Lea Wait

Shadows at the Spring Show
Back to Mysteries for Adults

Simon & Schuster
Pocket Books
ISBN 0743475593
Also available as e-book

Maggie Summer, antique print dealer, community college professor, and now possible prospective single adoptive parent, has volunteered to run an antiques show to benefit a local adoption agency. But when threatening letters and phone calls disrupt her carefully laid plans, she begins to fear for the safety of all those involved with the show – including herself. Someone doesn’t want the antiques show to be held, and Maggie has to find out why. Set in quiet Somerset County, New Jersey, this 4th in the Shadows Antique Print Mystery Series brings together antique dealers and college colleagues introduced in earlier Shadows books, while tackling thorny issues of race, heritage and personal identity. And, of course, there is a killer to find … because the show must go on!

Mystery Scene Magazine: “It’s hard to praise too highly Wait’s skill at plotting, her ability at building suspense (as one wonders if the threats to destroy the show will prove true,) and her ability to make so many diverse characters come alive … When the bigotry behind the threats and the murder is revealed, the reader (to Wait’s credit) is both appalled and understanding.”

Publisher's Weekly: “With complex crimes and even more complex personal decision for Maggie Summer, the fourth installment of Wait’s cozy series doesn’t disappoint… Kudos to Wait for tackling a pressing social issue like adoption: she’s never heavy-handed, and she just might inspire some readers to think about opening their homes to children in need.”

- on Maine Humanities Council list of Popular Maine Fiction

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