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Tightening the Threads

(Mainely Needlepoint #5)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  696 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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 L
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation (first published March 17th 2017)
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Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tightening the Threads is the 5th Mainely Needlepoint book written by Lea Wait. I've read the previous four and will continue finishing this series. Let's chat about this particular book. Angie, our heroine, has been home in Harbor Haven, Maine for four months. She agreed to stay for six months, supporting a business owned by her gram, who recently married a minister. Angie's smitten with Patrick, the son of a famous actress who moved to town, and she's learning needlepoint to grow the business. ...more
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2017
Dollycas’s Thoughts

This fifth installment of the series brings us the story of Angie’s friend Sarah. Sarah is an Aussie that moved to Haven Harbor. She has her antiques business and works with the Mainely Needlepointers but has remained pretty well stitched up about her past and her family. She has grown close to Ted Lawrence, a wealthy man, who runs an art gallery. His father was a famous artist. Ted’s is an artist too but never reached the acclaim of his father. She finally reveals to Angie th
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cats, arc, e-books, cozy, lea-wat
Angie Curtis is invited to Ted Lawrence 75th birthday party when to Ted plans to introduce Sarah Bryne as his niece to his children. Patrick and Jeremy, his gallery employees are also invited. The first night Ted tells everyone that Sarah is the granddaughter of his Father by an affair his Father had during World War Two. He will be rewriting his will to include Sarah who will inherit The Lawrence 's paintings. The next day Ted dies from eating a clan infected with red tide. The twists and turns ...more
Jan 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Note: This is an author review. Tightening the Threads is the fifth in the Mainely Needlepoint mystery series, about a group of stitchers in Haven Harbor, Maine. They all have jobs in addition to doing custom needlepoint, and Sarah Bryrne is an antiques dealer. She's also Australian. Tightening the Threads is really "Sarah's Story", explaining how Sarah ended up living on the coast of Maine. It involves a years-long British program to decrease the foster care population in England and increase i ...more

TIGHTENING THE THREADS is the fifth book in the Mainely Needlepoint series by Lea Wait. Although this is only the second book that I’ve read from Wait, I feel like I have already figured out her writing style. If you’re new to Cozy Mysteries and prefer ones that are very slow in pace, then this series might be a good match for you.

However, I think it’s just too slow of a pace for me personally. This book opens up with a dumping of backstory from the main character’s friend. Although I under
Linda Baker
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, mystery, cozy
In Tightening the Threads, we finally learn the background and reasons for Aussie transplant Sarah Byrne's move to Haven Harbor, ME. She has always been very secretive, even with her best friend, Angie Curtis, the owner of Mainely Needlepoint. Author Lea Wait also shines a light on a little-known episode in British and Australian history. In the years after WWII and up into the 1960's, the British foster care system was overflowing and the solution was to send children to Australia. The idea was ...more
Carla Johnson-Hicks
This is the fifth installment of the Mainely Needlepoint series. This was Sarah's story and there was not much needlepointing in it. I was fine with that as it was nice to find out more about one of the main characters in this series that i very much enjoy. Sarah is a member of the Mainely Needlepointers and a good friend of Angie's. She moved to Haven Harbor from Australia, but never really shared her reasons for this. In the last book in the series Sarah became close to wealthy gallery owner T ...more
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Tightening the Threads is the fifth installment in the Mainely Needlepoint series set in Haven Harbor, ME and featuring Angela "Angie" Curtis. Angie has settled into her role of running the Mainely Needlepoint business and is adjusting to being back in her hometown.

