Maine author Lea Wait writes the Mainely Needlepoint series, the most recent of which is Thread and Halls, and the seven-book Shadows Antique Print Mystery series for adults, the most recent of which is Shadows on a Morning in Maine. She invites readers to friend her on Facebook and Goodreads, and to visit her website, www.leawait.com
Wait also writes acclaimed historical novels for children aged 8-14 set in nineteenth century Maine. Her most recent (an Agatha Award finalist) is Uncertain Glory, about two boys who really did publish the town newspaper in Wiscasset. It’s set during the first two weeks of the Civil War. Her young adult books are on recommended reading lists throughout the country, and have been named to student choice award lists in fourteen states.
2002 - Agatha finalist for Best First Mystery, Shadows at the Fair
2008 - Cornerstone Award for Achievement in Literature, Chatham University
2015 – Agatha finalist for Uncertain Glory
About Thread the Halls:
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 . . .
About Tightening the Threads:
Antique dealer Sarah Byrne has never unspooled the truth about her past to anyone—not even friend and fellow Mainely Needlepointer Angie Curtis. But the enigmatic Aussie finally has the one thing she’s searched for all her life—family. And now she and long-lost half-brother, Ted Lawrence, a wealthy old artist and gallery owner in town, are ready to reveal their secret connection . . .
Ted’s adult children are suspicious of their newfound aunt Sarah—especially after Ted, in declining health, announces plans to leave her his museum-worthy heirloom paintings. So when Ted is poisoned to death during a lobster bake, everyone assumes she’s guilty. If Sarah and Angie can’t track down the real murderer in time, Sarah’s bound to learn how delicate—and deadly—family dynamics can truly be . . .
About Uncertain Glory:
Joe Wood has dreams; big dreams. He wants to be a newspaperman, and though he’s only fourteen, he’s already borrowed money to start his own press. But it’s April, 1861, and a young nation is teetering on the brink of a civil war. As effects of war begin to spread over Joe’s hometown of Wiscasset, Maine, he must juggle his personal ambitions with some new responsibilities. He has to help Owen, his young assistant, deal with the challenges of being black in a white world torn apart by color. He needs to talk his best friend, Charlie, out of enlisting. He wants to help a young spiritualist, Nell, whose uncle claims she can speak to the dead. And when Owen disappears, it’s up to Joe to save him.
Lea Wait skillfully draws on the lives of real people in Maine’s history to tell this story of three young adults touched by war and the tension it brings, forcing them into adulthood—before they may be ready.
About Shadows on a Morning in Maine:
Maggie Summer is making big changes in her life. The antique print dealer has taken a sabbatical and moved to Maine to run an antiques mall with Will Brewer, her significant other. And she will finally adopt the daughter she’s been longing for. However, the troubled girl doesn’t want any part of the plan, showing affection only for the harbor seals, which remind her of her “real mother.” But someone starts shooting the seals―and a young fisherman is murdered. Then Will confesses a secret from his past, and Maggie begins to wonder if this is the biggest mistake of her life.
About the Author:
Lea Wait grew up in Maine and New Jersey, majored in drama and English at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and earned her MA and DWD in American Civilization at New York University. While raising the four daughters she adopted as a single parent, Wait worked in public relations and strategic planning for AT&T. She is now married to artist Bob Thomas.
From the Author:
SHADOWS ON A MORNING IN MAINE, in which my protagonist adopts a long-awaited child, and, of course, solves a murder, is the latest in my Shadows Antique Print mystery series. The Midwest Book Review said it was "deftly plotted, with unexpected story twists and turns ... an extraordinary novel by a master of the mystery/suspense genre... unreservedly recommended."
TIGHTENING THE THREADS, the fifth Mainely Needlepoint series, centered around the secrets Australian Sarah Byrne has kept about her origins, was published in April, 2017. Next up? THREAD THE HALLS, a Christmas mystery, to be released October 31. A novella connected with this series is also in the works for the fall of 2017, so stay tuned!
In my LIVING AND WRITING ON THE COAST OF MAINE I write about what it's like to be an author living in Maine. Full of love and humor, it shows how my work and life intersect.
And my latest book for young people, about two teenaged boys who really published their town's newspaper during the first two weeks of the Civil War, is UNCERTAIN GLORY.
My favorite quotation is "Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for; it is a thing to be achieved." William Jennings Bryan wrote that, but I think it defines my life.
For more information about me (and links to free prequels of my recent books!) check my website, www.leawait.com, friend me on Facebook and Goodreads, like my www.facebook.com/authorLeaWait page, and read the blog (www.mainecrimewriters.com) I write with 9 other mystery writers from Maine.
And remember ... LIFE is the real mystery!