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

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It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman leading a glamorous life in New York City. She has good friends, a cozy apartment, and her own flourishing catering business, Have Faith. Then, at a catering event, she meets the handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild. A daughter and granddaughter of clergymen, Faith has sworn to avoid a parish's fishbowl existence. But it's love at first sight, and before she knows it her life is changing drastically.

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Overview

It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman leading a glamorous life in New York City. She has good friends, a cozy apartment, and her own flourishing catering business, Have Faith. Then, at a catering event, she meets the handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild. A daughter and granddaughter of clergymen, Faith has sworn to avoid a parish's fishbowl existence. But it's love at first sight, and before she knows it her life is changing drastically.

To begin with, she's beckoned north to chilly New England to visit her future residence and prospective in-laws, not all of whom welcome her with open arms. Thankfully, back home she has her adoring great-uncle Sky to rely on, even if his much younger wife has always struck Faith as slightly odd. For the ceremony Uncle Sky has offered up the use of his mansion on Long Island, which would be the perfect location if only the brickwork wasn't suspiciously falling off the roof.

Her path to the altar is made even rockier when Faith faces two other baffling mysteries. Her new assistant, Francesca, appears to be hiding a family secret with roots in Italy. Then Faith's sister, Hope, becomes a target. Who could be plotting to derail her high-stakes financial career?

In spite of being overwhelmed by her decision to leave her home in the Big Apple and the multitude of tasks involved in getting married, Faith has no doubts about being married to her beloved Tom. But someone out there is dead set on making sure that she doesn't reach the altar. Before it's too late, she needs to figure out who is trying to sabotage the wedding—by eliminating the bride!

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Set in 1990 New York City, Agatha-winner Page’s satisfying 20th Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2011’s The Body in the Gazebo) flashbacks to the whirlwind romance that led to Faith Sibley’s engagement to the Rev. Tom Fairchild. Despite the carefully laid plans for a perfect wedding, someone appears to be making attempts on Faith’s life—and Faith has no idea who it is. Could the person determined to do her in, heaven forbid, be a Sibley family member or one of Tom’s disapproving Massachusetts relations? Meanwhile, her sister, Hope, asks Faith to help her discover who’s stealing her business clients. In addition, Faith’s former employee, Francesca, appears to want her family in Italy to believe she’s living in England, not New York, so there’s plenty to distract Faith before the wedding—if there is a wedding. Cozy fans will be enthralled. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May)
Booklist
“This fun yet intelligent and layered look at the story behind a favorite series will be devoured by fans and attract new readers.”
Asbury Park Press
“Despite the fact that this is a murder mystery...the narrative warms with a sweetness rarely found in the genre. And it’s more rare and more pleasurable because this quality doesn’t resolve into a high-fructose gooey glob.”
New York Times Book Review
“Readers ... should accept the homecoming invitation extended in The Body in the Boudoir [and] the retro fun of perusing a vintage wedding menu, shopping at Bergdorf’s bridal salon and having tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel.”
New York Journal of Books
“A smooth and seamless read . . . In the same way that Faith delivers delectable food to her clients, Ms. Page provides a gourmet treat for cozy mystery lovers.”
Charlotte Observer
“Fans of the Faith Fairchild series will probably be over the moon for this prequel that lovingly details how Faith met her husband . . . and then follows every calorie, fabric and gift of her glamorous upper-crust wedding preparations.”
Times Record News (Wichita Falls
“A rollicking adventure of intrigue and suspense, plus . . . it’s a lot of fun catching up with the past fun and shenanigans that Faith always manages to find herself embroiled in, and this is a very fitting way to celebrate such a huge milestone for this mystery series.”
Time Magazines Record News (Wichita Falls)
"A rollicking adventure of intrigue and suspense, plus . . . it’s a lot of fun catching up with the past fun and shenanigans that Faith always manages to find herself embroiled in, and this is a very fitting way to celebrate such a huge milestone for this mystery series."
Library Journal
The 20th entry in Page's Agatha Award-winning series (after The Body in the Gazebo) has caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild recalling 1990, when she almost became a hit-and-run victim on her wedding day.
Kirkus Reviews
Which matters more, the ingredients in the wedding cake or the clauses in the pre-nup? On the flight to Italy to celebrate their anniversary, caterer Faith Fairchild (The Body in the Gazebo, 2011, etc.) reminiscences about the prelude to her marriage to Tom, which included such semi-disasters as her sister's betrayal by her beau, her future sister-in-law's pesky attempts to reunite Tom with their next-door neighbor, one assistant's leaving to open her own restaurant, another's search for a missing World War II veteran who done her granny wrong, and, oh yes, four attempts on Faith's own life, one by food poisoning, another by a shove on a subway platform, a third by a bit of falling brickwork at her Uncle Sky's estate, and one more when the brakes on a car she'd borrowed gave out. Unlike Faith, Sky's housekeeper couldn't escape someone's murderous urges. While she lolled about in Sky's wife's boudoir dolled up in her marabou-trimmed peignoir, someone crept in, whacked her dead, then slithered out, resurfacing days later to incinerate the poor woman's sister and brother-in-law in a propane fire. Would Faith's wedding have to be cancelled, or at least postponed? Of course not. After all, the champagne had already been ordered, and all the relatives were certainly willing to cover up the scandal caused by one of their own. Includes recipes, menus, drink concoctions and much charm, but a denouement so silly that it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.
Marilyn Stasio
Readers who might have drifted away from Katherine Hall Page's pleasing mysteries starring Faith Fairchild, the congenitally curious wife of a New England minister and the proprietor of a catering company wittily named "Have Faith," should accept the homecoming invitation extended in The Body in the Boudoir.
—The New York Times Book Review
Time Magazines Record News (Wichita Falls))
"A rollicking adventure of intrigue and suspense, plus . . . it’s a lot of fun catching up with the past fun and shenanigans that Faith always manages to find herself embroiled in, and this is a very fitting way to celebrate such a huge milestone for this mystery series."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062065483
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/1/2012
  • Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #20
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-one 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." In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

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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 July 13, 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 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.

    1 out of 1 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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  • Posted March 26, 2013

    Good story. well written.

    So many stories now a days are practically an anatomy lesson that it is a pleasure to read something that can capture your attention without being so graphic. I have enjoyed her books.

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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 August 10, 2012

    I have read all her books and love them all. I really liked this

    I have read all her books and love them all. I really liked this one because you find out how Faith met her husband. I can't wait to read more of them.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2012

    OK

    The first in the series republished for NOOK. I read this in hardcover.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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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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