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The Body in the Gallery: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 22, 2008

Book 17 of 22 in the Faith Fairchild Series

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Is it art or murder? In Page's savory 17th Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2006's The Body in the Ivy), the caterer/chef uncovers sinister doings at the Ganley Museum of Art in Aleford, Mass. When Faith's friend Patsy Avery, the president of the museum's board of trustees, asks her to investigate a potential forgery, Faith is reluctant to jump back into the detecting world. She finally agrees to open a cafe in the museum at Patsy's urging, but soon discovers a bald female corpse floating in a tank intended for an art installation. Faith's subsequent investigation reveals that the woman, who called herself Tess Auchincloss, had a stolen Degas sketch stashed in her apartment. Joining forces with Det. Lt. John Dunne, Faith scrambles to solve the case even as the list of suspect grows and another murder occurs. Along with fun foodie details, Page provides an entertaining subplot involving Faith's rebellious teenage son, Ben. (May)
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Fans of culinary and especially catering cozies like those of Diane Mott Davidson should eat up the latest in the Faith Fairchild series. Like Davidson, Agatha Award–winning Page injects cooking lore and advice (and recipes at the back) into her conventional body-found-by-caterer plot. This latest Fairchild is further enlivened by intriguing information on art theft and art forgeries. A friend of Faith’s is convinced that someone has forged a copy of a painting she has loaned to an exhibit. Then Faith stumbles across the body of a young woman (floating in a giant fish tank installation) at the gallery. Page has to work a bit to get Faith on scene for the investigation, since the local cops want nothing to do with her, but a temporary posting to the gallery café gives the intrepid sleuth all the opportunity she needs. A bit formulaic but worth it for the atmosphere, cooking, and art expertise. --Connie Fletcher
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Product Details

  • Series: Faith Fairchild Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow; 1 edition (April 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060763671
  • ASIN: B005ZOIZZI
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,545,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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It was a good read over all.
B. Kotsenas
Ben responded better to his father, why wouldn't it occur to Tom to take a sabbatical (clergy do have them) and devote himself to some father-son bonding time?
Sophia
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.
awillis

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By awillis on May 14, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Jeanne Bracken on May 18, 2008
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Unlike earlier titles in the series, the latest Faith Fairchild mystery takes place close to home in Aleford, Massachusetts. Other reviewers have captured the plot; no need to recap that. I especially enjoy this series because the family dynamics are so real. Whether Faith is dealing with Tom's extended family (THE BODY IN THE SNOWDRIFT) or her own past (THE BODY IN THE BIG APPLE), the interplay among characters feels right on. In THE BODY IN THE GALLERY, Faith's relationship with her troubled teenaged son Ben has a great been-there-done-that feel to it. I can think of other series where the protagonist's family is just too perfect, which makes Katherine Hall Page's books such good reads--and I know that somehow Faith, Ben, Tom and the rest will survive Ben's adolescence--even with all of us watching from the sidelines. The issue of bullying is handled from an interesting point of view; so often the victim takes the forefront, but in this case not. Another thought-provoking book in a stellar series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Reader on June 7, 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It's been awhile since the last book in the series, but as soon as I started reading this installment, I remembered why I was ready to give it up after the last one. Faith has never been a likeable character to me -- she's too stuck-up and snobby -- but the author's writing style has just become so condenscending and uppity that it's no longer enjoyable to read her books.

The reasons Faith finds herself involved in these causes are no longer plausible. And it's even less plausible that the chief of police and Dunne get so annoyed by her meddling, yet continue to share information with her and put her right in the middle of the action. I just can't stretch my believability this far.

This installment was particularly annoying because Ben has now turned into the typical big-mouthed arrogant cozy teen. And Faith and Tom's way of dealing with it is to bite their tongues and let him walk all over them. It brought back too many thoughts of Goldy Bear's son Arch and when that series jumped the shark. When Faith walked into his room, saw something on his computer and asked him about it, and he told her to mind her own business, so she and Tom left the room, I nearly put the book down for good. I just kept hoping someone would find Ben taken out by the murderer.

Unless the next book in the series gets straight five-star reviews, I think I'm finally done with this series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on May 11, 2008
Format: Paperback
Caterer Faith Fairchild is asked to take over the cafe at Aleford's Ganley Art Museum, and at the same time do some snooping for her friend Patsy who wants to know who put a fake collage in the museum in place of the genuine piece that she and her husband donated. In the course of her duties Faith discovers the body of an unknown woman who has become a gruesome part of an art object. Faith works to uncover the woman's identity and also to discover who murdered her. In the course of her investigation she uncovers unsavory aspects about many of the people who are connected to the museum.

The book also chronicles Faith's struggles with her teenaged son who has become uncommunicative and rebellious. He is involved in an activity which is an old one with a new cyber twist. It makes for interesting family background and also serves as a warning to parents of teenagers who may be involved in a similar activity. This is another good read from Katherine Hall Page.
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