Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Mainely Needlepoint #5 Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait (Cozy Mystery, 10E/10E)

March 2017, Kensington Publishing, 304 pages, Ebook, Review copy from NetGalley
Content: some romance, murder, humour
Summary from Kensington
In the coastal town of Haven Harbor, blood runs thicker than water—and just as freely . . .

Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone—not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life—family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .

Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah—especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate—and deadly—family dynamics can truly be . . .

Nayu's thoughts 
 (I feel bad as this is quite a delayed review-I thought I hadn't read it on my tablet, so went to start it then realised I'd read and enjoyed it greatly! Although I didn't start the series from book 1 and haven't read all the earlier books yet, I felt like I was coming home to familiar faces with this latest book in the series. I love the community spirit which outsiders don't necessarily share, an aspect that is a key point to the murder. I love Angie how she trusts her instincts even when she disregards her own safety to check on others. I was worried for her a fair few times, especially when the police had their eye on her, as she hadn't done anything wrong but how she investigates murders isn't always above board. 

Having personally visited Chesapeake in Maryland I could imagine the feel of the coastal town Angie and Sarah call home, and loved learning snippets of info about the dangers of the sea. I can't stand being on boats so thought her extremely brave when she put herself in a precarious position on the sea. 

I loved the humour that seems inherant to cozy mysteries, which softened the at times tense atmosphere due to imminent dangers. I loved the continued craft aspect of the series which makes my crafty self happy, as well as the cat appearances which I could so relate to! The heart of the mrder is family related, an area where there are lots of secrets, miscommunication, and misunderstandings that both Angie and Sarah have to put up with unil the truth comes out. Sarah is lucky to have Angie as a friend and investigator. I'm very eager for book #6!!! 

Find out more on Lea's website.

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