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Product Details

  • Series: Faith Fairchild Mysteries (Book 6)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Avon (July 31, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380723395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380723393
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #639,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Featuring recipes, quilting lore and murder, Page's sixth entry in the Faith Fairchild series (after The Body in the Cast) centers around the Massachusetts housewife and caterer's next-door neighbor, occasional employee and friend, Pix Miller. Early in the summer on Sanpere Island, Maine, Pix and her daughter check the construction work on the Fairchilds' summer cottage and discover a quilt-wrapped body buried where the foundation will soon be poured. Dead is Mitchell Pierce, an antiques seller and house restorer with a host of enemies on the island. While her daughter begins work at the island summer camp, Pix wonders about the blue X stitched on the edge of the quilt in which the body was wrapped. As a series of pranks at the summer camp turns nasty (decapitated mice are left on a kitchen counter and red paint is splattered on boat sails), Pix begins asking questions and, although she often calls Faith with progress reports, ends up solving that murder and one that follows. This leisurely tale, with recipes for fish chowder, corn bread and blueberry tart, nicely frames the down-to-earth, eminently likable Pix, who proves an enjoyable stand-in for Faith.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

A nasty surprise awaits Faith Fairchild's old friend Pix Miller when she goes to check on the construction of Faith's new summer house on Maine's Sanpere Island: There's a body carefully wrapped in a quilt hidden in the basement. Even though the contractor would soon have covered the corpse of itinerant restorer Mitchell Pierce in cement with no one being the wiser, still, as Pix's elderly mother sagely remarks, ``It's not the way one likes to start a new house.'' (Faith's own reaction: ``It'll be weeks before they let us continue.'') And the trouble on Sanpere has just begun: Pix's daughter Samantha finds three decapitated mice at her summer camp, a display of plastic bats with painted blood, and a gull with its throat slit. Sounds like decorator Valerie Atherton's incorrigible teen Duncan Cowley. But would Duncan really kill Mitch Pierce--or local celebrity quilter Adelaide Bainbridge, who's found wrapped in another quilt? Or are the crimes connected instead, as Pix suspects, to a ring of antiques forgers that may just include the off-island stranger who'd been so attentive to Addie? Though Pix does duty for barely-there Faith (The Body in the Cast, 1993, etc.), the mixture is otherwise familiar. Unremittingly nice suspects and down-east recipes establish a family-values backdrop for a killer who faces the need to kill Pix by fretting: ``Our parents used to play bridge together.'' -- Copyright ©1994, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Moe811 on December 1, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is NOT a Faith Fairchild mystery and should not be billed as such. Pix makes a few phone calls, and the Fairchilds turn up at the end. This, like The Body in the Fjord is about Pix Miller and her family. Pix is overseeing construction of the Fairchild's new summer house on the island, Samantha is working at the famous Main Sail camp, and Ursula is enjoying the summer at her house The Pines. Pix is appalled that the builder has done little work on the house, when her dogs are seen digging furiously at the bottom of the excavation. A quilt, then a human hand are uncovered at the bottom of the hole. The body is of Mitch Pierce, sometime house restorer, full time con man. Other strange things are occuring around the island. Increasingly vicious practical jokes are taking place at the camp, and counterfeit antiques, mostly quilts are turning up in the area. Then, local celebrity, Addie Bainbridge is found dead at her B & B. Pix is determined to get to the bottom of these mysteries.
I have always liked the Pix Miller character. She is more realistic than many mystery heroines. She doesn't have any special talents other than being incredibly organized, which seems to me to be more useful in solving murders. I am glad the author has given Pix another mystery of her own to solve. The author also helps us to get to know the people on the island better, hopefully she'll be taking us there again soon.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on December 12, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Faith and Tom Fairchild are building a summer home on Sanpere Island off the coast of Maine. Faith's friend Pix is spending the summer on the island, so Faith asks her to check up on the progress of the house. Pix is chagrined to learn that the builder has not started construction, but she becomes even more upset when she and her daughter discover a body in the hole dug for the basement. The body is wrapped in a quilt which gives Pix a clue to start her investigation. This is a departure from the rest of the series in that the main character is Pix instead of Faith. She is not quite as exciting a character as Faith, but seems to adopt some of her friend's penchant for investigating, sometimes at foolish risk to herself. A second body is found, also wrapped in a quilt and Pix decides that the two murders must be connected. Faith appears at the very end of the novel when Pix has almost solved the case. There are a lot of red herrings in this one and the author takes pains to paint the guilty parties as the "good guys."
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 3, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed Pix Miller as the central character of Ms. Page Hall's series of mysteries. For a change, the heroine was not under the age of thirty and totally glamorous. As much as I like reading about the exploits of Faith, the sophisticated caterer and minister's wife, Pix Miller operating as head sleuth was a wonderful change of pace.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peabody823 on May 17, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I had a REALLY hard time getting into this one; it really isn't a "Faith Fairchild" mystery considering the story is all about Faith's friend Pix and her daughter. I also didn't like the resolution with Duncan. A rather long and tedious read.

Note: I've read this entire series up to The Body in the Attic: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries), and the best rating I've given any of them is 2 stars, which is sad and says a lot about the series. I kept reading because it really has potential but it never lives up to it, so save yourself the trouble and agony and try a a different series, such as Carolyn Hart's Death on Demand (Death on Demand Mysteries, No. 1) series, most of which are fun and enjoyable, or stop after The Body in the Cast: A Faith Fairchild Mystery, which was probably the best of the series. That's my recommendation, anyway.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 24, 1998
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I've read just about the entire series and have really enjoyed reading them. This story featured Pix as the central character. I lilke Pix fine, but I'm still hungry for Faith's experiences. I'm not sure exactly why I like Faith character more. It's perhaps because of her positive relationship with her husband and childred. This ones worth the read, but not her best product.
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Katherine Hall Page is the author of seventeen previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery, and recently 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 lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

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