The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild Series #19)

The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild Series #19)

by Katherine Hall Page

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ISBN-13: 9780061474286
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/24/2012
Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #19
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 574,577
Product dimensions: 4.28(w) x 6.62(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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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Body in the Gazebo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read!
ParkcrestLakewood on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Secrets.One of the disadvantages of being discreet and an easy person to talk to is that many people entrust you with their secrets. Faith Fairchild is finding this a problem in the 19th book in Katherine Hall Page's popular series.Faith's dear friend Pix Miller and her husband are planning a week in Hilton Head to meet their oldest son Mark's prospective in-laws. From there, Pix is going to Charleston for a week for wedding attire fittings and a bridal shower. Pix's mother Ursula has been very ill, so Pix asks Faith to stop by often to check on her.Unbeknownst to Pix, Ursula has been receiving anonymous letters reminding her of an incident from her childhood, and decides that she needs to confide in someone about this occurrence, and that confidant will be Faith. It's a long story, and Ursula pieces it out to Faith an hour or so at a time, depending on how much energy she has.Meanwhile, Faith deduces that her employee and friend Niki is expecting, but the newlywed tells her that she hasn't told her husband, as he has just been laid off from his job. The younger woman insists that Faith keep her secret until Niki feels that it's the right time to tell him.Then, Faith's husband Tom learns that money has been disappearing from a bank account that supposedly only the minister had access to. Tom is the primary suspect, but tells his wife that no one must know about this mystery, so Faith is unable to share her own worries with her friends.Of course, all of these issues do end up resolved somehow, but not before Faith feels that she is being smothered by secrets. Faith manages her usual multitasking with as much grace as ever (though she may be the only one unaware of this). As usual, food is often used as a panacea, and the book closes with some recipes from the fictional catering company Faith owns.
marsap on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A fun cozy mystery, featuring Faith Fairchild a minister¿s wife, caterer, and amateur sleuth. In this book Faith is dealing with secrets in all forms, both from the past and the present. As Faith must help her friend Ursula "solve" a mystery from the Depression, she also feels a need to expose an embezzler who has framed her husband. I have read a number of books from this series and find them an easy fun read--this book was no exception.
dd196406 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I like this series by Katherine Hall Page and I really liked this book because it blended the past with the present so effortlessly. The mystery from the 1920s blended well with the present day mystery and the characters were interesting and real. A very enjoyable read.
Carolee888 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Sometimes a mystery does not to be a page turner to be enjoyed. Katherine Hall Page, the author had several spinning plates in the air at the same time with this story. The sleuth in this story is Faith Fairchild. I haven't read any of the previous books of this series so this is a new experience for me. Faith Fairchild 's long time friend, Pix, is going to her son's wedding party and rehearsals and she feels unsure of herself. Another friend of Faith's, Niki, told her that she just found out that she was pregnant and didn't want to tell her husband. Faith's husband has a big problem of his own. There is $10,000 missing from the church's discretionary fund. Will he loose his job? To top it all, Pix's mother, Ursula, is compelled to tell Faith a richly detailed story that include family secrets and also requires action from Faith! It was this story that drew me in the most. This family tale goes from just before the Great Depression to Depression. It includes important facts unknown to even Pix, her daughter. Since I love historical fiction this really hooked me. I was struck by telling of differences in living situations that the Great Depression made to the rich socialites. The setting was mostly, Martha's Vineyard and Aleford. Martha's Vineyard is very different from Aleford, both in the beauty of the physical surroundings and the feeling of the place. The whole book is fairly light and entertaining but it also whets my interest for more books set in the time period of what I call Ursula's family story. I must say that I am glad that I am not Faith Fairchild and I wonder in the other books in the series, doesn't she always have too much on her plate? This is so ironic because I wondered while I was reading, why are there plates on the cover of the book and only a cut off portion of the gazebo that is in the title. Now I understand. I recommend this book to all who love light mysteries. I received this book as part of the Amazon Vine program but that in no way influenced my review. My thoughs are my own.
thornton37814 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Faith's friend Pix is leaving town to attend functions associated with her child's wedding. However, her mother has been ill so she gets Faith to check in on her. Pix's mom Ursula begins to share a family secret with Faith in hopes that Faith will be able to solve it. In the meantime, $10,000 of the minister's discretionary fund has gone missing, and Faith's husband Tom is being accused by the vestry. Faith must also work to discover who has framed her husband. Both mysteries are intriguing. Because the mystery of the "body in the gazebo" is 70 years old, this installment is quite a bit different in that involves a lot of storytelling and listening.
