The second in this lovely cozy series that I’ve read, Lea Wait’s Mainely Needlepoint series is based in coastal Maine, and the small town of Haven Harbor. Please read on for my review of
Dangling by a Thread
Angie Curtis has been back in town nearly four months now, returning to stay with her now newly married grandmother who raised her as a child after her mother’s disappearance. She’s settling in a bit, having made some friends and taken on the management of Mainely Needlepoint, a small collective that creates hand-stitched decorative items with needlepoint and other embroidery techniques.
Early one morning, Angie spots a man in ragged clothes rowing to shore and darting off into the fog. Following him, her curiosity piqued, she’s determined to discover more about the man the locals have dubbed The Solitary.
One of Angie’s friends Dave, a needlepointer in his own right, is friends with this man: they met in a VA hospital as they recovered from injuries during service. Jesse Lockhart headed to Dave’s house when released, an easy jaunt to King’s Island, one that he owns with his cousin. Jesse has taken full-time residence on the island to protect the nesting sites of the Great Cormorants, a mission dear to his heart.
When a wealthy uncle of Angie’s current crush Patrick appears with a trophy wife and a giant yacht, he has decided King’s is the island he MUST have for his new vacation home. Birds and other obstacles be damned. When Angie discovers that a plan to have Jesse declared incompetent and start construction is under way, she and Dave boat out to the island to warn Jesse.
From here a bow and arrow nearly kill Dave, and Jesse is the main suspect. But when he’s found dead, and Angie’s determination and curiosity (if not a bit of meddling) start to increase the twists and turns as the police (and Angie in many ways) search for the killer. With three kittens in need of relocation, some wonderful cookies, a bit of small town politics and pressure to open up employment as well as the end of the tourist season and the story mixes atmosphere, clues, mysteries and wonderful insets describing samplers and their creators from the 16th and 17th centuries and the story is rich. Easily read without previous exposure to the other books in the series, this will entertain readers through a cool fall evening, and fuel interest in the earlier titles from this author.
Title: Dangling by a Thread
Author: Lea Wait
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #4
Also in this series: Twisted Threads, Tightening the Threads, Thread the Halls
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 25 October, 2016
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island—especially when greedy developers want his land . . .
Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King’s Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he’s created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants. But when a wealthy family wants to buy the island and Jesse’s cousin Simon petitions for power of attorney to force him to sell, Jesse is the one who becomes endangered.
Mainely Needlepointer Dave Perry, who befriended Jesse in the VA hospital, rallies the group to his defense. Angie Curtis and the ravelers stitch “Save the King’s Island Cormorants” pillows and sell T-shirts to pay for Jesse’s legal counsel. But tragically, on a visit to the island, Angie and Dave find Jesse dead. Now the search is on for a common thread that can tie the murdered man to his killer . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.