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The Body in the Gazebo LP: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) Paperback – Large Print, April 19, 2011
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“Fast-paced.” (Oklahoman on The Body in the Gazebo)
“A pleasant, well-rounded story....A lovely dish.” (Iron Mountain Daily News on The Body in the Gazebo)
“Expertly crafted.” (The Patriot Ledger (MA) on The Body in the Gazebo)
“Katherine Hall Page’s gift for storytelling comes vividly alive as she seamlessly creates a fast-paced, intricate mystery, keeping the suspense simmering until the last pages.” (McCormick Messenger on The Body in the Gazebo)
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Top Customer Reviews
Never one to turn down a chance to solve a mystery, Faith agrees to do some investigating on her own to find out who the blackmailer is, and perhaps solve the murder itself. But, it turns out this isn't the only case she needs to solve. When thousands of dollars turn up missing from the discretionary fund that only her minister husband had access to, Faith must clear his name.
Meanwhile, as Pix meets her son's in-laws for the first time, a whole new drama unfolds.
This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more from this series. It was light reading, not what I would call a suspenseful page-turner, but it was entertaining and there were some surprises at the end.
I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicted, nor was a positive review required.
In this, the 19th book of the series, there's an accusation of grand larceny against her ingenuous husband as well as a 70-year-old murder to unravel for her best friend, Pix's mother. Along with these problems, she takes time to oversee the wardrobe and calm the nerves of the naive Pix who is traveling to Charleston to meet her son's sophisticated, soon-to-be in-laws. Whom the father-of-the-bride turns out to be, comes as a great shock to Faith's uncontrived friend.
There's never a dull moment in this page-turning cozy as the narrative quickly takes us from one situation to the next. Although it's a "stand alone" story, it would help if the reader has read a few of the other books in the series and already has been introduced to some of the characters. Nevertheless, you soon catch on to who they are.
The novel is fast paced and fun; definitely, a great summer read. And the author always includes a tasty recipe or two from Faith's catering company.
At the same time she begins her inquiry into the missing money and calming her shocked spouse, her friend Pix Miller's mother Ursula Rowe asks Faith to help her deal with accusatory letters she recently received that disturbs the ailing woman. Someone threatens to reveal secrets that date back decades that has Ursula suffering from anxiety.
Faith is at her hectic best as she investigates who took the missing funds that directly impact her family, tries to help her stunned spouse and Pox's mom, and work her catering business; of course there are also the kids. Readers will feel exhausted wondering when Faith goes to sleep. Fast paced as always in this regional amateur sleuth (see The Body in the Sleigh), fans will appreciate feisty Faith Fairchild's fabulous inquiries.
The Body in the Gazebo is basically 260 pages of "girl talk". Loyal fans will probably enjoy catching up with Faith and her friends, but as a first-time reader I found precious little to engage my interest.
I didn't care for Faith at all. Although she is a pastor's wife, she lacks basic Christian charity. She's a snob, always looking down her nose at the local yokels and pining for the shopping of New York. The other characters are rather bland.
This being a culinary mystery, the book concludes with five recipes (none of which appealed to my taste buds) and a rather lacklustre essay on breakfast.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fun series, easy to read, good plot development, and great especially if familiar with Boston, New York area...mostly Boston.Published 12 months ago by Elaine
All the Faith fair child Series books are great. Although murders occur there are only vague descriptions not gruesome detailsPublished 16 months ago by Gailirob
As usual, Katherine Hall Page has once again brought Faith Fairchild to life, describing her life & including her husband & kids & how they function. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
I've read all the Faith Fairchilds and think they are great fun. All fizz and pop, lighthearted and great fun. Read morePublished on June 10, 2013 by Reader in D'town
This was a fun lite read. Perfect for a relaxing afternoon in the sun. I generally like something a little more complex.Published on May 17, 2013 by Janice Fralin
Enjoyable tale I thought she kept wandering off the point too much, but that did make me eager to find out what happened. Read morePublished on April 29, 2013 by Judith