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The Body in the Boudoir (Faith Fairchild #20)

3.59 of 5 stars 3.59  ·  rating details  ·  485 ratings  ·  86 reviews
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. ...more
Unknown Binding, 272 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by William Morrow
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This has always been one of my favorite series and it one I plan to use for the Finishing The Series Challenge. I am also excited because Katherine Hall Page is touring with Great Escapes Book Tours in May for The Body in the Birches, the 22nd book in the series being released May 12.

In this installment we are taken back in time to how Faith and Tom started their life together. The book starts out with them on a plane for an anniversary trip to Italy and Faith spends the plane ride remembering t
The newest Faith Fairchild mystery was kind of odd and unsatisfying. I've been a fan of her books. In fact, I just recently read the first one in the series. This one opens with Faith and Tom flying to Italy on a vacation together. They've been married since 1990, and they are taking a sort of second honeymoon together in Italy. Faith starts remembering how she and Tom met.

In 1990, Faith was a caterer with a growing business thanks, in part, to her excellent connections. She comes from a well o
Ken Honeywell
Hey, it was the beach, so I thought I should read a mystery, and I chose this one based on a nice writeup in the New York Times Book Review. Page has written 19 books starring Faith Fairchild, who’s the daughter of a New York socialite and a high-society minister. Faith loves Manhattan and has sworn that she’ll never marry a man of the cloth–which is problematic twice over when she meets her perfect mate, an upstanding minister from Massachusetts. This is the origin story of Faith’s marriage to ...more
Young New York caterer Faith Sibley falls for Rev. Tom Fairchild. Soon her life is consumed with planning the wedding, the move from her beloved NYC to Massachusetts, and fitting in with her new family--not everyone is welcoming. She can't concentrate on those things entirely, though. She still has her business and all its work, plus her sous chef is starting a new restaurant and her Italian assistant Francesca seems to be hiding something--and Faith wants to know what. Then there's her sister, ...more
Pamela Murray
I've read all the books in this series (although no other caterer/bookstore/knitting/gardening mystery series) and have looked forward to each one. This did not work as well as I had come to expect. At times it read like a NYC travelogue, and a number of the episodes and the denouement really defied logic. On the other hand, the recipes and the history of weddings at the end were pleasant. I expect I'll continue to follow the series.
Welcome to the rich New York foodie scene, complete with overly long descriptions of every single thing Faith considers eating. Can't believe she is thin, but that's why it is fiction...

Too much description of New York City and food. The mystery was just barely a subplot, but that is why I picked it up... Also, I think the story was supposed to be the romance, but that too was a subplot. Kind of a weird arrangement.

I didn't understand how Faith's family could be so wealthy was based on a clergy
Very slow-moving, with none of the intellectual excitement you get from a really good mystery. I don't know if it had something to do with the pseudo-flashback format of the story, but it never had any energy and just seemed to be dragging itself forward to what ended up being a disappointing climax/solution. But what made the sloth-like pace really strange was the fact that there seemed to be dozens of little mysteries all going on at the same time with no rhyme or reason to any of them. They w ...more
Judy Goodnight
My absolute favorite Faith Fairchild book so far!

In the prologue of the book, Faith & Tom are on the plane on their way to Italy to celebrate their anniversary, just the two of them. Tom fall asleep and Faith gets lost in memories of when they first met. The main story then takes up in the past, a month or so after the events of The Body in the Big Apple. We get the real time story of Faith & Tom meeting & falling in love, getting engaged & the events leading up to their wedding
Faith Fairchild, central character in a series of mysteries, reminisces about how her life changed when she was living in New York City owning Have Faith, a catering service, when she first met her future husband. She is on a second honeymoon with her husband of twenty something years, crossing the Atlantic, when she starts reliving how it all began when she was still Faith Sibley.

It was also the time when she first became involved in solving murders, this one close to home and in her family.

I can appreciate that this is a better written cozy than average, I'm just not sure if that made it a better cozy or not. It was definitely very well written, but the reading went rather slowly for me which is kind of not the point of a cozy. There were words or phrases I'd never heard and am unlikely to start using but maybe sophisticated New Yorker caterers have higher language standards than me. Meh, it's good for a book to stretch your vocabulary, I just felt like I was missing out on some s ...more
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Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining mystery with food. Her 20th book and the first one I have read is The Body in the Boudoir, which begins with Faith and her husband, Reverend Tom, on a plane heading to Italy to visit a friend.

We flashback to Faith and Tom's first meeting, as Faith's company, Have Faith, is catering a wedding, where she meets the handsome and charming Tom. They flirt, they dance, she finds out he is the officiant at the wedding. Faith and her sister
Kathy Davie
Twentieth in the Faith Fairchild cooking mystery series about Faith and Tom Fairchild based outside Boston, Massachusetts.

The events here take place about a month after The Body in the Big Apple .

NOTE: Page ranks Body in the Big Apple as tenth in the series, but I would put it at the start as it's pre-Tom and I never got the impression that it was a flashback as this story is.

My Take
How very appropriate that the twentieth installment is also a celebration of Faith and Tom's twentieth wedding an
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I found this novel to be my favorite in this series. It was a reflection upon the times and persons surrounding the main characters wedding.

