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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.

©2015 Lea Wait (P)2016 Tantor

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"A cozy debut that hits all the sweet spots: small town, family ties, and a crew of intriguing personalities." ( Library Journal)

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  • Jan
  • MKE
  • 06-17-17

Cottage industry and murder

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.

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Lea Wait wonderful new series

What a wonderful start to Lea Wait's new series . It is a great story and nicely narrated . Anyone who is a Maine fan and mystery fan will love this little treasure . Lea writes such wonderful characters you end up feeling like you know them at the end of the book.

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  • Beatrice
  • Houston, TX, United States
  • 09-17-16

Nice Cozy Mystery

This is a well written and complex cozy mystery with engaging characters. The story flows at a nice pace and includes several twists and turns. I look forward to reading the next story.

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Realistic but Not Cozy

I usually love books about my home state of Maine but I was expecting a cozy rather than a realistic mystery. While there was no profanity or sex scenes, the plot did involve sexual abuse of children - not too graphic but still disturbing.

The author created realistic Maine characters with one exception; although many Mainers are reserved most are friendly with a dry sense of humor. Unfortunately there were no lighter or warm moments to balance the depressing parts.

I did enjoy the strong females characters, notably Angie and her spunky 65 year old grandmother. And the history of Maine and needle-point was interesting.