Lea Wait

Thread Herrings

Seventh in the Mainely Needlepoint Series

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Publication date: October 30, 2018

Kensington Publishing Corp.
ISBN: 978-1-4967-1671-2
Also available as an e-book

Angie's first auction may turn out to be her last—when she bids on a coat of arms that someone would literally kill to possess . . .

Tagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework—a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms.

Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker's invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found strangled in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery—or she may be the next one going, going . . . gone . . .

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Questions and Topics for Discussion:

- Have you ever consigned items to an auction? Attended an auction? How would you feel watching the contents of an old, beloved, home, being gaveled down at an auction?

- Sarah and Angie experienced the auction preview – and the auction itself – very differently. Did you identify with either of them? In what way?

- The papers Angie found in back of the needleworked coat of arms were more significant to her than “just some old papers.” Why?

- Was it realistic that Clem did a human interest story about the embroidery and paper on TV?

- Many people are now researching their family histories. Have you done that? Do you know anyone who identifies with his or her past history as much as the family in THREAD HERRINGS?

- Have you ever read a “locked room” mystery, in which the murder happens in a room no one can enter? In THREAD HERRINGS, Angie is a “locked detective” – she is confined for her own safety and yet manages (with a little help from her friends) to solve the crime. How realistic did you feel that was?

- Patrick and Angie’s relationship appears to be getting deeper. Ultimately, do you think they’ll make it as a couple? Why or why not? And what about the new relationship between Sarah and Pete?

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