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The Body in the Casket: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) by Katherine Hall Page

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Body in the CasketThis is the 24th installment in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. The third of which that I have read and reviewed. It is always a pleasure to read one of the Faith Fairchild mysteries. They are cleverly written and an enjoyable way to pass a couple of hours.

This story was quite intriguing as Faith is hired to cater a birthday party for a retired Broadway producer’s 70th birthday party at an exclusive manor house. The invited guests were all involved in the biggest flop the producer had. Faith is not only hired for her culinary skills, but her sleuthing skills as well.

The producer believes one of the guests is trying to kill him. While Faith plans a delicious menu (recipes at back of book) she uses her sleuthing skills via internet as to who would be most likely the killer.

I will tell you that I didn’t see it coming. I highly recommend this as a great read.

The Body in the Wardrobe by Katherine Hall Page

Reviewed by Suzanne Odom

The Body in the WardrobeFaith Fairchild, New Englander, mother, caterer, minister’s wife, and part-time sleuth is drawn into this new mystery by Katherine Hall Page. Her friend Sophie Maxwell has moved to Savannah, Georgia to be with her new husband, Will. While Will is away in Atlanta often for his job as a private investigator, Sophie is left at home to set up house for them in Savannah and become assimilated into his large, southern family. At the same time, Faith has her own worries. Her daughter is being bullied by girls at her new school, and her husband is considering a move to a new church to minister in a new city.

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Faith and Sophie are in contact often via telephone. Each is trying to help the other with all the changes that are happening in their lives. One night, when Will is away on one of his long trips to Atlanta, Sophie stumbles across a dead body in the wardrobe. She runs to call the police, who respond very quickly. When they arrive, the body has disappeared from the wardrobe. Sophie insists that she saw the body, but with no evidence to prove it, the police justifiably assume she imagined it. She’s alone in a big house, a good reason to become spooked. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) by Katherine Hall Paige (Review #3)

Reviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Body in the BirchesI am very glad for the chance to read and review this book. While not quite a sequel to The Body in the Birches, it does finish the story of Sophie and Will who made their first appearance in The Body in the Birches.

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Faith and Tom are still present with Faith being the only person to believe Sophie about the body in the wardrobe. After Sophie and Will move to Savannah, Will is very busy with a new case that turns out to be more than white collar crime and leads to his disapperance. Sophie comes to rely on the assistance of new friends and Faith to solve the mystery and rescue Will. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page (Review #2)

The Body in the BirchesReviewed by Vickie Dailey

The Body in the Birches is the 22nd installment in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. This is the first novel that I have read in the series. I thoroughly liked it.

There are many characters in this book including Faith’s family and a large supporting cast. It is the Fourth of July weekend on Sanpere Island. Paul Mitchell has been tasked by his late wife to pick the family member most likely to take care of their family estate. Most of the family believes they deserve the inheritance. After the Fourth of July fireworks, Faith discovers her first body of the story – the maid from the estate. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the BirchesReviewed by Caryn St. Clair

As a reader and reviewer, I found the last couple of the Faith Fairchild books to be a number of things, none of them good. I am happy to say that with The Body in the Birches, the Faith Fairchild series returns to the high level of the early books in the series. Faith is back on track focused on her family. Several of the other regular characters also appear. However, set at the Fairchild’s summer getaway on an island in Maine, Faith’s catering business takes a back seat. That’s okay; there are still a few recipes and a great deal of talk of food throughout the book. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Piazza by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Piazza Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

The Body in the Piazza, the twenty-first book in the Faith Fairchild series, finds Faith and her husband Tom on an anniversary trip to Italy. Regular readers of the series may recall that the previous book, The Body in the Boudoir, was written in the timeframe of the couple’s flight to Europe of this very trip. Written as Faith reminisced about her engagement, wedding and a couple of other matters, it was a departure from what readers have grown to expect from the series. What it did do though was set the stage for this book.

