The Body in the Wardrobe (Faith Fairchild Series #23)

The Body in the Wardrobe (Faith Fairchild Series #23)

by Katherine Hall Page

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ISBN-13: 9780062439543
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2016
Series: Fatih Fairchild Series , #23
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 500,700
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(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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BuriedUnderBooks More than 1 year ago
In a departure from other books in the series, Faith Fairchild was not the primary protagonist in the most recent book, The Body in the Birches nor is she in The Body in the Wardrobe; rather, the storyline follows Faith's friend, Sophie Maxwell, as she marries and moves to her new husband's home in Savannah. It's Sophie who's confronted with disappearing bodies, family secrets, a hostile stepsister-in-law and a new husband who seems to be a bit too close to an old girlfriend, all while learning to live in and love a city radically different from her native Long Island. While all that's going on, Faith is dealing with family issues including her husband, Tom's, interest in possibly leaving Aleford for a new parish and her teen daughter, Amy's, unhappiness in a new school. Her connection to all that's going on in Savannah is limited to phone calls with Sophie until the last pages. Savannah, a city I've visited several times, is itself a character with all its history, architecture, ghosts and unique culture. Ms. Page brings this quintessential Southern town to vivid life and makes me want to go back as soon as I can. Truthfully, there are multiple threads in the story, some of which turn out to be mysteries while others are focused on family and town issues in both Savannah and Aleford. Sophie's husband, Will, is a private investigator working on a case in Atlanta so he's in and out as Sophie navigates her adopted town and family but he still manages to make enormous mistakes with his new wife and is remarkably uncommunicative. It's a good thing he's usually quite likeable but I still had moments of thinking Sophie should make a run for it. She sticks it out, though, even when no one believes she saw a dead man tumble out of her wardrobe and she excuses a lot of Will's shortcomings. . .until he vanishes and that's when Faith comes to the rescue. In a few short hours, the women solve the immediate problem which leads to a denouement that's little short of implausible and pretty much totally unexpected. In short, this is not the greatest crime story but Ms. Page's series is so charming overall that a lot can be forgiven and I'll think of this as a pleasant entry featuring a young woman I've come to like very much. I'm looking forward to seeing whether future books will concentrate on Faith again or periodically focus on Sophie. Note: one thing plucked my last nerve more than once. The word "y'all" is the subject of an ongoing argument as to whether it's always intended to be second person plural or can sometimes be addressed to a single person, the latter usage being almost entirely in areas not part of the South. I've been a Southerner all my life and cannot imagine a native of Savannah addressing one person with this word as happens several times in this story. Second Note: the foods described are so mouthwatering they can make you feel weak with hunger.
Samantha1020 More than 1 year ago
I am currently two books into this series and I've enjoyed both of them. I read (and adored) the first book in this series titled The Body In the Belfry last year. I've been meaning to continue on with this series since then but we all know by now how awful I can be when it comes to doing just that. This is the twenty-third book in this long standing mystery series- you can probably already imagine how thrilled I was to realize how many more books I now have to look forward to! I love when I find long standing mystery series with huge backlists to explore! Even though I read this book completely out of order, I found that it didn't affect my enjoyment of this book in the slightest. Partly this was because the main story line was about Sophie and her new life with her new husband. I'm sure that this really helped but the secondary story line was focused on Faith's family and I enjoyed that as well despite having missed so much of the back story. It just made me more excited to continue on with this series and to get my hands on the second book! One of the things that I liked about this book so much (and really the series in general) is the main characters. In this book really the mystery felt secondary to the characters and what they were going through in life. I loved every minute of it! This was a quiet mystery but it still had just enough suspense to make me unable to stop reading. I just loved the author's attention to detail and the way that she brings the characters to life on the pages. The descriptions of Savannah which is Sophie's new home and all of the delicious food- it is no wonder that I was hungry half of the time while I was reading this book! I just found myself completely immersed within the pages of this story and was almost sad to see