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The Body in the Bookcase (Faith Fairchild #9)

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  451 ratings  ·  23 reviews
Stretched almost to the limit by the capricious demands of a Boston Brahmin bride-to-be, caterer and minister's wife, Faith Fairchild, faces real tragedy when she discovers the body of an elderly friend. Sarah Winslow had apparently surprised burglars ransacking her Aleford, Massachusetts, house. No sooner has Sarah been laid to rest than the Fairchilds find themselves the ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published April 2nd 2002 by Avon (first published 1998)
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I debated between 3 and 4 stars thinking this deserves a 3.5 but then decided that it's so much better than the last one I read that I'd give it 4 stars. There is still too much irrelevant information and references to things that I didn't get, but this one has a good storyline. I just can't figure out how the protagonist, Faith Fairchild, gets everything done that she accomplishes- only in the book world, I guess. She's the mother of two young pre-school children, a small town minister's wife w ...more
Judy Goodnight
One of my 2014 reading goals is to get caught up with this series. I began reading the Faith Fairchild mysteries when the series debuted but after the first few, I got hopelessly behind as other books and life demands clamored for my attention. This book was a good one to start off the year with because, in my opinion, it's one of the best she's done so far.

Quick synopsis: Faith sets off to make visits to parishioners and, at the first stop, discovers the body of elderly Sarah Winslow, victim of
Kathy Davie
Ninth (technically; chronologically, it's tenth) in the Faith Fairchild cooking mystery series, Body in the Bookcase is a bit of a misnomer as the body is found next to the bookcase when Faith comes to the back door of Sarah Winslow’s house to leave her some scones and jam. Then Sarah’s misadventure hits home when Faith returns home from a day of errands to find her back door splintered and hanging open and herself a victim of a daylight burglary. Only the antique treasures have been taken just ...more
This is a very enjoyable amateur sleuth series. Everything is handled, especially the two things I look for: why the amateur sleuth starts investigating on his or her own and what happens to the kids (if the amateur sleuth has them) while said amateur sleuth is out amateur sleuthing. That has bugged me in the past when the main character has younguns and just takes off, casually dropping the kids somewhere or conveniently has someone drop by to have coffee and ends up taking care of the kids or ...more
I read this book a loong time ago, which I realized about one fourth of the way through it, so skimmed to the end. I like Faith Fairchild, Page's detective, because the crimes she faces are somewhat small-town and somewhat realistic, aside from her ability to be a pastor's wife and caterer and solve crimes in between caring for her two small children. (Yeah. Right.) The ending for this one, though, is particularly ridiculous.
I enjoyed this series addition but might have enjoyed it more in physical format. Just not a natural ebook reader. It's too hard for me to move around in the novel if I want to remind myself of a prior event. Can't teach an old dog...I suppose.
Karen Hufman
I think I actually read this book a long time ago - when I first started reading 'cozy' mysteries. The writing feels a little more heavy, dense than these typical types of mysteries but I enjoyed it. Sarah was a friend of Hope's who died in the process of a robbery at her house. Shortly after this happened, Faith's home was broken into. Now that I live in the east coast, which is filled with little antique stores, I can easily picture the shops Hope visited. The only thing that I feel didn't qui ...more
my mom passed this mystery along to me after she read it and we both agreed that it contained some interesting information, but neither of us like the main character. she's a caterer who solves mysteries, but she's no goldie schultz. in fact, she's somewhat of a food snob, slamming casseroles, velveta cheese product (OK, that i can understand) and convenience foods. i could actually hear her "sniff" dismissively as she looked in a neighbor's grocery cart.

the interesting part is about home burgla
Not bad, but a bookcase didn't even feature!
I liked this book but would not seek out another Faith Fairchild mystery. Both she and her wedding clients seemed rather more intense than they needed to be. Her sleuthing appeared to be at the expense of her children and husband, who received much less attention.

The idea of including recipes is nice--Diane Mott Davidson does it too, and she has a character who is a caterer, too. This one tells the reader the pitfalls of inadequate property protection, and where a person who has been robbed migh
If you read one Katherine Hall Page book, you've read enough. This book reads like a Hallmark TV special. It never really was all that engaging...just enough to not stop reading it. And if you forget that it takes place in New England, don't worry, you'll have about 5 reminders on each page. New Englandars are thrifty. New England is old money. New Englandanders like antiquing. New Englandars live in small towns with pretty white churches. New Englanders like comfort food. Oh, and there's a prim ...more
Pretty good mystery. This is my first "culinary mystery," which I didn't even know was a genre! I had to read one for my summer reading program and who can turn down a book titled "the Body in the Bookcase."

I was surprised how much I liked the main character, Faith Fairchild, and her endearing family. I think I would read another in this series - especially with some of the recipes they share in the back.
Bought this used on Ebay as I was moving to Massachusetts where the book takes place. Love the characters and the charm of an old New England town. This series is fun and interesting. Really captures small town living. Will read more in the series.
Minister's wife/caterer/mother, Faith, investigates the death of a friend killed in a burglary and the robbery of her own home. Enjoyed this cozy mystery but do wish authors didn't feel the need to add "cuss" words.
Jun 25, 2008 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mystery fans
Shelves: mystery, 2002, new-england
This book mentions my hometown - Pepperell MA (p. 127)
It's a real trip down memory lane for me, since I grew up in the area where the book is centered. Lots of New England culture and references. Good story, too!
Wendy Gumera
I found it hard to follow the "scenes"... there were times i had to go back a few pages to check if i missed on some introductions to the new "scenes"...
Sep 15, 2007 Cindy rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: mystery fans
Shelves: mysteries
Even being a minister's wife is no protection from crime, as Faith Fairchild finds when a rash of burglaries in her town result in a murder.
This was my first Fatih Farichild myster book. I thought that it was predictable and a little slow in some sptos.
Karen B
This was the first Katherine Hall Page mystery I've read. It started out slowly, but got better as it went along.
Pretty tense in places. I found myself tightly holding onto the book and my breath.
I love a mystery that can surprise me-and the twist at the end of this one was GREAT!
Yet another headstrong caterer who solves murder mysteries.
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Katherine Hall Page is the author of fifteen previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery and the most recent of which, The Body in the Snowdrift, was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel. Page also won an Agatha for her short story "The Would-Be Widower." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son. (from the publisher's w ...more
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Faith Fairchild (1 - 10 of 23 books)
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