During her years spent in New York City. Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry. The victim, Cindy Shepherd. was well-known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted beaux, which created a lot of bad blood and more than a few possible perpetrators including her luckless fiance, who had neither an alibi nor a better way to break off the engagement. Faith thinks it's terribly unfair that the police have zeroed in on the hapless boyfriend, and so she sets out to uncover the truth. But digging too deeply into the sordid secrets of a small New England village tends to make the natives nervous. And an overly curious big city lady can become just another small town death statistic in very short order.
|Series:||Faith Fairchild Series , #1|
|Product dimensions:||6.76(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.88(d)|
About 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.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Although Katherine Hall Page has been writing these "Faith Fairchild" mysteries since 1991, I just started to read her works, with this one, as it is the first in the series. The setting is wonderful and the characters are great, quirky, and off-beat, a nice collection of people that you'll want to return to again and again. I love the New England village of "Aleford" and look forward to returning to the other books in this series. Faith and Tom are a wonderful sleuthing couple. If I was to grade this book on atmosphere and characters alone, not to mention a very witty and fun read, I'd give this book 5 stars. However, being a fan of cozy mysteries, I must confess that the plot didn't seem to satisfy me in the end. As with many of these "cozy" mysteries today, there isn't a lot of "fair-play" clues to detect. Though I may sound biased, very few authors seem to be able to pull off a fun and/or surprising ending since Dame Agatha Christie. (There are a few, but that's for another review). Though Ms. Hall populates the village with a variety of characters, the list of suspects is quite small and the murderer is someone the reader really isn't introduced to in much of the novel. Hall's amature sleuth Faith also fails to really "solve" the crime, in fact she is completely taken by surprise, as is the reader. (Not in a good way, I might add). However, I think that since this was the first novel, Hall focuses more on her characters and introducing us into Faith's life, her background and her world. I'll know better as I read more books in this series. Even though the mystery wasn't very thrilling and the solution failed to satisfy, it was a fun read with a great setting and great characters. So I'd definately recommend this book, but I can't say it was the greatest of the genre.
I really like this series. This first book introduces Faith Fairchild. The author creates a believable character. Even though she's married to a parson the books are not religious. When Faith isn't sleuthing she is busy as a gourmet caterer, wife and mother. The small New England town offers a great setting and is full of interesting and quirky characters. The writing is descriptive and witty with a little bit of humor thrown in. The mystery kept me guessing until the end. I've read several books in this series and have loved each one.