SERIES: MAINLY NEEDLEPOINT #1
GENRES/ SUBJECTS: COSY MYSTERY, CONTEMPORARY
Trigger Warnings: mentions of incest and paedophilia
Returning to the quaint coastal town of Harbor Haven, Maine—a place she once called home—Angie Curtis finds her memories aren’t all quite pleasant ones…
After leaving a decade ago, Angie has been called back to Harbor Haven by her grandmother, Charlotte, who raised her following her mother’s disappearance when she was a child. Her mother has been found, and now the question of her whereabouts has sadly become the mystery of her murder.
The bright spot in Angie’s homecoming is reuniting with Charlotte, who has started her own needlepointing business with a group called Mainely Needlepointers. But when a shady business associate of the stitchers dies suddenly under suspicious circumstances, Charlotte and Angie become suspects. As Angie starts to weave together clues, she discovers that this new murder may have ties to her own mother’s cold case…
I loved the little needlepoint related quotes or sampler examples which started each chapter of Twisted Threads. It’s nice touch which lured me into reading an extra chapter or two each time I read it.
I really like the way the two plotlines — one hot case, one cold — were woven together by the end. It’s a little slow to get going but really gears up toward the conclusion. I really liked that Angie had a plausible reason to be an amateur sleuth and the skills to pull it off — she used to work for a PI — it makes it a bit more realistic. She’s very sensible and doesn’t fall into the ‘heroine’ pit-traps of putting herself into dangerous situations without appropriate backup.
I felt that the secondary characters — everyone except Angie and her grandmother, Charlotte — were a little 2-dimensional. There’s plenty of potential with some interesting characters — the elderly erotica writer, the ex-sailor with a poison garden, the Ouija board collecting minister (who’s dating Charlotte) — but none of them ‘popped’ for me. Maybe this will develop through the series.
I didn’t really get what was going on with Angie and policeman Phil. It didn’t feel like a romance angle — there was something awkward and mysterious the author hinted at, which was basically forgotten about. Even if this is something which runs across the series, I think some kind of resolution was needed.
Would I read the next book in this series? I might if I come across it, but I’m in no hurry.