Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Great Escapes Blog Tour & Giveaway: Twisted Threads (Mainely Needlepoint #1) by Lea Wait

Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven 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 needle pointing business with a group called 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.

What I remember most about growing up was wanting to learn everything.

I read historical novels and went to auctions and antique shows with my grandmother, who was an antique doll and toy dealer, and pretended I lived in the past.

I built a tree house with Charlie, who lived two houses away, and we studied the patterns of airplanes flying to and from nearby Newark Airport and imagined being on them. At night we looked at the constellations and dreamed of being astronomers discovering new universes.

In the summer I looked into Maine tide pools, identifying sea creatures who lived between the tides and collecting shells and rocks. I would be a marine biologist.

Until I saw my first political convention on television, and visited the Senate in Washington. Then I wanted to be a senator, or maybe even president.

So many possibilities.

But I always knew that whatever else I did, I would also be a writer.

I majored in drama and English at Chatham College in Pittsburgh. Later I did graduate work in American Civilization at New York University at night while I wrote speeches and films and did strategic planning for AT&T.

I adopted four girls born in Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong and India. When they came home they were the ages of the characters in the books I now write for young people. I wrote about the joys and challenges of single parent adoption. In 1977 I started an antique print business.

In 1998 I left corporate life to live in Maine, run my antique print business, and write fulltime.

I’m still excited about learning, and about sharing what I learn. With every book I write, I learn more.

I hope there are many books, and many more things to learn, still ahead of me. 

I loved this book! It was such a rush of a story, and I loved all of the intricate detail the author put in to it.  They certainly did their research! I loved Angie and her relationship with Charlotte.  Charlotte would be the kind of character anyone would enjoy spending time with :)  I love the creative business that Charlotte has created (what an awesome name!), and I really enjoyed the little town of Harbor Haven.  Such a great setting!  

The mystery itself was thrilling.  I very much enjoyed the anticipation that it brought about throughout the story.  I'll definitely read more from this author in the future!

Rating: 5 stars

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  All conclusions reached are my own. 

Leave a comment below about your favorite kind of cozy for your chance to win a copy of Twisted Threads! 


Unknown said...

I like most cozies, but have to say, cuisine cozies are such fun to read, especially if they have recipes in them :)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy cozies with a library theme.

spider said...

All kinds of cozies grab me but I am finding those with a textile related theme are the first I will read from my TBR's.

Jeanetta said...

I enjoy reading cozies, and I am branching out in other themes. I think my favorite is food cozies (and now I am reading cozies with magic - one was even food with magic).

Thank you

Gram said...

I enjoy all types cozies as long as they are well written. grammyd01 (at) comcast (dot) net

Grandma Cootie said...

My favorite kind of cozy is with a book theme - no, wait, with a food theme. Or maybe a craft related theme. Or a B&B or vacation spot . . . can't make up my mind. The more of them I read the more I realize I like them all.
Thanks for the giveaway.

Unknown said...

I like needlework and food cozies the best but lately finding some good paranormal cozies.

kiki w said...

Sounds like a great cozy mystery. I like food, needlepoint, Bed and Breakfast just about any type of cozy mystery.

Mama Cat said...

It's hard to select just one kind - I like pets (especially cats) in the stories, either books of some sort or needlecrafts of some sort. Overall just like well-written mysteries that challenge my brain a bit.
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Debby said...

I like the animal ones and sometimes the magic ones.
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bookwomen said...

I really enjoyed the print series. Looking forword to this new one.

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holdenj said...

I like all kinds of cozies too. One type that I have enjoyed lately are a coupe new series set abroad.

Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard said...

I really enjoyed this book, and I am eager for the next one to come out! Like Ms. Wait, I'm in love with learning... and my job as a freelance indexer lets me keep learning as I read and analyze books on everything from history to politics to science. Let's hear it for being a lifelong learner!

Linda Moffitt said...

I'm sorry I am new to this page and have no idea what a cozy is Sorry but This book looks really good It's my kind of genre and I would Love to win a copy of it :D

Anita Yancey said...

I am love of all cozies, but I'm very fond of food themed cozies. Thanks for having the giveaway.


skkorman said...

I love cozies, particularly those in which cats play a significant role in the plot!

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Anne said...

I like all cozies, but culinary and knitting ones are favorites!

Patricia P. said...

I love all cozies, but I guess those with recipes are my favorites.

Sue said...

It's hard to pick what kind of cozy is my favorite---but I guess I'd have to say those with cats in them since I fell in love with cozies many years ago when I found The Cat Who .. series.

Unknown said...

I don't think I've read many cozies that I haven't liked. I like animals, food, crafts, and the list goes on and on.

Laurie I said...

My favorite kind of cozy involves hobbies such as knitting, needlepoint, cooking, tea or coffee themes, etc. I like cozies set in picturesque towns too.

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Unknown said...

I like cozies set in bookstores or book related. raquel36m(at)gmail(dot)com

carol weston said...

Cats, books, food and tea parties, that is what I like to read about in a cozy. I prefer heroines to heroes and like them to have some maturity.

carol weston said...

Cats, books, food and tea parties, that is what I like to read about in a cozy. I prefer heroines to heroes and like them to have some maturity.

♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

My favorite kind of cozy book is about food and/or cats!
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