by Lea Wait
Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 30th 2018 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
Angie's first auction may turn out to be her last--when she bids on a coat of arms that someone would literally kill to possess . . .
Tagging along to an estate sale with her fellow Needlepointer, antiques shop owner Sarah Byrne, Angie Curtis impulsively bids on a tattered embroidery of a coat of arms. When she gets her prize back home to Haven Harbor, she discovers a document from 1757 behind the framed needlework--a claim for a child from a foundling hospital. Intrigued, Angie is determined to find the common thread between the child and the coat of arms.
Accepting her reporter friend Clem Walker's invitation to talk about her find on the local TV news, Angie makes an appeal to anyone who might have information. Instead, both women receive death threats. When Clem is found shot to death in a parking lot, Angie fears her own life may be in jeopardy. She has to unravel this historical mystery--or she may be the next one going, going . . . gone . . .
I actually read this book in Dec. 2018 and then discovered I had not done a review on it. I re-read it this weekend and it is just as good the second time around. Don’t be afraid to re-read something in a series you love if you feel yourself in a book reading slump.
I have to admit that the details made more sense the second time around. I might have missed some key points when reading it the first time. Lea Wait is excellent at crafting a mystery around something you would never think would lead to murder… for example, like buying a faded needlepoint of a family crest at an auction.
I am almost sad this lead to Angie’s friend, Clem’s death. She would have proved to be a handy resource in the future for Angie. I really like how the mystery unfolded around the needle point and how long it took Angie to find details. This probably relates to how hard it is to dig into one’s ancestry. I know such a search takes forever. In our family the tree just stopped at my great grandfather until we discovered they misspelled his last name in the census.
A lot of the Haven Harbor minor characters were featured in this book and I thought that was great. I love to see all these residents scattered throughout the story. It is fun and it makes me feel like this is a town and not just one gal doing a mystery in a vacuum.
If you love a good mystery, definitely check this one out. It is great fun. Definitely a keeper.
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.