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

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

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by Katherine Hall Page
     
 

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“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.”

—Harlan Coben

 

Caterer and minister’s wife Faith Fairchild is back to solve her eighteenth deadly mystery in The Body in the

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“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.”

—Harlan Coben

 

Caterer and minister’s wife Faith Fairchild is back to solve her eighteenth deadly mystery in The Body in the Sleigh—the latest perfect puzzler in author Katherine Hall Page’s multiple Agatha Award-winning series. Set on Sanpere Island in Maine’s Penobscot Bay, this atmospheric holiday whodunit is chock-full of suspense, surprises, real heart, and small miracles. And, as always, the mystery comes with recipes for delectable holiday treats from Faith Fairchild’s kitchen.

Editorial Reviews

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.
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.”
Iron Mountain Daily News
“A tasty holiday treat.”
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.”
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.”

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061985997
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/27/2009
Series:
Faith Fairchild Series , #18
Sold by:
HARPERCOLLINS
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
69,294
File size:
507 KB

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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.”

Meet the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two 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.” The recipient of the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement, she has also 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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