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The Body in the Boudoir: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) Paperback – Large Print, May 1, 2012
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“This fun yet intelligent and layered look at the story behind a favorite series will be devoured by fans and attract new readers.” (Booklist)
“Includes recipes, menus, drink concoctions and much charm.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“A smooth and seamless read . . . In the same way that Faith delivers delectable food to her clients, Ms. Page provides a gourmet treat for cozy mystery lovers.” (New York Journal of Books)
“Despite the fact that this is a murder mystery...the narrative warms with a sweetness rarely found in the genre. And it’s more rare and more pleasurable because this quality doesn’t resolve into a high-fructose gooey glob.” (Asbury Park Press)
“Fans of the Faith Fairchild series will probably be over the moon for this prequel that lovingly details how Faith met her husband . . . and then follows every calorie, fabric and gift of her glamorous upper-crust wedding preparations.” (Charlotte Observer)
“A rollicking adventure of intrigue and suspense, plus . . . it’s a lot of fun catching up with the past fun and shenanigans that Faith always manages to find herself embroiled in, and this is a very fitting way to celebrate such a huge milestone for this mystery series.” (Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas))
“Readers ... should accept the homecoming invitation extended in The Body in the Boudoir [and] the retro fun of perusing a vintage wedding menu, shopping at Bergdorf’s bridal salon and having tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel.” (New York Times Book Review)
From the Back Cover
It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman leading a glamorous life in New York City. But when she meets the Reverend Thomas Fairchild it's love at first sight, and before she knows it her life is changing drastically. To begin with, she's beckoned north to chilly New England to visit her prospective in-laws, not all of whom welcome her with open arms. Then her new assistant, Francesca, appears to be hiding a family secret with roots in Italy; and her sister, Hope, becomes the target of a plot to derail her high-stakes financial career. Most of all, someone out there is dead set on making sure that Faith doesn't reach the altar. Before it's too late, she needs to figure out who is trying to sabotage the wedding—by eliminating the bride!
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The love that Faith Sibley Fairchild and Reverend Thomas Fairchild is never in question throughout the last nineteen novels, but the where and how the couple got together has never been disclosed. This novel not only followed the meeting, engagement, and marriage, but, the rather unusual circumstances happening around Faith as she prepares to move to Tom's parish in New England.
There are the usual side stories, such as a mystery surrounding her temporary helper, Francesca, the opening of Josie's restaurant, and the background tales of Faith's family and Tom's family. Threaded among the pure romance of the tale is a thread of suspense and terror...someone is attempting to harm Faith, but seems to get other victims by mistake? It must be bridal nerves, mustn't it?
This book was deftly written and it flowed around me as I read the book in almost one sitting.
A superb Romance and a great Murder Mystery is in treat for you.
Page also goes into a lot of descriptive detail of clothes, style, art history, location -- which some may find tiresome, though I find it one of my favorite parts of her writing. But I was born and grew up in New York, married and son born in town outside of Boston, Massachusetts and now live in Maine, a stone's throw from "Sanpere" Island. Katherine and I are the same age as well, so reading her books are like conversations with old friends (with a little murder thrown in).
I look forward to Katherine's next book, hoping it will be set in Maine - those are my favorites. She continues to spin a good mystery, with interesting new characters as well as revisiting "old friends."