Book 1 in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series
by Lea Wait
Narrated by Christina Delaine
Published by Tantor Media
Release Date: Jan 5, 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.
After leaving a decade ago, Angie Curtis has been called back to Harbor Haven, Maine, by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.
The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called the Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case. https://tantor.com/twisted-threads-ea-wait.html
Maine seems to be a popular place to set cozy mystery novels. I love to read most things set in the state I call home so this was a natural match for me.
This story could be pulled from the headlines in my home state where a 30 year-old cold case recently resulted in an arrest. And, as a Mainer, Lea does a great job representing my home. She does resort, after the first few chapters to type.
But lest you think this is a cozy with crafts, or book suggestions or recipes; I am hear to tell you it is a darker shade of cozy, although it’s not quite a procedural; there’s not quite enough police cooperation. Angie is an investigator for a private detective when she moves back to Maine. That automatically puts her into a grittier place than the librarians, store owners, writers and caterers that normally populate cozies. And, it deals with two really heinous crimes and child sexual abuse.
While I suspected the perpetrator, I didn’t see how Angie deduced the identity of the killer. I may not have listened hard enough but it seemed sudden and based on intuition and a couple of facts.
The narrator does a great job with the voices and the only thing that bugged me was overly-aged voices. There were some people near my age and I KNOW that I don’t speak in a creaky old-lady voice.
I liked the writer’s attention to detail, and the depth of the main character’s journey through solving her mother’s death. The way her mom was seen, and who she really was shows depth in Wait’s writing.
I also enjoyed some insider Maine jokes, like the location of a nearby casino. And, as a resident of the state I love to live in I am pleased that she gets it right.