Lea Wait

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Maine author, historian and antique dealer Lea Wait writes the seven-book Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery series and the Mainely Needlepoint series, which debuted in January, 2015. She also writes historical novels for ages 8 and up set in nineteenth century Maine.


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Lea's latest —

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

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Just published!

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Angie and the Mainely Needlepointers are celebrating the Fourth of July when young Mary Clough stops in with a question about a piece of antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family’s eighteenth century home and wants to identify. The needlepointers suspect it was stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots ... and very valuable. Angie turns it over to her lawyer for safekeeping. But when the lawyer is found dead, the safe open, and the needlepoint missing ... identification of the stitching is just one of the mysteries to be solved.

Want to know more about Lea and other Maine mystery writers? Check out the daily blog www.mainecrimewriters.com with posts from Gerry Boyle, Dorothy Cannell, John Clark, Vicki Doudera, Kathy Lynn Emerson/Kaitlyn Dunnett, Kate Flora, James Hayman, Barbara Ross and Susan Vaughan and others!



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In 1970 a teenaged girl whose family owned a large Victorian summer home in Haven Harbor, Maine, died suddenly. Was it an accident, as the police report said? Or does her deserted home, or the needlework inside, hide clues to what really happened at that Labor Day party? And why is a famous Hollywood actress now so determined to renovate the home ... and become a part of the Haven Harbor community?  
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The first in the Mainely Needlepoint series! Angie Curtis left Haven Harbor, Maine when she was 18 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 Angie’s return home stirred up long-hidden secrets? And is she herself in danger? 

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    “A cozy debut that hits all the sweet spots: small town, family ties, and a crew of intriguing personalities.” – Library Journal
    “Exciting writing .. Lea Wait’s taken the “amateur sleuth aspect to the edge. And the pack and vividness show that this Maine author has come into her own, with a series that promises excitement, adventure – and some insight into the heart of a very smart and savvy young woman.  Fresh and  intriguing!”
– Kingdom Books

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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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