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The Body in the Kelp: A Faith Fairchild Mystery Mass Market Paperback – May 29, 2001
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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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"[Page's] young sleuth is a charmer."-- "New York Times Book Review"Great characters, a wonderful plot, and a puzzle laid out in the unfinished threads of a quilt."-- "Ocala Star-Banner
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There is no ticking clock. No Goals-Motivation-Conflict to propel the plot. Our Heroines don't even realize there's a serial killer after them until practically the final chapter. The author produces (again, only this time moreso) a Way Out of Certain Doom that comes from nowhere, with no setup. I was angry when it happened.
Such a shame that the author writes so beautifully but can't plot. Why didn't her editor point this out to her to have it corrected?
J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"