Thread the Halls (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
My holiday season in 2017 was speckled with a bit of suspense as I spent many stolen moments of December days buried in the pages of Lea Wait’s latest Mainely Needlepoint Mystery, Twisted Threads.
Each book in the series features a fascinating quote from a historic sampler created by a talented, usually very young lady from an earlier time, long before smartphones took over the lives of our youth; a time when the fingers of young men and women were occupied with learning useful and artistic crafts rather than scrolling across screens in search of entertainment.
Ms. Wait possesses a thorough knowledge of life on the coast of Maine, the struggles to survive of the townspeople in earlier times and today, by working a variety of jobs as well as creating arts and crafts for the tourist industry.
Twisted Threads takes place during the Christmas Season as main character Angie Curtis looks forward to celebrating the season at Aurora, the local mansion restored by actress Skye West. Skye’s son Patrick and Angie are currently a couple and Angie has been invited to spend Christmas eve at a party featuring the cast of Skye’s latest movie, the members of which the wealthy star has had flown back from the filming site in Scotland for the holidays.
The perfect plans are marred by a murder, which Angie must assist in solving in part to clear her own name, as the perpetrator attempts to point a finger at her.
Along with the murder plot, readers will enjoy vicarious shopping experiences for gifts and vintage gowns at a local antique boutique, and see Santa arrive on a lobster boat in typical Maine fashion.
Whether you’ve visited Maine for the holidays and wish to recapture the magic or simply wanted to visit but never made the trip you’ll love this book.
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