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The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild Series #19)

The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild Series #19)

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by Katherine Hall Page

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"I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago."

These words, spoken by Ursula Rowe from her Aleford, Massachusetts, sickbed, takeFaith Fairchild completely by surprise. Having agreed to keep an eye on her best friendPix Millers's mother while Pix is involved in her son's out-of-town wedding preparations,Faith never dreamed she


"I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago."

These words, spoken by Ursula Rowe from her Aleford, Massachusetts, sickbed, takeFaith Fairchild completely by surprise. Having agreed to keep an eye on her best friendPix Millers's mother while Pix is involved in her son's out-of-town wedding preparations,Faith never dreamed she'd become ensnared in the tale the slowly recovering Ursula spinsover the next few weeks—a bizarre account of an unsolved crime dating back to theGreat Depression. Now the caterer-turned-sleuth is hooked, determined to solve a mysterymore than eight decades old—while at the same time trying to clear the name of herhusband, Reverend Thomas Fairchild, who's been falsely accused of pilfering the church'sdiscretionary fund.

And meanwhile, when Pix Miller meets her in-laws-to-be for the veryfirst time, she's in for the shock of her life . . .

Editorial Reviews

Iron Mountain Daily News on The Body in the Gazebo
“A pleasant, well-rounded story....A lovely dish.”
Publishers Weekly
Two puzzles tax Faith Fairchild in Agatha-winner Page's genial 19th mystery featuring the Aleford, Mass., caterer and amateur sleuth (after 2009's The Body in the Sleigh). When an audit finds more than ,000 missing from the minister's discretionary fund at Aleford's First Parish Church, suspicion falls on Faith's husband, the Rev. Thomas Fairchild, the only person with access to the account. To complicate matters, Ursula Rowe, Faith's friend Pix Miller's elderly and ailing mother, asks Faith's help in dealing with the disquieting letters she's recently received. Secrets, the kind that fester and can make even strong people ill, reach back to the 1920s. Faith juggles her many roles of wife, mother, businesswoman, and confidant with steadfast assurance as she looks into the missing church funds and provides relief for Ursula. Series fans will relish the descriptions of tempting culinary offerings. Recipes round out the volume. (Apr.)
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Iron Mountain Daily News on The Body in the Gazebo
“A pleasant, well-rounded story....A lovely dish.”
The Patriot Ledger (MA) on The Body in the Gazebo
“Expertly crafted.”
McCormick Messenger on The Body in the Gazebo
“Katherine Hall Page’s gift for storytelling comes vividly alive as she seamlessly creates a fast-paced, intricate mystery, keeping the suspense simmering until the last pages.”
Kirkus Reviews

A caterer juggles three mysteries: one old, one new—and the third both borrowed and blue.

If only Faith Fairchild's life could be as simple as her recipes. (Who'da thunk anyone would need an entire page of directions to explain how to sauté some potatoes with sage?) But no sooner does her best friend, Pix Rowe Miller, leave town than Pix's elderly mom confides that unbeknownst to her children, Ursula Rowe had a wastrel brother, Theo, who was murdered in the eponymous gazebo one summer at Martha's Vineyard. Meanwhile, old sourpuss Sherman Monroe accuses Rev. Thomas Fairchild, Faith's husband, of pilfering $10,000 from the Minister's Discretionary Fund. Finally, a rather pixilated Pix calls from Hilton Head, where she and her husband Sam are helping their son plan his big fat South Carolina intermarriage by consuming inordinate amounts of champagne. She lays on Faith (The Body in the Sleigh, 2009, etc.) the news that, in college, she downed a considerable amount of punch and slept with the bride's father, Dr. Stephen Cohen—and now he doesn't even remember. Faith juggles the three puzzles while dispensing Gunpowder Punch at the library and Fruit Breakfast Puffs at the Uppity Women's Luncheon Club, all the time pining for her native New York, as Page reminds readers every other paragraph.

Even for a minister's wife, the devil's in the details. Page's persistent lack of precision (Faith goes to New York to eat a pastrami on rye with an egg cream—two Big Apple treats not known to be served together) undermines her authenticity.

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Faith Fairchild Series , #19
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4.28(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story "The Would-Be Widower." She has also been a nominee for the Edgar Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.

