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Twisted Threads: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Twisted Threads: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Написано Lea Wait

Озвучено Christina Delaine


Twisted Threads: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery

Написано Lea Wait

Озвучено Christina Delaine

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4/5 (5 оценки)
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Jan 5, 2016
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9781515971009
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After leaving a decade ago, Angie Curtis has been called back to Harbor Haven, Maine, 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 the 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.

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Издано:
Jan 5, 2016
ISBN:
9781515971009
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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)
    I read the second book in this series first and even though that was not a problem, I wanted to read this one to find out exactly what happened to Angie/Angel's mother as well as how she ended up working for Mainely Needlepoint.

    This was a fun and interesting read, that had me reading into the night to see, how the two mysteries were going to unfold and if they were related or just a coincidence. Angie and her grandmother Charlotte are two very strong women who will easily be able to carry this series on for several books. The cold case in this story is Angie's mother, Charlotte's daughter whose body turns up in Haven Harbour after all these years. Angie and Charlotte had moved on with their lives but they had grown apart. Angie ended up in Arizona working for a Private Investigator and didn’t visit very often. When her grandmother calls her home she returns with the goal of finding out who killed her mother. Her grandmother needed her help with another matter as well dealing with Mainely Needlepoint. Once she is home the women pick up like they were never apart and Angie starts to feel at home again in Haven Harbor. There have been many changes in the small town and it's surrounding communities, but Angie learns you can go home again.

    These are 2 extraordinary characters and the needlepoint thread that pulls the plots together well. The supporting characters in the Needlepoint group were interesting in themselves and I am sure their stories will play out in the series. I loved that both men and women were part of the Mainely Needlepointers.

