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Antique print dealer Maggie Summer is teaching a college course on "Myths in American Culture," using prints by Currier & Ives and other nineteenth century artists to illustrate her points. As a faculty advisor, she's also dealing with the problems of students who are single parents: problems that turn dangerous when a young mother is poisoned, and events twist Maggie's own thoughts about motherhood. She suspects a sinister connection between the past and the present, and her prints could provide valuable clues. But some secrets are too hard to see -- even for an expert like Maggie -- and some crimes hit too close to home...

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Lea Wait made her mystery debut with Shadows at the Fair, which was nominated for an Agatha Award for Best First Novel. Shadows on the Ivy, the third novel in her acclaimed series featuring Maggie Summer, is forthcoming in hardcover from Scribner. Lea comes from a long line of antiques dealers, and has owned an antique print business for more than twenty-five years. The single adoptive mother of four Asian girls who are now grown, she lives in Edgecomb, Maine. In addition to the Antique Print mysteries, Lea Wait writes historical fiction for young readers. Her first children's book, Stopping to Home, was named a Notable Book for Children in 2001 by Smithsonian magazine.
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Product Details

  • Publisher: Gallery Books (September 1, 2005)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9780743475587

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Raves and Reviews

"Wait's knowledge of antique prints and American culture will entertain and educate readers."
-- Publishers Weekly

"If you are a fan of murder mysteries or antique prints, you will find a lot to enjoy in this novel."
-- AntiqueWeek

"Wait renders the print business...intriguingly and with a sense of style."
-- The Boston Globe

"Hot stuff. Wait, who runs an antique print business of her own, not only loves her field, she also makes it fresh and relevant."
--Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

"Maggie Summer may yet become a new Miss Marple for a new time."
--Nancy Grape, Maine Sunday Telegram

"Fresh and relevant."
-- Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times

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