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Threads of Evidence: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Threads of Evidence: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Написано Lea Wait

Озвучено Christina Delaine


Threads of Evidence: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Написано Lea Wait

Озвучено Christina Delaine

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Jan 26, 2016
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9781515971016
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Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years—and some say that it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances.

Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder—and the murderer—and it's up to Angie to stitch the clues together.

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Jan 26, 2016
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Lea Wait made her mystery debut with Shadows at the Fair, which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Shadows on the Ivy, the third novel in her acclaimed series featuring Maggie Summer, is forthcoming in hardcover from Scribner. Lea comes from a long line of antiques dealers, and has owned an antique print business for more than twenty-five years. The single adoptive mother of four Asian girls who are now grown, she lives in Edgecomb, Maine. In addition to the Antique Print mysteries, Lea Wait writes historical fiction for young readers. Her first children's book, Stopping to Home, was named a Notable Book for Children in 2001 by Smithsonian magazine. Visit her website at LeaWait.com.


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  • (4/5)
    In the second book of the Mainely Needlepoint series we again meet Angie Curtis who returned to Haven Harbor Maine after the body of her missing mother was found. Angie has agreed to stay for at least six months. Her grandmother, who raised her, is getting married and has turned over the reins of Mainely Needlepoint to her. Several of the communities members work for them restoring and creating new Needlepoint Projects. The beautiful, yet dilapitated mansion, Aurora, has been standing empty for many years. The previous owner's daughter died mysteriously during a party 45 years earlier. When the actress, Skye West, purchased the mansion to restore, Haven Harbor is abuzz. She also states that she intends to find out who killed Jasmine, 45 years earlier. She enlists the help of Angie, a previous investigator in Arizona, to assist her in this task.

    The characters that inhabit Haven Harbor are typical Mainers with the suspicious eye to any "foreigners". They are engaging yet tough. I enjoyed the story and meeting the characters. I will go back to read book one.