Our story picks up where the previous book left off with Tom and Faith landing in Rome. They have come to celebrate their anniversary and to attend the first week of their friend Francesca’s cooking school. The art, food and history have Faith so excited that she doesn’t even want to take time out to rest, so while Tom is resting from the flight, Faith goes up to the rooftop terrace of their hotel and meets an interesting gentleman who gives her a few tips of things to see and things to avoid. He ends inviting the couple to dine with him. Over dinner they discover that Freddy, their new found friend, knows their friend Francesca. Was their meeting him fate or coincidence? This is the first of several things that leave Faith and Tom debating that point. Unfortunately their new found friend is also the first of several misfortunes to occur on the trip. The next morning when Tom and Faith are eating breakfast, they watch in horror as Freddy is chased then stabbed to death on the plaza in front of their hotel. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Gazebo by Katherine Hall Page (Review #2)

The Body in the Gazebo Reviewed by Teri Davis

Pastors’ wives do not have an easy life. hey are expected to be perfect in the eyes of the congregation served by their husband. They are always expected to be impeccably dressed, while not extravagantly, and be the perfect housekeeper, cook, mother of perfectly behaved children while still being a partner with their husband. Sounds easy?

Faith Fairchild is all the above and also the proprietor of her own catering business. However, her husband has just informed her of a problem after the church finances were audited. Ten thousand dollars is missing from the minister’s discretionary fund. Both Tom and Faith are in shock! Who is the person responsible for the accounting of this fund? Her husband, Tom Fairchild.

Pix, Faith’s best friend, is leaving for preparations for her son’s wedding in the South, asking Faith to look in on her ailing mother, Ursula. When she meets with Ursula who also has a nurse, she wants to confess something about an incident that happened years ago. Being that Ursula’s tale is long; it takes many visits with each one feeling like a cliffhanger and becoming more intriguing. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Boudoir by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the Boudoir Reviewed by Caryn St. Clair

While reading The Body in the Boudoir, the twentieth book in Ms. Page’s Faith Fairchild series, I wondered more than once if this was going to be the last readers saw of Faith. In the end, I decided that was not the case, but it well could be. The book starts with Faith and Tom flying to Italy for a second honeymoon. While on the flight, Faith reminisces about how she met Tom, their courtship and wedding and it ends with Faith remembering all of those who have pasted on.

It is quite a departure from previous books, and not particularly in a good way. The tone of the book is a bit melancholy and the plot lines-and there are several, never quite fit together. The main plot is built around the courtship and wedding planning of Faith and Tom, but there are several side plots involved. Faith becomes violently ill at her wedding shower, and that is but the first in a string of unusual things that happen to her. Is someone trying to kill her and if so why? Is it to prevent the wedding? It is apparent from the shower that Tom’s sister and the long time family friend Sydney don’t approve of Faith and that causes some ongoing issues for Faith. Read the rest of this entry »

The Body in the Gazebo by Katherine Hall Page

The Body in the GazeboReviewed by Nancy Eaton

Pix Miller has to travel to another state for her son’s wedding. She is reluctant to leave her elderly mother, Ursula, but knows her friend Faith will keep a close watch on her while she is away. When Pix meets her son’s in-laws, she is in for quite a surprise!

Faith receives the surprise of her life when Ursula informs her that she has a story to tell. Ursula also told Faith that it was a long story and by the time she got to the end she would need Faith’s help. Ursula told Faith about an unsolved crime that happened over seventy years ago. Once the story was told, Faith was not allowed to tell anyone about it! Recently, Ursula has been receiving some threatening mail. Could this mail be coming from the killer?

Faith’s husband, Reverend Thomas Fairchild, has a very serious problem. An audit revealed that $10,000 was missing from the minister’s discretionary fund. Since Tom is the only person who has access to this fund, he is the main suspect. Faith knows she has to help her husband clear his name. He would never steal funds from the church. Who is responsible? How did someone manage to get access to the fund? Read the rest of this entry »