Shadows on a Maine Christmas (Antique Print Mystery Series #7)

Shadows on a Maine Christmas (Antique Print Mystery Series #7)

by Lea Wait


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ISBN-13: 9781564745477
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Publication date: 09/09/2014
Series: Antique Print Mystery Series , #7
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 484,929
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lea Wait has been an antiques dealer (fourth-generation) since 1977. Besides her Agatha Award-nominated seven-book mystery series about antique print dealer Maggie Summer, she also writes books for young people. The mother of four adopted Asian daughters, now grown, she lives in Maine with her artist husband.

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Shadows on a Maine Christmas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
readingwriterSS More than 1 year ago
Lea Wait has extended her “Shadows” Antique Print mystery series to number seven: “Shadows on a Maine  Christmas.” Maggie Summer heads from New Jersey to Maine to spend Christmas with her love, Will Brewer,  and his spunky Aunt Nettie. And of course she’s also heading into yet another mystery.This time the mystery  is compounded by someone who has Alzheimers and someone else who is intellectually challenged. They  don’t always know where they are or what they are saying. Wait gives us an excellent view of what living with such problems does to people. Several people are being blackmailed. And as Maggie tries to get up to speed on the interactions among Aunt Nettie’s friends, someone is murdered. The local and state police aren’t very happy with Maggie trying to help find the murderer, but she perseveres. And there’s also Maine’s winter snow to compound problems, as well as a wayward teen, conflicting evidence,  and Will’s continuing reluctance to agree to Maggie’s fervent desire to adopt one or more children. Not to  mention that she is a professor in New Jersey while he must stay in Maine to care for Aunt Nettie. Wait’s writing is very good. For example, Maggie admires the starry Maine sky and thinks, “…tonight’s sky  looked like the ones pictured in… “Half Hours with the Stars,” White-on-blue engravings…Billions of people,  all over the world, for generations and generations, had seen these same stars, she thought. And each of them  thought their own lives, and their own problems, were significant…looking up at that sky, problems in  Waymouth felt very small.”  “Shadows on a Maine Christmas: An Antique Print Mystery,” is a very satisfying read, as is Wait’s other work.  She also writes historical novels for children and young adults. The first in another mystery series will be  published in January 2015.  
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
This is the eight book in the Antique Print Mystery Series, but the first one that I've read.  Though this story was complete in itself, I believe I would have gotten much more out of it if I had read the previous books.  Maggie Summer has solved a number of mysteries, but in this book she is visiting her boyfriend, Will,  in Maine, where he has moved to help care for his elderly but spunky, Aunt Nettie.  Apparently, Maggie and Will don't agree with Maggie's decision to adopt a child.  When the caretaker of Aunt Nettie's friend is murdered, blackmail is suspected.  Maggie and Nettie work out the clues by visiting Nettie's group of long time girlfriends. Many social issues are dealt with in this story, but perhaps focusing on a few rather than so many might have put more focus on these topics.  The characters were well fleshed out though, with topics of elderly care, adoption, child abuse, mentally challenged adults, Alzheimer's, and abortion covered in the story.   I really enjoyed the inclusion of the beauty of Maine during winter, especially during Christmas, and wish there were more of this included in this story.  And of course, each chapter was headed by the description of an antique print.  Definitely plan to go back and read the earlier books in this series. *******************SPOILER ALERT************SPOILER ALERT*********SPOILER ALERT***** If you are pro-choice, this may not be a book for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great seems to come naturally for this author. Love her other series also! Wonderful !
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CatBlue More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading Lea Wait's latest Maggie book. They get better and better! I have read every one of them. So pleased that the series continues. I love "Shadows on a Maine Christmas" because Lea mentions so many places and things that are very familiar to me, living in Maine. Her cast, so to speak, is so realistic; each one is believable and has a distinct personality. I read her books well before we moved back tom Maine, when we lived in NY. This plot is intriguing; the background of women's issues timely. We lost two of our elderly family members to Alzheimer disease over the years. The author handled that very sensitively. In short, some serious issues, including murder, but also humor, a warmhearted plot, with such wonderful characters in a beautiful Maine winter setting.