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The Body in the Snowdrift: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – May 30, 2006
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Ugh! There's no courtesy or consideration at all for a newcomer. KHP introduces, on average, one new character per page in the book's first 33 pages. After that, I got out a notebook to keep track. It's a 239 page book, in which the vast majority of characters - usually each with an alias or nickname or both - appear for no reason at all except, perhaps, to let Faith's fans know they're alive - such as her mother, father, sister, sister's child - while playing no role at all in this particular plot.
Example: Faith's nephew by her sister is Quentin Forbes Elliott III, and the author wants us to know that two Quentins in a family is too many, so they are going to call him Tertius, for being "the Third," except no, they need a nickname for that, too, so call him Terry. Three names for an infant who never, ever, appears in the book or has even an off-stage role. But the hapless reader doesn't know that on page twelve and so makes mental note of these three names the author has explicated with so much attention, all of which boil down to one (invisible, irrelevant) baby.
Again, only 239 pages, yet it takes KHP 225 pages before she mentions a significant character whose existence should have been broached, or at least foreshadowed, at least 200 pages earlier, right around page 22 or so. Please! What this book needs - and it's not a spoiler to say it - is one of those indices in the front matter of the book which Victorian novels used to contain, listing who's who.
I'd give it to you here, but I'd be typing all day.Read more ›
Faith stumbles upon Boyd Harrison's body early on and the resort's chef disappears shortly afterward. Since Faith is a caterer, she happily steps in as the resort's chef until a replacement can be found. Things get worse as the week goes on. Someone falls (or is pushed) into the water supply for the snow-making machine. The body is all over the slopes. Pranks and
vandalism are happening every time Faith turns around.
All is not quiet within the Fairchild family either. Faith is amazed at the things she is learning about her family members. Things she really did NOT want to know.
** This novel is not nearly as good as all the previous books in this mystery series. I found this case very easy to solve. The first half of the novel is extremely slow. The only good parts during the first half is the recipes that the author goes into details on how to make. Of course for those who are interested, the recipes can be found either in the back of this novel or in the back of previous novels. There are too many flash backs as well. Often as I read, Faith would find something or have something happen in the first paragraph of a new chapter and then flashes back to the day before. I must read almost the entire chapter before even knowing what is going on. I felt as if I was left suspended somewhere. In my opinion, the story would have been much better had it just been written in the order things happened. As a fan, I can only hope the next mystery in this series is better. **
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
s) Judith in Oroville
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is only the second Faith Fairchild mystery I have read, and I did enjoy reading it. There were a lot of characters to keep track of, but not so many that it interfered with... Read morePublished 11 days ago by Susan Heidicker Brown
Has a good story line. Lots of twists and turns. Want to read more by this author.Published 4 months ago by Eagles
The author continues to charm me with her mysteries. I can lose myself in her books.Published 4 months ago by dsh
She's a classy writer. Spending time in the world of Faith Fairchild is like taking a trip to the other side of the country. Interesting and relaxing. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eileen Phelps