LA12Hernandez on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Try as I might I just couldn't get into this book. I just wasn't able to connect with the characters and I usually love cozies. Faith not only has to clear her husbands name she trys to solve a mystery from 1929.
tututhefirst on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I'm a fan of this series, although I've only read 2 of them so far. This one is #19, and once again, Faith Fairchild--daughter and wife of Protestant clergymen--uses her excellent people skills not only to run a successful catering business "Have Faith", she helps solve two different mysteries while doing good in the community. There....doesn't that sound very blah, off-putting, and dreadfully dull? These stories are anything but. They are well written, with characters who are believable, plots that move right along, in settings designed to make the reader feel immediately at home. She does just enough back-filling to let new readers jump into the middle of the series.In this one, Faith is asked by her best friend Pix to look after her elderly mother Ursula while she (Pix) is out of town helping her son prepare for a wedding. Ursula begins telling Faith the details of a long buried secret from the past (1929). At the same time, Faith's husband, Tim Fairchild, is suspected by his vestry of embezzling $10,000 from the parish's emergency funds. Of course our intrepid heroine Faith helps to solve both mysteries. There are just enough plot twists and sub plots to keep the reader interested. This is not a 5 star who-dunnit, but it is certainly a delightful summer read, requiring just enough brain power to raise it above the brain candy category. I'm certainly looking forward to reading a few more in the series. I don't think I could take all 19 at once, but they certainly fill in the reading menu in their variety.And, as an added treat, the recipes in the back of the book are delicious.
Booklady123 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.From the inside cover flap:"I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago." When Ursula Lyman Rowe speaks these words to Faith Fairchild from her sickbed in Aleford, Massachusetts, Faith has no idea what lies in store for her.It all starts when Ursula's daughter, Pix Miller, Faith's best friend and neighbor, reluctantly leaves town for her son's wedding prepartations. Pix knows that Faith and her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, will keep an eye on the slowly recovering Ursula. What she and Faith don't know is that the tale Ursula spins over the course of several weeks will reveal an unsolved crime dating back to 1929 and the Great Depression.Meanwhile, more current mysteries are brewing. The discretionary fund at the church has been pilfered and the Reverend Fairchild is the only person with access to it. As a rumors spread through town, Faith must clear her husbands' name before it's irreparably damaged. And when Pix meets her in-laws-to-be for the first time, she's in for the surprise of her life . . .The Faith Fairchild Mysteries are one of my favorite cozy series.What I liked about the book: In this book there are two mysteries - one vintage and one modern day. At first I thought that might make for a confusing read, but Page does a nice job of moving between the mysteries.While this was not a fast paced, on the edge of your seat, page turner of a read it was a rather enjoyable one. It's a light read and the murder having occurred so many years ago allows the reader some distance. I enjoyed learning more about the minor characters in Faith's world. Not only do we learn more about Ursula, but we get some insight into Faith's assistant, Niki and Urusula's daughter Pix. Of course the recipes included at the end of the book are always an added bonus.What I didn't like about the book: There really wasn't anything I didn't like about the book.It was a nice light entertaining read. This is a good series for anyone who enjoys cozy mysteries centered around food.
Camellia1 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Reviewers.This book is a very good entry into the lengthy series of mysteries featuring Faith Fairchild, a caterer and minister's wife. In this story, Faith helps her friend's mother deal with secrets from her family's past. I really enjoyed the combination of the historical (1920s) and present day mysteries. When you throw in the descriptions of the food Faith is cooking (along with some recipes), this book is a very pleasant way to pass a weekend.
