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A most delightful book!

I had the privilege of reviewing this wonderful book in a series that I thoroughly enjoy, and I was not disappointed!

Knot What You Think by Mary Marks

Martha Rose and her quilting friends are back with another adventure. The girls are helping Birdie get ready for her wedding, and Jazz, the newest member, is designing her dress. He’s also creating a new line of pet products. One of his good friends, Dolly, has ordered some things for her dog, but when Jazz goes by to drop them off, no one answers the door. He convinces Martha Rose to go with him the next day to make sure Dolly is all right. She’s not. Someone has hit her in the head with a hand weight.

With Jazz at the top of the suspect list, Martha Rose has no choice but to investigate. Dolly’s husband is currently in jail for fraud, and the list of people who want to get even is very long. It also includes a bitter ex-wife of Dolly’s husband, the stepson (was she having an affair with him?!), and friends of Martha Rose’s Uncle Isaac.

As if things weren’t complicated enough, Martha Rose’s love life just became more complicated, especially when her ex-boyfriend, Detective Arlo Beavers, finds out that her current boyfriend, Crusher, has proposed. Will the girls be able to solve the murder before Birdie’s wedding? And is Martha Rose going to have a happily ever after of her own, or will she end up singing the blues?

This is another delightful entry in Mary Marks’ Quilting Mystery series. I think I’m going to have to brush up on my deducing skills, because this is the second book in a row (see the Vangie Vale review) that had me guessing until the end. There’s plenty of intrigue, scandal, little old ladies telling off the bad guys, with just a pinch of romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I may have to read the whole series again!

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Vangie Vale and the Murdered Macaron

 

Vangie Vale has relocated, somewhat reluctantly, from the East Coast to the small town of Saint Agnes, Montana. She’s the part-time vicar of the community church, but her full-time job is as the Matchbaker.She can tell you what you want to eat or drink just by looking at you. It’s not something she’s proud of, but money is money.

That is until a woman is found murdered in nearby Rolo, with one of Vangie’s bakery boxes in her hand. Given Vangie’s jaded past, the promise she made to the bishop to stay out of trouble, this is one situation she’d rather have nothing to do with. But unfortunately, she’s caught the attention of the man who becomes the prime suspect, and that puts her on the sheriff’s radar. He already hates her. Not good.

As Vangie starts to ask questions, she unburies a secret that some people in town would rather remain buried. The victim’s husband starts to follow her, the main suspect’s agent is harassing her, and the man at her church who is responsible for keeping her out of trouble is threatening to get her fired. As the number of suspects grows, Vangie soon realizes she’s in over her head. Can she figure out what is going on before she bakes her last macaron…forever?

I greatly enjoyed this book. Ms. Syme is a writer after my own heart: an intricate web of lies and deceit, with so many twists and turns that she had me guessing until the very end. Usually, I can figure out whodunit pretty dadgum quickly, so if Ms. Syme can keep me guessing, then it’s definitely a well-written mystery! I’m looking forward to her next book, Vangie Vale and the Corpseless Custard, coming out on September 15th!

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