Lea Wait
AUTHOR

Lea Wait

When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted four daughters. Now I'm married, live on the coast of Maine, and write mysteries and historical novels about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. I'm thrilled to now be a USA Today (and Amazon) best seller!

My husband, artist Bob Thomas, and I love sitting on our porch overlooking the river and sipping wine, when we're not writing or painting, or keeping up with the rest of the world on CNN. On good days I walk along beautiful coastal roads near my home. I also love speaking about writing at schools, libraries, and other organizations, and attending art gallery openings, especially when my husband's work is featured.

SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE, in which my protagonist adopts a long-awaited child, and, of course, solves a murder, is the latest in my Shadows Antique Print mystery series. The Midwest Book Review said it was "deftly plotted, with unexpected story twists and turns ... an extraordinary novel by a master of the mystery/suspense genre... unreservedly recommended."

TIGHTENING THE THREADS, the fifth Mainely Needlepoint series, centered around the secrets Australian Sarah Byrne has kept about her origins, was published in April, 2017. Next up? THREAD THE HALLS, a Christmas mystery, to be released October 31. A novella connected with this series is also in the works for the fall of 2017, so stay tuned!

In my LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE I write about what it's like to be an author living in Maine. Full of love and humor, it shows how my work and life intersect.

And my latest books for young people, are UNCERTAIN GLORY, about two teenaged boys who really published their Maine town's newspaper during the first two weeks of the Civil War, and PIZZA TO DUE FOR, a funny contemporary mystery set in an Italian family in the suburbs of New Jersey, and focused on 14-year-old Miki, who wants to be a chef ... and solves a murder when her mentor, the owner of a local Italian restaurant, dies and no one else believes he was killed.

My favorite quotation is "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan wrote that, but I think it defines my life.

For more information about me (and links to free prequels of my recent books!) check my website, www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, like my www.facebook.com/lLea Wait/Cornelia Kidd page, and read the blog (www.mainecrimewriters.com) I write with 9 other mystery writers from Maine.

And remember ... LIFE is the real mystery!

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Best Sellers

    • Thread the Halls

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, Book 6
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 8 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Twisted Threads

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series #1
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 8 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 44

    After leaving a decade ago, Angie Curtis has been called back to Harbor Haven, Maine, by her grandmother, Charlotte....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Cottage industry and murder

    • By Jan on 06-17-17

    Regular price: $24.49

    • Threads of Evidence

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, Book 2
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23

    The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as Aurora, has been sitting vacant for nearly 25 years - and some say that it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Enjoyed this!

    • By Peggy M on 11-21-17

    Regular price: $27.99

    • Dangling by a Thread

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, Book 4
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King's Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he's created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Thread and Gone

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, Book 3
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 6 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • meh

    • By Beatrice on 06-24-18

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Tightening the Threads

    • Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, Book 5
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Christina Delaine
    • Length: 8 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5

    Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she's searched for all her life - family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection....

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Shadows on the Ivy

    • An Antique Print Mystery
    • By: Lea Wait
    • Narrated by: Celeste Lawson
    • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Maggie Summer has three loves: her antique print business, Shadows; her career as a community college professor in Somerset County, New Jersey; and the new man in her life, Will Brewer....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • childless angst

    • By Bmom on 10-25-07

    Regular price: $20.97

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