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4.0 out of 5 starsA gentle read.
Reviewed in Canada on January 20, 2022
It’s a nice distraction, a good gentle read for those who don’t like a lot of suspense & tension. Excellent characterizations.
Many have written a short synopsis of the plot so I will write about my thoughts after reading the book. The Mainely Needlepoint series was my favorite new cozy mystery series for 2015. One reason I liked it was that it was a little edgier than other cozy mystery series. Angie, the protagonist, had somewhat of a chip on her shoulder when she returned home to Maine after being in Arizona for ten years.. In Arizona, she was an assistant to a private investigator. Angie is very independent, reads people very well, has a business mind and is not a girly girl. That being said, Angie seems to have homogenized in the fourth book into a more typical cozy protagonist. Some readers have stated they like this change and the softer Angie. So as readers, we all differ in what we prefer. The plot of the book did not interest me as much as the other books. It was written well and well developed though. I would have given it 3.5 stars if that rating was available. . This is one series that I pre-order and I will the next book. I do like this series very much. The secondary characters in this book bring a wealth of material to the series too. It seems no one character is featured along with Angie in every book. They all make appearances. This book featured Dave who is a high school teacher and does needlepoint for Angie.
Angie Curtis has moved back to Haven Harbor, Maine. Angie is living alone now that Gram has gotten married and moved In with her husband and her cat, Juno. Angie has taken over the Mainely Needlepoint business that her Gram had run. Angie is doing well with the business and looking to expand with internet offerings. She is making new friends and getting reacquainted with former friends. Angie meets Jesse Lockhart, known as " The Solitary " as he lives on King's Island which is three miles across the water from Haven Harbor. The island is a sanctuary for the Great Commorants that Jesse protects. A very wealthy newcomer to the area wants to buy the island to build a residence. This would destroy the bird sanctuary. This man is flying in Jesse's cousin to help get Jesse to sell. The claim will be that Jesse is incompetent to live out on the island by himself. Dave Perry (Jesse friend) who needlepoints with Angie takes her and they boat out to the island to talk to Jesse. Dave gets shot by an arrow that Jessie shoots at him. While Dave is in the hospital, Jesse is found murdered. Will the sale go through now with ease without Jessie blocking it?? An interesting cast of lively, colorful, diverse and very realistic characters. This is a town divided between those who want to bring new growth in the economy versus those who want to save and protect the bird's nesting island. Who killed Jesse? What will happen to the island and the birds? Dave had three kittens in his barn when he went into the hospital. Angie adopts Beatrice nicknamed Trixie. Patrick adopts Bette, the tuxedo cat and Gram cares for Snowy until Dave is home. Each chapter starts with a verse , description of a sampler from the 1800 era plus a brief history of the stitcher or a quote from a stitchery publication. This is book # 4 in the Mainely Needlepoint series. It can be read as a stand alone. I volunteered to read this eBook. Thanks to Kensington Books via NetGallery for the opportunity. My opinion is my own.
4.0 out of 5 starsA Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series
Reviewed in the United States on November 6, 2016
DANGLING BY A THREAD is Lea Wait’s fourth entry in her ‘A Mainely Needlepoint’ series. Ms. Wait is a local Maine author and is popular for her adult ‘cozy mysteries’ and her young adult historical fiction titles. I like this particular series - especially the colorful book covers, the clever book titles, and the chapter headings. There is an interesting theme to the series - the Mainely Needlepointers group. The characters are interesting and evolve with each title. The descriptions of the small Maine coastal community, Haven Harbor, are realistic. The plot has tension and brings in aspects of small-town, coastal Maine life. In this title, there is the ‘save the Cormorant’ angle; the sale, development and privatization of coastal islands and habitat; the ever present tension between the super rich and average working class people; and the gulf and tensions between local vs. from-away inhabitants. My only negative comment is about the abruptness of the ending. I don’t have enough of a ‘tying everything together’ feeling. One minute (or page) you are reading about who did what to whom and the next page, it’s ‘the end’. I need/want a bit more detail.