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Twisted Threads

(Mainely Needlepoint #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 ratings  ·  248 reviews
Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…

After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question
Mass Market Paperback, 305 pages
Published January 6th 2015 by Kensington
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Lea Wait
Oct 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Yes - I'm Lea Wait, the author of TWISTED THREADS, the first in the Mainely Needlepoint series. And I'm very excited about this new series. The protagonist, Angela Curtis (known as "Angel" to her grandmother) is a Mainer and most, if not all, of the series will be set in Haven Harbor, Maine. (That's down the coast a bit from Cabot Cove and Weymouth. :)) The series is written from Angie's point of view -- she's 28, and not as book-educated as Maggie Summer, the protagonist of my Shadows Antique P ...more
Dec 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Reading this as a group read with the Cozy Mystery Goodreads group. This is good! I am going to like the series, I can tell already.
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I finished _Twisted Threads_ today and liked it so much. The characters are interesting and it prompted me to go to Hobby Lobby and buy a needlework kit. I can't wait to read the next book! Here is what I DIDN'T like:
1. Gram is only 65 and yet she is portrayed as being as ancient, at least in her 80s, it would seem. I know her granddaughter sees her that wa
Bridget Vollmer
2 1/2 stars rounded up. This one was a bit darker and gritty for a cozy, which isn’t bad, but wasn’t what I was expecting from the cover.
Katherine P
Dec 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015, mystery-read
Pro: I love when main characters in cozies have a job that makes their murder investigating make some sense so I was thrilled that Angie had been a private investigator in Arizona. It made her investigating make sense. I loved Harbor Haven. It's a pretty town filled with interesting people but it's also a town that's been hit hard by changes in the lobster industry and it's struggling to survive. That was portrayed very well without over doing it. There were really 2 different mysteries going on ...more
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014

Dollycas’s Thoughts

This is the first book I have read by Lea Wait. I didn’t know about her other series. I was on Amazon searching for books to add to my Books Coming Soon page and the cover just pulled me right in. The book arrived and story picked up right where the cover left off.

Angie is quite a woman as is her grandmother, Charlotte. To survive having your mother/daughter disappear without a trace is just tragic. Then all these years later her body is found so very close to her home. That i
Nov 04, 2017 rated it liked it
I loved the little needlepoint related quotes or sampler examples which started each chapter of Twisted Threads. It’s nice touch which lured me into reading an extra chapter or two each time I read it.

I really like the way the two plotlines — one hot case, one cold — were woven together by the end. It’s a little slow to get going but really gears up toward the conclusion. I really liked that Angie had a plausible reason to be an amateur sleuth and the skills to pull it off — she used to work for
This was a fantastic and gripping read, that had me reading all day and night just to see, how the two mysteries were going to unfold. I liked the idea for a cold case mystery being the reason for the main character, Angie, to come back home. That made a big difference than an usual broken marriage or brake up with a boyfriend story line that most cozy mysteries have. It might have had a darker story line for a cozy because of what happened to cause the cold case, but, it was interesting to see, ...more
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book has been sitting in my TBR pile for far too long and I am very glad that I finally read it..
I was reading another book by the same author in another series and I really enjoy her writing. The mystery is well-written and paced. With multiple suspects, it had me guessing until the very end. There were two murders within the book and the older one brings up ugly town secrets that no one wants to believe until the killer finally confesses.

Have already ordered the next in this series.. Hig
Oct 11, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. I really enjoyed this story but I always like mixing a cold case with a new one. I did not see the ending coming with the cold case. I liked the characters and the setting and I look forward to seeing how Angie fits in with the Mainly Needlepointers. Good start to the series.
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This cozy mystery is will named as the story has many changes and turns. Angie returns to Harbor Heaven, Maine for her Mother's funeral. She finds some things are the same and others are different. Her Grandmother, Charlotte is in charge of a group of needle point crafters. The person who is administering the group has not shown up for 3 months and owes the group money. He has all the records and no one can located who has order what. Angie wants to find out how her Mother died. Charlotte asks A ...more
Oct 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nookbooks, rtyr, wom-reads
Angela Curtis returns to Maine after the remins of her mother are found. While she is there her Grams convinces her (she works for a PI in AZ) to try to find the manager of her Needlepoint group who owes them $27,000. Angie didn't realize what she was getting herself into when she agreed.

The story kept me entertained & wanting to read more. I liked that the MC wasn't your typical cozy character. She was smart, good head on her shoulders, didn't get herself into stupid situations. Needlepoint
Shelley Giusti
Jan 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This first in a new series will win you over from the start. You will meet Angie Curtis and her friends as they come together for crafting fun. As Angie and her grandmother try to find out how Angie's mother died the group is hit with another murder and Angie has to try to clear her name as suspect. You will be drawn in by this crafty whodunit that will keep you wanting to read just one more chapter until the end. What a terrific start to a great series, eagerly awaiting the next one!

First in a series that definitely has promise. Even if I don't know much about needlepoint, I liked the characters and the setting.
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TWISTED THREADS by Lea Waite It Was a Dark and Cozy Night

Original post on FANGS, WANDS & FAIRY DUST

Maine seems to be a popular place to set cozy mystery novels. I love to read most things set in the state I call home so this was a natural match for me.

