Thursday, 2 June 2016

Threads of Evidence by Lea Wait (Cozy mystery, 9/10E, short 'n' sweet review)

Fabric themed read
August 2015, Kensington, 304 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: murder, intrigue, mild romance

Summary from Kensington Publishing
 It's hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine--until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .

Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years--and some say it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances... 

Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder--and the murderer--and it's up to her to stitch the clues together. . .

Nayu's thoughts
I merrily spent a few hours reading this sewing themed cozy mystery which made me smile, laugh, and constantly came up with plot twists. Every time I thought I had figured out who did it I was was proven wrong, to the point where I simply gave up guessing. There wasn't anything in particular that prevented it from getting a perfect grade, it just didn't have all it needed, if that makes sense. 

Angie's friends are pretty formidable characters, although they discover none more so than Skye, who knows what she wwants and when she wants it. It was interesting watching how everyone reacted to Skye, even more so when her life became in danger, although those in official police capacity didn't always take things seriously, which was frustrating for Angie who knew something was going on. 

As well as the modern day event I really liked going back in time and learning snippets of who did what at the infamous party, especially the pretty dresses! It's fascinating seeing how people acted as different to how people remembered them acting - memories do fade over time or are tainted by prejudice/a certain perspective. As a lover of craft I found the remaining momentos fascinating to hear about, as well as Angie's group who have regular meetings like my local craft group, although thankfully mine is murder free! I look forward to reading more of this series ^o^

Find out more on Lea's website.

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