine.”
Actually, I was more than fine. My name was Martha Rose, and at my age—still in my fifties but marching toward sixty—I had made an important decision regarding my future.
My sister, Giselle, lowered her fork and pinned me with laser eyes. “Then if you’re not having a stroke, give it up, Sissy.” Giselle was long on smarts but short on tact.
I learned I had a half sister only a year ago. Together we discovered the fate of our father, who’d gone missing more than thirty years before.
“What’s going on with you?” she asked.
Everyone sat at attention, eagerly anticipating my response.
I sighed with resignation. Obviously I wasn’t going to be able to discuss this first with my fiancé, Yossi Levy, aka Crusher. I reached for his hand.
He encouraged me with a slight nod of the head. “Go on, babe. Whatever it is, I’ve got your back.”
I cleared my throat, found my voice, and gazed into his impossibly blue eyes, into the face of the man who waited patiently for me to overcome my fear of failure.
“No more waiting, Yossi. I—I’m ready to get married.”
The table erupted into a chorus of “mazel tovs.”
He lifted my hand to his lips and kissed it tenderly.
“It’s about time.”
The rest of the evening he avoided looking at me. Something was wrong. Crusher had been proposing marriage almost every day for years. Now I was finally willing to become Mrs. Yossi Levy, he looked miserable.
The ninth installment in the hit Quilting Mystery series by Mary Marks finds sleuth Martha searching for her fiancé’s ex-wife.
One loose thread threatens to unravel Martha’s wedding plans: the groom-to-be married a pregnant teen to save her from scandal thirty years ago—and the marriage was never annulled. Now Crusher’s wife Hadas is coming to LA, along with his sister Fanya. But soon after she arrives, their houseguest goes missing, with her room ransacked and a chloroform-soaked cloth left behind. Could her apparent abduction be connected to her brother’s unsolved death from a hit-and-run six months ago? Martha and her quilting cohorts must find the pattern to solve the twin mysteries and determine if Crusher is still married—or now a widower . . .
Born and raised in Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area, Mary Marks earned a B.A. in Anthropology from UCLA and an M.A. in Public Administration from the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. In 2004 she enrolled in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Her first novel, Forget Me Knot, was a finalist in a national writing competition in 2011. She is currently a reviewer of cozy mysteries for The New York Journal of Books at www.nyjournalofbooks.com.
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