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FREE EBOOK Í Dangling by a Thread ¶ The Mainely Needlepointers are about to learn that no man is an island especially when greedy developers want his landHermit 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 Offers a wonderful sense of place and characters right from the very beginning Highly recommended Suspense Magazine on Threads of Evidence 3.5 stars This is a quick fun cozy mystery series. Angie Curtis manages Mainely Needlepoint in Haven Harbor, Maine Early one morning, she sees an old man rowing to shore This turns out to be Jesse Lockhart He is good friends with her friend Dave, but mostly he is a solitary individual He lives rustically on an island that he owns with his cousin, that is home to the nesting grounds of theGreat Comorant, a threatened bird species When a multimillionaire wants to buy the island and develop it into his Maine getaway, Jesse refuses to sell Lat Angie Curtis manages Mainely Needlepoint in Haven Harbor, Maine Early one morning, she sees an old man rowing to shore This turns out to be Jesse Lockhart He is good friends with her friend Dave, but mostly he is a solitary individual He lives rustically on an island that he owns with his cousin, that is home to the nesting grounds of theGreat Comorant, a threatened bird species When a multimillionaire wants to buy the island and develop it into his Maine getaway, Jesse refuses to sell Later, when Jesse is found with his head bashed in, Angie and her Needlepoint group take on Jesse s causeand the solving of his murder.This is the 4th book in the Mainely Needlepoint Mysterty series I have not read any prior to this, and felt like I missed out on a lot of the backstory The author seemed to refer back to a lot of things, so at times I felt lost The book also has a strange writing style When the characters are interacting, the writing is very straightforward and normal, but when it comes to descriptive paragraphs it gets a little flowery I als out DNFed this book in the beginning due to the descriptions, but I found if I skimmed over them, the story was enjoyable.I didn t really connect with any of the characters None of them had much personality, they were just telling a story The mystery took backstage to the save the birds information, and it was pretty easy to figure out the murderer It was pretty disappointing I finished the book and enjoyed parts of it, but I doubt I would pick up another one in this series I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book and have given an honest review 4.5 stars Angie Curtis is intrigued by a mysterious loner, Jesse Lockhart, whom some refer to as The Solitary He lives on isolated Kings Island, alone, and occasionally travels into Haven Harbor for his mail and other necessities Mainely Needlepointer, Dave Percy, seems to be a friend of The Solitary, but when Angie enquirers about him, Dave Is elusive about the man One thing s for sure, Jesse isn t enthused about anyone who tries to invade his island He s protective of the great cormorants 4.5 stars Angie Curtis is intrigued by a mysterious loner, Jesse Lockhart, whom some refer to as The Solitary He lives on isolated Kings Island, alone, and occasionally travels into Haven Harbor for his mail and other necessities Mainely Needlepointer, Dave Percy, seems to be a friend of The Solitary, but when Angie enquirers about him, Dave Is elusive about the man One thing s for sure, Jesse isn t enthused about anyone who tries to invade his island He s protective of the great cormorants that nest there, and won t have them disturbed by intruders, especially not rich ones who want to buy his island right out from under him There are a few who would gain from the sale of Jesse s island So when Jesse turns up dead, Angie is intent on keeping Jesse s dream alive of protecting the birds, and of finding out who murdered him Dangling By A Thread is another solid mystery by Lea Wait that I enjoyed In addition to the suspense leading up to the culprit, I was enlightened by the nesting habits of great cormorants and the uniqueness of their wings An additional delight of this series is that each new chapter opens with brief facts about an ancient needle pointer and their work I looked forward to learning about each and every one Dollycas s ThoughtsgrconigelvoadenterathopiusI am always excited when Lea Wait has a new book released This time we are drawn right into the story as we travel to King s Island, one of the many islands off the coast of Maine This one is a nesting ground for some Great Cormorants and it is inhabited by just one person, Jesse Lockhart He travels across the water 3 miles to Haven Harbor for his mail and supplies He leads a solitary life and will do anything to protect his birds When a well Dollycas s ThoughtsgrconigelvoadenterathopiusI am always excited when Lea Wait has a new book released This time we are drawn right into the story as we travel to King s Island, one of the many islands off the coast of Maine This one is a nesting ground for some Great Cormorants and it is inhabited by just one person, Jesse Lockhart He travels across the water 3 miles to Haven Harbor for his mail and supplies He leads a solitary life and will do anything to protect his birds When a well to do visitor to Haven Harbor decides he wants to purchase the island and build an enormous house, Jesse refuses to sell But Jesse owns the island jointly with his cousin and the man is not giving up Jesse asks his friend Dave Perry for help in halting the sale Dave, one of Angie s needlepointers asks her for her assistance but before they can even get a plan together Jesse, not his birds become the hunted Now they need to find a way to save Jesse s birds and find his killer.I became invested in Jesse and his cause right away I was sad that he became the victim I love bird watching and even with all the great descriptions and information the author provided about Great Cormorants I wanted to knowShe also includes sampler sayings and information at the beginning of each chapter.Angie is a wonderful main character Her relationship with her grandmother always touches my heart Dave Perry plays a major role in this story Through him we also meet 3 new furry baby characters Patrick and his mother have returned to town but he is still recovering from his injuries There was also a real sense of community in all of Haven Harbor about the island and the birds.The author s writing style starts slow and builds so we get a chance to engage with the characters before they become a victim or a suspect The needlepointing took a bit of a backseat to the mystery but the Mainely Needlepointers were helpful as Angie tried to eliminate suspects Her friends make great sounding boards, but Angie s best friend, Sarah Byrne, is involved in a new relationship that has her a little distracted About half way through the book the pace picks up and the book becomes very hard to put down.Lea Wait definitely brings Maine and her characters to life in each and every one of these stories To fully enjoy them and realize the way the characters evolve I encourage you to read them all and in order Each contains a wonderful mystery too