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The Body in the Basement (Faith Fairchild #6)

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  389 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
A Good Foundation ... For MurderPix Miller, Faith Fairchild's next-door neighbor, expects to find more than a hole in the ground when she goes to check on the progress of the summer cottage the Fairchilds are having built on Maine's Sanpere Island. She expects a concrete foundation. What she doesn't expect is a very dead body wrapped in a very valuable antique quilt! The d ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 31st 2001 by Avon (first published 1994)
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Mar 20, 2008 Anne rated it did not like it
Never understood why this was considered a Faith Fairchild Mystery when the protagonist is Faith's neighbor. It didn't work for me. The story developed so slowly and seemed to just drag on and on.
Jun 29, 2009 Anita rated it really liked it
another faith fairchild mystery that I truly enjoyed. the focus this time was on Pix's crime solving abilities as she was on her summer vacation on Sanpere island. another quick read with good plot turns.
Ruth rated it liked it
Jul 21, 2009
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Aug 02, 2009
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Jan 20, 2010
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Jul 24, 2010
BJ Rose
Maybe if I'd started this series at the beginning, I'd know enough about the characters to accept the premise that Faith and Pix (how's that for the name of a thirty-something woman?!) would conduct their sleuthing over the telephone. Apparently, Faith is the expert amateur sleuth, and Pix needs help from her friend and mentor.

This was an OK read, but a very weak 3* from me; usually a cozy-mystery moves along quickly for me, but this one was very sluggish. It's apparently a successful series, b
Kathy Davie
Jan 28, 2016 Kathy Davie rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, homey
Sixth in the Faith Fairchild amateur sleuth mystery series about a caterer.

My Take
The focus here is on Pix detecting in Maine while staying at her summer home — Faith is on "vacation" in this book.

I found this installment a bit Nancy Drew-ish. And all the controversy in the story revolves around fake quilts and antiques, and it ticks me off about the "fake" quilts. I understand being angry with the Smithsonian for contracting toe-catching reproductions from the Chinese, but why get pissy about 1
Linda rated it really liked it
May 14, 2011
Aug 14, 2011 Margaret added it
Shelves: 2006
I really enjoyed reading this book. I have to say it's my favorite "Faith Fairchild" mystery to date by Katherine Hall Page, ironically because the character of Faith Fairchild was very minor in the story - all the sleuthing was done by my favorite character, Pix Miller. The title should really say "A Pix Miller mystery"! Also loved the setting of an island off the coast of Maine - that part of the country is so lovely - this book made me long to spend another vacation there.
Jan rated it liked it
Jan 30, 2012
Jun 23, 2012 Deborah rated it liked it
I have enjoyed this series. This book, however, minimized the typical lead character. I basically missed Faith.
Tricia rated it it was amazing
Aug 11, 2012
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Jun 16, 2013 Fmorlan rated it it was amazing
This takes place in summer with Faith in Alford and Pix in Sanpere. The Fairchilds are building a house on Sanpere Island. With Pix there to supervise, Faith knows it is in good hands. Pix and her daughter Samantha walk over to see the site. They take the dogs and it is the dogs that find a body in the basement of the Fairfield's unfinished house. Samantha works for a children's camp where some odd activities start toccur. Without Faith, Pix starts to vsearch for clues to tge murder and the anti ...more
I didn't like this book as much as the previous ones in the series, since it was about Faith's friend, next-door neighbor and now employee, Pix Miller. Faith phones it in, literally, and only appears on the scene in the last ten pages. I checked the font cover, and it doesn't say "A Faith Fairchild Mystery," but it is part of her series. The mystery was decent, although Pix doesn't come close to actually solving it, but just stumbles blindly into the path of the murderer holding a gun. I do like ...more
Judy Goodnight
Actually I'd rate this a 2.5 star book.

It's the first book in which Faith is just a side character and the main story is carried by Faith's friend, Pix Miller. We're back on Sanpere Island in Maine and this time Pix finds a body in the basement foundation of what is to be the Fairchild's new summer home.

The story just didn't quite do it for me. Too many "too stupid to live" moments in my estimation.
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Oct 03, 2014
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Oct 20, 2014
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Jan 01, 2016 Theresa rated it did not like it
I had a REALLY hard time getting into this one; it really isn't a "Faith Fairchild" mystery considering the story is all about Faith's friend Pix and her daughter. I also didn't like the resolution with Duncan. A rather long and tedious read.

Note: I've read this entire series up to The Body in the Attic, and the best rating I've given any of them is 2 stars, which is sad and says a lot about the series. I kept reading because it really has potential but it never lives up to it, so save yourself
In this installment, Pix takes center stage and Faith literally "phones it in" until the very end of the book. I like Pix (and especially enjoyed meeting her mother, Ursula), but I don't think she carried the story as well as Faith does. The Maine setting was well done and made me want to visit that state soon.
Suzanne Mcdonough
Suzanne Mcdonough rated it really liked it
Jun 11, 2016
Chris Leuchtenburg
Aug 09, 2016 Chris Leuchtenburg rated it it was ok
Shelves: mystery
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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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