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
  • (5/5)
    Residents of Haven Harbor, Maine, are relieved to learn that "Aurora", an old, neglected Victorian mansion and eyesore of the community, that has sat desolate for the past 25 years has been bought. Aurora has a macabre past. Jasmine Gardener, age 17, died on the property back in 1970. Jasmine's parents were hosting a party at Aurora, their summer home, the day she died. The death was ruled an accidental drowning by police, but Jasmine's mother, Millie Gardener, believed her daughter was murdered. Now, 45 years after the murder, famous actress, Skye West, who's bought Aurora has commissioned Angie Curtis, Director of Mainely Needlepoint, to appraise the needlepoint pictures that were left inside the property. As Angie makes her way through the mansion and realizes that its condition inside is even worse than she imagined, she wonders why Skye West would be interested in restoring and living in a place that seems more suited for demolition than renovation. As the story moves forward we learn of Skye's connection to Jasmine, which inadvertently answers Angie's question. And as Angie investigates a 45 year old murder involving the then 17 year old, we see how many partygoers that night had a reason to want her dead. Threads of Evidence is, in my opinion, a more intricately composed Murder mystery than book 1, Twisted Threads. There are more suspects, clues and variables to consider. Although Threads of Evidence can be read on its own, I benefited from reading the first book in the series because it introduced me to the many characters that made an appearance in book 2, enabling me to keep them all straight in my head. The actress, old Victorian mansion, colorful cast of characters, along with the protagonist's sleuthing strategies, made Threads of Evidence enjoyable. And since I like to learn new things, it's great that the author shares embroidery tidbits. I also learned about some poisonous plants which was interesting. Overall, another well constructed cozy mystery that I'd recommend.
  • (5/5)
    Lovely passages of needlework references and great descriptions of the area make this a must read for any sewer/traveller!
    Must look up other books in this series.
    This digital book was given to me by the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest, unbiased review, which I certainly do!
  • (4/5)
    Author Wait knows when someone dies under mysterious circumstances, the loss will remain public until the truth is told. In this story, the dead of a young girl and grieving mother left a once beautiful showplace in near ruins. Angie, the lead character, finds herself in the middle as she works to evaluate and restore mansion relics. The story is a typical who done it with needlework playing a significant role.
  • (4/5)
    Angie is settling in after returning to her hometown and she becomes involved with the renovation preparations of the neglected mansion in Haven Harbor. When the new owner becomes endangered because she is researching the mysterious death of a former resident, Angie takes up the investigation to find out what happened years ago.The hints that are buried in the needlepoint of the former owner were beautifully woven throughout the mystery.
  • (4/5)
    Threads of Evidence is a cozy mystery set in Maine and centered around a needlework store. Angie has returned to her hometown in Maine and is busy planning a wedding shower for her grandma. A crumbling mansion, the site of a tragic death years earlier, has been bought by a celebrity. Angie and her friend are hired to clear out furnishings and see what can be kept and what can be sold. Among the items are ten beautiful needlepoint pictures which Angie and her friends will restore. The new owner wants to solve the mystery of that long-ago death. The past collides with the present and the murderer becomes a danger once more.
  • (5/5)
    With just two books in the Mainely Needlepoint series so far, I confess that I'm hooked. Lea Wait has a series that delivers when it comes to needlepoint (this time restoring old damaged pieces) without going overboard. That can be a tricky path to tread, but if there's needlepoint in the cozy I'm reading, I want its percentage to be somewhere between just walking past a shop window and saying, "Oh look at that needlepoint pillow!" and doing so much stitching that the characters don't have time to stick their noses outside to solve a murder. The author has the perfect blend in this series, and that really ups the enjoyment factor for me. Threads of Evidence also started like gangbusters with Angie and her friend clearing out that marvelous old house and getting ready for a sale. As long as that was going on, I refused any and all attempts to get me to come up for air. What's wonderful is that once the sale was over, the story and the characters assumed control and kept me turning the pages enthusiastically.Angie is one of the best amateur sleuths going because she worked for a private investigator in Arizona. She's familiar with how to do things, and if she needs some help, she can always phone up her former boss. She's also very level-headed and smart. Life dealt her some hard knocks rather early in life, so even though she's positive and upbeat, she's still a bit reserved. (Have some fun, but don't be surprised if someone wants to shove you into the handbasket to Hell.)There's some competition between Angie and her friend, and other Mainely Needlepointers do their part to help solve the crime. If that's not enough, there's Angie's grandmother's wedding to keep tabs on. I only solved half the mystery which is always a plus-- and I have a confession to make. I wish that Hollywood actress had chosen a screen name that didn't make my eyes hiccup every time they saw it. It probably won't bother you a bit, but since I'm from Phoenix, Skye West just sounds like a blend of Sky Harbor Airport and the old America West Arena-- or the name of an airline. I know. Silly, aren't I?What's not silly is how much I enjoyed this book, and how highly I rate this series. Bring on book three! I can't wait to see what happens next to Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers.
  • (4/5)
    THREADS OF EVIDENCE by Lea Wait is the second title in A Mainely Needlepoint series.I read the first title, TWISTED THREADS, and enjoyed it, so I decided to read this title also.The main character, Angela Curtis, has relocated to her hometown of Haven Harbor, Maine and lives with her grandmother. She has become the director of her grandmother’s business, Mainely Needlepoint. (Please refer to TWISTED THREADS for all of this background information.)When the old, abandoned Gardner estate is purchased, Angela and her friend, Sarah Byrne, aredrawn into the puzzling and mysterious death of Jasmine Gardner 45 years ago.I liked the characters in this book - they were realistic and their lifestyles plausible. The mystery was also interesting and ultimately had a needlework tie-in.I greatly enjoyed the quotations from early 18th and 19th century samplers which began every chapter. I liked seeing the ages of the girls who ‘worked’ these samplers and where they were from. Two of the locations were from areas where I grew up - Mad River Township and Springboro - both in southwestern Ohio.All in all, a pleasant read. I would recommend this series for fans of a ‘cozy mystery’.
  • (5/5)