Angie's best friend Sarah Byrne invites her over for pizza and opens up about her relationship with gallery owner and town elder, Ted Lawrence. Ted is hosting a clambake in honor of his seventy fifth birthday and has asked Sarah to or
Dawn Michelle
This was my least favorite so far of all the books. I knew who the killer was by chapter 4 [and stopped listening to the audiobook and switched to reading because it would go faster], knew the why by chapter 6 and though the second death was a surprise [as was the killer], it wasn't enough of one to redeem this book. UGH. And I think that Angie needs to come to grips with Patrick's injuries and start treating him better. I am totally unimpressed with how she is with him a lot of the times.
Feb 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Angie Curtis is helping her friend, Sarah Byrne, set up a birthday party for Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old gallery owner and artist. After Ted Lawrence’s estranged family arrives, he announces that Sarah is a long lost relative. Ted also states that he is dying of cancer and is changing his will and leaving the bulk of his estate to Sarah. The next day, at a lobster bake, Ted is poisoned to death. Now, Angie is investigating to find out who killed Ted Lawrence.
This was a great addition to this won
Feb 21, 2017 added it
Book Five in the Mainely Needlepoint Mysteries, this was focuses on Sarah Byrne, the Australian transplant who has become Angie Curtis's closest friend since she returned to her hometown in Maine. Sarah runs an antiques shop, and folks have been noticing she's been spending a lot of time with the much older Ted Lawrence, who has an art gallery in town. Ted is the son of prominent artist Robert Lawrence, and Sarah confesses to Angie that she first came to Maine because she has reason to believe t ...more
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Tightening The Threads is the fifth book in the A Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series.

This series is one of my favorite series. Ms. Wait does a wonderful job of describing the town of Haven Harbor and the surrounding area and adding some of its interesting residents.

Angie Curtis has been friends with Sarah Byrne since she returned to Haven Harbor bur know almost nothing about her except she is from Australia and runs an antique store. So when Sarah invites Angie over for a “girls night”, Angie fe
Angie Curtis has moved back to Haven Harbor,
Maine where she runs the Mainly Needlepoint
business that her Gram had run.
There is a group of stitchers that create the
piece sold. The fall is a busy season for the
businesses in Haven Harbor due to the leaf
peeper time when visitors visited the coast of
Maine to view leaves changing colors plus shop.
Mainly Needlepoint sold lots of Christmas sachets,
And other stitched items in the fall.
One of Angie’s new friends, Sarah Byrne who
came from Australia is a
Janet Robel
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Such a lovely mystery. This is the first one I've read in this series. Love the sampler and history at the beginning of each chapter. Great book for cozy mystery fans! ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the 5th book in the Mainely Needlepoint series set in coastal Maine. The main protagonist, Angie Curtis, manages a needlepoint business that she took over from her grandmother in previous books. The focus of this book however is on Sarah Byrne, antiques dealer from Australia and stitcher. As the story unfolds, we're told much about Sarah's mysterious past and her search for belonging. As the mystery unfolds, the characters interaction with one another is a high point of this book. It is ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I won this book from the author. Sarah is an antique dealer and she has just found her long lost family. Her half brother is weathly and he plans to leave her most of his money and paintings which makes the rest of the family angry. A family reunion is planned and he tells the rest of the family his plans and that he is dying. He is poisoned to death and needle pointer Angie gets involved in finding who did it. Lots of interesting information about clam bakes and Maine.
Anam Cara
Feb 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
This one was hard to put down. It kept me guessing right to the end.

I loved the quotes from samplers at the beginning of each chapter and thought about how much I would love to make another one just as I did as a child. I also wonder what ever happened to that sampler.....

Set in Maine, the Lawrence family is gathering for the 75th birthday of Ted, the father who seems to have practiced benign neglect of his three children after his wife died. None received what he really needed most - a father's
RO G'ma
Tightening the Threads is the fifth book in Lea Wait’s Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series and I found this to be an enjoyable read with a well-plotted storyline and relatable characters. This is a quick, steadily paced, smooth read with lots of twists and turns. The reveal of the killer was a surprise to me. This cozy series has become one of my favorites, and I'm looking forward to the next book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery.

Angie Curtis’s
Lisa Morin
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The books in this series just keep getting better.
Angus Curtis has grown a lot in this quirky series by Lea Wait.
In this story, Angie helps out her friend Sarah. She is organizing a family reunion for her friends 75th birthday.
When secrets and truths are revealed and a murder takes place, not even the wealthy find themselves able to fight against greed.