aya.herron on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild is back with not just one, but two mysteries to solve. Faith is a busy minister's wife and mom of two who runs a catering business on the side. However, when her best friend must leave her elderly mother's bedside to meet her future in-laws, Faith agrees to check in on her. Ursula Rowe takes advantage of her daughter's absence by sharing a story with Faith that is full of mystery and intrigue. Faith has no idea that the seemingly innocent trip down memory lane will involve an unsolved murder and threats of blackmail.Meanwhile, the disappearance of $10,000 from the church discretionary fund that only Faith's husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, has access to leaves him in a pickle. Thus, Faith must solve both a mystery from the past and one from the present. Is she up to the double challenge? We'll find out in this entertaining read full of secrets.The Bottom Line: This is the first book that I have read in the series. Page does a great job of filling in the back stories of the characters, so I was able to pick it up without missing a beat. While "The Body in the Gazebo" gets off to a slow start, it is a quick weekend read that's perfect for the beach. Besides the two main mysteries there are lots of secrets and several subplots to keep the reader interested. While the ending was a bit predictable, this book was so much fun that I definitely plan to read the series from the beginning. Highly recommended for mystery fans who love cozies. Also, several appetizing recipes are included.
Helenoel on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I was happy to receive {The Body in the Gazebo] through the LT Early Reviewers program, as I have read and enjoyed several others in the series. This is a great beach book- well written, engaging, but not too deep. We follow as Faith deals with issues in her friends' lives, her daughter's and her husband's spheres of activity and brings most of them to successful resolutions. Faith is a transplanted New Yorker now in New England, and we hear lots about how it has been a big change for her- but she is capable, likeable, and gets the jobs done.
aztwinmom on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A long-time fan of Katherine Hall Page's books, I was thrilled to receive this early review copy. And, once again, Faith and her friends provided entertainment and an intriguing mystery. Several story lines were skillfully woven together so all felt connected. A very enjoyable book.
DarcyO on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Catering sleuth Faith Fairchild of Aleford, Mass., finds herself surrounded by intrigue in Katherine Hall Page's latest installment. Faith is asked to watch over Ursula Rowe, the invalid mother of her friend Pix Miller, while Pix travels to Hilton Head to meet her son's in-laws-to-be. While Ursula recovers from a bad case of the flu, she insists that Faith listen to a story about Ursula's past but must never tell the story to Pix. Also, Ursula will need Faith's help once her story of the body in the gazebo has been revealed. Meanwhile, the Reverend Tom Fairchild, Faith's husband, finds himself in a pickle when money is missing from an account only he has access to. Faith will need to employ all her sleuthing skills to uncover who has been pilfering the money.And Pix is in for a blast from the past when she discovers her son Dan's future father-in-law is someone Pix met in college.Author Katherine Hall Page gives readers a fun cozy steeped with Massachusetts and Hilton Head flavoring. Although I hadn't read her previous 18 Faith Fairchild mysteries, I was able to jump right in and meet local Aleford characters including Niki Constantine, Faith's longtime assistant, church vestry member Sherman Munroe (boo, hiss), and town matriarch Millicent Revere McKinley.Cozy fans will enjoy the latest Faith Fairchild mystery. I sure did.Note: I received this book through the Amazon Vine program.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I received this book from LibraryThing's Early Review Program.This book is the nineteenth Faith Fairchild mystery. I really enjoyed it, but I know I would have gotten more out of this if it hadn't been the first Faith Fairchild book I read. I was meeting these characters for the first time, getting to know them, trying to remember who was who. Long standing fans of the series would be able to dive right in.Faith's best friend Pix is out of town for her son's wedding preparation. Faith helps to take care of Pix's mother Ursula. Ursula asks Faith to secretly solve a mystery from back in 1929. She especially wants to keep it a secret from Pix. While Ursula is slowly telling her story, Faith and her husband, the Reverend Fairchild, are dealing with the theft of $10,000 from the church fund. Many accusing fingers are pointed right at her husband. She needs to solve this in order to save his reputation.There are smaller subplots including a secret pregnancy, and a mystery involving Pix, who meets her future in laws for the first time and recognizes someone from the past. This was a comfortable cozy mystery, and although it was not the best place to start, I recommend it for fans of the series.
