Lea Wait arrives at the blog with the second to last book in her Mainely Needlepoint cozy mystery series
Thread on Arrival
Let me start with saying that if you are a cozy lover – this is a wonderful series – I’ve read (or listened to) most of the titles in this series – and the development of the characters, the town and the tidbits of Maine life and weather are not to be missed. And, with the author’s passing last August, the final (and 9th) in the series is already out and ready to order – so get on it!. In this, the eighth in the series, the story shows the community spirit as it rallies around a resident who has fallen on hard times. Not a community that is blessed with riches and plenty of money – like most fishing-reliant areas along the coast it is tourism, hard work and a reliance on friends, family and goodwill to get through the lean moments. It’s how Angie had taken a small group of residents who all appreciate and have a talent for needlework, and built a thriving cottage industry with a website presence and a reputation for ‘getting it done’.
And Ike had hit on seriously hard times, with not quite enough to survive on, manage needed repairs to his home – a house badly in need of them. But, Ike, like many of the residents in town is always willing to share what he has, and has taken in a young homeless man, Leo, to share what he has. It’s not that Leo is a local, in fact no one knows much about him, and while Angie and the Mainely needlepointers are curious and concerned, they never hit the point of overbearing – even with Angie’s history as a PI, or the general ‘newness’ of Leo. And soon things get worse as it is Leo who discovers that Ike has been bludgeoned to death in the garage they shared, and he’s the main suspect. It will take lots of digging – which Angie is more than prepared to do, a ton of unearthed red herrings, until finally the culprit is revealed. And that was a set of twists, turns and plenty of moments to think on the “is it X or Y or Z” instead of everything being handed out quickly and simply.
Narration for this story is provided by Christina Delaine, my first listen to this narrator. Her voice is clear, melodic and easy to listen to: she pauses appropriately for information to “sink in”, and her narration from Angie’s point of view (always a treat) keep the story flowing forward. Bits of information from history, the scenery and even the moments of friendship, community and the town allows the listener the ability to get lost into the story, following along as if one were there on the scene. A lovely pairing of narrator and book, this is a wonderful option for those who are more commonly readers but may want a ‘different feel’ for a bit.
Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Title: Thread on Arrival
Author: Lea Wait
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #8
Also in this series: Twisted Threads, Dangling by a Thread, Tightening the Threads, Thread the Halls, Thread Herrings
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery, Friendship, Humor elements, Murder, Mystery Elements, Setting: American, Small Town
Narrator: Christina Delaine
Published by: Kensington, Tantor Audio
Published on: 30 April, 2019
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Length: 8 Hours: 9 minutes
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In this coastal New England town, folks take care of the needy—but someone is killing without kindness . . .
Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he’s fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and needlepointing partners Angie and Sarah are happy to see him at the annual Blessing of the Fleet, honoring all those lost at sea over the centuries.
But when harmless Ike is stabbed, suspicion quickly falls on a troubled teenage boy who’s new in town. Angie’s convinced that young Leo is innocent—but if he didn’t do it, who did? Turns out Ike may have appeared simple-minded, but he knew a few secrets that someone might have murdered him to keep quiet. Angie sets out to trace Ike’s bottle-collecting route to find out what he witnessed—and for this killer, there may be no redemption . . .
A copy of this title was provided via Tantor Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.