Great Escapes Tour: Thread and Gone by Lea Wait

17 Jan


Thread and Gone
by Lea Wait

Thread and Gone is an engaging page-turner!
~ Back Porchervations

History buffs, particularly those interested in Mary Queen of Scotts and Marie Antoinette will like the historical bent as Angie, Mary, and others search through the historical documents Mary has to determine how the needlepoint made it from France to Haven Harbor.
~Christa Reads and Writes

So many suspects to choose from the story will keep the reader guessing until the end.
~Bab’s Book Bistro

I thoroughly enjoyed the many aspects of this cozy, small community mystery and how all the layers came together.
~Laura’s Interests

There are twists galore, and when the truth of things is revealed, it’s a complete surprise.
~Book Babble

This is a charming and enjoyable read. With it’s plot twist and strong story line you will be hooked from the start.
~Shelley’s Book Case

thread and gone

Thread and Gone
(A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery)

3rd in Series
Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 29, 2015)
ISBN-13: 978-1617730085


When a priceless antique is stolen, murder unravels the peaceful seaside town of Haven Harbor, Maine…
Angie Curtis and her fellow Mainely Needlepointers know how to enjoy their holidays. But nothing grabs their attention like tying up loose threads. So when Mary Clough drops in on the group’s Fourth of July supper with a question about antique needlepoint she’s discovered in her family Colonial-era home, Angie and her ravelers are happy to look into the matter.

Their best guess is that the mystery piece may have been stitched by Mary, Queen of Scots, famous not just for losing her head, but also for her needlepointing. If they’re right, the piece would be extremely valuable. For safekeeping, Angie turns the piece over to her family lawyer, who places it in her office safe. But when the lawyer is found dead with the safe and ransacked, the real mystery begins. . .


My thoughts:

FTC Disclosure:  I received an advance e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.

Thread and Gone is the third installment in this series. Somehow, I missed book two: Threads of Evidence. I’m going to have rectify that soon. I’ve long been a fan of Ms. Wait’s other mystery series:  Antique Print Mysteries. I’m fast becoming a fan of the Mainly Needlepoint Mysteries.  In Thread and Gone we not only have the mystery of who killed Lenore Pendleton and why,  but there is the mystery about the provenance of a unique piece of needlework. I love stories with a historical connection, so the antique piece of needlepoint possibly stitched by a long ago queen is what hooked me into the story.  However, the murder is pretty good too.

One of the reasons I keep coming back to this series, is that I really like Angie. She’s a no nonsense heroine. And she’s not quite an amateur sleuth. She does have some investigating background. I guess that makes it bit more sensible for her to be poking her nose into what some would say should only be done by the police. The relationship with her Gram is another aspect of the story that appeals to me. I’m a sucker for stories with grandmothers.

The second reason I liked this book are all the quotes about needlecraft. I like learning while reading for fun.

Thread and Gone is a good solid read. If you enjoy needlepoint or just enjoy a good mystery then you should add this one to your reading list. And while you are at, read the first two if you haven’t already done so.

There is a Rafflecopter Giveaway on the Great Escapes Tour Page. Be sure to check it out for  a chance to win a print copy of the book.


About The Author

Lea Wait lives on the coast of Maine. A fourth generation antique dealer, and author of the Agatha-nominated Shadows Antique Print mystery series, she loves all things antiques and Maine, and she’s learning to do needlepoint. She also writes historical novels for young people set in (where else?) nineteenth-century Maine. Lea adopted her four daughters when she was single; she’s now the grandmother of eight, and married to artist Bob Thomas.


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Be sure to check out the other tour participants.

Tour Participants

January 11 – Back Porchervations – Review

January 11 – Island Confidential – Interview

January 12 – Christa Reads and Writes – Review

January 13 – Babs Book Bistro – Review

January 14 – Laura’s Interests – Review

January 15 – A Blue Million Books – Interview

January 15 – Book Babble – Review

January 16 – Shelley’s Book Case – Review

January 17 – Booklady’s Booknotes – Review

January 18 – The Bookwyrm’s Hoard – Review

January 19 – Mystery Thrillers and Romantic Suspense Reviews – Spotlight

January 19 – Mallory Heart’s Cozies – Review

January 20 – LibriAmoriMiei – Review

January 20 – MysteriesEtc – Review

1 Comment

Posted by on January 17, 2016 in Uncategorized


One response to “Great Escapes Tour: Thread and Gone by Lea Wait

  1. kayekillgore

    January 19, 2016 at 12:07 am

    I would like to start reading this series


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