Lea Wait returns to the blog today with the fifth book in her Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series set on the coast of Maine and featuring the people of this little town and it’s intrigues, mysteries and people in
Tightening the Threads
I’ve read (devoured) all of the books in this series recently – even as I’m slow to get reviews up for some. There’s something very comforting in the narrative voice of Angie as she works through her own issues in coming back to town and her rather infamous mother’s history, full of the small town feel, particularly that of the Maine coast in a town that is inundated each summer with tourists. Far from being a space that only caters to the summer people, they’ve built and attracted year-round businesses, built friendships and survived to solve several murders. Now, Angie’s best friend Sarah, an ex-pat Aussie that owns a small antique shop in town, and just recently shared some personal bombshells, is in hot water. Especially when her long-hidden ties to her brother, Ted, a wealthy art gallery owner and son of a famous artist turns up dead, his will revealing Sarah will be inheriting it all.
Of course we do know that Sarah didn’t poison Ted, but with his adult children all screaming for blood and a rather convenient appearance of this new family member, it’s up to Angie, Sarah and Patrick to ferret out the clues and do some real digging to both prove her family ties and find the real culprit. Lea Wait informs this story with extensive research into foster-child emigration and relocation to Australia from the UK, and we follow Sarah’s search through records in three countries, slowly unveiling her own family history, and we discover more clues to the culprit. Plenty of suspects, drama, intrigue and the new characters and personalities introduced with Ted’s rather eclectic family all play roles where each becomes the focal point for suspicion, with plenty of drama to spare. While the other members of the Mainely Needlepoint collective are relegated to cameo and backseat roles, their inputs add a sense of life proceeding on despite Sarah’s crisis, and serves to highlight that sense of community and insight (not to mention outside points of view and a touch of gossip) that have come to be a staple in this series.
With a culprit that I didn’t see coming, as Wait does manage to throw a net-load of red herrings into this one, a sense of rightness in the conclusion and a once closemouthed and mysterious in all the good ways character in Sarah taking center stage and revealing more of her story, it was hard to put down and completely engaging story. While it does work as your first introduction to the series, this is one that is best read from the beginning to see the relationships develop, and they are wonderful reads, perfect for fans of cozies with a twist.
Title: Tightening the Threads
Author: Lea Wait
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #5
Also in this series: Twisted Threads, Dangling by a Thread
Genre: Contemporary Cozy Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 28 March, 2017
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
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In the coastal town of Haven Harbor, blood runs thicker than water--and just as freely . . .
Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone--not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she's searched for all her life--family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .
Ted's adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah--especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she's guilty. If Sarah and Angie can't track down the real murderer in time, Sarah's bound to learn how delicate--and deadly--family dynamics can truly be . . .
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.
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