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The Body in the Boudoir (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) Hardcover – May 1, 2012

4.2 out of 5 stars 60 customer reviews
Book 20 of 20 in the Faith Fairchild Series

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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. She has good friends, a cozy apartment, and her own flourishing catering business, Have Faith. Then, at a catering event, she meets the handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild. A daughter and granddaughter of clergymen, Faith has sworn to avoid a parish's fishbowl existence. But 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 future residence and prospective in-laws, not all of whom welcome her with open arms. Thankfully, back home she has her adoring great-uncle Sky to rely on, even if his much younger wife has always struck Faith as slightly odd. For the ceremony Uncle Sky has offered up the use of his mansion on Long Island, which would be the perfect location if only the brickwork wasn't suspiciously falling off the roof.

Her path to the altar is made even rockier when Faith faces two other baffling mysteries. Her new assistant, Francesca, appears to be hiding a family secret with roots in Italy. Then Faith's sister, Hope, becomes a target. Who could be plotting to derail her high-stakes financial career?

In spite of being overwhelmed by her decision to leave her home in the Big Apple and the multitude of tasks involved in getting married, Faith has no doubts about being married to her beloved Tom. But someone out there is dead set on making sure that she 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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Product Details

  • Series: Faith Fairchild Mysteries
  • Hardcover: 255 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; Book Club edition (May 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062065483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062065483
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,619,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is one of the best mysteries I've read in a long time. It has a unique approach, lots of suspense, characters who are beautifully drawn, and plenty of sense of place both in New York City and in small-town New England. There are bits of humor in it, and overall it's a feel-good story about how Faith Fairchild, successful owner of a catering business in New York, met her future husband, Tom, who is a minister in a small New England town.

I don't agree with the reviewers who found the story disjointed, although I would recommend this book to readers who are already familiar with at least some of the previous books in the series. If you know Faith Fairchild, her husband Tom, her sister Hope, and her best friend Pix, this book will be much more meaningful. Without that background, I could well imagine experiencing some confusion, and the characters just wouldn't have the depth that they do when you know their background.

As others have said, the flashback that is used in the book concerns the wedding anniversary that Faith and Tom are celebrating. On a flight to Europe, Faith remembers her own wedding plans and her decision to leave New York in order to be with Tom in his New England parish. The flashback only happens at the beginning and end of the book, so everything in the middle seems fresh, like a current mystery, except that if you know Faith, you know that she's alive and well and presently has two kids. Obviously, there is a time factor at work, but there is still plenty of suspense. I literally could not put the book down, and that doesn't happen to me very often. The plot and how it unfolds were truly original and very appealing.
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While reading The Body in the Boudoir, the twentieth book in Ms. Page's Faith Fairchild series, I wondered more than once if this was going to be the last readers saw of Faith. In the end, I decided that was not the case, but it well could be. The book starts with Faith and Tom flying to Italy for a second honeymoon. While on the flight, Faith reminisces about how she met Tom, their courtship and wedding and it ends with Faith remembering all of those who have passed on.

It is quite a departure from previous books, and not particularly in a good way. The tone of the book is a bit melancholy and the plot lines-and there are several, never quite fit together. The main plot is built around the courtship and wedding planning of Faith and Tom, but there are several side plots involved. Faith becomes violently ill at her wedding shower, and that is but the first in a string of unusual things that happen to her. Is someone trying to kill her and if so why? Is it to prevent the wedding? It is apparent from the shower that Tom's sister and the long time family friend Sydney don't approve of Faith and that causes some ongoing issues for Faith.

The wedding is to take place at Faith's Great Uncle Sky's house on Long Island, and there at least three side plots tied to Sky and his household. Mysterious things keep happening at the house-stonework falling, a middle of the night break-in with little taken but a person (who was dressed as someone else) is murdered and a malfunctioning car. The housekeeper is a strange old bird and may be hiding secrets of her own. Sky's wife, his third, too may not be quite what she seems or at least their marriage appears to not be.
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The book is a flashback to the young, unmarried Faith who is a successful caterer in New York City. In this book she meets and marries her minister husband. I usually like the series by Katherine Hall Page but this book did so much name dropping that I got tired of it. Everyone in the book drives a Mercedes, wears a Piaget watch, has a summer home, shops in Saks, etc. Apparently, otherwise one is a faceless and nameless non-person who is not worthy of notice. We know that Faith comes from a background of privilege however, as the wife of a minister with a catering business she leads a simple life which fulfills her. Apparently not so when she's getting married.
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I was disappointed i this book. For a mystery it wasn't exciting enough for me. I know it's a cozy mystery but it just seemed dull. I was also surprised at the love interest and how simple it was for them to decide to get married. He was a minister so you kind of hope there would be some dialogue about their beliefs. You really didn't expect them to not worry about what their parishioners thought of there sneaking around. Yes, I am old school. If it's got a Christian leader in the book I want them to have fun and seem normal but I want to see the character deepen and that their faith is a part of the story.
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This book makes easy down time reading. One has to live with the rehash and reiterate that seems to be a part of so many series. This one takes an extended trip down memory lane that palls with more than I wanted to know about Faith's upper middle class youth in NY. It's okay.
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