Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he's fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and needlepointing partners Angie and Sarah are happy to see him at the annual Blessing of the Fleet, honoring all those lost at sea over the centuries.
But when harmless Ike is stabbed, suspicion quickly falls on a troubled teenage boy who's new in town. Angie's convinced that young Leo is innocent--but if he didn't do it, who did? Turns out Ike may have appeared simple-minded, but he knew a few secrets that someone might have murdered him to keep quiet. Angie sets out to trace Ike's bottle-collecting route to find out what he witnessed--and for this killer, there may be no redemption . . . (Summary via Goodreads)
Reading any book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series is like returning home for a visit. The author, Lea Wait, captures the readers attention within the first chapter of every book and by the time you get to the last page, you are a beloved member of the little coastal town of Haven Harbor....
The main character Angie Curtis grew up in Haven Harbor but moved away for a while. In this series Angie moves back to her hometown into the house she grew up in with her grandmother and mother taking over her grandmother's business, Mainely Needlepoint and helps the local police department solve murders.
In Thread on Arrival a harmless homeless member of the community, Ike Hamilton, is murdered and the teenage boy that he recently friended is looking good for the murder. However Angie and her friend, Dave, do not think that Leo is guilty even when all the signs are pointed towards him. So what does Angie do ? Well if you have read ANY of the books in this series you know exactly what Angie is going to do. She's going to ask questions and talk to everyone.....and the BEST part about it in this book is that her boyfriend Patrick helps her work through it !!!
I've said it before but I will continue saying it.... I am a HUGE fan of Lea Wait and the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series. There is so much to enjoy while reading this series. You have all the close relationships, there is a celebrity living in Haven Harbor, one of the residents has a poison garden, another resident, an elderly woman, writes erotica books when her athritis isn't acting up, there are kittens, good food, and ocean air that you will swear you feel because you are so involved in the story !! I could go on and on but that is just holding you up from picking up one of the books so I will leave you with this....... Run, don't walk, or grab your laptop and get your copy of Thread on Arrival or one or all of the other books in this amazing series. You will love the escape !!!!
Review by Missi M.