Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone--not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she's searched for all her life--family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .
Ted's adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah--especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she's guilty. If Sarah and Angie can't track down the real murderer in time, Sarah's bound to learn how delicate--and deadly--family dynamics can truly be . . . (Summary via Goodreads)
Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait is a story about family, the Lawrence family specifically....and what a crazy family it is !!
Tightening the Threads is the fifth book in Wait's Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series and we are getting to know the infamous Lawrence family. Ted Lawrence has lived in Haven Harbor forever. He grew up there with his famous father who was a painter and he himself is an artist as well. Ted is getting ready to celebrate his 75th birthday and wants to celebrate in style !! With the help of Sarah, an antique dealer and dear friend, he plans the perfect weekend. His three grown children come home to celebrate with their father.....unfortunately during the lobster bake, Ted becomes ill and later dies at the hospital.
Tightening the Threads is full of potential suspects as the evening before the lobster bake Ted introduced the family to Sarah who he recently learned is his niece and declares that he will be changing his will and leaving Sarah with the family artwork worth millions......the Lawrence children are obviously upset and they begin questioning their father and his plans.......but is one of them capable of murdering their father ?? Sarah's good friend Angie steps in to try to figure things out as she has been successful of this in the past but is everyone telling the truth ? Angie is having trouble wrapping her head around a child killing their father......
Wait has a way with capturing the readers attention and making it extremely difficult to put the book down. You will want to remain focused on this story as developments occur and things aren't what you think at first and it seems the Lawrence family has so many secrets to try to keep track of.....
Review by Missi M.