Lea Wait

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Maine author, historian, and antique dealer Lea Wait writes the seven-book Agatha-finalist Shadows Antique Print Mystery featuring protagonist Maggie, and historical novels for ages 8-14 set in nineteenth century Maine. Her first in a new Maine series, Twisted Threads, will debut January 6, 2015.   

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Maggie is back in Wamouth, Maine to celebrate Christmas with beau Will and his Aunt Nettie.  Will it be a romantic holiday with snow and mistletoe? Or is something more sinister happening behind Waymouth’s wreathed doors this holiday season? Even Aunt Nettie has secrets this time around …. as Maggie and Will make a major decision.

“An intelligent and entertaining mystery, with likeable characters and a plot that keeps the reader guessing until the very last page.”
– Suspense Magazine

“frothy as eggnog … loving descriptions of the Maine winter and the area’s strong sense of community.” – Publisher’s Weekly


“Beautifully written, with the setting playing a big part in the story.” - Mysterious Women

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January 6, 2015:

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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Next up: THREADS OF EVIDENCE coming in September 2015

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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