The Body in the Sleigh (Faith Fairchild Series #18)

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"It's Christmastime, and the Fairchild family is spending the holidays on idyllic Sanpere Island in Maine while the Reverend Thomas Fairchild recuperates from surgery. His caterer wife, Faith, is rejoicing in the rare, holiday family-time together - watching ice boaters, snowshoeing, and doing plenty of reading in front of the fire." "But Faith's high spirits are dampened when she discovers the body of a young woman in an antique sleigh in front of the Sanpere Historical Society. The victim, Norah, was a teenage drug addict who apparently died by her own hand. Beloved by many, her untimely death rocks the isolated, tight-knit island community." Meanwhile, Mary Bethany, a local spinster who raises goats, happens upon a newborn baby boy lying in the manger of her barn on Christmas Eve. The only clues to his identity are a note in the basket asking her to take care of him, as well as an alarming amount of cash. As Faith helps Mary locate the baby's mother, she soon finds that the truth behind the abandonment is connected to Norah's last days - and that, just as death and life are intertwined on Sanpere, so are evil and redemptive goodness.

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Mystery Scene
“This 18th entry in the addictive series featuring Faith Fairchild, minister’s wife and caterer extraordinaire, attests to Page’s skill at creating absorbing cozies with likeable, well-rounded characters who feel like old friends.”
BookPage
“Page is adept at mixing charming narrative with page-turning mystery.”
Bangor Daily News
“An enjoyable, swift read....Page...gift-wraps everything up with a bow on top.”
Iron Mountain Daily News (MI)
“A tasty holiday treat.”
Romantic Times
“This charming story, told with humor, warmth and wonderful characters, is a perfect holiday present for cozy mystery fans.”
Publishers Weekly
In Agatha-winner Page's delightful 18th Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2008's The Body in the Gallery), Faith and her family get away to their cottage on Sanpere Island in Maine's Penobscot Bay for the Christmas season. Tranquility reigns only briefly before Faith finds a young girl's body tucked among the mannequins in a local holiday display. If this wasn't enough to keep Faith busy, she receives a Christmas Eve call from reclusive goat farmer Mary Bethany, who's discovered a babe in her manger—a newborn boy inside her barn, along with a puzzling note and a serious bankroll. When Mary determines to keep the baby safe and Faith attempts to locate the birth mother, both women end up in peril. Amid the holiday festivities, Faith wears the hats of good wife and mother while slipping into her sleuth cap at every opportunity. Her investigative work builds to an exciting conclusion. Faith's kitchen skills result in some wonderful recipes listed at the end. (Nov.)
Library Journal
In her 18th adventure and her holiday debut, amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild (The Body in the Gallery) has two cases to keep her busy this Christmas—the death of a troubled young woman and the discovery of a baby boy left in a manger. How are these events related? Fans as well as readers new to the series will enjoy this heartwarming tale. (Dedicating this book to librarians, Hall includes a lovely essay celebrating librarianship.) [See Prepub Mystery, LJ 7/09.]
Kirkus Reviews
A babe in a manger and a somewhat older babe dead in a sleigh provide sleuthing caterer Faith Fairchild with a Christmas conundrum. Faith Fairchild and her family are spending the holiday season on Maine's Sanpere Island. Even the allegedly idyllic island in Penobscot Bay has not escaped the evils of the drug trade. Faith discovers the corpse of a teen with island connections, presumably the victim of a fatal overdose, in an antique sleigh. In the meantime Mary Bethany, a spinster who runs a summer B&B, keeps goats and makes cheese, has found Christopher, a newborn baby boy, in her barn, along with a note asking her to keep the baby and a paper bag with $50,000 to defray costs. Mary enlists Faith to help her find the baby's mother from a short list of people who knew of the reclusive goatkeeper. As Faith's husband, Rev. Thomas Fairchild, amuses the children while recovering from a gallstone operation, Faith begins her journey of discovery. She soon finds a connection between the baby's mother, Miriam Carpenter, a college student with a drug-dealing boyfriend, and Norah, the dead teen whose Sanpere boyfriend is a suspect in her murder. Drug dealers insufficiently supplied with the Christmas spirit make life dangerous for Faith and Mary. No more mystery than usual for Faith (The Body in the Gallery, 2008, etc.), but the feel-good Christmas theme, pleasant characters and recipes will keep the faithful content.
Iron Mountain Daily News
“A tasty holiday treat.”
Harlan Coben
“Katherine Hall Page is my favorite writer of the traditional mystery. Not only is The Body in the Sleigh a gripping whodunit, but it’s a classic tale of hope.”
Romantic Times on The Body in the Sleigh
“This charming story, told with humor, warmth and wonderful characters, is a perfect holiday present for cozy mystery fans.”
BookPage on The Body in the Sleigh
“Page is adept at mixing charming narrative with page-turning mystery.”
Iron Mountain Daily News (MI) on The Body in the Sleigh
“A tasty holiday treat.”
Mystery Scene on The Body in the Sleigh
“This 18th entry in the addictive series featuring Faith Fairchild, minister’s wife and caterer extraordinaire, attests to Page’s skill at creating absorbing cozies with likeable, well-rounded characters who feel like old friends.”
Bangor Daily News on The Body in the Sleigh
“An enjoyable, swift read....Page...gift-wraps everything up with a bow on top.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061562051
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 10/27/2009
  • Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #18
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 372
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (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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  • Posted October 8, 2009

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    This is an exciting Christmas mystery

    Faith Fairchild and her family spend Christmas together at their cottage on Sanpere Island in Penobscot Bay, Maine. At a local store, Faith finds the corpse of a teen named Norah in an antique sleigh. She assumes the young girl died from an overdose as there are no visible marks on the girl, but the police suspect her boyfriend is her killer.

    On Christmas Eve goat farmer Mary Bethany calls Faith asking for help. Mary explains she has found a newborn boy with an enigmatic note and $50,000 inside her barn. While her husband the Reverend recovers from gallstone removal surgery, Faith searches for the biological mother. She locates college student Miriam whose boyfriend is a dealer. The amateur sleuth and the mom are in trouble from those who want both dead.

    This is an exciting Christmas mystery as Faith and her family celebrates the holiday season together by her investigating the homicide and the baby abandonment while her spouse recovers from surgery with good cheer from the brood especially the children. The story line is fast-paced with two underlying messages of the lucrative drug trafficking is everywhere as the economics supersedes the law and the ethics, and the Fairchild family wishing everyone a happy holiday season with recipes and good cheer to all.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    True to series

    If you enjoy this series, you will enjoy this book. The action takes place at their Maine getaway but in the winter due to being their to let Tom recover his health. The mystery takes place in two parts that of course come together. The new characters are interesting and the view of life in Maine is enjoyable. The character added in this book is a quirky but likable woman who makes goat cheese. She is a loner who finds herself in the middle of a strange situation that in many ways makes you consider the Christmas story and what it meant to us. If you like Faith and her stories, you'll enjoy this book. I don't tell the plot as I think you'd rather find that out yourself.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Interesting

    I found this book to be very easy to read and interesting. It kept you wondering what was going to happen. I loved the descriptions of the area. I would recommend this to my friends.

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