The love that Faith Sibley Fairchild and Reverend Thomas Fairchild is never in question throughout the last nineteen novels, but the where and how the couple got together has never been disclosed. This novel not only followed the meeting, engagement, and marriage, but, the rather unusual circumstances happening around Faith as she prepares to move to Tom's p
Star (The Bibliophilic Book Blog)
Over the years, I’ve sporadically read Ms. Page’s Faith Fairchild series. In The Body in the Boudoir, we start out at the Fairchilds’ anniversary and 2nd honeymoon. On the flight to Italy, Faith goes back and remembers 1990 – when she, Faith Sibley, met Tom Fairchild, their whirlwind romance, and the three mysteries which were occurring at the same time. The Body in the Boudoir gives readers a beautiful look back into Faith’s world. The Body in the Boudoir’s flashback to 1990 could help new read ...more
Oh man. This book was terrible. I have no idea how this book ended up on my shelf (library sale?) but I picked it up because I felt like a nice little mystery story..and this book is definitely not that. It's more like a chick lit book with a dead body thrown in it. No one dies until 150 pages in...150 pages into a 230 page book. So you basically get stuck reading about an over- privileged New Yorkers struggle to deal with her successful business, amazing fiancee, and extravagant family and upco ...more
Nathalie S
I've been following the adventures of Faith Fairchild for years now and have always enjoyed them. Faith, a New Yorker through and through, is married to a Massachussetts (hunky, of course) man of the cloth. She used to have a very successful catering business in New York before her marriage and has started a new one again in Aleford, Mass. where she now lives with her husband and two small children. "Body in the Boudoir" takes us back to the time when Faith meets her future husband, the Reverend ...more
I think I've read every one in this series, and this latest did not disappoint. It's a "cozy" fast read, yet very well written. The author obviously knows New York City and I loved reading about familiar places, albeit the tony, upscale ones. The lone exception to "beautiful New York" was the subway platform - a very scary scene takes place there.

I was sure I knew who the killer was about two-thirds of the way through the book, but once again, the author fooled me and I was stunned at the endin
I had read many book of the Faith Fairchild Mystery years ago and so picked up her latest at the library for some light reading. I found myself not enjoying this one as the previous mysteries. I felt the plot a bit contrived as it was a flashback, but did enjoy the discussion of the food -- this is a great mystery series for foodies. I especially liked at the end with the recipes the recommendations of two places for popovers -- one is near my home and I eat there occasionally -- Popovers, in Po ...more
Great book! Loved reading about the beginning part of this series. Keep them coming!

Faith Fairchild turns back the clock to one of the most momentous events of her life: her wedding day. It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman with her own catering business in New York City. But a chance meeting with the Reverend Thomas Fairchild is love at first sight, and suddenly Faith is heading north to visit her future in-laws, some of whom are as frosty as a New England winter. Before she can
Nicole Sackin
a very enjoyable read. the resolution to the mystery was one I didn't forsee which is always fun. there were recipes at the back of the boon which confused me at first because the range from what you would cook when you needed to shop for groceries to a lengthy hour long process. overall though this was an enjoyable and fast read.
This is a flashback to Faith's life just before she met her husband, and just before her marriage. She is the daughter of a parson, and swears she will never marry a clergyman. Faith loves New York, and has never been able to imagine herself and her business (catering) out of the city. But then she meets Tom.
In the process of making arrangements- her adored Uncle Sky has offered his home on the shore for her wedding - she finds the body of someone in her great-aunt's boudoir, at first thinking i
I liked the story, and it was a very easy read. Faith was a likeable main character. The ending was a bit...anticlimactic. The suspense emotion wasn't there, and frankly the "who-done-it" was a bit depressing. Overall, I liked the book, but didn't like the ending.
My first read of this author it was a slow read at the start with the murder not occurring to over half way through the novel. Even then it lacked a good flow through to the end. Cooking recipes and author's notes were a nice touch though.
Nancy Rogan
I have read this series since its beginning and collected them for my "mysteries with recipes" collection. However, I read the last couple from the library and did not buy them because I felt they were really dragging. I actually could not even finish one of them. I am very happy to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this one and hope that indicates a resurgence in Faith's chronicles of life as a minister's wife who likes to sleuth. This is a flashback (and that's definitely not on my list of favorit ...more
I liked hearing how Faith ond Tom met and about their whirlwind courtship. The mysteries (there are 3 in this story) were intriguing. I had the wrong killer right up until the end.
Barefoot Danger
Even worse than the other book of hers I read, this reads like a romance novel. It's supposed to be a murder mystery, but the corpse doesn't even show up until literally halfway through the book. The rest of the book is more about planning a wedding than solving a murder. Garbage.
Return to those long ago days before Faith Sibley married Tom Fairchild...Faithful readers have heard about how Tom and Faith met at a wedding she was catering and fell in love. But during their courtship and the prenuptial period, there were certain mysteries in Faith's life. Her assistant Francesca was behaving oddly; someone was stealing clients from her sister Hope; and then there were the strange accidents--or more--that seemed to be plaguing Faith herself. Most experienced readers will hav ...more
This was a bit discordant. The plot was a flashback to how Faith and Tom met and the events leading toward their wedding. The additional plots thrown in were Hope's crisis at work, Josie leaving the catering firm and opening her own restaurant, and another employee from Italy trying to resolve a family issue from WWII. On top of all that someone was trying to kill the bride. None of the plot lines was very compelling because none got enough attention. I was really annoyed at all the label droppi ...more
Not bad but it felt like Page was reaching back into the past because she couldn't come up with a story set in the present. While I've read most of these books, it's been a while since the last one and I don't reread them so I can't be sure how true to to established backstory from earlier books it is. It was enjoyable but felt more like a series of stories mashed into one long one. There were several mysteries, all independent of each other. I did like seeing Faith and Tom's meeting, courtship ...more
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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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