Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thread and Gone by Lea Wait

Thread and Gone

Genre – Cozy Mystery
  • Series: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)

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 an antique needlepoint she's discovered in her family attic, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter. 

Angie's 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 Angie's right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in a safe in her office. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

I thoroughly enjoyed the many aspects of this cozy, small community mystery and how all the layers came together. This is book three of the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series, but it is not even six months since our heroine, Angie Curtis, has returned to the tourist centered town she grew up in - and escaped as soon as she was old enough. She is still getting to know more about the residents, especially the younger population. Angie has been living with her grandmother but now Gran is off on her honeymoon.

This is a mystery of strong emotions and multiple red herrings. It seems to center on money, but there could be control issues also at play. Pay close attention and you may get an education in history, on self value and family connections and interesting, delightful details about needlework.
Or read just for the escape enjoyment of a well crafted cozy mystery.
Who dunnit, why and where is it are the big questions.

I loved that the author wove in references to other Maine authors and mystery series to add to my TBR list. And the sneak peek at a promising next installment in this series.
I did receive this book from the publisher via Netgalley to review but I also own the previous books in this series.

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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