Killer Nashville Book of the Day

Gone But Knot Forgotten by Mary Marks / Reviewed by M. K. Sealy

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Mary Marks
Mary Marks

Looking for the perfect punny mystery? Look no further than Gone But Knot Forgotten, the third installment of Mary Marks’ quilting mystery series.

Protagonist and quilting enthusiast Martha Rose just can’t seem to stay out of trouble. Her “penchant for discovering dead bodies” keeps her life complicated, but this time, her accidental affinity for tragedy hits unusually close to home: Martha’s best friend from high school, Harriet Oliver, has passed away and named Martha as the executor of her estate.

The intrigue begins immediately, as Martha learns that the friend she’d lost to distance and time has been dead for almost a year—and that poor Harriet Oliver has yet to be laid to rest. Martha, feeling indebted to a once-beloved friend, takes on the role of executor, only to find that things she has taken for granted over the years aren’t what they seemed. What starts out as a dutiful, well-meant response to the unfortunate passing of an old friend leads to much, much more…

Mary Marks’ characters are dynamic and relatable, creating a novel that is appropriate for people regardless of their age. Marks’ plot and form also play a huge role in drawing in the reader. Intending to read the first few pages of a chapter, I found myself three chapters ahead of where I’d been, in what felt like just a few minutes.

This novel is a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery, well-developed characters, and novels that appreciate the intricacies of friendship.

M. K. Sealy earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis in literature from a Nashville university. She is a copyeditor for a Nashville-based publication, but also writes poetry, fiction, and is currently attempting a screenplay, all while working to obtain a Master of Education.

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