by Lea Wait
Expected publication: October 25th 2016 by Kensington
Synopsis: The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island—especially when greedy developers want his land . . .
Hermit Jesse Lockhart lives alone on King’s Island, three miles east of Haven Harbor, Maine, where he’s created a private sanctuary for the endangered Great Cormorants. But when a wealthy family wants to buy the island and Jesse’s cousin Simon petitions for power of attorney to force him to sell, Jesse is the one who becomes endangered.
Mainely Needlepointer Dave Perry, who befriended Jesse in the VA hospital, rallies the group to his defense. Angie Curtis and the ravelers stitch “Save the King’s Island Cormorants” pillows and sell T-shirts to pay for Jesse’s legal counsel. But tragically, on a visit to the island, Angie and Dave find Jesse dead. Now the search is on for a common thread that can tie the murdered man to his killer . . .
My Review: Dangling by a Thread is the fourth book in Lea Wait’s Mainely Needlepoint Mystery series and I have enjoyed them all. One thing I like about this series is that not only is there a murder to be solved but there is always a secondary storyline that is just as interesting and often very timely. You do not have to have read the other books in this series to follow along, but I find that I enjoy them much more if I do.
Protagonist Angie Curtis and her group of Mainely Needlepointers are a great cast of characters. They all lead very interesting lives, and are friendly, personable and play roles in the community. They run their business in the small town of Haven Harbor, Maine. There are several things going on with the Needlepointers in their personal lives in this book as well as their Needlepoint lives. When Angie sees a strange man getting out of a small boat at the town dock, she follows him to see what he is up to. Jesse Lockhart (The Solitary) lives alone on King’s Island, with no house, running water, or electricity. He is ex-military and may be suffering from P.T.S.D. King’s Island, located three miles from Haven Harbor, Maine, is also a protected nesting area for the Great Cormorants, which are threatened. It turns out that Jesse is a friend of one of the Mainely Needlepointers, Dave. At the same time Patrick and Skye West have also returned to Haven Harbor. Skye’s brother-in-law is visiting the area and wants to buy land to build a vacation home. It turns out that he and his wife fall in love with King’s Island and want to buy it. When Angie finds out, she tells Dave so they can warn Jesse that his cousin and co-owner of the island is on his way to Haven Harbor to convince Jesse to see the island. This begins a string of tragedies and Angie is right in the middle of it. When the needlepointers get involved, they contact the Audubon Society and begin a “Save the Seabirds” campaign. A worthy cause and very important to the area.
I found this to be a wonderful story with a well-plotted storyline and great characters. This is a quick, smooth read with twists and turns and finally an ending that ties up all the loose ends, almost. In this story, Sarah is having a relationship with a man 20 years her senior and is keeping it a secret. She says they are just friends, but is there more to it than that? I hope we find out more in the next book coming out in 2017. When we find out who the killer is, it was not someone I suspected, but in retrospect, could definitely see it being that person. I like that it makes sense and does not come out of left field. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading a well-crafted cozy mystery. The publisher generously provided me with an advanced copy of this book to read and review.