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The Body in the Kelp: A Faith Fairchild Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2001

Book 2 of 22 in the Faith Fairchild Series

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From Publishers Weekly

In Page's unengaging second novel ( The Body in the Belfry ) Faith Fairchild spends an August vacation on Sanpere Island, Maine, with her two-year-old son while her minister husband goes on a religious retreat. At an auction, Faith buys a quilt made by recently deceased Matilda Prescott, who bequeathed her Victorian mansion to two off-islanders, much to the distress of locals who believe rumors that a treasure of gold is hidden there. Walking on the beach, Faith finds the body of one of the house's new owners; another murder follows and Faith's house is ransacked. She then guesses that the killer is looking for the quilt whose pattern of boxes and squares may form a map to the gold. No active sleuth, Faith lets circumstances involve her. She is not a believable heroine, and although we are told that she and Tom, who joins her before the resolution, are a loving couple, their interaction is frequently contentious. Nor do the lengthy descriptions of the island capture our attention.
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"Great characters, a wonderful plot, and a puzzle laid out in the unfinished threads of a quilt." -- -- Ocala Star-Banner

"[Page's] young sleuth is a charmer." -- -- New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • Series: Faith Fairchild Mysteries (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Avon; Reprint edition (May 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380713292
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380713295
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.8 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,092 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.

Customer Reviews

This is an entertaining read!
Lyndia Buck
The setting and character interactions in this book are delightful and the mystery has just enough twists and turns to be interesting.
Karen Potts
The author makes generalizations about different groups of people, even though it has nothing to do with the plot.
Diana Goodavage

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Fitz on February 15, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Faith Fairchild mystery. I really enjoyed it. Faith seems like the kind of woman who could live next door, someone you'd want for a friend. Her habit of falling into mysteries (alluded to in this book as happening in previous books) makes for fun, fast reading. My only criticism? Her child is TOO good, never around, never fussing. But then if he was a normal kid, Faith would be like the rest of us, never getting ANYTHING done. If you enjoy mysteries, you'll love Faith. I'll be reading the rest of the series for sure!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lynn the book lover on September 8, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I've always found the Faith Fairchild series enjoyable and better than the average cozy. However, in "The Body in the Kelp" too much time is spent on incidental facts instead of working on the major plot points. This causes the solution to be a little disappointing-the motives for the crimes were murky and there were too many underdeveloped story threads.

One other major flaw is the high number of typos, on almost every page it seemed. Shame on publisher Avon Twilight for letting this go through. I wish publishers would realize how unprofessional this is and how it spoils the enjoyment of reading the book.

But, even though this book starts out more promising than it finishes up, there are some clever plot devices, including clues placed in a quilt pattern. That was fun to see solved, and there is enough of a story overall to satisfy the reader.

If you enjoy the cozy mystery genre, this book is worth checking out.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Potts on November 25, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This second Faith Fairchild book is even better than the first one. Faith and her family are vacationing on an island off the coast of Maine, along with her friend Pix and her family. An elderly woman is found dead and her newly-completed quilt seems to have clues to the woman's stash of gold coins. Faith and Pix have a real challenge in unraveling the clues, while even more people begin to die. The setting and character interactions in this book are delightful and the mystery has just enough twists and turns to be interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
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In the 2nd book in the Faith Fairchild Mystery series, Faith and husband Tom (along with toddler, Benjamin) are off to Maine for a relaxing vacation on Sanpere Island. They spend time with Faith's dear friend, Pix, and loaf around the slow-paced island. Things have actually turned quite dull for city-dwelling Faith, until the death of lifelong resident, Matilda Prescott rocks the community. Matilda bequeaths her home to famous potters Roger and Eric, amongst a huge outcry from her family. Not leaving her family out entirely, she makes it clear that the contents of her home are to be auctioned, and the monetary proceeds are to be split among her heirs. Faith and Pix eagerly attend the auction while Tom is away at a conference, and Faith purchases a beautiful unfinished quilt made by Matilda. She quickly learns that it is the last quilt Matilda made, and with the help of Pix, they soon begin to suspect that the quilt is some type of map. Could the map be the blueprint pointing directly to the rumored gold that the Prescotts had hidden long ago? Or could something more sinister lay in the lovely design? When one of the members of the close-knit community is found washed ashore, Faith believes there is a murderer on the loose looking for some gold.

I like the character of Faith, even though I do agree with other reviewers that she can sometimes act a bit pretentious, and is definitely not your stereotypical minister's wife. The mysteries are interesting, and the setting for this book was fresh and charming. I have heard a lot about this cozy series and had read a couple in the past. I really want to like this series more than I do...but find it more difficult to warm up to these books than to several others on the market today. However, something keeps drawing me back to keep reading, and I am sure that I will read more in this series.

The first book in the series is called "The Body in the Belfry". Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L Smith VINE VOICE on July 18, 2006
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In the 2nd book in the Faith Fairchild Mystery series, Faith and husband Tom (along with toddler, Benjamin) are off to Maine for a relaxing vacation on Sanpere Island. They spend time with Faith's dear friend, Pix, and loaf around the slow-paced island. Things have actually turned quite dull for city-dwelling Faith, until the death of lifelong resident, Matilda Prescott rocks the community. Matilda bequeaths her home to famous potters Roger and Eric, amongst a huge outcry from her family. Not leaving her family out entirely, she makes it clear that the contents of her home are to be auctioned, and the monetary proceeds are to be split among her heirs. Faith and Pix eagerly attend the auction while Tom is away at a conference, and Faith purchases a beautiful unfinished quilt made by Matilda. She quickly learns that it is the last quilt Matilda made, and with the help of Pix, they soon begin to suspect that the quilt is some type of map. Could the map be the blueprint pointing directly to the rumored gold that the Prescotts had hidden long ago? Or could something more sinister lay in the lovely design? When one of the members of the close-knit community is found washed ashore, Faith believes there is a murderer on the loose looking for some gold.

I like the character of Faith, even though I do agree with other reviewers that she can sometimes act a bit pretentious, and is definitely not your stereotypical minister's wife. The mysteries are interesting, and the setting for this book was fresh and charming. I have heard a lot about this cozy series and had read a couple in the past. I really want to like this series more than I do...but find it more difficult to warm up to these books than to several others on the market today. However, something keeps drawing me back to keep reading, and I am sure that I will read more in this series.

The first book in the series is called "The Body in the Belfry". Enjoy!
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