This story could be pulled from the headlines in my home state where a 30 year-old cold case recently resulted in an arrest. And, as a Mainer, Lea does a great job representing my home. She does resort,
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great 1st book in a new cozy series, set in Harbor Haven, Maine. Angie Curtis hasn't been back to her hometown in 10 years, not til her grandmother, Charlotte, calls and tells her her mother's body has finally been found. Angie rushes home and finds many changes have occurred since she was last there. Her grandmother Charlotte has opened a needlepoint business and has a few employees that work with her. Along with that, a middleman who has swindled the group out of $33k. While trying t ...more
Nov 05, 2014 rated it really liked it

Well, when I first started this book, I thought, I don't think I am going to like this book very well, but boy was I wrong. Once I started it, I didn't want to put it down. There were so many things happening in this book, my head was almost spinning. Not only does Angie want to try to find out what really happened to her mother, she also has to find her grandmother's business partner. Then she has to solve another murder. I liked the characters and the setting of this book. I am looking forward
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gr-read, z2017
The author realistically portrays the MC who returns home to confront the most difficult part of her past: her mother disappeared when she was young and her body has been found. Unwilling to accept the easy answer, she tries to find out what really happened. Her grandmother's needlework group provides several good suspects for a subsequent murder; they are sure to be recurring characters in later books. This cozy mystery has a serious undertone along with light moments. Good character developmen ...more
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.25 / 3 Stars

A decent little cozy read. Story flowed nicely. I don't need to go into the particulars within this story because there are many reviews stating it. For me, I felt Angie was a bit disconnected from her mother and her memory, but maybe that has more to do with the fact she'd been missing for 19 years. However, I would have expected a bit more emotion at the funeral. I wasn't 100% sure who killed Angie's mom until closer to the end. With the murder of Lattimoore I had a sneaky suspic
Mar 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Interesting cozy set in Maine. I thought it was a cut above the general current crop of cozies, where every character and plot twist is totally predictable. The MC feels like a real person, and I liked her relationship with her grandmother. I also enjoyed the needlepoint details. I'm still not quite sure how the heroine figured out who killed her mother - it seemed like she just suddenly knew. But I still enjoyed the book and will probably read more.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Yes, cozy mysteries can be pretty predictable and all, but that's what I like about them. When I get a cozy mystery, I expect it to be fairly light (if it can be light with murder involved) and enjoyable. But this wasn't the case. I went in expecting one thing and came away with something completely different. Not in a good way. The reason for the cold case murder was abhorrent, and didn't fit the cozy mystery genre, though it fits the mystery genre (Mary Higgins Clark, etc.).
Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Angie’s mom disappeared a long time ago when she was nine years old. There was a lot of rumors to what happened but pretty much everyone thought she ran off. Angie moved from Haven Harbor to Arizona and works with a Private Investigator, but now her Gram is calling her home. They found her mother dead in a freezer.

Angie comes home to find her Gram has changed a little, she has a cat, a boyfriend and a new business. Mainly Needlepoint started off small as Gram would do needlepoint projects for th
Andrea Stoeckel
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
[This was a library eBook and I am voluntarily reviewing it]

In a small town, almost everybody knows everybody's business

Angie has come back home to Maine to bury her long missing mother and help her Gram deal with the aftermath. She has a life in New Mexico, but has missed Maine. Life has gone forward for everyone since she's gone, some for the better, others not so much.

Charlotte, Angie's grandmother has run a fairly successful crafting co-op, that is until six months or so ago when her "middle
Jan 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Twisted Threads is the first book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series. Angie is working in Arizona with a private investigator. She receives a phone call from her Gram to return home to Haven Habor Maine because her mother's body has been found. Angie's mother disappeared when she was a child and she has endured gossip and stares since then. This is added on to the deep pain she has felt as to why her mother left.

I really liked this book. It was an edgier cozy mystery. It had surprises for
Sep 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked this first in the series book. I will be looking for more to see how Angie deals with moving back to Maine.

Angie finally gets to find out what happened to her mother when she disappeared so many years ago. Maybe she wasn't the best mom but she was Angie's favorite mom and so it was good to find out what really happened.

Angie and her grandmother are very good people to read about. And I like to read about Maine, a place I would like to visit more often in person. In the meantime, I will v
Jul 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Angie is called back to the small town in Maine she grew up in because they found the body of her mother after almost twenty years. So many changes and murders to solve. Good book with an excellent twist at the end.
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, 5, library, mystery
Not a particularly good book, nor particularly well written, but suitable for reading when one's life is in disarray, so it did what I needed it to.
Caitlin Copp
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: august-2016
Loved this book, couldn't put it down! I loved the characters and storyline. Will be reading the next one for sure!
Jan 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
An Excellent Cozy Mystery

Ten years ago, Angie Curtis left the small town of Harbor Haven, Maine for sunny Arizona. However, one phone call sent her back to Maine. After almost twenty years, her mother's body had been discovered. What happened to Angie's Mom? Will Angie uncover what happened?

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. I absolutely loved it. I adore the Mainely Needlepointers. The plot was well paced. The mystery was suspenseful. I plan to read all of the other books in this ser
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a nice start to an interesting series. I liked all the history and needlework quotes at the start of each chapter.

Thanks for the recommendation, Amanda!
Patricia Rushford
I've read the entire series and have enjoyed them.
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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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