NewsieQ on LibraryThing 1 days ago
While her friend Pix is away for a family wedding, Faith Fairchild agrees to look in on Pix¿s mother Ursula while she¿s recuperating following a hospital stay. During a series of visits, the elderly woman tries to enlist Faith ¿ an experienced amateur sleuth ¿ to look into a murder that happened when Ursula was just a girl during the Great Depression. Plus Ursula¿s insistence that Faith keep the story from Pix is difficult, especially when Ursula tells Faith who went to prison for the murder.Faith also has a more current problem: an accusation that her minister husband Tom pilfered $10,000 from a church account only he has access to. Faith is certain Tom did no such thing and begins her own investigation of what might have occurred. Many of my favorite mysteries feature the solution of an old crime ¿ and the one The Body in the Gazebo concerns itself with is especially interesting. And, although I thought there were too many pages spent on Pix¿s doings while away from Aleford (Massachusetts), The Body in the Gazebo was vintage Katherine Hall Page. Her Faith Fairchild mysteries are A+ in writing and storytelling, with great characters, children that don¿t get in the way too much and a believable, likable amateur sleuth.
mystlover on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I love reading Katherine Hall Page's "The Body in the __________" series. I think of them as cozy's but they are so much more and this one was no exception.Faith Fairchild is a successful amateur sleuth juggling a lot at one time.Faith has 2 children who are very active, with one haveing a problem herself which Faith has to solve.A minister husband which in this book is missing $10,000 from a church fund only he has access to.Some great friends, one who is keeping a secret from her husband, another who is having the time of her life with some surprises thrown in and finally a friend who has a long buried secret that only Faith can solve and only she can know about.This book like all of Katherine Hall Page's is well written with intersting and likable characters and a well thought out plot.Thank You to librarything.com and William Morrow for this great book and I will certainly continue reading this series.
momweaver on LibraryThing 1 days ago
In this book, Faith is challenged by solving a murder in Ursula's past and clearing Tom's name in a scandal involving missing church funds all while running her catering company, advising her employees and caring for her family. Of course, she's more than up to the task. A delightful read with recipes thrown in -- what more could we ask for?
Beamis12 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I have read all her mysteries and find these cozies always enjoyable. The first 20 pgs. were a bit slow paced as she went over what past readers of her book already know, but oncwe she was into the main stories they were good. More than one mystery in this book, money missing. old family secrets and a wedding made this book interesting. I enjoyed Olivia's story the most, depression era aristocrats. Looking forward to reading many more of her mysteries.
aardvark2 on LibraryThing 1 days ago
A decades-old murder that has yet to be put to rest, missing church funds, school bullying, and the personal problems of Faith¿s friend and employee are the multiple challenges Faith encounters in this excellent book. While Faith¿s neighbor, Pix, is off at her son¿s wedding (and encountering a dilemma of her own), her mother, Ursula, tells Faith the story of a family murder from her childhood. Faith is enlisted by Ursula to find the truth about the murder, and in the process has her own life endangered. Her husband, Tom, is accused of embezzling church money, her daughter is being bullied at school, and her catering assistant finds herself pregnant as her husband loses his job. Faith is kept busy solving these problems in an entertaining book that also includes some recipes and a related essay on the joys of eating breakfast.
eawsmom on LibraryThing 1 days ago
I received this book through the Early Reviewers program; I was delighted to get it as I own all of the other books in this series and greatly enjoy them.In the latest installment, Faith is asked to check in on Ursula Rowe, mother of her best friend Pix Miller, while Pix is out of town. Ursula begins telling Faith about her life as a child and the mystery surrounding the death of her beloved brother. Ursula has begun receiving threatening letters related to the death, and she asks Faith to discover who is sending them and why. In addition to hearing Ursula's story of an old mystery, Faith has to deal with a present-day mystery involving embezzlement from a fund which only her minister husband is supposed to be able to access. She also has her usual round of catering activities and child-related issues to deal with in the midst of the turmoil. After following a few false trails, Faith is able to figure out who has been embezzling the money and the culprits are duly chastised. The solution to Ursula's mystery is actually fairly easy--Faith simply shows up on the doorstep of the guilty parties and they give themselves away--but the resolution to her appearance is slightly stickier. In the end, however, justice prevails and Ursula's tranquil life is restored in time for her to attend her grandson's wedding.I enjoyed the book, as usual, and I would definitely recommend it to others. Unlike some other series, this book can be read at any time, whether or not you've read previous books. As usual, food plays a big role in this book, and there are a few recipes at the end, some of which sound extremely tempting (fruit breakfast puffs and Ursula's rum cake in particular). I did find it slightly annoying that the reference to the recipes appeared in the middle of the text where it was mentioned (i.e., "see recipe, page ##") as this tended to pull me out of the story, but that was a minor inconvenience.