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Body in the Gazebo 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
jw24MO More than 1 year ago
Page has another hit! The plots are fun, the characters engaging. Lots of twists this time as you are kept guessing.
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ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Jean Brickell for Readers Favorite Faith Fairchild is a caterer but like a modern day Miss Marple, she has a knack for solving mysteries. Husband Tom is a pastor who himself is troubled by a large amount of money missing from the a church fund. An elderly friend tells her the tale of a murder that happened during the Great Depression and so Faith has two problems that she becomes involved in. Along with dinners to cater and children to involve her time, she takes on the added involvement of the missing money and a murder that happened so many years ago but that still preys on the mind of friend Ursula because the murder victim was her only brother. Ursula feels she knows who killed him but has no way to prove it. This is an interesting story about theft, murder, pies and cakes. Faith Fairchild becomes involved in all this. She is an expert caterer but has a heart that wishes to help other people and would risk her life to do so. Included after the story of murder and theft is a selection of recipes that Faith is famous for. I wish that we all have a friend like Faith who could help us solve problems and then come visiting with a pan of cinnamon roll or an apple pie. This is a book about warm friendships. It is about friends helping friends in big and small problems, big like solving murders and small like advising a friend.
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Martha-A-Cheves More than 1 year ago
The Body in the Gazebo - Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat 'Where could she hid it? It wouldn't do to have her daughter come across it. Not that Pix was nosy, but she sometimes put Ursula's wash away, so the Sheraton chest of drawers was out. And the blanket chest at the foot of the bed that had been her grandmother's was out, too. Pix regularly aired the contents. There wasn't much furniture in the room. Some years after Arnold died, Ursula had removed his marble-topped nightstand - the repository of books, eyeglasses, reading lamp, alarm clock, and eventually pill bottles - replacing it with a chaise and small candlestick table, angled into the room It felt wrong to go into bed during the day, but she wanted a place to stretch out to read and, increasingly, to nap. Somehow the chase made her feel a bit more like a grande dame than an old one. There was a nightstand on her side of the bed, but her granddaughter, Samantha, often left little notes in the drawer and might notice the envelope. Ursula always saved the notes - bits of poetry Samantha liked or just a few words, "Have sweet dreams, Granny." Generally Ursula did. Her days had been good ones and she felt blessed. Arnold, the two children, although Arnold junior lived in Santa Fe and she only saw him and his wife during the summer in Maine and on her annual visit out there. Three grandchildren, all healthy and finding their ways without too much difficulty so far. But you never know what life will hand you. She stood up, chiding herself. The six words - "Are you sure you were right?" - had entered her system like a poison, seeping into the very marrow of her bones and replacing her normal optimism with dark thoughts.' Ursula Rowe has a problem. Someone is sending her notes pertaining to something that happened years before when her brother Theo was still alive. The notes threaten to tell her family about Theo whom her family doesn't even know existed. When she was young, her parents never talked about him and Ursula never found the right time to tell her own family that she had a brother. This is something she can't handle alone so she decides to solicit the help of her daughter Pix's best friend Faith Fairchild. Faith finds Ursula's story quite intriguing and will do whatever needs to be done to help but she too is faced with her own family problems. Her husband, the Reverend Tom Fairchild has been "accused" in so many words, of dipping his hand into one of the church funds. It appears that there is $10,000.00 missing and only he has access to the account. As for Pix, she has gone to Charleston to meet her son's new in-laws and help plan for the wedding. But she adds to Faith's building plate of problems by admitting that she recognized the bride's father. He turns out to be someone she met while in college and that the over a weekend party, the 2 got to know each other "very" well. Problem is, she recognized him but he apparently didn't recognize her. So in The Body in the Gazebo, I found Faith with her plate full in trying to solve everyone's problems as well as comfort those who needed comforting. But, being the true friend and the creative person she is, she can handle just about anything. See, she isn't like her husband, seeing only the good in people. And that's just part of what made The Body in the Gazebo such a fun read. Oh, did I forget to tell you, Faith is also a caterer? Throughout the book y
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mysteriesformeCA More than 1 year ago
Ms Page never fails to to give her readers an enjoyable tale. A perfect book (or your NOOK) for the beach, patio or pool. You won't want to put this one down. I've read all of her books and enjoy the day to day life of main character Faith Fairchild - caterer extrordinairre and her delicious recipes as well as her detective solving skills.
Books_And_Chocolate More than 1 year ago
Pix Rowe Miller, friend to caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild, is preparing for her son's out-of-town wedding but is hesitant about leaving her ailing, elderly mother, Ursula, unattended so Faith offers to keep an eye on her in Pix's absence. Ursula soon reveals to Faith a secret she has kept for seventy years about the murder of her brother Theo. Someone else from Ursula's past also knows the secret and has been blackmailing her. Never one to turn down a chance to solve a mystery, Faith agrees to do some investigating on her own to find out who the blackmailer is, and perhaps solve the murder itself. But, it turns out this isn't the only case she needs to solve. When thousands of dollars turn up missing from the discretionary fund that only her minister husband had access to, Faith must clear his name. Meanwhile, as Pix meets her son's in-laws for the first time, a whole new drama unfolds. This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more from this series. It was light reading, not what I would call a suspenseful page-turner, but it was entertaining and there were some surprises at the end. I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicted, nor was a positive review required.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Aleford, Massachusetts, an audit of the Aleford's First Parish Church reports $10,000 missing from the minister's discretionary fund. The only person with access to his money is Reverend Thomas Fairchild, so obviously he is the prime suspect. Having solved mysteries before, Thomas' devoted wife caterer Faith Fairchild resolves to learn the truth as she knows her spouse would never steal funds. At the same time she begins her inquiry into the missing money and calming her shocked spouse, her friend Pix Miller's mother Ursula Rowe asks Faith to help her deal with accusatory letters she recently received that disturbs the ailing woman. Someone threatens to reveal secrets that date back decades that has Ursula suffering from anxiety. Faith is at her hectic best as she investigates who took the missing funds that directly impact her family, tries to help her stunned spouse and Pox's mom, and work her catering business; of course there are also the kids. Readers will feel exhausted wondering when Faith goes to sleep. Fast paced as always in this regional amateur sleuth (see The Body in the Sleigh), fans will appreciate feisty Faith Fairchild's fabulous inquiries. Harriet Klausner