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Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding: An Antique Print Mystery (Antique Print Mysteries) Paperback – April 7, 2013
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"Wait's story captures the unique atmosphere of Cape Cod. The characters are complex, and evolve, with the unexpected challenges." -- -Sheila Connolly, Buried in a Bag
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SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS, the seventh and latest in the Shadows series, was published in September, 2014, and was honored by Library Journal naming it one of the year's best Christmas reads.
THREADS OF EVIDENCE ("Suspense Magazine" called it "highly recommended") was published in September, 2015, the second in the Mainely Needlepoint series. TWISTED THREADS, the first in that series, debuted in January, 2015. THREAD AND GONE will be published in January of 2016.
LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE is my collection of essays about what it's like to be an author living in Maine. Full of love and humor, it shows how my work and life intersect.
And my latest book for young people, about two teenaged boys who really published their town's newspaper during the first two weeks of the Civil War, is UNCERTAIN GLORY.
I earned my B.A. at Chatham College (now Chatham University) and have graduate degrees from New York University. I've owned an antique print business, MAH Antiques, since 1976. I adopted my 4 wonderful daughters when I was a single parent. They're grown now, and I have eight perfect grandchildren. (Aren't all grandchildren perfect?) In 2003 I married Bob Thomas, a man I've known and loved since 1968. Bob's an artist, and is immensely supportive of my writing. (He even does all the errands and cooking so I have no excuses to leave my desk!)
My favorite quotation is "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan wrote that, but I think it defines my life. For more information about me, check my website, www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, and read LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE and the blog (www.mainecrimewriters.com) I write with 9 other mystery writers from Maine.
And remember -- LIFE is the REAL mystery!
Top Customer Reviews
The book starts immediately with Maggie finding a body on the beach when she arrives in Cape Cod for Gussie's wedding. There are a series of events including a Hurricane that leads to the climax. I did not have the killer figured out and was surprised to find out who it was.
Thanks, Lea for another enjoyable page turner. Can't wait for the next book.
Maggie Summer, the main character is an Antique Print Dealer who travels to art shows, antique fairs etc. Maggie is also a college professor teaching history through the use of her collection of prints and more. Throughout the series, Maggie has made a dear friend of fellow antique doll dealer, Gussie who is getting married. Gussie lives on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Maggie, being the Maid of Honor, drives down from New Jersey to help her friend get ready for the big day. Gussie has Post Polio Syndrome and is becoming restricted to a wheelchair.
Arriving ahead of her friend at the new home on the Cape in scenic town Winslow, Maggie takes a walk down the boardwalk and finds...a dead man. As Maggie thinks, 'Welcome to Massachusetts.'
The mystery twists and turns and churns as identities are disclosed and the darker underbelly of the town is exposed during a hurricaine. The suspense builds and crashes down on Maggie as her personal life becomes mired down as well.
This book was captivating and kept me turning the pages. I was not disappointed and now must eagerly await the next story in the series.
As usual in Wait's "Shadows" mysteries, each chapter begins with information on an antique print that has some bearing on the plot. This is another good dimension to the story.
The town of Winslow is the home of an unusual assortment of natives, including a deaf woman, and a young woman with a link to another character. Gussie, Maggie's friend and the bride, is now wheelchair-bound because of Post-Polio Syndrome. She's also moving into a new house and antique shop, with Maggie's help. And the storm is coming. The action moves right along. On Maggie's first beach walk, she finds a body. The man's past life comes into the plot. Why didn't the sheriff like him? People are in danger from someone, including Maggie. Has she learned too much?
Will Brower, Maggie's love, is down from Maine for the wedding. Maggie is so wrapped up solving the mysteries that Will almost takes second place for awhile. And there's the issue of Maggie's desire to adopt children, which Will is against. But we'll have to wait for the 7th "Shadows" mystery to find out the answer to this impasse.
Perseverance, Apr 7 2013, $15.95
On Cape Cod, Maggie Summers calls 911 when she finds a dead body on the beach. Winslow, Massachusetts Police Chief Ike Iron identifies the apparent drowning victim as drunkard Dan Jeffrey. Following standard operating procedures, Ike initiates an investigation into Dan's death.
While Ike looks into Dan's seemingly accidental death most likely caused by intoxication, Maid of Honor Maggie helps her best friend Aunt Augusta's Attic antique shop owner Gussie White prepare for the latter's wedding to lawyer Jim Dryden. As Ike revises his premise from accident to murder, the wedding preparations continue with last second modifications even as a hurricane veers towards the Cape and a second homicide occurs.
The latest Antique Print regional cozy (see Shadows on the Coast of Maine and Shadows of a Down East Summer) is an engaging whodunit as murders places dark Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding. The whodunit is fun but not very tense as the wedding supersedes the inquiry. Still fans will enjoy attending Gussie's nuptials that weather, murder, a groom's cake shaped like a fish, and handicaps cannot deter.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Another of Lea Wait's Shadows mysteries with Maggie attending the wedding of her best friend Gussie on the Cape and finding a body on the beach in the very first line of the book. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Karen Hagan
Love the feeling of being on the Cape. Love the characters. A wholesome read about really likeable people, plus a good mystery. Ms. Wait's books are pleasant and cozy.Published 11 months ago by L. D. Jeavons
I read Lea Wait’s first title in her Antique Print Mystery series and felt a bit lukewarm about the book. I thought I would try another title. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Diana H. Maine
Once again this mystery was well plotted with several focuses and engaging characters. The relationship between Will and Maggie continues to develop but not in ways you'd expect. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DJ
This is a terrific series. Thevcharacters and their stories keep moving along. The mystery is always interesting and involved. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Gavigan
Awesome mystery, romance and some history thrown in. I highly recommend it. Excellent author.Published 15 months ago by DESIREE s
This whole series is well done and thoroughly enjoyable reading. I'm pretty fussy about my mystery reading and these are at the top of my list.Published 15 months ago by F. Gardner
Light fun mystery book that Stewarts each chapter with information about prints. A friend pawed ding turns into a broken leg,car crash and a marriage proposal gone wrong.Published 17 months ago by savannah lover