Monday, January 11, 2016

Blog Tour and Review: THREAD AND GONE (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery) by Lea Wait

3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085

When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…

Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

Angie grew up in Haven Harbor and returned to the quiet town and take up needlepoint, but she is no stranger to investigating murders. Needless to say, the local and not-so-local police are quick to discourage her part. In THREAD AND GONE, Angie reasons that she is not investigating the murder, but trying to find the possibly valuable needlepoint piece that was stolen from the safe. At the same time, the Mainely Needlepoint members are searching to find the provenance of the piece and solve the mystery of the Mary's for Mary Clough. 

History buffs, particularly those interested in Mary Queen of Scotts and Marie Antoinette will like the historical bent as Angie, Mary, and others search through the historical documents Mary has to determine how the needlepoint made it from France to Haven Harbor. Wait's two plots move forward in parallel and intersect nicely at the end. Although this is the third in the series, it can be read as a stand alone.  For those who like to start at the beginning, the first in the series is THREADS OF EVIDENCE with Angie's return to Haven Harbor, followed by TWISTED THREADS.

FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in the hopes that I would post an honest review as part of this blog tour. This has not affected the content of my review in any way.

About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.

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  1. Sounds like a great cozy series, and the cover art is lovely. Thank you for the giveaway.