Twisted Threads: Mainely Needlepoint #1 by Lea Wait

Book Review:

Oh this was a fun little mystery, adding in the flavor of mid-coastal Maine with a touch of murder and a long-cold trail of a missing woman.

After a call from her grandmother, Charlotte, telling her that her mother’s body was found has her flying cross country, returning to her childhood home, Angela is suddenly back in the place she never expected to be.

Aside from her mother’s recently discovered body, Charlotte’s needlepoint cooperative, Mainely Needlepoint is experiencing issues with payment from their salesman.  Angela had been working with a PI firm in Arizona, and her grandmother believes she is the logical person to find the missing Jacques to get the answer and recover the missing funds.

When Angie locates Jacques and returns him to meet with the collective from Mainely Needlepoint, Jacques suddenly takes ill, and soon there is another dead body on their hands. Only this time, Angel and her grandmother are suspects.

Several twists, long-dead childhood friendships and conflicts resurrecting and a cast of characters in the Mainely Needlepoint collective that are beautifully developed, each with potential to have poisoned Jacques.  A bit of needlework history, some discussion of stitches and the solid voice of Angela and her reminiscences add to the layers in this story, building background and providing history.

Plenty of twists, some disreputable characters and plenty of description that brings the mid-coast Maine area alive, this was a fast-paced, easy to read story that never once lost its momentum.

Twisted Threads: Mainely Needlepoint #1 by Lea Wait

Title: Twisted Threads
Author: Lea Wait
Genre: Cozy Mystery
Published by: Kensington
Published on: 6 January, 2015
Pages: 320
Rated: four-stars
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Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.

The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…

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.

About Lea Wait

Maine author Lea Wait writes two mystery series: the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Dangling By a Thread, and the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print series, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Morning in Maine. Wait also writes historical novels set in nineteenth century Maine for readers eight and up. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, to visit her website,, and to read the blog she writes with other Maine mystery writers,

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