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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 the Author

Lea Wait

When I was single I was an adoption advocate and adopted four daughters. Now I'm married, live on the coast of Maine, and write mysteries and historical novels about people searching for love, acceptance, and a place to call home. I'm thrilled to now be a USA Today (and Amazon) best seller!

My husband, artist Bob Thomas, and I love sitting on our porch overlooking the river and sipping wine, when we're not writing or painting, or keeping up with the rest of the world on CNN. On good days I walk along beautiful coastal roads near my home. I also love speaking about writing at schools, libraries, and other organizations, and attending art gallery openings, especially when my husband's work is featured.

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 , 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!

And remember -- LIFE is the REAL mystery!

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