The Body in the Gallery (Faith Fairchild Series #17)

The Body in the Gallery (Faith Fairchild Series #17)

by Katherine Hall Page, Katherine H. Page
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The Body in the Gallery (Faith Fairchild Series #17) by Katherine Hall Page, Katherine H. Page

Faith's catering business has been slow with the downturn of the economy, so when her friend Patsy Avery proposes that she take over the café at Aleford's Ganley Art Museum, it seems like a not-to-be-missed opportunity. And Patsy has an ulterior motive—she discovers that the Romare Bearden piece she lent the museum has been switched with a fake and wants Faith to snoop around to find the culprit.

Life at the museum doesn't stay calm for long and Faith is soon enmeshed in the Ganley's murky past and present as she struggles to make connections among apparently disparate items: the fake Bearden, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, and a Jane Doe corpse that turns up as an unintended part of an art installation. At home, son Ben, now in the hell known as middle school, becomes involved in a cyberbullying escapade and husband Tom wants his wife to morph into June Cleaver.

Her investigation takes Faith into Boston's art scene and historic Beacon Hill, as well as into the lives behind the façade of the Ganley's very proper board of trustees. She is at her wit's—and almost dead—end, as the killer strikes again, and again.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060763701
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/28/2009
Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #17
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 862,158
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.10(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.

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The Body in the Gallery 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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cozy_pat More than 1 year ago
Have always enjoyed the Faith Fairchild series and this lived up to my expectations. I love the mysteries and the interaction of her family members and friends. Altho' I must say, I would have probably been a little sterner with a son than she was. But, that's what fiction is all about, right? Draws us into the story. I do recommend this series for anyone looking for an enjoyable quick read!
Patokagwp More than 1 year ago
I couldn't read 5 pages before I dropped it. It is going to the 2nd hand store if it isn't already there.
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Dawn--MysLovCorner More than 1 year ago
Caterer Faith Fairchild's friend Patsy Avery suggests she take over the café at the local Ganley Art Museum since business has been slow. Plus Patsy wants her to figure out who switched the priceless piece she lent the museum with a fake. Faith stumbles upon a mysterious corpse one morning that stirs up the already murky history of the museum. Who is she and could have killed her and why? As if that weren't enough, Faith's middle school aged son, Ben, is being more secretive and defiant than normal. Where did her little boy go? What is he up to? Why aren't he and Josh, who was his best friend for many years, no longer hanging out? Can Faith unravel the mysteries without putting herself in danger? I enjoy this series. Faith and her family are very real. Middle school is such a hard time for kids, and the author has really captured some of that frustration for the kids as well as the parents. The mystery is well-crafted and there are plenty of suspects to keep you guessing. I highly recommend this book and complete series.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Faith Fairchild is the wife of a minister, mother of two children, owner of a catering business and oh yeah ¿ amateur detective. Have Faith, her business has been affected by the slowing economy, so when her friend Patsy suggests that Faith take over the cafe at the Ganley Art Museum, she jumps at the chance. There is of course a catch¿. Patsy and her husband have donated a painting to the Ganley Museum and plan to make the loan permanent when she notices that something is not quite `right¿ with the painting. Patsy wants Faith to take over operation of the museum café and use her amateur detective skills to find out who has been replacing original works of art with skillful forgeries. As always, it doesn¿t take Faith long to stumble over trouble or rather a body. What starts out as an investigation into art forgery quickly turns to murder. Meanwhile on the home front Faith knows something is not quite right with her middle school aged son. Initially I thought this book was boring, but the book did pick up speed about half way through and eventually grabbed my attention. I felt that a major portion of the book was taken up by paragraph after paragraph of descriptions about the origins the Ganley Museum, the food that was being served by the catering company or descriptions of the various pieces of artwork (real or imagined) that was highlighted in the story. This is the first book I had read by Ms. Page and perhaps if I had started from the beginning of the series (which is usually my preference) I might have felt more of a connection to Faith as a character. On a rating scale of 1-5 (where 1 = bad, 3 = average, 5 = exceptional) I would give this a rating of 3. In summary, I believe that while this book is good, it could have been better had it contained less detailed descriptions of the food, artwork, museum etc., and had the plot expanded. I would have also liked for the book to be a little longer, at just over 250 pages including the recipes it felt, well, short.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Aleford, Massachusetts, the Ganley Museum is gaining quite a reputation for quality items and exhibits. Board member Pasty Avery asks her close friend Faith Fairchild, owner of the catering business Have Faith, to visit the museum to see if a valuable Bearden collage she donated has been replaced by a fake. Faith is small enough to crawl under the laser beams to grab the painting, which she takes to Patsy, who becomes hysterical when the back lacks a telltale mark making this a fake. --- A few days later at an extravaganza at the museum, Faith finds the dead body of a bald woman in a fish tank that is part of the exhibit. Patsy and Faith believe that the forgery and the homicide are linked with the latter trying to figure out how. Someone identifies the victim, but the police insist no such person exists. By the time the two amateur sleuths learn who the deceased is, someone else is killed. Faith is in the middle of another homicide investigation that brings her to the attention of a dangerous killer. --- The latest Faith Fairchild amateur sleuth tale contains the usual delightful mystery with a murderer who is not easy to identify, but when revealed seems plausible that this person committed these atrocities. The story line also focuses on the heroine¿s home life and the problems she is having with her teenage son. Thus readers get an insightful family drama that adds depth to the plot, but also questions why she failed to address the issues with her son when they first surfaced. Nevertheless this is a fine body of work that will please fans of the author. --- Harriet Klausner