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Thread and Gone (Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series #3)

Thread and Gone (Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series #3)

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by Lea Wait

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When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine. . .

Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group's Fourth of July supper with a question about an antique needlepoint


When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine. . .

Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group's Fourth of July supper with a question about an antique needlepoint she's discovered in her family attic, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Angie's best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If Angie's right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in a safe in her office. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe open and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .

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Historic embroidery is a motive for murder in a small Maine town. Angie Curtis couldn't get away from her hometown of Haven Harbor fast enough when she was a teenager. Now she's back, living in the house of the grandmother who raised her while Gram is on her honeymoon. Angie is giving a July Fourth dinner for fellow members of her small business, Mainely Needlepoint, when state trooper Ethan Trask's younger brother, Rob, arrives with his fiancee, Mary Clough. Mary's been cleaning out her parents' house, which has been in the family for generations, and she's discovered an old panel of embroidery. She and Rob want Angie and the other members of the needlepoint group to estimate its worth so that Rob can sell it to buy his own lobster boat. The panel and the old letter in French accompanying it certainly look antique, and while Angie's establishing their provenance, she entrusts the panel to Lenore Pendleton, Gram's lawyer. It seems like a good idea until Lenore is found in her nightgown bludgeoned to death in her own living room. All her jewelry and the embroidery are gone. Even though Ethan doesn't want Angie to meddle, the 10 years she worked for an Arizona private eye make it impossible for her to walk away. As she pursues the possibility that the panel has connections to both Mary, Queen of Scots, and Marie Antoinette, Angie establishes who knew that the embroidery was with Lenore, and whom Lenore knew well enough to let into her house at night. Then Angie identifies what appears to be a prime suspect, with only one slight complication: the suspect is dead. It's a big jump from needlework to homicide, but Wait combines a plausible plot with the same rockbound coastal atmosphere as in Shadows on a Maine Christmas (2014).