it end. These characters just felt like old friends and I enjoyed my time with them. The mystery portion was tied up nicely and I loved that the author was able to bring Sophie and Faith's story lines both to a satisfying close. I really don't plan on waiting as long to get back to this series and I've already checked my library system for the second book. Overall, this book was another great read in this mystery series. I've come to really adore the characters and as I've only read two books in this series I feel like that is a really great accomplishment. Don't feel like you can't read this book out or order- I did and it didn't bother me in the slightest. I think what I loved about this book the most was that I just let the author take me on the ride that she intended. I didn't rush, I just enjoyed my time reading this book. Fans of cozy mysteries should really check this series out as it does have a cozy feel to it. Plus, the way that the author describes and brings the story to life are very reminiscent of other cozy series that I love. I can easily recommend both this book and this series in general. Recommended! Bottom Line: A perfect way to spend a few days just immersed in this book! Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley as part of a PICT tour.
MasonCanyon More than 1 year ago
Southern traditions take on a nasty role through the actions of a spiteful character in author Katherine Hall Page’s tantalizing new cozy mystery. Page has created her characters with flaws readers can relate to, as well as loathe. She’s made the characters genuine, realistic and well-rounded. The charming Savannah setting quickly draws you in as the suspense builds and the tension of Southern customs mingles with Northern ways. Through vivacious descriptions, the author makes the city come alive on the pages as you’re wrapped in the rich historic ambience. The suspense is blended with notable delicious tidbits of the area’s cuisine. Moving at a steady pace, the story takes readers on a journey of suspense, friendship, traditions, jealousy, and love. With twists and turns to keep you guessing, the story brings unlikely characters together to create a unique and strong friendship. This is a story rich in history and traditions, loaded with insecurities and memorable settings, topped off with generous helpings of tasty dishes, hours of enjoyable entertainment and characters you’ll want to revisit again and again. THE BODY IN THE WARDROBE can be read as a standalone. A nice combination of characters, setting and mystery will keep hold you captive until the very end. FTC Full Disclosure – A copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher in hopes I would review it. However, receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review. The thoughts are completely my own and given honestly and freely.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She could have done much better. It was disjointed and very hard to read. The Nook version ran together without chapter breaks. We wanted more of Faith and not a friend in Savannah. We have loved and purchased all of her previous books - this one looked like a rush to print.
Gail-Cooke More than 1 year ago
The 23rd Faith Fairchild mystery again filled with mouthwatering recipes and unique characters will be welcomed by Faith’s fans - and there are zillions of them. We can’t be without news of astute detective, minister’s wife and caterer Faith and her family and friends for too long. Joining her is attorney Sophie Maxwell whom we met in The Body In The Birches, and a cast of some delightful, some diabolical Southerners. Sophie has come to historic Savannah after marrying Southerner Will who is a private investigator. They move into a home that Will’s stepmother is renovating until they can find a place of their own. She goes to work for Will’s father’s law firm and tries to overlook the whispers about her - the Yankee who has wed Will. Sophie has fallen in love with Savannah and the wonderful Southern food, but it is a bit of a shock when she realizes the differences between her ways and those observed in the deep South. Will is often away in Atlanta working on a case. So Sophie is left to house hunt with a beautiful overbearing real estate agent who seems to know more about Will than she does. To make matters worse it seems said agent had planned on marrying Will. Strange things begin to happen to Sophie - a body falls out of the wardrobe in her bedroom and then disappears, she’s pushed into a store room that has no interior latch. Patty Sue, Will’s cousin, pulls some really dirty tricks on Sophie. In fact, Patty Sue is most accurately described as a female who rhymes with rich. The story is told by both Sophie and Faith. And all is not harmonious in the Fairchild household as some mean girls at school are making life miserable for Faith’s daughter who has been forced to change schools and her husband is thinking about moving to another church. Faith has a great deal 0n her mind,, but when Sophie calls she immediately boards a plane to Savannah. Just in the nick of time! Together what they discover shocks Sophie and will greatly surprise readers. Enjoy a tour of beautiful Savannah, an intriguing mystery, and the wonderful recipes!