The Body in the Belfry (Faith Fairchild #1)
During her years spent in New York City. Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry. The vic...more
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The Book Description: During her years spent in New York City. Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry. The victim, Cindy Shepherd. was well-known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted bea...more
Mystery/1990/St. Martin's Press/258 LP
#1 in Faith Fairchild series
Late 1980's/Aleford, MA
Faith Fairchild -- minister's wife, mother, caterer, amateur sleuth
1st Lines: Fairth Fairchild, recently of NYC, paused to catch her breath.
Comments: Another series I've been meaning to try for years. Was able to find the 1st in the series at the library. Faith is a very likeable character, a born & bred New Yorker, independent -- started her o...more
Faith is a caterer and minister's wife in the small Massachusetts town of Aleford. She's heaving "V...more
Faith Fairchild, formerly a successful caterer in NYC and now wife to a small town minister and new mother to son Benjamin, discovers the body of a young woman in a church belfry. Faith soon discovers that the...more
I found that I didn't care about Faith, her husband, or any of the other characters. The writing was very slow, and I had to force myself to keep reading it. Supposedly the people in the town were...more
it's interesting to see where certain characters started...and what they've become, though.
of all the faiths, this was my favorite. there was no actual cookbook in the back, so that gimmick must have happened later. hall page also tried this thing where she got in the heads of many characters, not just faith. i'm glad she dropped that as well.
Copyright 1990. Published by Avon Books.
Aspects of POV annoyed me--it felt broken. See http://balancingboard.blogspot.com/20... for my full eval.
I also enjoyed that the ending prepares the reader for a sequel. I have read all the sequels except for two of them. I had to read the books out of order because I borrowed them from the library. I hope she writes more beyond the two I haven't read.
*I had the kindle edition, and there were quite a few typos--nothing I couldn't figure out, but enough to distract me from the book.*
There are no great surprises, but it is an enjoyable ride!
The Have Faith part reminds me of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear series while the New England village setting bears a vague feeling of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. And the whole creates a very homey feeling.
Jan. 2013: Re-read the book for the Somerville Public Library Mystery Book Club and I'm feeling a little more critical of it. The author had not yet learned her craft: there's a lot of telling instead of showing, and t...more
I found the protagonist likeable, but I didn't feel as involved as I get with my other series favorites. This is probably due to the skill level of the auth...more