Marlyn on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Secrets.One of the disadvantages of being discreet and an easy person to talk to is that many people entrust you with their secrets. Faith Fairchild is finding this a problem in the 19th book in Katherine Hall Page's popular series.Faith's dear friend Pix Miller and her husband are planning a week in Hilton Head to meet their oldest son Mark's prospective in-laws. From there, Pix is going to Charleston for a week for wedding attire fittings and a bridal shower. Pix's mother Ursula has been very ill, so Pix asks Faith to stop by often to check on her.Unbeknownst to Pix, Ursula has been receiving anonymous letters reminding her of an incident from her childhood, and decides that she needs to confide in someone about this occurrence, and that confidant will be Faith. It's a long story, and Ursula pieces it out to Faith an hour or so at a time, depending on how much energy she has.Meanwhile, Faith deduces that her employee and friend Niki is expecting, but the newlywed tells her that she hasn't told her husband, as he has just been laid off from his job. The younger woman insists that Faith keep her secret until Niki feels that it's the right time to tell him.Then, Faith's husband Tom learns that money has been disappearing from a bank account that supposedly only the minister had access to. Tom is the primary suspect, but tells his wife that no one must know about this mystery, so Faith is unable to share her own worries with her friends.Of course, all of these issues do end up resolved somehow, but not before Faith feels that she is being smothered by secrets. Faith manages her usual multitasking with as much grace as ever (though she may be the only one unaware of this). As usual, food is often used as a panacea, and the book closes with some recipes from the fictional catering company Faith owns.*FTC Full Disclosure: Many thanks to the publisher, who sent me a copy of the book for review purposes.
libri_amor on LibraryThing 1 days ago
Another caterer and parson mystery. Lots of secondary plots -- college experiences (also known as one night stands), recession layoffs, unexpected pregnancies -- typical of the the 'body in the' series. After the first visit with Pix' mother, and the 'emergency Vestry meeting", the really good mystery reader can figure out all of the the 'hidden' family secrets. A very good Body mystery -- however after reading many of the series the formula is becoming very obvious. I had stopped buying the series when I started to figure out the ending within the first two chapters -- but I figured after not reading the series for a number of years it might have gotten a little less predictable, unfortunately not.
cbl_tn on LibraryThing 1 days ago
The Faith Fairchild mystery series is one of my favorite cozy series. I haven't been disappointed by any of the books I've read so far, and this one is no exception. While Faith's friend and neighbor, Pix, is away meeting her son's future in-laws, Faith keeps an eye on Pix's elderly mother, Ursula. This suits Ursula just fine, since someone is stirring up a long-buried secret from Ursula's past and Faith is just the person to help her lay it to rest. On the home front, irregularities have surfaced in a church account to which Faith's minister husband has sole access. Faith has had plenty of sleuthing practice by this point, and she puts the skills she's developed to good use to prove her husband's innocence.One of the things I enjoy about this series are its frequent mentions of books, reading, and libraries. One of my favorite historians, David Hackett Fischer, makes an appearance in this one. I'll leave it to curious readers to discover the occasion!I'm so familiar with the series and characters that it's hard for me to imagine how a first-time reader would perceive this book. I think it could be read as a stand-alone, but I think that readers who are already familiar with the characters may enjoy this one more than first-time readers. This is one book where Faith doesn't have a corpse to deal with. The body was dead and buried long before Faith was born. On the other hand, she does quite a bit of sharp sleuthing to solve the mystery with the church finances. This sort of irregularity unfortunately happens too often in real life, which makes the plot all the more believable.***Spoiler***I have just one minor complaint. One of the sub-plots involved Faith's assistant, Niki, and a secret she was keeping from her husband. Niki finally worked up the courage to tell him her secret, but we didn't get to hear his reaction. I kept hoping that there would be a scene that would tell me how things worked out between them, and I was disappointed when the book ended without one.This review is based on a complimentary copy provided by the publisher through LibraryThing's Early Reviewers program.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Enjoy the Faith Fairchild series. Ready for more