SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS by Lea Wait

SHADOWS ON A MAINE CHRISTMAS

Email this review

KIRKUS REVIEW

Holiday homicide brings old secrets to light in a seaside town in Maine.

Although Maggie Summers’ beau, Will, has given her a beautiful antique ring, she’s far from certain of her future with him. He’s moved to Waymouth, Maine, to look after a widowed relative who helped raise him, and Maggie (Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding, 2013, etc.) is based in New Jersey, where she’s a college professor and the owner of Shadows, an antique-prints business. Besides, she wants to adopt a child or two; he’s convinced he’s not cut out for fatherhood. When Maggie agrees to visit him and 92-year-old Aunt Nettie, she hopes she and Will can resolve their differences. That would seem an easy task in picture-postcard Waymouth, especially with Christmas candles, caroling and parties with Nettie’s longtime friends, sisters Ruth and Betty. But just as Maggie’s thinking that it’s too perfect a place for anything bad to happen, a private nurse who was looking after Betty is found dead under a Christmas tree. A letter reveals that the nurse was collecting information from an increasingly vague Betty and using it to try to blackmail Nettie and her friends. As Maggie starts asking more and more questions about the past and how it affects the present, she meets increasing resistance from the blackmail victims, the local state trooper trying to solve the case and even Will. He doesn’t like Maggie sticking her nose into mysteries, especially when they concern his family and friends. But Maggie perseveres, even at the cost of revealing painful information about the people who’ve welcomed her to Waymouth.

Maggie’s latest adventure nearly sinks under the weight of Christmas cookies and baubles, cloying characters, and plugs for real-life Maine products and retail businesses.

Pub Date: Sept. 9th, 2014
ISBN: 978-1-56474-547-7
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Perseverance Press
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1st, 2014




MORE BY LEA WAIT

MysteryTHREAD AND BURIED by Lea Wait
by Lea Wait
MysteryTHREAD ON ARRIVAL  by Lea Wait
by Lea Wait
MysteryTHREAD AND GONE by Lea Wait
by Lea Wait

SIMILAR BOOKS SUGGESTED BY OUR CRITICS:

MysteryBOOK CLUBBED by Lorna Barrett
by Lorna Barrett
MysteryEGGNOG MURDER by Leslie Meier
by Leslie Meier
MysteryTHE MARRIAGE AT THE RUE MORGUE by Jessie Bishop Powell
by Jessie Bishop Powell
MysteryBLIND MAN'S BLUFF by Sadie Cuffe
by Sadie Cuffe