Threads of Evidence
Book 2 in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series
Author Lea Wait
Narrated by Christina Delaine
Publication date Jan 26, 2016
Running time 9 hrs
Audiobook provided by publisher for review. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.
Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as “Aurora,” has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years—and some say that it’s haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances.
Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate’s sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine’s murder—and the murderer—and it’s up to Angie to stitch the clues together. https://tantor.com/threads-of-evidence-ea-wait.html
As a resident of a coastal Maine community I am going to have to keep reading this series; it could be based on my town and that would mean we have a whole bunch of psychos with a scary understanding of poisons living here.
Seriously, most crime in this lovely state is domestic violence and/or drug related. I guess you could say the first book in the series was domestic that most of our crazy is currently living in the governor’s mansion.
What’s appealing about this story is the small town community feel; especially the only slightly exaggerated Maine-y traits. We certainly do have a lot of coastal towns but Mainer tend to leave our famous residents alone; we all have to wait in lines at the post office.
I also like the slight amount of romantic tension that arises in this story with the presence of a potential but nascent relationship. No one wants to be the girl who wants, but who is not the one wanted. Wait does that particularly well. The story is “clean,” after all, Angie’s Gran is marrying a minister!
The really new family in town hails from Hollywood, and though they are only moderately eccentric, seem like nice people. The strangest “new” resident is an Australian, and the narrator’s take on her is all kinds of Crocodile Dundee. Maybe it is that distinct an accent, but whatever it is, something in the narrator’s delivery hits me like fingernails on a blackboard.
The author deftly avoids the issue I have with many small town cozies: too many murders in a short time is going to lower the population and attract attention. Fortunately, Angie’s focus is on a decades old murder this time. She may want to focus on a different form of weapon though.
The title is unusually relevant: both to the Needlepoint aspect of the series and the crime.
This story is not quite as dark as the first in the series; it can actually fill the bill as a “cozy.”
If you like clean, small-town cozies, forensics, and women sleuths then you’ll probably take to this like a lobster to a trap!