Lea Wait

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USA Today best-selling author and speaker Lea Wait writes the Mainely Needlepoint mystery series and the Shadows Antique Print mystery series.

"When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted four daughters. Now I write mysteries and historical novels about people trying to find love, acceptance, and a place called home."

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By popular demand! Lea’s bibliography on historical needlepoint.

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Publication date: October 31, 2017

Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

This Yuletide season, there's no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick's being needled by his mother—movie star Skye West—to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother's long list of wishes, Patrick's becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye's Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case . . .

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Pizza To Die For ... a different kind of Lea Wait mystery! Protagonist Mikki Norden is spunky and capable ... even in the most hilarious circumstances. Moving from Seattle to the suburbs of New Jersey, she’s trying to feel at home. But are the wacky characters she keeps meeting really typical Jerseyites?

At fourteen, protagonist and future chef Mikki Norden is ready for any kitchen emergency – except the unexpected death of her mentor, Mr. Baldacci. But Mikki’s learned a lot about solving crimes from her mother, an almost-published mystery author. So when local police rule Mr. B’s death a heart attack, she knows she has to prove otherwise.

Mikki grows up fast as she discovers secrets surrounding Mr. B and his restaurant .. and within her own family.

For anyone over the age of ten who loves a good mystery ... and a good laugh.

“Light whodunit . . . a well crafted mystery with plenty of suspects (and) a great cast of characters ... a fun read."   —Dru’s Book Musings (2017 winner of Mystery Writers of America Raven Award)


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Publication date: March 27, 2017


How did 32-year-old Australian Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis’ closest friend, antiques dealer, and Mainely Needlepointer, end up in Haven Harbor, Maine? Sarah’s secret story ... her search for family ... her connection to the Maine art world ... and how her dreams could be shattered when her secret is told.

Blood ties and a family reunion lead to murder. Is Sarah to blame?

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The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island—especially when greedy developers want his land . . .

Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King’s Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he’s created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants. But when a wealthy family wants to buy the island and Jesse’s cousin Simon petitions for power of attorney to force him to sell, Jesse is the one who becomes endangered.

Mainely Needlepointer Dave Perry, who befriended Jesse in the VA hospital, rallies the group to his defense. Angie Curtis and the ravelers stitch “Save the King’s Island Cormorants” pillows and sell T-shirts to pay for Jesse’s legal counsel. But tragically, on a visit to the island, Angie and Dave find Jesse dead. Now the search is on for a common thread that can tie the murdered man to his killer . . .(Goodreads)

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Maggie Summer is making big changes in her life. The antique print dealer has taken a sabbatical and moved to Maine to run an antiques mall with Will Brewer, her significant other. And she will finally adopt the daughter she’s been longing for. However, the troubled girl doesn’t want any part of the plan, showing affection only for the harbor seals, which remind her of her “real mother.” But someone starts shooting the seals–and a young fisherman is murdered. Then Will confesses a secret from his past, and Maggie begins to wonder if this is the biggest mistake of her life.

“Shadows on a Morning in Maine is an extraordinary novel by a master of the mystery/suspense genre ... unreservedly recommended for community library collections and the personal reading lists of dedicated mystery buffs.” - Midwest Book Review

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Want to know more about Lea and her artist husband, Bob Thomas? Living and Writing on the Coast of Maine takes you inside a year in their lives with wry humor and insights, as they love each other, Maine, and making a living writing and painting. A must read for anyone wondering what it would be like to live in Maine ... or be a published author.

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