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The Body in the Vestibule (Faith Fairchild #4)

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  450 ratings  ·  21 reviews
Satisfying her hunger for epicurean adventure in the French provinces, small town caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild decides to throw the perfect dinner party. But during cleanup after the last guest has departed her gastronomical triumph, she encounters something neither expected nor welcome: a dead body lying in her vestibule. Unfortunately it doesn't help la be ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published October 30th 2001 by Avon (first published 1992)
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Nice little cozy mystery. To keep things fresh, our heroine, Faith Fairchild, her husband Tom and child Ben are in Lyon, France. Tom has an opportunity to do a fellowship which will help him complete his doctorate of divinity. Faith, gregarious one that she is, has been meeting people and making friends while learning more and more conversational French. She has invited several friends over for dinner, which was of course delicious. However, she awakens in the middle of the night bothered by the ...more
Lisa Thomas
I love a good mystery, but this wasn't one. I picked it up because I love France where it is set. The premise is good - a clergyman's wife embroiled in a mystery while on a working sabbatical in France. The story moves very slowly, however, and I found myself skipping pages to get through. I hardly ever totally quit reading a book.
I certainly picked the right book to read as my first Katherine Hall Page novel. This book takes Faith Fairchild, her minister husband, and their small son to live in Lyon, France for a short sabbatical. I've loved books in which families go to live abroad ever since a non-fiction book called Cornflakes and Beaujolais captured my interest in junior high. I'd previously avoided Page's books because the uniformity of titles (they're all called "The Body in the ...) and inclusion of recipes (after ...more
Kathy Davie
It's off to Lyon, France in this fourth episode in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. Tom, the Rev. Fairchild, has an opportunity to work on his paper on the effects of Albigensian heresy in 12th century France and, as a chef, there is no way Faith is putting up any roadblocks.

Absolutely lovely as the tale creates an enlarged French family for Faith, Tom, and Ben of dinner parties, teas, and le pique-nique. When not socializing, Faith and Ben are exploring les marches creating mouth-watering me
Karen Hufman
Faith and her husband get to spend a week in France while he works on some research. Faith finds the body of a homeless man that disappears before anyone else can see it. I normally really enjoy this series but this one wasn't my favorite. The mystery itself was fine but it annoyed me when the author kept throwing in French words and sometimes I didn't remember what they translated too.
I honestly don't know why I read Katherine Hall Page's mysteries, other than the fact that she went to Wellesley and I am hard up for new mystery series. I don't think her books are very good, and Faith Fairchild is a rotten sleuth. I gave this book four stars only because Faith finally gets a clue in this book and figures out the crime (after three books of bumbling around like an idiot), though of course only after she has been kidnapped and the villain has already halfway confessed. She's no ...more
Very exciting story. It was good that her child was not with her when she was kidnapped. Pretty believable but once again there were a lot of characters to keep track of. And as I do not know French some of the meaning of the words escaped me.
The Body in the Vestibule, I picked this one up out of order. I was somewhat hesitant due to the fact that the sleuth (and main character) was a minister’s wife. I was afraid that it would have heavy religious overtones, but it didn’t. The mystery takes place in France, I loved the setting and it was very well done! The mystery was full of twists and turns and lots of characters. Well written and the pace of the plot was steady. The only criticism was that it was slightly dated (some political r ...more
Apr 25, 2015 Pat rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Lyons, France
Another culinary cozy mystery following Faith Fairchild, small town caterer and wife to the local minister. In this installment Faith and her family travel to Lyon, France on vacation and discover murder once again at their doorstep. Easy, enjoyable read with lots of great culinary details on traditional French cuisine.
Judy Goodnight
This time around the Fairchild family travels to Lyons, France so that Tom can do some research and, of course, so Faith has a chance to find a dead body.

This isn't the best cozy mystery series ever, but I like the Fairchilds. I especially like the descriptions of living in France, the culture, cuisine, and customs.
Another enjoyable mystery in the Faith Fairchild series. Equal to my interest in the who-done-it aspects is my liking for the wonderful descriptions of her latest vacation destination - this time: Lyons France. Part travelogue, part cheerleader for local foodstuffs, recipes and ingredients.
This is probably my favorite of the Faith Fairchild books that I have read. I totally enjoyed the descriptions of France and especially the food. I like a lot of detail in my books and think that 3 or 4 paragraphs describing a cheese is totally reasonable!
The best part of this book was the wonderful descriptions of France. The author did a good job of evoking the overall feeling of the area and various everyday cultural and social customs.
Tara Carpenter
Although the plots are far-fetched, as with many mystery series, I like the main character, there are plenty of twists, and they always talk about gourmet food - sounds delicious!
I like these books. I like to read about cooking even though I don't cook! and I find her inner dialogue funny
This intrigued me with places I had been and an interesting historical nod towards the 1968 upheavals in France .
Fun romp in France. Probably beys to read them in order. Now I have to go back and get caught up!
A nice, cozy mystery set in Lyon, France. Lots of great food references, too.
katen moore
lightweight. could have done without the pregnancy nonsense
3.5 stars
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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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