The Body in the Piazza (Faith Fairchild Series #21)

The Body in the Piazza (Faith Fairchild Series #21)

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by Katherine Hall Page
     
 

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Faith Fairchild and her husband are celebrating a big anniversary with a trip to Italy, filled with exquisite indulgences—the art, the Chianti, the food, the Ferragamos! After a weekend in Rome, they'll travel to Tuscany, where Faith's former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school.

But, along with pecorino, panna cotta, and prosecco, it

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Overview

Faith Fairchild and her husband are celebrating a big anniversary with a trip to Italy, filled with exquisite indulgences—the art, the Chianti, the food, the Ferragamos! After a weekend in Rome, they'll travel to Tuscany, where Faith's former assistant Francesca has opened a cooking school.

But, along with pecorino, panna cotta, and prosecco, it looks like murder and mayhem are also on the menu! On their fist night in the Eternal City, the Fairchilds stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese. Mysterious characters from Rome resurface in Tuscany. And somebody is intent on sabotaging Francesca's new business. It's up to Faith to put everything right—and still whip up a mean Spaghetti a la Foriana, of course!

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Page’s delightful 21st Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2012’s The Body in the Boudoir) takes the Aleford, Mass., caterer and her husband, the Rev. Thomas Fairchild, to Italy to celebrate a special anniversary—and to attend the cooking school of Francesca Rossi, a Tuscan friend whom they last saw on their honeymoon in Northern Italy years before. While in Rome, the couple meets the charming Freddy Ives, a British travel writer. Soon after, while enjoying a romantic stroll in the Piazza Farnese, they have the misfortune to witness Freddy suffer a mortal knife wound in a scuffle with a man who flees. The wonderful food at Francesca’s cooking school in Tuscany can’t distract Faith and Tom from trying to solve Freddy’s murder. Hungry readers will rush to the kitchen if not to their travel agent to book tickets to Italy. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates. (May)
Harlan Coben
Katherine Hall Page is my favorite writer of the traditional mystery.
Booklist
A highly entertaining mystery series [that] effectively mixes modern-day moral dilemmas with charm, warmth, and humor.
Denver Post
[An] endearing series.
Diane Mott Davidson
“Katherine Hall Page’s intellect and wit shine through in every line...Hungry readers, enjoy!
Connecticut Post
“Page’s ability to keep her characters and plots fresh for more htan two decades is quite remarkable...Page has yet to disappointe readers...[The Body in the Piazza] is one of the most entertaining and most sophisticated entries in the series...[it] is just about perfect escapism.”
South Florida Sun Sentinel
[Page] is an expert at the puzzle mystery.
New York Times Book Review
“Enticing recipes at the back of the book and cooking tips sprinkled throughout ... The crime is solved satisfactorily...[but] let’s be honest: most of us came for the food.”
Kirkus Reviews
The Fairchilds celebrate their 25th anniversary in a Tuscany cooking school complete with wine, olives, secretive companions and homicide. Caterer Faith Fairchild and her pastor husband, Tom, have a few days in Rome before heading for the outskirts of Florence for the inaugural week of her former assistant Francesca's Cucina Rossi cooking program. They're befriended by Freddy Ives, who reveals few personal details but knows the best restaurants, cafes and tourist vistas in town. To the Fairchilds' horror, he's stabbed to death in a Roman piazza, grasping for his pen and saying, "They're going to ki...." The police seem uninterested, and the Fairchilds, who barely caught a glimpse of the attacker, head for the Tuscany hills, where Francesca's cooking students are gathered. There are a bickering couple, possibly contemplating divorce; a goth girl with facial piercings; a British couple who find fault with everything; a pair of lovebirds; some Southern ladies; and Francesca's neighbor Luke, who owns a grand palazzo and the surrounding vineyards. The group has barely warmed up the oven when Francesca's assistant quits, decapitated snakes are left in all the bathtubs, Faith is locked in an Etruscan tomb, Tom is kidnapped, Freddy's notebook is discovered in the palazzo, and his pen turns up too, startling one and all. It will take a call to Faith's sister back in the States to get the British Embassy involved and separate an assassination plot from the shenanigans of a jealous local, but not to worry: The cooking school is a major success, and the participants leave with a nice set of recipes. Tuscany food markets, extra virgin olive oil and historic sites are all rendered with Page's typical gusto and charm (The Body in the Boudoir, 2012, etc.), but, again typically, the plot collapses since logic and reason remain missing ingredients.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062065513
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/30/2013
Series:
Faith Fairchild Series , #21
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
57,936
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-one previous Faith Fairchild mysteries and a collection of short fiction, Small Plates. She has won multiple Agatha Awards and has been nominated for the Edgar, the Mary Higgins Clark, the Maine Literary, and the Macavity Awards. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

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