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Thread on Arrival

(Mainely Needlepoint #8)

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In this coastal New England town, folks take care of the needy--but someone is killing without kindness . . .

Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he's fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and needlepointing partners Angie and Sa
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Published April 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thread on Arrival is the 8th book in the Mainely Needlepoint series written by the late Lea Wait. I've previously read all the others in the series and now have only the ninth and last left to read. I really enjoy these characters and the setting, so I'm hoping her Shadow Antique's series, also set in Maine, is equally as good or better.

Ike has been down on his luck for years. He's been living in his old garage, except in the winters when it's too cold. He wanders around Haven Harbor, collecting
Apr 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Haven Harbor holds an annual event, Blessing of the Fleet, which honors all those lost at sea over the centuries. While there Angie meets Ike Hamilton. Ike’s family home was crumbling down around him. The chamber wanted the property condemned but that doesn’t stop Ike, he just moves into the garage. With his disability money, the few dollars he made from bottle redemption and a little help from a few friends he made it on his own even taking in a young homeless man. But he alw
Carla Johnson-Hicks
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Mainely Needlepoint series is one of my favourites. Haven Harbor is a community that takes care of its own. Ike Hamilton is a man who has no family and is a bit slow. When his house was condemned, he moves into his garage. Ike survives by collecting bottles and cans. When Ike is bludgeoned and stabbed in his garage, Angie and her friend and fellow needlepointer, Dave step in to help Leo, the teenager who has been living with Ike. They are sure he did not hurt Ike, but there is so much they d ...more

So I know what you’re thinking… what are you doing reading this series again, Annie? The answer is…well, perhaps I enjoy this series more than I thought. Although my previous reviews of these books tend to be a little wishy-washy, I always find myself picking up these books whenever a new one is released. I think some of the charm that lies within it is that it really is a slow-paced series, which is great, especially when you’re life is as busy as mine. It’s a wonderful way to relax and en
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another happy return to the coastal town of Haven Harbor, Maine in this eighth installment in the Mainely Needlepoint series. Ike Hamilton is a local man who supplements his disability checks by collecting bottles left by residents and businesses and redeeming them for their deposits. Most don't mind the seemingly benign man and accept him as part of their community. A teenager with his own troubles, Leo, has recently turned up in town--living with Ike and helping him in his rounds. When Ike is ...more
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Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
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3.5/5 stars ⭐⭐⭐.5

ARC provided by NetGalley and Kensington Books in exchange for an honest review!

Thread On Arrival by Lea Wait is the 8th book in the Mainely Needlepoint mystery series! There isn't much I can say without spoiling anything, but thankfully the tagline for this book tells you everything you need to know; "In this coastal New England town, folks take care of the needy—but someone is killing without kindness." Indeed they are!

I always forget how much I love cozy mysteries until I'm
Apr 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

I do love cozy mystery titles; however there is another 'Thread on arrival' by another author and I didn't even realize I'd marked it as currently reading instead of this one! Reader beware! This book however was delightful. I loved the characters and the setting in Maine. From the very first chapter with the blessing of the boats I was hooked, and I wanted to know more about both Ike and Leo and how things had come to pas
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Haven Harbor Community has turned out in mass for the Blessing of the fleet. It is an annual event where the names of those lost at sea are read and the fleet receives a blessing asking for a safe and productive year. Angie attends and Patrick accompanied her in the eighth book in the Mainly Needlepoint series. There they see Ike Hamilton and friend, Leo. Ike is disabled and collects empty bottles to add income. Leo is new to the area and very young, he has been helping Ike to collect bottle ...more
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mainely Needlepoint series is one of my favorite cozy mystery series. I always pre-order it. The series seemed a little more edgier at the beginning of the series which I liked.