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Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series , #3
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4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet 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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Thread and Gone 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
GratefulGrandma More than 1 year ago
I am really enjoying this series. Who would have thought that an old piece of needlepoint would carry a story and have such an interesting twist to it. I loved this book! Protagonist Angie Curtis and her group of Mainely Needlepointers are a great cast of characters. They rung their business in the small town of Haven Harbor, Maine where they seem to be having their share of bad luck. In this story a young girl and her fiance bring Angie a piece of extremely old needlepoint has possible ties to Marie Antoinette or Mary Queen of Scots. There is also a letter found with the piece that is written in french. We find out that there is a long line of Mary's in this young girl's family as well as the historical ones and the attendents to Mary Stuart who were also named Mary. Who was the letter written to, and who wrote it? Wait also highlights a connection between Maine and France as well as including author's inclusion of quotes at the beginning of each chapter gives a real sense of the history of needlepoint. That is one mystery but of course there is also a murder or two that may or may not be tied together. When the needlepoint piece is stolen, Angie gets in her investigator mode to try and find it as well as help solve the murders. Some of those on the suspect list are locals living in a poor area dependent on tourism. Lobstermen owing money, young people who want out all add to the mystery and the reality of the area. This book grabbed my interest in the first chapter and kept me reading right up until the end. I did not figure out the murderer until just before it was revealed in the book, that always makes it much more interesting. I would definitely recommend this book to any cozy mystery lovers as well as those who enjoy learning about history in a fun way and those that enjoy antiques. There is a lot of interesting information imparted in a entertaining way. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
rhonda1111RL More than 1 year ago
Lots of drama, mystery,and with new characters to join the old familiar characters Thread and Gone is full of history that I enjoyed as they solved the murder. It is a clean read. Angie Curtis is still in charge of the business of the Mainely Needlepointers. Her grandmother is on her honeymoon. Angie has been asked for help to find out about a old needlepoint that was found in an attic. Angie went to a lawyer and had the needlepoint put in her safe. The lawyer is murdered and the safe robbed. Angie does not give up and searches for answers that lead back to Mary Queen of Scotts. I have read all three books of Mainely Needlepoint and look forward to reading more of them. I was given this ebook to read by Netgalley and Kensington. In return I agreed to give a honest review of Thread and Gone.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Dollycas’s Thoughts I was so impressed with this story. Could you imagine having a piece of needlework that could be from the 1500’s? What a treasure, until it goes missing. They had thought a lawyer’s safe would be secure but sadly it wasn’t and the attorney was killed when it was stolen. I think I would have gone over the edge. But Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers keep their heads about them and do the research and investigate not only the provenance of the stitched piece but do everything to catch a murderer too. This was one of those stories that once you start reading you just can’t stop. I really enjoyed all the history. The many Mary’s of Scotland and the connection to France and Maine. It was so interesting and tickled my memory. I probably learned all about it back in school and this story brought it all back and more. Lea Wait also shines a light on the local economy which reflects the economy nationwide as we all are working harder just to get by. It really helped me to identify with the characters in the story. Gram is away on her honeymoon for most of this story but Angie is getting much more comfortable running the business. Sarah Byrne, one of the Mainely Needlepointers, played a big part this time with her knowledge of history and antiques. They were also assisted by fellow needlepointers, Dave Percy and Ruth Hopkins. Dave teaches biology at the high school. Ruth is elderly and arthritis in her hands makes it hard to do much stitching but she a huge help investigating. Each chapter starts with verses that were stitched on samplers from the past. “When idle drones supinely dream of fame the industrious actually get the same.” – Verse stitched on sampler by Sally Alger at Miss Polly Balch’s School in Providence, Rhode Island, 1782 Another marvelous mystery from Lea Wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lea Wait has crafted an absorbing mystery with unusual twists and turns. It will keep you guessing!
DianaH-Maine More than 1 year ago
THREAD AND GONE is the 3rd title in the Mainely Needlepoint series by Lea Wait. I quite enjoyed the ‘sense of place’ in this book and the down-to-earth characters. The mystery held my interest and the plot was evenly paced. The premise of the story - that a small piece of needlepoint (sewn by Mary, Queen of Scots or one of her ladies in waiting) could have been discovered in a Maine attic is not overly fanciful. The Maine coast abounded with sea captains and ocean voyages. There was quite a ‘privateer’ history as well. There is a strong link between the two Marys - Mary, Queen of Scots and the French queen, Marie Antoinette - and they were known for their needlework. I found these tie-ins very interesting. I wish the ending wasn’t so abrupt. There is no follow-up - the future of Mary Clough? the emotional upheavals of the families involved? what happened to the needlework? I want to know more details.
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
This is a great book; this is the third book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series by Lea Wait. Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needle-pointers are enjoying their holidays. When Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper to ask a question about antique needlepoint she is discovered in her family Colonial-era home. Angie and her friends set out to solve the mystery and find out what really happened to Mary. If you are looking for a great mystery, then you need to read this book. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this great series! A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like this series. Interesting historical facts. Lookforward to the next one.
chefdt More than 1 year ago
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 needlepointer, 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.
TessT More than 1 year ago
Is it possible that a small segment of antique needlework is the cause of the current trouble and problems in Haven Harbor? A dead attorney, her safe broken into, and the antique needlework , that was given to her to safe guard is stolen. Who knew where the needlework was? Who knew how much it was worth? Lea Wait it the other of 2 mysteries and several historical novels for ages 8-14. The mystery series Lea has written are the Shadow Antique Print series and the Mainly Needlepoint series. Lea is another of the authors that I love to read. I can count on her stories being direct and to the point. Not a book that is riddled with sex and curse words. Lea, keep on writing and I'll keep reading. I was given a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
