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.

The Charleston Hurricane of 1804
(only 99 cents on Amazon!)

NEW! Lea’s written a short story about Michael Lautrec, the protagonist in SEAWARD BORN, that describes how one of the worst hurricanes in the nineteenth century devastated the city of Charleston .. and changed Michael’s life. It’s a prequel to SEAWARD BORN. Check it out!

Lea's latest —

Click here for a printable list of Lea Wait's books.


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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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? 

New: read the three-page prequel online now.

    “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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Next up: THREADS OF EVIDENCE coming August 25, 2015

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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January 2016:

More details available soon, but I wanted to share this wonderful cover art that the publisher sent to me.

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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