THREAD HERRINGS: Pieces Of My Life, Stitched Together

Tomorrow, October 30, is the publication day for THREAD HERRINGS, the seventh in my Mainely Needlepoint mystery series, set in the small working waterfront town of Haven Harbor, Maine.

My protagonist, Angie Curtis, runs a custom needlepoint business which includes a group of idiosyncratic Mainers who have in common a talent for doing needlepoint: Sarah, an antique dealer from Australia; Dave, a high school teacher who has a poison garden; Captain Ob, who runs a charter fishing boat in season; Ruth, who writes erotica; and Angie’s grandmother, now the wife of the local minister.  In each book in the series Angie not only solves one (or more) crimes, but she also learns a little more about one or more of her fellow needlepointers.

In THREAD HERRINGS Angie accompanies her friend Sarah to an estate auction: her very first. As a fourth-generation antique dealer, auctions were familiar venues for me from the time I was about eight. (I made my first auction purchase, a first edition Encyclopedia Americana, when I was ten.) It was fun to introduce Angie (via Sarah) to the ways, means, customs, courtesies, and traditions of an auction. And, of course, Angie had to be intrigued by one item, and buy it.

And of course, it is a piece of old needlepoint. And, of course, it has a story.

As a long-time adoption advocate, adoptive parent and history buff, I’ve always been fascinated by what happened to orphaned children throughout history, and have collected information about it for years. So it isn’t surprising that a piece of that history is connected to Angie’s eighteenth century needlepoint. Nor is it surprising that soon a twenty-first century crime is also woven into the story.

How did I fit those pieces into the plot of a book set on the coast of Maine? You’ll have to read it to see. And remember … you’ll also find some red herrings in THREAD HERRINGS!    

Available in mass market paperback and e-book.

About Lea Wait

I write mysteries - the Mainely Needlepoint, Shadows Antique Print and, coming in June of 2018, the Maine Murder mysteries (under the name Cornelia Kidd.) When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted my four daughters. Now my mysteries and novels for young people are about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. My website is To be on my mailing list, send me a note at
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4 Responses to THREAD HERRINGS: Pieces Of My Life, Stitched Together

  1. Kathleen Kendler says:

    I just finished an e-ARC from Netgalley. it was wonderful! Thanks for writing.

  2. Barbara Ross says:

    I can’t wait to read this. Good luck with it!

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