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Shadows on the Ivy (Antique Print #3)

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  185 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Maggie Summer has three loves: her antique print business, Shadows; her career as a community college professor in Somerset County, New Jersey; and the new man in her life, Will Brewer. Her biological clock is pushing her to decide whether she's ready to add a fourth love: an adopted child.Although Will is on the road just now, Maggie's life is full. She uses prints by Cur ...more
Hardcover, 247 pages
Published August 3rd 2004 by Scribner Book Company
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Jul 04, 2010 Samira rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
There is simply not enough character development to make the plot make sense!
Feb 03, 2009 Tricia rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I haven't decided whether I preferred this book, or the 2nd one in the series (Shadows on the Coast of Maine). And as I mentioned in a few of my status updates, some of the suspense of this book was removed because I got 80 pages into book #4 before realizing I'd gone out of order. However, enough suspense remained that I did enjoy this. There was an adequate - but not absurd! - amount of plot twists to keep me guessing. The final resolution did feel a bit too sudden and left a few loose ends, b ...more
Mar 24, 2009 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of Jane Langton mysteries
Shelves: fiction, mysteries
Like a Jane Langton mystery, this book is an intellectual's mystery, packed with facts regarding Currier & Ives prints, nineteenth century depictions of African-Americans, and miscellaneous background on a variety of artists and lithographs. However, with the exception of one classroom scenario, author Lea Watt manages to blend seamlessly historical information and mystery. A classic whodunit, complete with multiple motives and false trails. Maggie Summer is a conflicted and interesting prot ...more
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May 11, 2009 Janet Windeguth rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
This is sort of a hit-or-miss series. I find it hard to believe that a two-year community college would have dormitories. But what do I know? Maybe the one I went to was just an anomaly. Wait has a knack of making all of her characters likeable, even the villain. I especially enjoyed the portrayal of Kendall, the only single dad at Whitcomb, as being such a devoted father to his 13-month-old Josette. The plot was rather sketchy, and Maggie made a couple of leaps without taking the reader along f ...more
Jul 18, 2011 Kathleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
Returning to a theme of personal importance to her, Wait’s third mystery in the Maggie Summers series involves the antique print dealer/college professor supervising a college dormitory designed to support single parents and their children. Wait’s knowledge and understanding of the challenges involved and her pragmatic, honest handling of the students’ thoughts and behaviors support her skillful writing. The plot again is most unexpected with characters revealing secrets and sometimes despicable ...more
May 21, 2010 Suzanne rated it really liked it
Having never read Lea Wait before, I was intrigued by her premise of the antique print angle. I started the book, was captivated by the chapter-specific "illustrations" and didn't put the book down until I had finished it. Loved the character of Maggie and her tricky status of recent widow who's learning to trust again. The location of the college and the student housing setting made it especially relevant and was a nice reminder of what people are capable of when given the chance (in both good ...more
Jan 20, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this as an audio book. I did enjoy it. The only problem that I found was that the author spent more time than necessary relating the content of some of the main character's lectures. The content of those really didn't have anything to do with the story. If this were a paper book I would have just skipped over those pages, but being audio- I listened. I thought that the plot was interesting and I wasn't really sure who the culprit was until that person was unveiled. I always enjoy a ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Libby rated it liked it
Oddly addictive series about a dealer in antique prints who is also an university professor. Wherever she goes, dead bodies turn up. Each chapter starts with a description of an antique print with price. I savor these descriptions, so I learn while reading a quick read of murder with unexpected results.
Aug 21, 2010 Krista rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Met this author at the Maine books in the garden event in July. All of her books were children's books except for this one. I enjoyed this murder mystery. Read it quickly & must admit that I skimmed over the main character's lectures.
Nov 26, 2009 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
I liked that it had so much information about antique prints. I had no idea who the murderer was until the very end. Her language (main character) was sometimes too abrupt for me, but I enjoyed the book and would like to read more.
Apr 03, 2013 Paula rated it liked it
This book was different than the usual cozy mystery. It had a social message in it, as well. So in addition to the murder mystery, there were insights into child adoption, which the main character is trying to decide to do. Truly anenjoyable read.
Jul 19, 2009 Rosemary rated it it was ok
This book had an interesting approach. The heroine / detective was a community college American art professor who also dealt with antique prints. Each section began with a description of a print, and one helps her see the solution to the murder.
Sep 09, 2016 Jenn rated it it was amazing
My first antique mystery and I enjoy learning about the restoration of old canvases. The storyline was basic. With blackmail and murder but an enjoyable read for task #1 in my Date to Dream 2016 Fall reading challenge.
Apr 16, 2014 Tamara rated it really liked it
I liked it and would read another book by this author
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These are slow-paced mysteries, low key characters. Smart, interesting. Good story. Surprising ending which I always like.
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Maine author Lea Wait writes the NYT-praised 8-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery series, the latest of which is SHADWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE, and the USA Today best-selling Mainely Needlepoint series which debuted with TWISTED THREADS in January, 2015, and was followed by THREADS OF EVIDENCE in August, 2015, THREAD AND GONE, in January, 2016, DANGLING BY A THREAD in late October, 2016, and TIGHTE ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Antique Print (8 books)
  • Shadows At The Fair (Antique Print, #1)
  • Shadows on the Coast of Maine (Antique Print, #2)
  • Shadows at the Spring Show (Antique Print, #4)
  • Shadows of a Down East Summer (Antique Print, #5)
  • Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding (Antique Print, #6)
  • Shadows on a Maine Christmas (Antique Print, #7)
  • Shadows on a Morning in Maine

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