I voluntarily read an ARC of this book provided by the publisher and NetGalley.
Apr 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Mainely Needlepoint series is a favorite cozy series of mine. I like this series due to the character of Angie Curtis who grew up in Haven Harbor Maine. She left to work as a assistant to a private investigator in Arizona but recently returned home. I always learn something new about Maine when I read these books. This book showed all the preparation and work that goes into a clam bake. I learned too about Red Tide in some clams.

This book revolves around Sarah Byrnes who runs a antique store
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-craft
In this book Angie is helping Sarah set up a family weekend for Ted Lawrence (who it appears is Sarah's half-uncle as his father had an affair during the War in the UK and Sarah's father was the result), during the first evening Ted let's it be known about Sarah's new part in the family (unsurprisingly Ted's daughter and two sons are NOT too happy about this!) and Ted also drops the bombshell that he is dying of lung cancer (and a second bombshell that on the Monday he will be changing his will ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery, 2017
This is an enjoyable addition to the Mainly Needlepoint Series. This series has all the elements of a great mystery. The characters are engaging and likable, the story is captivating and will keep you wanting to turn the page to find out what happens next, the mystery itself will keep you guessing as to who the culprit is.

I certainly enjoy visiting Haven Habor, I feel as though I'm visiting with friends. I hope there will be more books in this series, I really enjoy them.

I received a copy of t
S. Schmauder
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lea Wait's new mystery in this series is the best yet. Her writing grips the reader at once. Angie Curtis (who has worked in Arizona for a detective agency before returning to her home in Haven Harbor, Maine) sees a huge painting in her Aussie Friend Sarah Byrne's apartment. Where did she get it? From the owner of a local art gallery, Ted Lawrence.
Wait sets the scene in Haven Harbor with just enough details to make us feel we know the place: Angie sets out one morning when "Chilly gusts of wind
I have to say, if I was a rich person, I would not call together my children and tell them "oh, I'm changing my will next week and adding a new person to it". It seems like that would be hastening the indeed it did in this book. So I'm afraid that while I liked the rest of the book, it loses a star for stating the obvious. Plus, I figured out who the murderer was relatively early.

Mar 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
My favorite in the series so far. These books just keep getting better and better.
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this cozy mystery set in Maine which left me with a serious hankering for a good seafood chowder and fall weather!
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley but all opinions are my own!
Mar 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Angie's friend, Sarah, moved to Maine from Australia. Now we find that it wasn't simply chance that brought her to this small Maine town. Sarah was looking for family and traced her connections to Maine. An uncle welcomes her to the family, but his children are not happy to know their new cousin. When their father announces he is changing his will to include Sarah...and that he is dying, no one is happy. When he dies during a clambake, is it murder or a tragic accident? Angie investigates and mo ...more
Margaret Vargo
Feb 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful mystery, from the opening chapter to the end! As a cross-stitcher and the owner of two samplers from the early 1800s, I loved the fact that samplers were quoted at the beginning of each chapter, taking the reader back to an earlier time, along with historical facts about some of the samplers' creators. The setting delighted me: Maine is one of my favorite vacation spots in recent years, and I loved the atmosphere included in this book, especially that of early fall when the wea ...more
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a disturbing family! Those Lawrence kids were awful. But that fact that they made such an impression means this book is a good one. I have read other books in this series. So it felt like I was visiting friends and catching up with the new gossip and happenings in town. The story is centered on Sarah's unique family tree. But it is Angie that feels like the main character. She seems to have herself in the middle of the drama that becomes a mystery. I really liked the book.

I was given this b
Caitlin Copp
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: april-2019
This is the 5th book in the Mainley Needlepoint books, and I didn't realize it until I was almost done with the book, but there is actually very little about needlepoint or involvement from the Mainely Needlepointers. The book revolves around the protagonist, Angie and one of the Needlepointers, Australian-born, Sarah. Sarah has been spending a lot of time with local artist, Ted Lawrence and Angie has some concerns as Ted is quite a bit older than Sarah. Sarah finally comes clean to Angie and ad ...more
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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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