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Shadows, Weddings, and Hurricanes

Antique print dealer Maggie Summer is visiting Cape Cod to help her best friend move and get married, but she finds herself distracted by murder, false identity, an untimely hurricane—and an unavoidable confrontation with her romantic partner.

Maggie is maid of honor for her friend Gussie’s wedding, and is slated to help her move her store, Aunt Augusta’s Attic, to new quarters. And the newlyweds are also renovating and moving to a new house. With all that on her plate, Maggie doesn’t need to find a body on the beach, or to be the ASL interpreter for the murdered man’s cousin, or to be the mental health counselor for his daughter. Nor does she need to have it out now with her boyfriend, Will, on a significant issue in their lives. But if death and taxes are inevitable in their progress, so are murder investigations, weddings…and hurricanes.

Mystery award nominee Lea Wait lives in a 1774 house on the Sheepscot River in Maine (which was moved from an island to the mainland in the 1830s). She learned the antiques trade as a child from her grandmother, a doll and toy dealer, and ran a print business together with her mother for years. No surprise then that she writes acclaimed historical novels for children as well as a mystery series about Maggie Summer, whose life has many parallels with her own, besides the prints they both deal in (lived in New Jersey, studied American Civilization, interested in adoption of overseas children, had a romantic partner in an allied field). Maggie calls her antique print business “Shadows” for the images of the past they portray, bringing reflections of earlier lives to the present.

Thanks to “Antiques Roadshow” and “Market Warriors” on PBS, public interest in antiques has reached a new high. Wait is the only current mystery series writer who’s also a working antiques dealer, and the only one writing about art in that field.

Lea Wait has been an antiques dealer (fourth-generation) since 1977. Besides her Agatha Award-nominated six-book mystery series about antique print dealer Maggie Summer, she also writes books for young people. The mother of four adopted Asian daughters, now grown, she lives in Maine with her artist husband.

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Shadows on a Cape Cod Wedding
An Antique Print Mystery

Lea Wait
ISBN 978-1-56474-531-6
240 pages, trade paperback original, $15.95

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