Tightening the Threads by Lea Wait is the fifth book in the “Mainely Needlepoint” mystery series. Publisher: Kensington, March 28, 2017
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 . . .
In the latest adventures in Haven Harbor, the story centers around Sarah and her family heritage. When her uncle is murdered, Angie begins an investigation and during the process uncovers some unsavory family business. This was a well-written multi-plot whodunit that kept me intrigued throughout this drama. The author did a great job in presenting this mystery with plenty of suspects with a few twists and turns that enhanced the telling of this tale. I really enjoyed how the author set-up this story where the main characters had pivotal roles that led to the outcome of this finely tuned mystery. This was a great read and I look forward to reading the next book in this endearing series.
FTC Full Disclosure – I received an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) from the publisher.