KrisAnderson_TAR More than 1 year ago
Thread and Gone by Lea Wait is the third book the Mainely Needlepoint series. Mary Clough has found a beautiful old needlepoint piece in a leather case while cleaning out her family’s attic (to get the house ready to sell). Mary (eighteen) and her fiancé, Rob has brought it to Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepoint group to have it appraised. They all agree to let local attorney, Lenore Pendleton hold the piece in her safe while it is being researched. The piece looks quite old and is in the style of Mary, Queen of Scots. Unfortunately, Lenore is murdered and her safe is cleaned out (it contained jewelry as well as Mary Clough’s needlepoint piece). Who knew about the needlepoint and why did they steal it? Angie is trying to adjust to living alone. Her grandmother, Charlotte is on her honeymoon with Reverend Tom. Angie is very happy for her Gram, but she misses her companionship. Angie is keeping herself busy looking for Mary’s missing needlepoint. I found Thread and Gone to be very predictable. I kept hoping for a great twist at the end (I thought of a great alternate killer), but I was disappointed. I just wish the culprit had not been so obvious. Thread and Gone is easy to read and picks up where the last book ended. I missed the interactions with Angie's grandmother, Charlotte and the rest of the needlepointing group. I did like the history of Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette (and their needlework). I give Thread and Gone 3 out of 5 stars. I just thought Thread and Gone was lacking. It was not as enjoyable as the first two books in the series. It also had a different feel. Alcohol seemed to be a big feature in Thread and Gone. They seemed to be consuming alcohol all the time especially Angie. Beer and wine were mentioned so frequently (it was just odd and unnecessary). There is also a lot of internal dialogue with Angie thinking about the case (and other things) instead of interacting with other people. I hope the next book in the Mainely Needlepoint series will be better (like the first two books in the series). Thread and Gone can be read without having enjoyed the first two books in the series. I received a complimentary copy of Thread and Gone from NetGalley and Kensington in exchange for an honest review.
psoccermom More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed book three in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series. I have enjoyed the other two in the series and feel that each can be read alone if you haven't read the earlier ones. One of the reasons I love these books is the history and samples at the beginning of each chapter. The author is great about who,where,and when each were done. I used to cross stitch with my mom as a young girl and enjoy it. I am also a huge history nut and loved the Mary,Queen of Scots and Marie Antionette references throughout the book. I could read about them all day. The story line in this book had me so intrigued. Besides the history in this book I also loved the characters and theme of family and traditions. You can't put a value on family. You have the needle pointers at the Fourth of July yearly Maine celebration. This is the first one in 10 years that Angie has been too. She has a dinner party with everyone except Gram of course who is on her honeymoon with Tom. Everything is going great until she has a knock at her door. There on her doorstep are Mary Clough and Rob Trask her fiancé asking about a piece of needle point found in the attic of her parents house that she is trying to clean out. This gets the attention of some of her needle point friends who come and look at the amazing piece. Both Sarah and Ruth think this piece could date back hundreds of years and be very valuable. This peaks the interest of Rob who I have to add I don't like. He seems to only be about the money and value of everything instead of the family value and tradition. Mary is wanting to keep a lot because she has lost both of her parents and wants to keep a piece of them. Really don't know how these two are going to make it??? Everyone agrees that they should put the needlepoint in a safe place while they are researching. They decide to put it in Lenora's office safe which happens to be in her house. Lenora is a lawyer that handles wills, estates, and divorces. Meanwhile Rob is blabbing all over Haven Harbor how valuable this needlepoint could be and that he wants to sell it to buy a boat. But wait, isn't it Mary's? YEAH! Rob and a "friend " end up going to see the needlepoint the next day only to find Lenora dead in her office and the safe cleaned out! Angie feels bad not only because Lenora is dead but she promised Mary it would be safe. Angie and her needlepoint friends begin not only doing research on the needlepoint but investigate why someone would kill Lenora??? Will Angie be able to stay out of the investigation or will she become the next victim? I loved this book and found it easy to follow especially if you are a history buff. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.
LisaKsBooksReviews More than 1 year ago
Author Lea Wait has embroidered mystery and needlepoint to create a masterpiece of a cozy! I started this series with book two, THREADS OF EVIDENCE and instantly fell for this delightful series. Protagonist Angie Curtis and her group of Mainely Needlepointers are a great cast of characters. The setting of Haven Harbor, Maine sounds like just the sort of place I’d love to visit. With THREAD AND GONE, author Wait has penned an excellent mystery that kept me rooted to my chair. The intrigue started right away, and I wasn’t about to stop reading until I knew all the answers. With an exciting conclusion that lasted for at least two chapters, I was out of breath by the time I finished they story! On a side note…I love that each chapter starts with a quote or tidbit. They’re fun and interesting to read. Make sure to check out the back of the book for a yummy recipe, and an excerpt of DANGLING BY A THREAD, book four in this wonderful series!
CozyMysteryLover1 More than 1 year ago
I was excited to read this new book in the needlepoint series. While I enjoyed the history regarding Mary, Queen of Scots and Marie Antoinette, I was not as engaged in the story as I hoped I would be. I missed the needlepoint group as a whole, when they got together it made the story more enjoyable. I felt that some of the mystery was left unsolved, but maybe the author is holding out until the next book. I did not like Rob Trask at all, he was not portrayed as a nice guy and I had a hard time getting through the story because he was such an unlikable character. My other issue is with Angie and her drinking. I'm not sure if the author is intentionally making her drinking an issue, but I am a bit tired of all the innuendos surrounding her habits. Again, maybe this topic will be answered in her future books, but this time I was a bit disappointed by the story as a whole. There were some really interesting parts, but some very disjointed parts as well. I will not give up on the series, I am hoping the next book will answer some of my questions. I received an ARC from NetGalley via Kensington Publishing in exchange for my fair and honest review.