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Thread Herrings–innocent beginning to a deadly plot

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Thread Herrings 

by Lea Wait

Thread HerringsHow could a faded and deteriorated needlework piece featuring a coat of arms possibly be the motive for murder? Join Angie as she goes to her first auction with her friend Sarah, an antiques dealer. When Angie buys a large, framed work of needlecraft that others pass over, she is getting more than she bargained for—including trouble and danger.

Thread Herrings’ author Lea Wait delves into the world of auctions, Maine history, and embroidery samplers in this interesting cozy that ties several modern day crimes into a mystery from the 1700’s. Angie, whose business, Mainely Needlepoint, is located in the small coastal town of Haven Harbor has returned to the frigid north from a stint as assistant to a private investigator in Arizona. With that background she takes more chances than perhaps are wise. An appealing setting, a plot with plenty of twists and turns, and characters that are likable wrap up this cozy mystery like a package just waiting to be opened by the reader.

I would like to extend my thanks to and to Kensington Books for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 5/5

Category: Mystery

Notes: #7 in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery Series, but works surprisingly well as a standalone

Publication:   October 30, 2018—Kensington Books

Memorable Lines:

I was certainly nervous. The haddock I’d eaten for lunch was swimming circles in my stomach.

True, February in Arizona was warm and bright, but nothing was warmer than this room full of friends on a snowy night in Haven Harbor.

Tonight’s snowstorm would only result in four to six inches. (My friends in Arizona would have been freaked out by that much, but in Maine it was only borderline “plowable snow.”) Nothing to worry about.


  1. I always enjoy a book by Lea Wait

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  2. Cozynookbks says:

    I LOVE this series!! I’m reading Dangling By A Thread now. I haven’t reached Thread Herrings yet, but am anxious to get to it. I have a paperback copy and the audiobook so I’m over the moon with elation. 😊
    Nice review, Linda.

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  3. carhicks says:

    Great review Linda. I always look forward to seeing what lines you highlight, these ones were great, especially the first one. I really enjoy this series and this one was great. She does such a great job weaving the past and present together in her mysteries.


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