It's hard to imagine anything bad ever happening in picturesque Haven Harbor, Maine--until a famous face rolls into town and unthreads some very dark secrets. . .
Angie Curtis and the Mainely Needlepointers are all too familiar with the Gardener estate. The crumbling Victorian mansion, known as "Aurora," has been sitting vacant for nearly twenty-five years--and some say it's haunted by the ghost of Jasmine Gardener, the teenage girl who died there in 1970 under mysterious circumstances...
Harbor Haven is abuzz with excitement when Hollywood actress Skye West decides to buy Aurora and sell off its furnishings. And Angie is intrigued when Skye asks her to appraise the estate's sizable collection of needlepoint pictures. But the more she examines the pieces, the more they seem to point toward Jasmine's murder--and the murderer--and it's up to her to stitch the clues together. . .
My Thoughts :
I have been looking forward to this second installment in the Mainely Needlepoint series after throughly enjoying the debut. The first book, Twisted Threads was a great read and I really liked the location, characters and theme. This time around was no different. Within a few pages I was back in Maine enjoying the scenery and imagining being a part of the lovely community that the author has created. The needlework theme could be boring for some but it isn't over bearing and actually is quite interesting. Especially the information at the beginning of each chapter.
The mystery this time around starts off, once again, as a cold case. Of course things progress to bring the mystery into the present and evolves into much more. The plot kept me guessing until the very end and even though I was pretty sure I knew who the murderer was there was a little twist in the tale that I didn't see coming.
Angie is a nice leading lady and she is the kind of character you wish you had as a friend. The other characters and the on going plot are coming along nicely despite this only being the second installment and I really can't wait to see what happens next with Angie's life and what other mysteries will come to Harbour Haven
I don't know if the series will continue to start things off with a cold case but it is definitely a nice refreshing change of pace. Usually the lead characters in cozies find a dead body but Angie seems to be finding cold cases. Something that is not only different but unique. I wonder what book three will bring?
Well worth checking out even if you don't like Needlepoint. This one reminds me of some other great cozies I have on my reading list and is going on my must read list.