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Publisher's Summary

Baseball may be America’s official favorite pastime, but for Martha Rose and her friends, quilting is far more fun… and a lot less dangerous.

A diamond brocade pattern is more quilter Martha Rose’s style than a baseball diamond - especially when it comes to the new eyesore of a stadium ruining her lovely San Fernando Valley neighborhood. Martha doesn’t know a bunt from a bundt cake, but when she stumbles upon the battered body of baseball coach Dax Martin, she doesn’t need a scorecard to know it’s foul play. LAPD homicide detective Arlo Beavers is convinced one of her neighbors is responsible. But Martha and her fellow quilters Lucy and Birdie soon discover a whole field of suspects who might have wanted to take the coach out of the game permanently.

©2014 Mary Marks (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"What’s knot to love? Mary Marks has crafted another winner stitched together with humor and heart - Martha Rose is one gutsy lady." (Rochelle Staab, author of the Mind for Murder mysteries)

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  • Madonna
  • FREDERICKTOWN, MO, United States
  • 01-11-15

Great book!

What a great book!
The story was great and kept you guessing the whole way through. I really enjoyed it!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Great cozy mystery!

This one was even better than the first. I just don't know why audible doesn't have the rest of the books in the series. They've been doing this a lot lately (only carrying a few books of a larger series) and it's really irritating!

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I'd like my credit back on this one.

What would have made Knot in My Backyard better?

A better narrator. This one is sub par for Audible.

What could Mary Marks have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Story is okay

What didn’t you like about Dara Rosenberg’s performance?

Too melodramatic.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Not really

Any additional comments?

Can I get my credit back?

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Narrators need to be literate

Would you try another book from Mary Marks and/or Dara Rosenberg?

Yes to Mary Marks. I would totally avoid any book by this narrator.

What did you like best about this story?

I like the character development and concise but clear scene descriptions.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Yuck! First of all, this squeaky little teenie bopper comes on trying to be the voice of a 55-year old. OK, that happens frequently no matter how much it detracts from a book. But this narrator doesn't know some basic words. Corpse of Engineers??? It wouldn't have been so bad except that the CORPS of Engineers comes up in this story a lot. I was driving while listening and wanted to smash my speakers! Totally ruined this book for me.

Was Knot in My Backyard worth the listening time?

No. The story is all right, but the time listening to it was wasted.

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your money on the audio version. I did and now will have to buy a kindle copy.

1 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • IAN
  • 08-04-16

Exercise and baseball can be a deadly combination!

Would you listen to Knot in My Backyard again? Why?

Yes. Because I like the stories and characters in the Mary Marks books.

What did you like best about this story?

The multi folds of the plot.

What does Dara Rosenberg bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

She brings the characters alive in your mind with her narration.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Baseball is a deadly game!

Any additional comments?

Would like to see more of Mary Marks books in audio made available to us here in the UK.