Shadows of a Down East Summer (Antique Print Mystery Series #5)

Shadows of a Down East Summer (Antique Print Mystery Series #5)

by Lea Wait
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Shadows of a Down East Summer 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
CaroleS1 More than 1 year ago
Lea Wait does a wonderful job of weaving history, antiques and a current day murder to solve. Each of the books in this series makes you want to read another.
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NoraAdrienne More than 1 year ago
Shadows of a Down East Summer Author Lea Wait Publisher Perseverance Press Maggie Summer had plans spend time in Maine with her boyfriend Will. They had plans to go antiquing together, working a few shows, and just spending alone time working on their relationship. She arrived to find that Will's Great Aunt Nettie already had some of Will's days planned out for him. Will is one of Nettie's sole relatives and he cares about her very much. He spends a few weeks a year doing maintenance on Aunt Nettie's cottage. Maggie was not aware of this and felt just a little put out. Aunt Nettie also had some plans for Maggie. She wants her to meet her friend Susan Newall's Cousin Carolyn Chase. Carolyn's mother was Helen Chase a well known and highly collectible artist. Carolyn would like Maggie to help her with some research she was doing into early family history and to go through a box of papers, letters, and diaries that belonged to some recent ancestors. Maggie (and Will) are going to find themselves caught up, not only in a local murder, but also tracking down family histories to help solve this cruel and vicious crime. Ms Wait is back stronger and better than ever. I'm looking forward to a lot more stories in her Antique Print Mystery series. Ms. Wait has a way of virtually dragging you into the pages of her book and enveloping you in the story. FTC Full Disclosure: I received this book from the publishers in the hope that I would read and review it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Weymouth, Maine, Great Aunt Nettie introduces her nephew Will Brewer and his girlfriend antiques expert Maggie Summer to Carolyn Chase, daughter of the artist Helen Chase. Carolyn read a published article that Maggie, a professor of American Studies, wrote on Winslow Homer. They look at the extended family tree as Carolyn explains she would like Maggie's help with research on a bio she is writing about her late mom. The next day Caroline tells the Weymouth Historical Society members and guests Will and Maggie that her Aunt Susan, who just died, gave her a trunk of documents from the late nineteenth century that said their ancestor killed his wife for cheating on him before committing suicide. Before she can bury her aunt, someone murders Caroline. Maggie calls the police and Detective Strait answers the call. While he investigates the homicide, Maggie looks back to what happened in 1890 that she believes led to the present murder. She begins to look closely at the relationship between Homer and two women who posed for him; while knowing she could be next. This entertaining Antique Print regional cozy (see Shadows on the Coast of Maine) looks deeply into the late nineteenth century art world in Maine. The cast is fully developed and the whodunit fun, but it is the glimpse into Winslow Homer and his era's art that makes for a delightful amateur sleuth. Harriet Klausner
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
Young women of the Victorian era were expected to be pristine, unblemished and pure. But how did they really behave? Were calculated means employed to achieve desired marital ends? Lea Wait seems to think so in the time traveling, murder mystery "Shadows of a Down East Summer." In the summer of 1890, the lives of Jessie and Anna May are irrevocably changed. Echoes of the intensity of their experience linger in the air of Waymouth just off the coast of Maine. Fast forward to the present day and visiting antique print dealer, Maggie Summer. After discovering Anna May's journal, the girls' long held secrets begin to unravel. However, as Maggie gets closer and closer to reading the diary's final entry, death, violence and destruction descend all around her. Someone does not want Maggie to know what really happened to Anna May and Jessie that summer, and they'll stop at nothing to keep her from learning the truth. The novel excels when the setting shifts to 1890. With Anna May as the narrator, she relates how she and Jessie were hired to pose for the renown artist, Winslow Homer. The eccentric recluse paints them as fisherwomen repairing nets with their hair unrestrained hanging loosely around their shoulders and feet unadorned of stockings and shoes. Both were cultural taboos for well brought up young ladies of the time period. As propriety starts to wane, so do the girls' sexual inhibitions. Swept up in the bohemian influence of the artist's cottage, they readily consent to try new things without fully realizing the perilousness of their position. The majority of the story is focused on Maggie's quest to follow the breadcrumbs left by Anna May. While a likable character, the details involving Maggie slow the dramatic pacing. It is not exactly riveting material to follow her around a rained-out antique show or an L.L. Bean outlet store. While Wait's attempt at infusing local color is welcome, especially the delectable seafood dishes, having Maggie as the book's driving force seems misplaced. Since the book is the fifth in a series of Maggie novels, the choice seems correct at the outset, but flounders as it progresses onward. The gripping, page turning momentum lies in 1890, and not with Maggie. Since Wait is a fourth-generation antiques dealer, herself, she blends her knowledge into catalog-like listings of paintings, prints and maps to begin each chapter. These are fascinating snapshots of collectible artwork such as hand-colored lithographs by Currier & Ives and wood engravings from Harper's Weekly. Dimensions are given as well as their estimated current value. These gems of knowledge serve to foreshadow the theme of each chapter. From the death of President Franklin Pierce's son in a train derailment to the idealized figure of the Gibson Girl, Wait's carefully selected treasures add a level of authenticity to a book subtitled "An Antique Print Mystery." Overall, the momentum of this antique thriller gets bogged down in the present.