    Picture a cozy small seaside town on the coast of Maine filled with colorful characters and we have the setting of this suspenseful cozy murder mystery. This is the second book in the Mainely Needlepointers Series and I must say I greatly enjoyed the book. This can be read as a stand-alone.Lea Wait has our main character, Angie Curtis investigating the forty-five year old death of Jasmine Gardener. Jasmine was the daughter of the town’s rich family that owned the estate, Aurora. Each summer the family hosted an end of season party for the entire town prior to their return to New York, however at this last party tragedy occurred. Jasmine died and her mother insists she was murdered, and continued to insist until she died, which left Aurora empty and falling into disrepair. Suddenly the house is sold to an actress from California and things really begin to happen as the actress, Skye West and her son, Patrick, are in town to solve the mystery of Jasmine's death and restore Aurora. The author did a wonderful job of filling this story with colorful characters; a murder mystery that someone does not want solved, attempted murder, arson, and secrets, long-held secrets.A part-time investigator, Angie is managing her grandmother's Mainely Needlepointers, and partners with Sarah in restoring old needlepoint work to its original splendor. To top-off all Angie has on her plate, her Grandmother is marrying Reverend Tom in three weeks and they have a wedding and a bridal shower to organize; now she has a murder to solve and stop another murder from occurring. She cannot resist helping with Sky’s investigation into Jasmine’s murder, she is hooked and must solve the mystery as mysteries abound in this story.The plot was consistently interesting, and never lagged or bogged down. The suspense was kept at maximum peak throughout the book. The way Ms. Wait revealed the identity of the murderer was a stroke of genius. I thought I had it all worked out several times but found I was not correct. I loved the needlepoint sayings before each chapter; it added an extra element to the story.This is an easy read that anyone that enjoys cozy mysteries will love. I look forward to the next installment.I received this book from the publisher and Netgalley in return for an honest review.
  • (4/5)
    There are several things I look for in a cozy. Let me break these down for you.The cover. It must be colorful and fun and have something to do with the story. The cover for Threads Of Evidence is all of those things. It’s fun, colorful and a bit spooky. Showing the antiques, the needle point, and the candle gives it a haunted atmosphere.The title. The title is quirky and leads right into the theme of this one.The mystery. This has more than one. I had fun reading how they connected and didn’t have clue until near the end. Then, I was wrong. You have a cold case, the accidental death or murder of a young girl in the 70s. And the attempted murder of a new resident in the town of Haven Harbor, Maine.The town. I like small towns. Haven Harbor, Maine is just that. The author painted a pretty picture with her words and I felt comfortable there, despite the dark deeds occurring.The characters and their names.I’ll talk about names first. I like it when names are used that are popular in the area the story takes place. Some are quite unusual and fun to try to pronounce in my head. You get plenty in this cast.About those characters themselves. I’m huge on character driven stories and like to have several to love and loathe. There are so many in this book, I can’t possibly pick a favorite.Angie’s return home is anything but uneventful. She lands a job appraising the contents of Aurora, a long abandoned and fallen to ruin mansion. Doesn’t every town have one of these? She’s quickly drawn into the cold case of a young girl’s possible murder. Her previous job working for a private investigator help her in this case. She’s good at sniffing out clues and handling the local police. Let’s just hope her curiosity, like a cat’s, doesn’t require she needs nine lives.There’s the famous actress, Skye West, who along with her handsome son, Patrick,(possible love interest for Angie?) purchased the aging mansion and are fixing it up. I believe there is more to the purchase than that. Perhaps another mystery to explore?I could go on, but then I’d be telling you half of the story.I read this one fairly quickly. The writing flowed easily, the characters were engaging and distinct, and the mysteries had me hooked. I needed to solve them for myself.I was also fascinated with the old mansion. I used to spend summers with my best friend at her father’s place. He had this small cabin in the middle of nowhere. We’d find these overgrown roads and drive down them to see where they went. We found many old houses in various states of decay. Being careful, we explored them. I found a lot of interesting stuff, and often wondered about the previous owners. Why did they abandon the house and leave their stuff behind? Did something tragic happen? I often thought I felt a presence lingering. Pretty sure it was my over active imagination.What fun it must have been for these characters to go through that old mansion. Discovering it’s past, uncovering it’s secrets.A fun cozy, with all the material to make me happy.
  • (5/5)
    Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait is the second book in the Mainely Needlepoint series. Angela returned to Haven Harbor, Maine a month ago. She thought she would only stay around for about six months to help her grandmother. Now, though, she is the director of her grandmother’s Mainely Needlepoint business and has started another business with her new friend, Sarah Byrne. Sarah owns an antique shop and she also does needlepoint projects for Mainely Needlepoint. Their new sideline business is to identify, conserve, and restore old needlework. Angela is busy with learning the ropes at Mainely Needlepoint and preparing for her Gram’s wedding. Gram (Charlotte Owen) is marrying Reverend Tom on the last Saturday in June. Angela has yet to find a dress to wear as maid of honor and Gram would like to have a wedding shower (she did not get one when she married the first time).The Gardner Estate called Aurora has been empty since Millie Gardener died in the early 1990’s. The actress, Skye West just purchased the property. She has hired Sarah and Angela to look at the beautiful needlework. Millie Gardener did a lot of needlework in her later years. Unfortunately, since the house was so neglected a lot of it is damaged. There are ten panels, though, that were framed that can be salvaged. Skye West asks Sarah and Angela to set up a sale of all the furniture and belonging. She wants everyone in town to come. Skye offers them $15,000 to get the sale ready in one week. Turns out that Skye has an ulterior motive for buying the Aurora. She visited the estate when she was seventeen. She was friends with Millie’s daughter, Jasmine. Jasmine died the night of the end of the summer party at Aurora. It was ruled an accident, but Millie believes her daughter was murdered. Skye has come to find out the truth. Angela gets pulled in the case when Millie finds out that she worked with a private investigator in Arizona. It has been forty-five years since Jasmine died. Can they really find out the truth after so much time? The killer does not appreciate Skye and Angela nosing around. Millie left them some clues, but can they figure them out in time?Threads of Evidence was a good book. I enjoyed reading it and solving the mystery. I like the way it was written. The book is very easy to read, lovely setting, and good characters. The mystery is medium level. It is not simple, but also not extremely complex (I figured it out before I was halfway through the book). I loved the clues and how they were incorporated into the needlepoint. The only thing I did not like was Sarah Byrne’s obsession with Patrick West, Skye’s son. As soon as she saw him, she was very focuses on him (even though he was more interested in Angela). Sarah acted more like a teenager than a grown woman who owned a business. One other thing that I found strange was Angela’s focus on alcohol. She was not a heavy drinker or an alcoholic, but it seemed to be mentioned quite frequently throughout the book. I did not understand her concern over it (nothing wrong with a glass of wine in the evening or with dinner). Otherwise, an entertaining novel. I give Threads of Evidence 4.5 out of 5 stars. Threads of Evidence can easily be relished without having read the first book in the series.I received a complimentary copy of Threads of Evidence from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The review and opinions expressed are my own.