Needlepointers Angie and Sarah are helping with set design for the movie being shot in their little New England hometown--but as the lighthouse and the wharves bustle with activity, a real-life drama is about to unfold. The producer, Hank Stoddard, has been harassing the pretty young female lead, and the two exchanged heated words at a lobster bake. Now someone's lowered the boom on him . . .
After a wayward piece of sound equipment sends him to his death, theories fly about who went off-script. Meanwhile, a local woman's tragic story about a true love lost at sea, which originally inspired the film, may lead to murderous revelations from long ago. Angie's got to unravel these mysteries, and may need to give more than one killer the hook . . . (Summary via Goodreads)
Seeing as Thread and Buried, the ninth book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series by Lea Wait, is Lea's very last book I tried to read it slowly.....but I failed miserably.
I have been a fan of Wait's (since her other series the Antique Prints Mysteries) and her Mainely Needlepoint series since Twisted Threads, the first book in this series. I fell in love with main character Angie Curtis, her hometown of Haven Harbor, her friends and their lives. Every time I open one of these books, I know I am going to get swept away and travel to that little coastal town in Maine and never want to leave.
Even when Angie is trying to just go about her life working on her Needlepoint making business, hanging with her friend Sarah or her boyfriend, Patrick or even her grandmother, she always finds herself in the middle of a mystery...... In Thread and Buried Patrick's mother is back in town and she has brought a whole lot of Hollywood people with her....they are making a movie and not just any movie, they are making a movie from one of her dear friend Ruth's books. Ruth helps out with the needlepoint orders when her arthritis isn't acting up but her main source of income has been by writing books, mainly erotica. However the book that the movie is based from is one of her earlier books, before the erotica started. There is a lot of tension with the making of this movie.....the writers are constantly getting asked to make changes to the script, the producer is yelling at everyone. Before even one scene gets finalized, Hank, the producer, has an "accident" and dies. A lot of people saw what happened and felt that it was in deed as accident, however the local police and homicide detectives do not agree.
Can Angie figure out what happened to Hank and keep the movie going ? Even though she was right there and saw everything unfold, she herself has a kot of unanswered questions......
One of the things that I love about Wait is that she can capture the readers attention as soon as they open the book and keep you captive even after your finish the story and close the book. The reader will feel like they are a part of Angie's life and will never want that feeling of belonging to end.
It has been a treat and an honor to have read all of the books in this series and to be able to share my thoughts with other readers. I sincerely hope that my thoughts have encouraged others to pick up this series and get to know Angie, her hometown and friends as well as the author. Wait's ability to take the reader to this little town and make you feel like a part of something is an amazing gift and I am so honored to have taken the ride because of her.
Review by Missi M.
Some final thoughts on Lea Wait.....
Friend and Author Kathy Lynn Emerson / Kaitlyn Dunnett
"Lea and I were corresponding by email all the while she was writing Thread and Buried and undergoing chemo. She worried that it was too short, that it was too different, since she wrote some scenes in a different point of view, and that she’d miss some continuity problem as she tried to proofread for errors. What she managed to do, in spite of everything she was going through, was write a terrific book. She was a true professional as well as a wonderful, giving person."
Friend and Author Barbara Ross
"Lea and I became good friends because we were neighbors. My husband and I had a house in Boothbay Harbor, Maine and Lea and her husband, Bob Thomas, lived in nearby Edgecomb. They were not much older than we were, but they had moved to Maine earlier, left their day jobs for creative pursuits earlier, and Lea was well ahead of me on her writing and publishing journey. They gave to us to generously. They gave us their friendship, they gave advice about living in Maine, and most of all, they mentored both of us as we tried our hands at writing and photography respectively. They will forever be in my heart."
Larissa Ackerman (Kensington Publishing)
"I am so lucky that I had the chance to work with Lea Wait—she was such a lovely, appreciative, and kind person. Words cannot express how great she truly was! Both she and her wonderful series will be deeply missed."
Kate Flora (Manages Maine Crime Writers) and Friend
"I always use to give Lea rides when we were going to the same place because her converstion was fascinating. She loved research, and knowing things, and her life story was dramatic and brave. I don't know if she was an optimist, just that she was endlessly determined and brave. Also such a kind friend. When I was nominated for a Maine Literary Award and my husband was busy, she and Bob came to be my family. I have a great photo Bob took of the two of us with my blue award balloon."