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Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Thread the Halls by Lea Wait



Thread the Halls

Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 31st 2017 by Kensington Publishing Corporation


Goodreads synopsis:
Christmas in Haven Harbor, Maine, means family, trouble, and murder . . .

This Yuletide season, there's no time for Angie Curtis and Patrick West to linger under the mistletoe. Patrick's being needled by his mother--movie star Skye West--to set the stage for a perfect white Christmas as she brings her costar, screenwriters, and director home for the holidays. With his mother's long list of wishes, Patrick's becoming unraveled. To help, the Mainely Needlepointers offer to decorate Skye's Victorian mansion and create needlepoint pillows as gifts for the guests.

But not long after the celebrity celebrants invade Haven Harbor, an unscripted tragedy occurs. Then some questionable Christmas cookies make Patrick sick. Before Santa arrives at the town pier on a lobster boat, Angie and the Needlepointers need to trim down the naughty list, catch a cold-hearted killer, and wrap up the case 


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4.5 Stars

Another great book by Lea Wait. And a Christmas one at that!

I am not sure how I missed reading this title. So, I am going backward in time to catch myself up. I was taken aback in parts of this book for Angie. My stomach fell as she was accused of something two different times by two different people. Even though it was quickly wrapped up with one, I almost wished that Patrick would have been a tad angry at her even though the whole incident wasn’t her fault. I am trying to be vague here and not spoil a key part of the plot.

Another thing that bothered me a bit was that Angie always goes to the Christmas celebration at her Gram’s church, but it was expected of her to be at this movie star’s party. A nice host would have scheduled her event for a time that didn’t correspond with a big event in town. And Ethan, you need to talk a bit more dude, you are like the ghost of Haven Harbor just floating in and out with scenes without speaking.

It may sound like I am really down on this book but I am totally not! I am the biggest fan ever and just want to see more of my favorites get their air time. There are only a couple of Mainely Needlepointers who make it into these books and I sure would like to see more of them featured like Ruth the closet erotica author was in this one.

This is a great mystery, the suspense really catches you off guard and once you start you just can’t put it down. One of my favorite cozy mystery worlds.


I received this as an ARC (Advanced Reader Copy) in return for an honest review. I thank NetGalley, the publisher and the author for allowing me to read this title.

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