Antique Print Mystery No 6
April 2011/ ISBN 978-1-56474-497-5
by Laura Hinds
is more than ready for a nice vacation and some serious down-time
with her gentleman friend Will Brewer. They’ve driven to the
coast of Maine to visit his Aunt Nettie, who has enough plans for
both Maggie and Will to keep them busier than worker bees at pollen
tasks involve keeping Aunt Nettie’s house in order, and Aunt
Nettie has Maggie pegged to help a friend solve a mystery; a mystery
that dates back to 1890 and that’s just for starters. A woman
who is a descendant of two of the women who modeled for none other
than Winslow Homer is killed. She is, in fact, murdered and now
Maggie has her family journals and papers that could change history
and have a profound effect on those who remain. It’s up to
Maggie to separate the fact from the fiction and put the puzzle
together without becoming a victim herself.
Wait has a wonderful way of pulling her readers into not only the
story, but right into the essence of the place and time of her characters
lives. Having read all the previous books in the Antique
Print Mystery series, Maggie Summer has become like a long-time
friend to me, and despite a long period of time passing between
books, I felt as though Maggie had remained a part of my reading
life all along and that we’d resumed our relationship as if
no time had passed.
in this book make for an exciting and provocative read. In 1890,
the story is told by Anna May whose journal Maggie is reading in
the present time. Maggie has a trail of clues to follow to unravel,
and as she does so, Lea Wait is able to provide readers with a detail
rich glimpse of life along the Maine Coast. That in itself makes
the book feel like a touch of a New England vacation. I really enjoyed
this mystery. The mood changes and tempo resonated in my imagination
with a nearly audible vibrancy.
Fans of Lea
Wait will be waiting in bookstore lines or pre-ordering this book
online if they are smart. It was well worth the anticipation, and
I highly recommend “Shadows of a Down East Summer”
to mystery lovers and history/art buffs as well.
Reviewer Laura Hinds is the author of 2009's "Are You
Gonna Eat That Banana?"