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Thread and Gone is the latest book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series by author Lea Wait. I have read earlier books in the series and I have really enjoyed them. Thread and Gone is a great addition to the series.
Angie Curtis is settling into her new, lonelier life now that her grandmother has married the local pastor and moved into his home. She does not have much time to ponder her living situation as a murder and mysterious ancient needlepoint take up her time.
Young Mary Clough has found an ancient needlepoint in her ancestral home that she asks Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers to examine. Concerned that it may be valuable, Angie leaves it with a local lawyer for safekeeping in her safe. When the lawyer is found murdered and the safe robbed, Angie cannot help but get involved.
Lea Wait is a good writer and Thread and Gone is a good, fast, cozy mystery read. Young Mary's fiance drove me crazy...such a self absorbed controlling young twit! I hate when women are manipulated and controlled by their partners....anyways it added spark to the tale!
Good mystery! I had a hard time figuring it out. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Angie Curtis has returned and is living in Haven Harbor, Maine. She has taken over the business her Gram started called Mainely Needlepoint. On July Fourth ,Angie has a dinner for her Her group of stitchers that help her create the pieces sold. A you g couple arrives at her door bringing with them an ancient piece of needlework plus a better written in French. The young woman found these in her attic. Is it worth anything? Could it be from the 1500’s? Could this connect Mary, Queen of Scott’s and Marie Antonette to Maine? Angie takes the antique and letter to her lawyer who has a safe. The lawyer turns up murdered plus the safe was robbed of the needlework,letter and the lawyer’s jewelry. So the mystery begins. Then a tourist is found murdered. What is happening in Haven Harbor? Angie is on the job investigating. Each chapter starts with a verse and description of ancient samplers with the source of publication and the stitchers history. This is a intriguing, intricate complex mystery filled with historical fiction that will keep the reader glued to the book from the first to the last page. There is an array of characters from the local to the tourist that portrays the economy of the time. This is book # 3 in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series. It can be read as a stand alone.
5.0 out of 5 starsAnother wonderful visit to Maine
Reviewed in the United States on December 29, 2015
Thread And Gone is the third book in the Mainely Needlepoint series. Another great story for this enjoyable series.
With Grams and Pastor Tom off on their honeymoon, Angie is preparing her first 4th of July dinner for her friends, the Mainely Needlepointer's. As they are about to begin their dessert, Mary Clough and her boyfriend Rob Trask show up and ask to speak with Angie. Ethan Trask, Rob's brother, and a state trooper has told them to talk to Angie about what appears to a very example of needlepoint. Mary, who is close to her 18th birthday, has been busy cleaning out the family home she has inherited. Angie and Sarah feel sure that the needlepoint piece may date back to the late 1500's and was made by Mary Queen of Scots. Mary and Rob plan on getting married soon and Rob wants Mary to sell the piece so he can get a down payment for a lobster boat and a double-wide trailer. Angie convinces Mary to let her give the piece to Lenore Pendleton, a lawyer, to put in her office safe until she and Sarah can authenticate it and possibly get a provenance for it.
Then the day after Angie leaves the piece with Pendleton is found dead in her office, the safe wide open and the needlepoint piece gone. Naturally, Angie feels bad about Pendleton being murdered, but even more that a needlework which had in intrusted to her is missing. Angie and Sarah continue to pursue the background of the piece and find are able to find a link the piece with Mary,Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette. Now if they can just find the missing needlepoint work so it can be returned to Mary, they also just might be able to find the murderer.
Wait also provides chapter headings that describe various needlepoint works through the ages. She also provides the reader with a short history of Mary, Queen of Scots, Marie Antoinette and the sea captain that bought the piece to America in the late 1700's. Delicious sounding recipes are also included in the book.
I love this series, even though I'm not a needle pointer, as Wait provides the reader with an interesting look at the life in a small seaport of Maine and it's interesting residents.
Will definitely be watching for the next books in this series.
As I did with the first two books in this series, I thoroughly enjoyed book number three. It's a quick read and I really wanted to just sit down and read it in one sitting, but in these stressful quarantine times, masks must be sewn for family, friends and the hardworking nurses at a nearby hospital. I just downloaded book number four and look forward to this evening when I get to sit down and relax and read again. Thank you Lea Wait for taking my mind someplace else for awhile!