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Thread Herrings (The Mainely Needlepoint Mysteries): 7 Audio CD – Unabridged, 1 March 2021
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MP3 CD FormatTagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework—a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms.
Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker's invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found strangled in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery—or she may be the next one going, going . . . gone . . .
About the Author
Lea Wait comes from a long line of antique dealers. The single adoptive parent of four Asian daughters adopted as older children, she is now married and lives in Maine where she runs an antique print business and writes the Maggie Summer series as well as historical novels for young readers. Her debut mystery, Shadows at the Fair, was nominated for an Agatha Award.
- Publisher : Tantor and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (1 March 2021)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1665224509
- ISBN-13 : 978-1665224505
- Dimensions : 13.46 x 19.05 cm
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I did NOT love it. I found it in desperate need of an editor and a copy editor. (Ex: "He's x's daughter." No, not a gender issue!) I found the heroine TSTL--who thinks an iron gate is going to protect her when a wall is three feet high and doesn't even surround the property? Who "goes into hiding" and proceeds to tell everyone she knows where she is--and acknowledges that the first place the bad guy will look for her is the place that everyone in town knows about? Who sees evidence of an intruder and calls her bestie before the cops? Who hears about people asking pointed questions about her and never lets the cops know?
And worst of all--what villain is going to make numerous threats, commit a murder and an attempted murder--when asking ONE POLITE QUESTION would satisfy everything he wants? Particularly when the violence and threatened violence is at odds with his life history to date?
Oh, and just for the record, Katherine of Aragon was Queen of England for 24 years. Which is not "brief." Poor choice of epigraph, but that goes back to the editing problem.
I have enjoyed this series up to this point, mostly for the needlework tidbits, but this entry pushed it right off the charts. Sorry, it's not for me, not any more. Life is too short for dumb heroines.
I don’t always have a ‘cozy’ relationship with cozy mysteries. I have liked some series and loathed others. But I do like this particular one. (Maybe because I live in Maine and Leah Wait also lives in Maine.) The titles are extremely clever - TWISTED THREADS, THREADS OF EVIDENCE, THREAD AND GONE, DANGLING BY A THREAD, TIGHTENING THE THREADS, THREAD THE HALLS and the current THREAD HERRINGS. The locale is coastal Maine and Ms. Wait has captured the sense of place very well. The characters are pretty believable and while the plots can be a bit thin, they, too, are believable.
I like the embroidery and needlepoint themes throughout the books. Each chapter gives an example of a historical piece of needlework. I also like the references to real towns and cities, highways and restaurants, local history and customs.
Angie Curtis and her friend Sarah are attending an auction and Angie bids on a tattered piece of embroidery that catches her attention. It is a coat of arms. Her interest leads to many questions - Can it be restored? Who did it belong to? Where is it from originally? What is the mysterious piece of paper and ribbon hidden in the frame?
Angie’s sleuthing leads her to the Maine Historical Society in Portland and a Foundling Hospital in London. But why would someone be stalking her and her friends, trying to retrieve this piece of embroidery?
Leah Wait is known for her excellent historical fiction (set in Maine) for elementary and middle school students. She also writes for adults.