Can’t Wait Wednesday: Thread and Buried by Lea Wait

A cozy mystery series with needlepoint and likable characters set on the Maine coast

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Thread and Buried

by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #9

Published by Kensington

Publishing date: November 26, 2019

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

272 pages

Synopsis: Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown–but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The producer, Hank Stoddard, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone’s lowered the boom on him . . .

After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman’s tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie’s got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . . 

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I usually choose books published several months in the future, but today I’m choosing a book which comes out at the end of this month since I missed it when I put up my November 2019 books on my list last week.

I’ve read the first six books in this series and own the next two so I want to read at least one of those before this new book is published!

I really like the way the author weaves in the mystery with needlepoint elements set on the Maine coast.

Review: Thread the Halls by Lea Wait

thread the halls by lea waitThread the Halls by Lea Wait

Series: Mainely Needlepoint #6

Genre: Mystery, Cozy

Setting: Coastal Maine

Source: Ebook, purchased

Publishing Date: 2017

320 pages

Synopsis: This Yuletide season, there’s no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick’s being needled by his mother–movie star Skye West–to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother’s long list of wishes, Patrick’s becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye’s Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

My thoughts

Note: This is a review I wrote at the end of 2018 for a book I read in December. I’m finally getting it posted! And I’m saying that I’m giving people an idea of a book to read for this Christmas…lol.

I wanted to read this book before Christmas 2018 so I’m glad I’ve done that. I enjoy reading holiday or winter mysteries. And I’m liking this series. I read three of the books during the last six months of 2018 and they’re very good.

Samplers and Maine

I love the sampler information and quotes at the beginning of each chapter in all the books. They’re so interesting and often poignant. Most of the samplers were stitched by young women who lived in New England and many in Maine. The Maine coastal setting is also fun to read about. I have relatives in Maine and we have often spent time along the beautiful Maine coast. From what I’ve seen through the years Haven Harbor certainly rings true as a Maine coastal town.

The Mystery

The mystery in this book was interesting. I had some ideas about it, but didn’t quite figure things out which is a good sign. I like when the author is able to keep me guessing. The characters in the books are engaging and interesting–both the returning characters and the new characters who show up in this book.

Hollywood Characters

I did find the actions of some of the Hollywood people off-putting. The lack of feeling for a murdered colleague is probably true-to-life for some of these people so not a bad thing, but sometimes put me in a bad mood! I certainly understood Angie’s feelings about having to set aside her Christmas plans to help out Patrick and his mother Skye. This isn’t my favorite of the three books, but I think I was channeling my own frustrations about not getting some things done for Christmas and could totally feel Angie’s frustration…lol.

My Rating: B+

Have you read any books by this author?

Twisted Threads by Lea Wait

twisted-threads-by-lea-waitTwisted Threads by Lea Wait
Series: Mainely Needlepoint #1
Genre: Mystery (cozy)
Setting: Harbor Haven, Maine
Published by Kensington, 2015
E-book, purchased
320 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: 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…  

I may have been away for a while, but I hadn’t forgotten how much people in Haven Harbor depended on their second or third jobs–their crafts or jams or Christmas wreaths in December or blueberry sales in July–to get through the year.

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He was not only married, but he was a father. Why did he have to be so darn good looking? Probably honest and trustworthy, too. What people always say about all the good men being taken . . .

Initial impressions

  • The Maine coastal setting and the characters make this mystery a winner. A good beginning to a new series.

The story

  • Angie Curtis comes home for a funeral because her mother who disappeared when she was 10 years old was finally found.
  • Angie left Harbor Haven after she graduated from high school and hasn’t been back home since.
  • Her mother was murdered and she wants to find out why. When another person is murdered Angie wants to figure it all out. Are the two murders related?
  • Angie also discovers her Grandmother needs help with a home business–Mainely Needlepoint–she started.

Pluses

  • I love the embroidery and needlepoint quotes at the beginning of each chapter. They are often from samplers and so interesting.
  • I always love a Maine setting! Maine described: both the beauty and the difficulty of making a living in a small tourist town.
  • I like the business aspects of Mainely Needlepoint. It’s interesting to discover how Angie’s grandmother was able to grow the business, her mistakes and how Angie helps. And it’s all important to the plot.
  • The book is written in first person so we just know Angie’s point-of-view, but I like Angie and her internal thoughts are candid and often funny.
  • I like that Angie (known as “Angel” to her grandmother) is able to find the agent who worked with her grandmother’s needlepoint business through the things she learned working for a private investigator in Arizona.
  • Angie is a survivor. Her mom was a single mom, she never knew who her father was and people in town gossiped about her mom and other kids called Angie names especially after her mom disappeared. Angie’s Gram was the solid foundation in her life. It’s hard for Angie to come back to Harbor Haven, but she ends up glad that she did.
  • Angie’s Gram is a great character! She has changed some since Angie was growing up and living with her grandmother. Gram now has a cat, a boyfriend and drinks wine sometimes!

Minuses

  • This is a little darker and edgier than some cozys. That didn’t bother me, but it’s possible it will bother other readers.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  •  I’ve already read the second book in this series. I really like the characters and the stories. The third book in the series was published just last month.

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Lea Wait: Maine author, historian and antique dealer Lea Wait writes the seven-book Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series and the Mainely Needlepoint series, which debuted in January, 2015. She also writes historical novels for ages 8 and up set in nineteenth century Maine.

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