Author Archives: Lea Wait

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

Cooking Our Christmas Goose – A Christmas Memory

Lea Wait, here, preparing for the first Christmas in years when several of my daughters will be here in Maine. That’s good, and a reminder of years when they were growing up and I prepared for Christmas all year. But … Continue reading

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The Secret Behind my “Shadows” Mysteries

First, a confession. Most mystery writers, when asked, “When did you know you loved mysteries?” answer with a smile and the names, “Nancy Drew” or “The Hardy Boys” or  “Agatha Christie” or maybe “Elmore Leonard.” They explain that they’ve always … Continue reading

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Election Day! (You HAVE Voted, Right?)

I’ll admit, I’ve been a political junkie since my grandmother bought our first (small, black and white) television so we could watch the Democratic and Republication conventions. I lay, sprawled on the floor of what was then our summer home … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Life – Extended?

Last June 17 — about fourteen weeks ago — I was dizzy, and visited the emergency room of a local hospital here in Maine. Twenty-four hours later I was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, metastasized The doctor who gave … Continue reading

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The Place I Found Peace … The Coast of Maine

Lea Wait here, thinking about my summers in Maine, past and present. Before I was ten, I spent half my summers in Maine, most of them at my great uncle’s home in West Bath. (The other summers I spent in … Continue reading

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Two New Lea Wait Historicals Published

When on June 18 I heard I’d been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer, it took me only an hour or two to know one of the things I wanted to do with the time I had left. Most readers … Continue reading

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