The Body in the Fjord (Faith Fairchild Series #8)

The Body in the Fjord (Faith Fairchild Series #8)

by Katherine Hall Page

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Overview

This time out, smalltown caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild's neighbor, Pix Miller, takes center stage, heading off to Norway to investigate the sudden disappearance of a family friend. Determined to discover the truth, Pix is drawn into a suspenseful world of intrigue, stolen antiques, secret histories, and deadly echoes from Norway's past and the Nazi occupation. Surrounded by the country's breathtaking beauty, the ever-resourceful New Englander perseveres -- until at last she finds herself face-to-face with a remorseless killer...with no way out.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780380731299
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2002
Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #8
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 286,138
Product dimensions: 4.19(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-three 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 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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Body in the Fjord (Faith Fairchild Series #8) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
bfolds on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up when I needed an easy read, and that's pretty much all I got. Amusing but thin plot line and stock characters....I won't be seeking out any more Faith Fairchild mysteries or recommending them to my mystery loving friends.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The cover says this is a Faith Fairchild Mystery, but the real star is Myrtle ¿Pix¿ Miller, Faith Fairchild¿s neighbor, sleuthing partner and protégé. The usual setting of their adventures is Aleford, Massachusetts, but Pix finds herself in Norway with her mother, Ursula Rowe. Mrs. Rowe and her Norwegian friend Marit Hansen, both octogenarians, want Pix to help find Mrs. Hansen¿s granddaughter Kari, who disappeared while working for Scandie Tours. Kari is not only missing, she¿s wanted for questioning in the suspicious death of her fiancé Erik Sørgard, a death that immediately preceded Kari¿s disappearance. The tour Kari and Erik were employed on, ¿The Little Mermaid Meets the Trolls: Copenhagen to Fjord Country,¿ is still in progress, so Pix and her mother sign up for the last few days, hoping to gather information leading them to Kari. On the tour, Pix and Ursula try to learn all they can about Kari and Erik, and question, subtly of course, the tour participants. After Pix¿s arrival, a large swastika is painted in red on the tour hotel¿s lawn, and the room of one of the women on the tour is broken into. Soon there¿s another murder ¿ and Pix is a suspect. Pix and her mother come up with several questions. Were Erik and Kari involved in drugs ¿ or smuggling? Is there a tie to Norway¿s occupation by the Nazis during World War II or to the sad history of the Stalheim Hotel where the tour group stays? Was Kari trying to find the father she never knew, or the truth about her mother¿s parentage? While investigating, Pix and Ursula learn about Norwegian history, folk dancing, food, customs, antiques and superstitions. They also see, through the eyes of the travelers, the glaciers, fjords, and landscapes of Norway. They meet some interesting characters along the way: the Norwegian bachelor farmers from Fargo, North Dakota (shades of Garrison Keillor¿s Lake Wobegon), a pair of newlyweds honeymooning with his parents, two flirtatious French cousins, and a woman whose father was part of the Norwegian Resistance. I¿ve been reading Faith Fairchild mysteries from the first one and have enjoyed them. Faith Fairchild is one of the most appealing amateur sleuths I¿ve read. However, although I started reading The Body in the Fjord when it came out in hardcover in 1997, I never finished it. My disappointment was in having the story focus on Pix, with Faith relegated to a few pages as Pix¿s long-distance mentor. This year, I finished it and have to say, I really liked it. The setting in Norway is delicious. I know little about the Land of the Midnight Sun and, after seeing it through Pix¿s eyes, I¿ve put it on my list of dream-travel destinations. The Body in the Fjord is every bit as good as those in the series which focus on Faith. Body on the Fjord features solid writing, a plot that moves along, enough suspense to make it interesting, quirky characters and situations, and a plucky heroine. All nicely tied together at the end ¿ with recipes, including one for lutefisk. By Diana. First Published in Mystery NewsReview based on publisher- or author-provided review copy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A place to keep Elven boats.