    A great cozy series to curl up to or read sitting by the pool or on the beach.
  • (4/5)
    Angela Curtis is called back to Maine when her mother's body is finally found after 19 years. On her arrival, she learns that her grandmother started a business with her fellow needlepoint enthusiasts but now she has a problem - the man who was suppose to sell their products is unreachable. Angela offers to help since she has some skills having worked for a PI previously.Successfully locating the salesman, Jacques Lattimore, and bringing him back to a meeting of the Mainely Needlepointers, everyone is stunned when he falls ill and then dies. They are all suspects. The investigation and conclusion were interesting and well thought out.Lots of fun!
  • (4/5)
    Angie Curtis returns to Maine when her Mom's corpse is discovered in a neighbor's storage freezer. She discoverers that her grandmother and others in her Haven Harbor needlepoint business have been ripped off by a man they had trusted to get them more work. Angie uses skills learned while working for a private investigator in Arizona to locate the man. It's not long until there is a murder and the needlepointers all become suspects. Angie uses her skills to help the state police investigate. I really enjoyed the setting, the characters, and the needlepoint themes in this book; however, I was very much put off by the use of Ouija boards, particularly when it involved the town's minister. There was really nothing that they added to the plot. Even though I loved most of the book, I am concerned that the Occultic element will be present in future installments. If it is, I do not wish to read them. This review is based on an advance e-galley provided by the publisher through NetGalley for review purposes.
  • (5/5)
    Twisted Threads is set in the lovely coastal town of Haven Harbor, Maine. The interspersed descriptions of the town, and its intriguing cast of characters, lent to my immense enjoyment of this book. I know I've loved a cozy when the story is told so well that it's a great read on its own, even before the perpetrator is revealed. That was my experience with Twisted Threads. And now a little bit on what the book was about....Angie "Angel" Curtis is returning to her childhood home in Haven Harbor, Maine, to bury her mother who has been found after having gone missing 19 years prior. Charlotte Curtis, Angie's grandmother (affectionately known as "Gram"), hasn't seen Angie much since she left Haven Harbor for Arizona about 10 years earlier, so she's happy to welcome her back home. Angie is glad to be back in Maine with her grandmother and she notices that a couple of things have changed. Gram has become a business owner. She's part of a group of needlepointers that call themselves Mainely Needlepoint. They are craftsmen who do beautiful work, but the business is failing now since their agent, Jacque Lattimore, hasn't been paying them for jobs they've completed, and sadly he's nowhere to be found. In fact, he owes them over $30,000! Since Angie works for a private investigator back in Arizona, she offers to do what she can to track him down. When all is said and done, Angie won't be back in town to find out about her mother's murder alone, but she, along with her grandmother and the other needlepointers, will be embroiled in yet another murder. Might there be a killer among them? Wow, the final chapters of this cozy were intense, and I loved every minute of it!! I was drawn into this somewhat unconventional cozy mystery of a double murder plot. I really appreciated the passages related to needlepoint in the form of quotes, poems and interesting facts that headed up each chapter. I found those tidbits both interesting and fascinating, and I looked forward to them. The story definitely held my attention and the climactic ending was thrilling. I loved this cozy so much that I've already begun Threads of Evidence, book 2 in the series. Need I say more?
  • (5/5)
    amateur-sleuth, women-sleuths, needlework, cottage-industry, crooks, murder The publisher's blurb wasn't too bad, but since Angie had had reason to escape her home town immediately after high school, she really wasn't thrilled about having to go back. The fact that her mother's body had been found after nearly twenty years did provide some comfort that mom had not deserted her. But a bullet to the brain and the suspect being dead is hardly a positive outcome. Then there is the fact that her gran had begun a cottage business beneficial to several town members but had been fleeced by the buying agent meant that she had to stay and help. Until the man was murdered in their home. There is lots more to this twisty mystery, but no spoilers here. At the beginning of each chapter is a quote from handiwork completed in early Maine history. The characters are engaging and well done. I got this as Whispersync on the cheap advertised in Book Gorilla. Christina Delaine provided excellent narration.
  • (4/5)
    I enjoyed this first-in-a-series for several reasons. As a main character, I'd give Angie Curtis two thumbs up. Growing up in a small town, Angie found it almost impossible to cope with the attitudes and behavior of townspeople and the other children at school due to her mother's disappearance. Petty, stupid words and unfeeling acts of cruelty can hurt a child deeply, and Angie has grown up to be distrustful. Living on the margins as she has, Angie is a serious person and has never spent much time thinking about shoes, nail polish, or hot dates. It's interesting to see how being back home amongst people who value her and her skills begins to bring about a change in her personality.The people who value her are her grandmother (naturally) and the people who have joined with her grandmother to form the Mainely Needlepoint business. This first book isn't full of needlepoint tips or internet resources as I'd expected; that may come later. What it does share are the business aspects-- building client lists, choosing craftspeople, billing, payroll, and how to build an inventory. This may sound dull, but in author Lea Wait's hands, it's far from it because the information plays a part in the mystery.The craftspeople who are a part of Mainely Needlepoint help create a large, interesting, and shifting suspect pool, for both the deaths of the middleman and of Angie's mother. They're also going to make a wonderful secondary cast in future books. In addition, Angie's grandmother's life is about to undergo a profound change, and it will be interesting to see how she and her granddaughter deal with it.The plot of Twisted Threads hinges on one puzzle piece. Before that puzzle piece is put in place, I had no idea whodunnit, but once it plopped down where it belonged, everything was clear. Lea Wait's new Mainely Needlepoint series has been given a solid foundation-- one that's a bit deeper and a bit edgier than most cozies. I'm really looking forward to the next book!
  • (4/5)
    4 STARS This is a new exciting cozy series. The mystery was good with some twists. Clean, good read ,with characters I would like to see more of. I can see how Angie could come across a lot of bodies in the future. Angie Curtis lives in Arizona, working for P.I. She gets a message from her grandmother to come home her mother was finally found. Her grandmother Charlotte raised her. Angie's mother disappeared when she was young child. She had left home when she was eighteen. Angie's Gram had started a business with some friends. Mainely Needlepoint. They have not been paid for the past few months. They need to find the Jacques Latimore who was their agent. He owes them thousands of dollars. Angie volunteers to help find Latimore. She also plans to look into who killed her mother Jenny. The pace was pretty good. Story was easy to keep the charactes straight. The setting is Haven Harbor, Maine. Where they get lots of tourists in the summer. I was given this ebook to read by Net Galley and Kensington Publisher and in return agreed to give Twisted Threads a honest review and be part of it's blog tour.
  • (5/5)
    Angie Curtis returns to her native Maine after spending a decade in Arizona, most recently training to be a private investigator. Her return home is precipitated by the discovery of her missing mother’s body. It appears her mom was murdered shortly after she disappeared – when Angie was a pre-teen. Raised by her loving and doting grandmother, Charlotte, Angie wanted nothing more than to get away from the town of Haven Harbor.In addition to the “cold case” of her mother’s death, Angie learns that her grandmother, CEO of a small needlepoint company, was conned out of tens of thousands of dollars by a man who had been serving as agent to her little band of needle-pointers. Charlotte asks Angie to find the scammer and get the money everyone is owed. When I owned a website specializing in cozy mystery reviews, I had a category I called “not quite cozy.” It was reserved for books that didn’t have a lot of gratuitous sex, violence or profanity but were a bit darker than the usual cozy. Twisted Threads would easily fall into that category. That said, I believe cozy mystery readers will love this story … and love Angie as heroine. Lea Wait is a veteran writer of mysteries and her professionalism and talent are evident on every page. Highly recommended.
  • (4/5)
    Twisted Threads by Lea Wait is the first book in her new series Mainely Needlepoint.Angie was raised by her grandmother after her mother went missing. Angie left home and after 10 years her grandmother calls her home because they found her mother's body. Angie now wants to know who killed her mother and why. Charlotte’s needlepoint group provides Angie with much needed support, and a friend of one of the needlepointers ends up dead, Angie finds a connection between that death and her mother.I adored this book the characters are great working together and they draw you into the book. I did not want to put this down at all. I love small town feels and I think the author did a great job with the descriptions etc. I will be looking for more books from this author.
  • (4/5)
    I just finished TWISTED THREADS by Lea Wait. This title is the first in a series called A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery.I quite enjoyed this title and I was reminded that I knew of Leah Wait’s previous books. I heard Lea speak at a children’s literature conference quite a while ago in Maine - either at USM or Augusta. She is a talented author of children’s fiction. Being a children’s librarian, I greatly enjoyed her presentation, read all of her (then) published books, purchased the titles for my library and used at least one of them in a reading/library class activity. The books were excellent. I especially liked WINTERING WELL, STOPPING TO HOME, and SEAWARD BORN.I am not familiar with her ‘Antique Print Mystery’ series, but I plan to read the series soon.TWISTED THREADS has an incredible sense of place to it. Living in Maine, I was instantly familiar with the small coastal town she described and its inhabitants. They might as well have been my own neighbors! I liked all the references to embroidering and needlepoint and enjoyed the quotes about needlework beginning each chapter.The mystery was plausible and the characters very detailed. The plot was also very detailed and well constructed and written.I am looking forward to reading the next installment and would recommend this book.