by Lea Wait
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)
Series: A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery
Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Kensington (January 6, 2015)
After leaving a decade ago, Angie Curtis has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Estelle, who raised her following her troubled 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 Estelle, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Estelle 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.
Twisted Threads by Lea Wait is the first book in her new series Mainely Needlepoint.Angie was raised by her grandmother after her mother went missing. Angie left home and after 10 years her grandmother calls her home because they found her mother’s body. Angie now wants to know who killed her mother and why. Charlotte’s needlepoint group provides Angie with much needed support, and a friend of one of the needlepointers ends up dead, Angie finds a connection between that death and her mother.
I adored this book the characters are great working together and they draw you into the book. I did not want to put this down at all. I love small town feels and I think the author did a great job with the descriptions etc. I will be looking for more books from this author.
Babs….When did you know you wanted to write?
Soon after I learned to read, when I was in second grade. I’ve been writing ever since. But I didn’t turn to fiction until about twenty years ago.
Babs…..What would you like your readers to get out of TWISTED THREADS?
I hope they’ll enjoy getting to know Angie Curtis and her grandmother, and the other residents of Haven Harbor, Maine, and that they’ll look forward to coming back to visit when THREADS OF EVIDENCE, the second in the Mainely Needlepoint series, is published next September.
Babs…..Do you have a current project in the works?
Maine winters are productive times! Right now I’m working on the third Mainely Needlepoint Book, Thread and Gone, and the eighth in The Shadows Antique Print Series,Shadows on a Maine Morning. And I’m trying to figure out how to do needlepoint without the help of my eight-months-old black kitten!
Babs…..Do you have a ritual when you are writing? i.e. coffee, music, food etc.
After my morning tea I head for my study and answer email, write blogs, post on Facebook or Goodreads, do promotional tasks, pay bills … basically take care of office chores. After lunch I start writing. My husband is an artist, and I’m very lucky that not only does he work at home, but he also enjoys doing most of the errands and cooking. When I’m writing I live in a slightly different world. He allows me to stay in it. (I keep a mug of Tootsie Roll Pops on my desk in case I need an energy boost!)
Babs…..Hobbies outside of writing?
In summer I love rowing in my small skiff on the river. I read … mysteries, children’s fiction (I also write historical novels for ages 8-14,) “literary fiction,” and a lot of nonfiction. I love visiting museums and art galleries. Most of all, I enjoy sitting on our porch with my husband, watching the river and the birds and chipmunks in our yard, and being very thankful for the life I’m leading.
Babs….What book or books are you currently reading?
Right now I’m reading Emblems for a Queen by Michael Barth, about the needlework of Mary Queen of Scots. It’s fascinating – and research for a future Mainely Needlepoint book. I’m also reading Lily King’s Euphoria. Next up is Kate Flora’s latest Joe Burgess mystery, set in Portland, Maine.
Earl Gray tea or (after work) a cranberry gin martini. And I never turn down a glass of champagne.
Babs…..What is your favorite ice cream?
Black raspberry chocolate chip. Round Top in Maine makes it. To die for.
Babs….What is your favorite food?
Lobster! And Szechuan Chinese.
Babs…Anything else you would like to add?
I invite readers who’d like to know more about me or my books to see my website,www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook or Goodreads, and read the blog I write with other Maine mystery writers: www.mainecrimewriters.com
by Lea Wait
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 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.