Angie and her friend Dave become involved in the murder of a local man Ike who picks up bottles for a living. A teenage boy has been befriended by Ike who gives him a home. The boy arrives at Dave's house covered with blood. It is Ike's blood and he has been murdered. Dave, a high school teacher, previously reached out t
Kaitlyn Dunnett
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I was privileged to receive an advance reading copy of this book. I think it may be my favorite in the series, as Angie gets help not only from her friend Sarah and her grandmother, but also from the delicious Patrick, when she tries to prove a young man innocent of murder. With lots and twists and turns, this one will keep you guessing not only who dunnit but how dunnit right up until the end.
Thread on Arrival by Lea Wait takes readers back to Haven Harbor, Maine. Angie Russo along with her boyfriend, Patrick West are heading to the harbor for the annual Blessing of the Fleet which honors those lost at sea. They notice Ike Hamilton has a teenage boy helping him. Ike is on Social Security Disability and supplements his income by collecting bottles to return for their deposit. Leo, who has been in town three weeks, is helping Ike who injured his back a few weeks ago and living in Ike’s ...more
Feb 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4

Let me start with saying that if you are a cozy lover – this is a wonderful series – I’ve read (or listened to) most of the titles in this series – and the development of the characters, the town and the tidbits of Maine life and weather are not to be missed. And, with the author’s passing last August, the final (and 9th) in the series is already out and ready to order – so get on it!. In this, the eighth in the series, the story shows the com
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Haven Harbor, a quaint new Englad town with quaint new Englanders. At least most of them are quaint and one of them is a murderer. Ike, a native Mainer and a son of Haven Harbor has been taking care of himself as long g as people can remember. He keeps to himself, collecting bottles to recycle and living in his family's  garage. Not everyone appreciates Ike, and while the "chambers" are out to relocate him to a home, someone decides to remove him altogether.  The least likely suspect, a young bo ...more
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Threads on Arrival by Lea Wait is the 8th book in the Mainely Needlepoint series, and another great adventure with Angie Curtis and the gang. Ike Hamilton lives on his disability checks, but collects bottles for extra money. Lately Ike has been seen around town with a teenage boy, Leo, who is helping him. When Ike is found murdered, Leo become the prime suspect. Angie believes he is innocent, so she starts investigating. I love this series, and the books are not only filled with likable characte ...more
May 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I very much enjoyed this 8th offering in the Mainely Needlepoint series! It can be read as a standalone, but I will definitely want to read the ones I've missed as I like this little town of Haven Harbor and its inhabitants.

Mainely Needlepoint was started by Charlotte, "Gram" to Angie, as a way for local folks to make and sell their needlecrafts to tourist shops, individuals, and interior designers. Several people contribute to the work, and as the business grows, Angie considers adding more peo
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Does a Good Deed Ever Go Unpunished in Lea Wait’s Newest Mystery?
An older man, living on the fringe of society takes in a young homeless boy.

I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader’s copy of this book. No remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

I love cozy mystery series — not all of them of course — something has t o click. Cozies tend to be female centric and the mysteries provide a foil the kinds of iss
RO G'ma
Thread on Arrival is the eighth book in Lea Wait’s Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series. This is a clean, quick read with a well-plotted storyline and well-developed, likable characters. The books in this series can be read as standalones. This is a quick, smooth read with twists and turns and a satisfying ending with all the ends tied up nicely. The reveal of the killer was a surprise to me. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery.

Angie Curtis moved ba
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thread On Arrival is the eighth book in the Mainely Needlepoint series.

The story starts with Angie and David, her friend, a high school biology teacher, and poisonous plant expert are attending The Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing pays homage to those that have lost their lives while working the sea and blessing the new season, fishermen, and their boats for a safe and bountiful season. While at the Blessing they see Ike Hamilton, Ike has been living in the families garage since the house was
Missi Martin (Stockwell)
Aug 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reading any book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series is like returning home for a visit. The author, Lea Wait, captures the readers attention within the first chapter of every book and by the time you get to the last page, you are a beloved member of the little coastal town of Haven Harbor....

