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Angie is looking forward to a relaxing Christmas in Haven Harbor. She has been gone at Christmas time for awhile so she is looking forward to having her Haven Harbor traditional Christmas. This is not be as Angie's boyfriend Patrick West receives a phone call from his famous movie star mother Skye West, that she want to bring her co-stars, screen writers and director to Aurora for Christmas. Aurora is a beautiful home that she uses as a privacy retreat. There are only a few days until Christmas and she has a list of what she needs done to make this a perfect Christmas for her and her guests. This disrupts many people's personal plans to make this happen for Skye West. She offers money and expects it to be accomplished. It is accomplished but a murder occurs on their first day at Aurora.
I want to mention too that the location of Maine and its traditions add to the enjoyment of the book. Also, the reoccurring secondary characters are interesting to keep up with. I particularly enjoyed the oh so cozy scenes between Angie and her Gram. A Nor'easter storm took out the power and heat at Angie's house and she went to spend the night with her Gram. Gram is Angie's rock. .
It was a good read. I had two suspects in mind for the murder. I wonder what the future holds for Angie and Patrick. I wonder if Pete will be a future suitor. I am looking forward to the next book.
I particularly enjoy the way Lea Wait juxtaposes Angie's lifestyle, and that of other town folks who live ordinary, work-a-day lives against Skye's lifestyle. She captures the highlights of a small town Christmas: the Christmas pageant, the arrival of Santa, the exchange of baked goods. All her writing rings true - true to people, weather, and place - the intricate details she provides always enhance the story. Give yourself an early holiday treat, and get in the holiday mood with this one.
Angie wants to enjoy a very special, nostalgic Christmas. But Patrick’s mother, Skye West, decides to bring her movie set co-workers to Aurora (her restored home in Haven Harbor). Her requests for decorations, catering, activities and special needlework presents leave everyone frazzled. A Christmas blizzard and the murder of one of her guests complicate everyone’s holiday plans.
I like this series. The characters are interesting and realistic. I can imagine knowing these people. The plots are fairly believable (though they lack suspense).
I like the cover art and I like each chapter’s beginning with a reference to historic needlework pieces. These references are so poignant.
I like the recipes at the end of the book. In THREAD THE HALLS, Bev Clifford’s Tourtiere Pie (French Canadian Pork Pie) is a classic dish reminiscent of Maine’s French Canadian heritage.
I like the location and sense of place. This series is extremely, over-the-top all things Maineish. The cultural, historical, and geographical details are interesting and welcome, yet can get a tad bit overdone. In this title, I think all the Maine details overshadowed the characters and the plot. Sky West’s guests, especially, suffered from a lack of character development. And the ending seemed to come out of nowhere and was very unsuspenseful.
Cut a piece of tourtiere pie; brew a pot of tea and enjoy this cozy mystery.
I know I'm picky, but when a sentence stops me cold and distracts me from the book to take time to write a grumpy review, I figure it would be helpful for the writer to know that.