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Posted July 30, 2013
slower read than earlier books in the series
I've read all the Faith Fairchild series. This one was a little harder to get into. I thought there was more people backround than before. I found myself skipping many of the details about Italy and cooking to get to the plot of the mystery. It didn't become a real page turner until the last few chapters. I won't give up on the series. I just didn't feel this was one of the better books in the series.
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Posted August 12, 2013
Very disappointing. Too much travelogue/food info and not enough
Very disappointing. Too much travelogue/food info and not enough mystery.
I had the audio version so I couldn't skip over the endless descriptions
of food and countryside. Though very expressive, the narrator mispronounced so many
culinary (and other) words, it became annoying to me. I love this series and I hope the next installment gets back on track.
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Posted May 25, 2014
Another great murder with food adventure!
Faith and her husband, clergyman Tom, after years of sermons for him, salads and sauces for her, and sporting events for their children, are finally able to get away by themselves for a relaxing and romantic second honeymoon in Italy. Faith's former catering helper Francesca has opened an Italian cooking school in the hills of Tuscany, and has asked Tom and Faith to be among her first guests.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Naturally, the Fairchilds become embroiled in a murder mystery before they even get out of Rome to head for the hills. As all of you who have read the series know, Faith can't leave this one alone, but unlike previous stories, the mystery really takes a back seat to the food and Italian scenery. The recipes while not over-whelming in number are, as always, mouth-watering. The characters are a rather eclectic assortment of odd-balls who don't always meld as a group. Faith has always known when NOT to try to solve something on her own, but during this story, I often wondered if she had forgotten all about the poor dead Freddie. It took her awhile, but Page finally managed to wrap everything up like a big fat well sauced <i>canneloni</i>.
Overall, it's another delightful episode in the peripatetic career of Faith Fairchild, girl snoop. The setting is one that makes the reader want to book a flight to Italy immediately. If only Francesca's hostel were real and affordable. In the meantime, we can drift away in a wonderful dream of what might be.
Would definitely recommend for mystery fans who want some yumyumm without too much blood and gore. I'm not sure there's enough here in this one for a book club discussion.
Posted May 28, 2013
Still a good series
Katherine Hall Page keeps this series interesting with different locale and interesting stories. I often get tired/bored with a long series and abandon many after the first few books. This one has kept me coming back over the years. In addition to stories and recipes, I think I enjoy Ms. Page's thoughtful essays at the end of each book as much as anything!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 20, 2013
The particular pleasure of a Faith Fairchild novel is that it¿s
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The particular pleasure of a Faith Fairchild novel is that it’s like spending an afternoon or two with an old friend and The Body in the Piazza is no exception. In fact, I’d have to say that any quibble I have with this entry in the series has to do with the setting. Italy is certainly a good place to have a cooking-related mystery but I think I prefer Faith’s adventures in the village of Aleford, Massachusetts, or perhaps in the wider region of New England. Still, I can’t fault Ms. Page for wanting to take Faith to other places occasionally, especially when you consider that this is the 21st book in the series. If she stayed in Aleford all the time, she might be tainted with Cabot Cove Syndrome ;)
So off Faith and Tom have gone, celebrating their anniversary with a trip to Italy and, while they’re at it, helping some old friends launch their culinary school in Tuscany. Before they get to Tuscany, though, they witness the death of a very different sort of man they’d just met. “Very different” turns out to be a term that they could easily apply to some of the other guests they find at Francesca and Gianni Rossi’s school, especially since a few of them seem to be completely out of place and, when suspicious things start happening, Faith can’t resist getting to the bottom of things, with more than a little help from Tom.
Besides the characters I already knew, I found myself quite engaged with Olivia, a goth girl who really doesn’t seem to fit in, and with Roderick and Constance Nashe, even though these Brits are very aloof and unpleasant. I wanted to know more about these three just because they were so different and I’m happy to say the author satisfied my curiosity quite nicely.
When all is said and done, The Body in the Piazza is what I consider a nice, comfortable read with a few surprises (although it wasn’t hard to figure things out) and some recipes, not to mention scrumptious descriptions of the food Francesca has the students make. I could have done with a little less travelogue and a little more puzzle but I’m still a fan of this traditional mystery series and probably always will be.