Lea Wait

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Maine author, historian and antique print dealer Lea Wait writes the Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series for adults featuring protagonist Maggie Summer, and historical novels for ages 8-14.

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UNCERTAIN GLORY

The latest in Lea Wait’s books for ages 8 and up set in 19th century Wiscasset, Maine! - It’s early April of 1861. Enterprising 13-year-old Joe Wood, whose dream is to be a newspaperman, is publishing the town’s newspaper. But now he’s scared: he borrowed money to start his business, and the debt is coming due. Will he lose his business? - But it’s early April of 1861, and he, and the country, also have other concerns. The United States is on the brink of a Civil War. Joe’s Pa is still not coping well with the death of Joe’s older brother. Joe’s best friend is restless and excited about the military action in South Carolina. Owen, Joe’s young assistant, is learning how it feels to be black in a white world torn apart by his color. And then there’s Nell, a young spiritualist who supports her aunt and uncle, who claim she speaks with the dead. Does she really? And then Owen disappears, and it’s up to Joe to save him.

Pre-publication comments:

“Lea Wait’s lucid writing and beautifully imagined, deftly plotted tale, make 19th century Maine as vivid and fresh as today’s headline.” – Maryrose Wood, author of the Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series

“This page-turner juggles complex characters and plot twists to leave readers breathless and challenged to draw their own conclusions about a range of ethical issues.” -- Kathleen Kudlinski, author of prize-winning historical novel and biographies for young people

“Inspired by the true story of several remarkable teens, Uncertain Glory is a vivid reminder that even far from the battlefields, the Civil War changed the lives of children, women, and men forever.” – Kathleen Ernst, author of many American Girl historical novels, most recently, the Caroline series

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Don’t miss … Lea and other Maine mystery writers (Gerry Boyle, Dorothy Cannell, John Clark, Vicki Doudera, Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kate Flora, James Hayman, Jayne Hitchcock, Barbara Ross and Susan Vaughan,) blog every day at www.mainecrimewriters.com.


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Coming Next From Lea Wait!

September, 2014:

Shadows on a Maine Christmas: Pre-order now! The 7th in the Shadows Mystery Series takes Maggie back to Maine for Christmas with Will and Aunt Nettie. Will it be a romantic Christmas with snow and mistletoe? Or is there something more sinister happening behind Waymouth’s wreathed doors this holiday season?

January, 2015:

Twisted Threads: A Mainely Needlepoint Haven Harbor Mystery.  Don’t miss this first in a new Lea Wait mystery series! When she was 18 Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor, Maine to escape her mother’s legacy. Now it’s ten years later, her mother’s body has been found, and she’s pulled back into a world she’d thought she’d left behind. And then the agent for her grandmother’s custom needlepoint business is murdered. Has her return home stirred up long-hidden secrets? And is she herself now in danger?


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