Shadows on the Coast of Maine
by Lea Wait
Lea Wait weaves a bit of her family's history in this engaging cozy. Wait's family summer home in Maine was built in 1774 on an island and moved across the river to the mainland in 1832. The original fireplace was walled up when the house was moved and uncovered by Wait, her mother and grandmother when Lea Wait was a child. Wait's family summer home is the setting for this novel. The characters in the novel also uncover a fireplace in their home. Antique print dealer Maggie Summer is thrilled when her old college roommate, Amy Douglas, invites her to come to Madoc, on the coast of Maine to see her new home. Amy and Drew's "new" home was built in the 18th century and they are busy restoring it. Things are not as tranquil as Amy and Drew would like. Amy thinks that the house might be haunted because she heard a baby crying during the night. There was a mysterious fire in the unused ell that connects the house to the barn. And there are the eerie late night phone calls. When Crystal, Amy and Drew's summertime helper, is murdered on way home from work Maggie puts on her sleuthing cap and finds the murderer. I love the sense of that this book evokes and I plan to read more by this author. [If you enjoy this, you may also wish to try the works of Emyl Jenkins, Sharon Fiffer and Lyn Hamilton.] -- recommended by Donna G. - Virtual Services Department
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