Friday, September 18, 2015

Book Review and Giveaway - Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait

Threads of Evidence
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

2nd in Series
Cozy Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (August 25, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730061
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Synopsis
It’s hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine–until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .

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 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 her to stitch the clues together. . .
But can Sunshine and Aine put aside their differences to stop the murders without tearing each other apart?

My Review

This cozy mystery seemed custom-made to my reading taste:

1. There is a smart female protagonist. Angie Curtis is a former private investigator’s assistant and she has good detective skills. 

2. There is a fascinating old Victorian mansion involved.  I LOVE mysteries set in old houses!

3. There is a long-ago mystery (a mysterious death in 1970) to solve.

4. A large collection of antique needlework pictures figures into the story.  I am a lifelong antiques person and have appraised vintage books before (I sell vintage children's books and ephemera for a living).  I am not very knowledgeable about needlework but found the details in this book fascinating!

I have not read the first book in this series, but now I want to go back and catch up.   This book did work as a standalone read.

Threads of Evidence was a great cozy mystery read, and I highly recommend it to other cozy fans.
 

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About This Author
Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.
http://www.leawait.com/  

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Giveaway:
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I received this book from Great Escapes Book Tour and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 
 

8 comments:

Sandra Watts said...

I love mysteries in old houses too!

Christy Maurer said...

This sounds like it would be my taste too! I love cozy mystery books, but some of them are just not my style.

donnasquaw said...

I would love to read this mystery! I'm new to this author and what a better way to get to know her. Also I found some new facebook pages, follow on twitter, etc., awesome! Thanks for the chance to win this awesome book!
Donna Harris

Robin Coxon said...

What a great combination for a mystery. Thanks for the chance to win this giveaway. robeader53@yahoo.com

Denise said...

This sounds like the perfect cozy mystery. Thank you for the giveaway.

Sandra Watts said...

Thanks so much for this great giveaway. These look like a great collection of books.

donnasquaw said...

Thanks for this special giveaway!
Donna Harris

bn100 said...

nice review