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The Body in the Boudoir (Faith Fairchild Series #20)

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Latest book tells our heroine's back story

The latest book in this marvelous series takes readers back to the days when our heroine, Faith Fairchild, was Faith Sibley – and had not yet met the minister who would become her husband and change her life. Faith is living in New York City and running a catering busin...
The latest book in this marvelous series takes readers back to the days when our heroine, Faith Fairchild, was Faith Sibley – and had not yet met the minister who would become her husband and change her life. Faith is living in New York City and running a catering business. It’s her job that puts her in contact with Tom Fairchild and their whirlwind courtship takes them to the family home where she will be married. And then there’s a murder. That’s the main mystery in The Body in the Boudoir. But Faith has two other mysteries to solve – one involving one of her employees, who appears to have a not-so-savory secret. And Faith’s sister Hope’s high-powered career appears to be the target of an unknown saboteur who’s trying to steal her clients. For long-time series fans (I’m one), The Body in the Boudoir is a welcome prequel – filling in the gaps in Faith’s back story. My only complaint is that one of the secondary mysteries is solved through total coincidence. Call me a mystery purist, but that resolution was a bit too convenient. That’s not a big deal, though. Katherine Hall Page knows how to create great characters and her writing is as smooth as it gets.

posted by NewsieQ on September 28, 2012

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Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining

Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining mystery with food. Her 20th book and the first one I have read is The Body in the Boudoir, which begins with Faith and her husband, Reverend Tom, on a plane heading to Italy to visit a friend.

We flashba...
Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining mystery with food. Her 20th book and the first one I have read is The Body in the Boudoir, which begins with Faith and her husband, Reverend Tom, on a plane heading to Italy to visit a friend.

We flashback to Faith and Tom's first meeting, as Faith's company, Have Faith, is catering a wedding, where she meets the handsome and charming Tom. They flirt, they dance, she finds out he is the officiant at the wedding. Faith and her sister Hope have grown up in a religious family, as their father is a pastor at a large church in Manhattan, and Faith is not interested in becoming a pastor's wife.

But life is funny that way, and Faith and Tom fall quickly in love. Tom proposes on the back of a beautiful vintage watch, and soon Faith is planning a wedding. She wishes to marry at her Uncle Sky's gorgeous mansion on Long Island, and when things start to go wrong- she is almost hit by falling debris, someone tries to push her onto the subway tracks, the titular body found in the boudoir- Faith does not change her wedding plans.

Faith is an amateur sleuth and she becomes enmeshed in one of her new employee's quest to find an American soldier who spent time in Italy with the employee's family during WWII. Is this the reason that these accidents have befallen Faith?

The murder takes place almost halfway through the book, and when the killer is finally revealed, I found it slightly implausible. If Faith is supposed to have such good instincts, how did this person fly under the radar for so long? It was an issue for me.

Faith also helped her sister try to find out who was sabotaging her at her finance job, but this was a secondary mystery, although the outcome was more realistic in my view.

I liked two things in particular about this novel: the New York setting and the catering. I live in New York, on the Upper East Side, and I really enjoyed how Page integrated the setting within the story.

I also have a background in restaurants, so I found the catering parts of the book very interesting. Page gives some recipes from the story in the back of the book, and there are some I want to try, including this Veggie Mac & Cheese, which can be found on her website.

posted by bookchickdi on July 13, 2012

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  • Posted September 28, 2012

    Latest book tells our heroine's back story

    The latest book in this marvelous series takes readers back to the days when our heroine, Faith Fairchild, was Faith Sibley – and had not yet met the minister who would become her husband and change her life. Faith is living in New York City and running a catering business. It’s her job that puts her in contact with Tom Fairchild and their whirlwind courtship takes them to the family home where she will be married. And then there’s a murder. That’s the main mystery in The Body in the Boudoir. But Faith has two other mysteries to solve – one involving one of her employees, who appears to have a not-so-savory secret. And Faith’s sister Hope’s high-powered career appears to be the target of an unknown saboteur who’s trying to steal her clients. For long-time series fans (I’m one), The Body in the Boudoir is a welcome prequel – filling in the gaps in Faith’s back story. My only complaint is that one of the secondary mysteries is solved through total coincidence. Call me a mystery purist, but that resolution was a bit too convenient. That’s not a big deal, though. Katherine Hall Page knows how to create great characters and her writing is as smooth as it gets.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 6, 2014

    Highly recommended for fans of the series

    Faith Fairchild is on her way to a second honeymoon with her husband of over twenty years and spends her time thinking about the circumstances of their first meeting so many years years ago and how they fell in love. This was at the same time that Faith was trying to solve a couple of murders (she was and continued to be unstoppable when a murder occurred) and fulfill her obligations to people whose special occasions needed a quality caterer, which was her profession when she met her future husband.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2013

    If you have read the other 19, you KNOW how great they are!

    I would certainly recommend Katherine Hall Page to all mystery readers.

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  • Posted June 26, 2012

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    A new "peak" at Faith Fairchild before we knew her! Good mystery!

    If you are a fan of Faith and the Reverend Fairchild, or just a lover of a good summer mystery, you'll enjoy this book. Wedding plans in an old family house bring together some lovely and quirky people preparing for the nuptials of the young couple who have just met--before they became the characters we have loved in all Katherine Hall Page's other books. What a treat to see them meet and fall in love and deal with each other's families and friends. At the same time they find themselves enmeshed in some sinister events, and the road to the altar becomes a puzzling and often frightening one. It's just a good story all the way around!

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    A must for new and old fans alike!

    Underpinning a clever mystery story, this book offers the back story of how Faith Sibley became Faith Fairchild. For died-in-the-wool Katherine Hall Page fans, it fills in the first chapter of the unfolding saga of the 'amateur' detective from Aleford, MA. For new comers, The Body in the Boudoir is a fine place to start on what risks becoming a delightful opbsession.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Highly recommended

    Katherine Hall Page has good characters in this series, and does a great job on each and every book. This one is no different and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The ending was surprising! I send her books to my mother, father and sister to read. They too enjoy her books and following Faith Fairchild and her family.

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    Posted April 24, 2013

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