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Thread the Halls (A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery) Mass Market Paperback – October 31, 2017
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About the 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 (where else?) 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. Find her at Facebook, Goodreads, and at www.leawait.com
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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.