The main character Angie Curtis grew up in Haven Harbor but moved away for a while. In this series Angie moves back to her hometown into the house she grew up in with her grandmother and mother taking
Apr 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
4.5 Stars

I always get excited when another Mainely Needlepoint mystery comes out. This is one of my favorite series worlds. I keep hoping Angie will get her PI license. Am I alone? And am I the only person who thinks she and Dave (poison garden guy) should be an item? Maybe it is just me. I mean, you hooked up all the police force with other people. I would have been totally on board with an Ethan/Angie relationship. When you get to know these people, it is almost like you live in Haven Harbor a
Mar 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ike Hamilton has been a fixture in Haven Harbor, Maine for many years. He’s the one who collects cans and bottles from his neighbors and most of the businesses in town to supplement his disability checks. But, some people believe that he needs to go away, and someone took care of him permanently. The main suspect in his murder is a runaway teenager who found Ike’s body. Can Angie find out the truth before someone else is killed?
Some authors have the ability to grab a reader and take them to anot
What a marvelous book!
Putting the mystery aside for the moment, the chapter introductions each describe a sampler and its creator complete with a bit about her life in the late 18th or early 19th century and the East Coast town she lived in. It was like a trip through a fine museum, and I loved it!
The mystery, characters, twists, and red herrings were very well done and the frustrations and puzzlements of those involved are so clear that the reader is so tightly caught up in the story that p
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Thread on Arrival
Mainely Needlepoint #8
By Lea Wait
ISBN 9781496716736
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie


In this coastal New England town, folks take care of the needy–but someone is killing without kindness . . .
Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he’s fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and
JoAnne McMaster (Any Good Book)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mysteries, cozy
Angie Curtis lives in Haven Harbor, Maine and runs Mainely Needlepoint, a small business she took over from her grandmother; she and its members create needlepoint items that they sell online and in stores. She and her boyfriend Patrick are attending the Blessing of the Fleet, an annual ritual where her grandfather (by marriage) Pastor Tom is conducting this year. It is a reading of the names of those who have died while fishing, and a blessing of the boats before the season begins.

When Angie s
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
Lea Wait never disappoints and the latest Mainely Needlepoint Mystery, Thread on Arrival is a little richer than usual.

Ike Hamilton insists on living in the garage after his family home was condemned and demolished. Surviving on disability, Ike collects bottles and cans to augment his income. When Angie Curtis and Dave Percy run into Ike at the Blessing of the Fleet event, he introduces them to Leo, a young boy who helps him when his back pain hampers his ability to bend over or lift bags.

Barbara Sousa
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a California girl, I never get tired of reading stories set on the eastern seaboard, and Haven Harbor is one of my favorite places to (literarily) visit. Not only do the series regulars feel like old friends, but the town itself is quintessentially cozy.

Thread on Arrival, the eighth Mainely Needlepoint mystery by Lea Wait, starts off with the annual Blessing of the Fleet, a harbor-side service to honor those lost at sea over the years. Immediately, we are immersed in the scene, watching the r
The editor's been dropping the ball on this series. The last three books have been riddled with continuity issues and it's annoying.

The things I like most about this series were absent in this volume. I don't mind the faster pace (although the slower pace was what made the other books stand out) but I would prefer there to be some needlepointing (I mean it's called Mainely Needlepoint, it's kind of essential to include some sort of project more than Angie running around to the post office.) and
Susan Johnston
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Princess Fuzzypants here: Just because the tourist season has yet to start does not mean there are lots of things going on in town. Angie meets Ike at the Blessings for the Boats ceremony. He’s an older fellow who collects bottles to support himself. He’s a harmless but quirky guy who has a big heart. He takes in a homeless lad who needs a place to sleep and a friend. When Angie and her friend Dave meet Leo he tells the boy to reach if he ever needs help, never suspecting his offer would be acce ...more
Faythe Shattuck
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ike Hamilton is a part of the Haven Harbor community just like anyone else, though he's fallen on hard times and has to make do on disability checks and deposit bottles. Most of the locals do what they can to help him out, and town residents Angie and Sarah are happy to see him at the annual Blessing of the Fleet, honoring all those lost at sea over the centuries.

But when harmless Ike is stabbed, suspicion quickly falls on a troubled teenage boy who's new in town. Angie's convinced that young Le
For the most part I like this series, but this particular one seemed rather repetitive within itself - the author kept explaining things she'd explained before, almost like she was recapping for a serial, and that got rather annoying. ...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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