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The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild #19)

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From award-winning author Katherine Hall Page comes the next book in the Faith Fairchild mystery series, where the caterer and amateur sleuth must solve a case more than eighty years in the making

The Body in the Gazebo

"I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago." When Ursula Lyman Rowe speaks these words to Faith Fairchild from her sickbed i
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by William Morrow (first published March 31st 2011)
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Judy Goodnight
The book started a little slow for me, or maybe I just wasn't in the mood at the time, But once I settled down and got into the story, I was caught up in the happenings and I think this turned into one of the best of the Faith Fairchild series. Perhaps because the only murder in the story took place in the past & I do love cold case stories.

It's Pix's mom, Ursula, telling the tale of murder from the past, 1929, to be exact - a Gatsby-like tale of young men & women in the summer before th
Tanya Marie
I so enjoy books with flashbacks and this book could have had more but Ursula's telling of what she saw as a child while hidden near the gazebo one fateful night was a terrific base plot for this mystery. There were a few substories in the book which seemed unnecessary and distracted the reader from the main one but at the very end all was told. I've always wanted to try some of the author's recipes and the Rum Cake recipe given sure sounds tempting!!
Martha Cheves
The Body in the Gazebo – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

‘Where could she hid it? It wouldn’t do to have her daughter come across it. Not that Pix was nosy, but she sometimes put Ursula’s wash away, so the Sheraton chest of drawers was out. And the blanket chest at the foot of the bed that had been her grandmother’s was out, too. Pix regularly aired the contents. There wasn’t much furniture in the room. Some years after Arnold died, Ursula had removed his marble-topped n
This is this first book that I've ever read in the Faith Fairchild Mystery series. You should have no trouble getting to know the characters even if you haven't read another of this series. It wasn't difficult to get to know Faith, Tom, Pix, Ursula, Niki and the other various characters in Aleford. I couldn't wait to start reading this because, the cover intrigued me, the mystery described was in the 1920's & it sounded really interesting.

Honestly, I had to really make myself keep reading t
Darcy Odden
Catering sleuth Faith Fairchild of Aleford, Mass., finds herself surrounded by intrigue in Katherine Hall Page's latest installment.

Faith is asked to watch over Ursula Rowe, the invalid mother of her friend Pix Miller, while Pix travels to Hilton Head to meet her son's in-laws-to-be. While Ursula recovers from a bad case of the flu, she insists that Faith listen to a story about Ursula's past but must never tell the story to Pix. Also, Ursula will need Faith's help once her story of the body in
A bit more to this is on my blog.

I received the hardcover of The Body in the Gazebo as a LibraryThing Early Reader book, and I was tickled - I've liked Katherine Hall Page's Faith Fairchild series from the beginning. It's one of several "cozy mystery" series about a caterer who keeps finding bodies and solving the attached mysteries, and then after you find out who dunnit you can apply yourself to the recipes in the back of the book. (I always wonder with these series, though, why characters lik

One of the disadvantages of being discreet and an easy person to talk to is that many people entrust you with their secrets. Faith Fairchild is finding this a problem in the 19th book in Katherine Hall Page's popular series.

Faith's dear friend Pix Miller and her husband are planning a week in Hilton Head to meet their oldest son Mark's prospective in-laws. From there, Pix is going to Charleston for a week for wedding attire fittings and a bridal shower. Pix's mother Ursula has been very
Kathy Davie
Nineteenth in the Faith Fairchild culinary-religious mystery series. This one challenges Tom and also takes us back to the 1920s of Ursula's teens.

The Story
Ursula is getting nasty letters that hearken back to her teens when her brother, Theo, was murdered. A new parishioner with the heart of a Scrooge has gotten very active with the church and has coerced an independent audit of the Church's books. It appears that Tom has embezzled $10,000 of church funds.

On a positive note, Pix is panicking ove
Sometimes a mystery does not to be a page turner to be enjoyed. Katherine Hall Page, the author had several spinning plates in the air at the same time with this story. The sleuth in this story is Faith Fairchild. I haven't read any of the previous books of this series so this is a new experience for me.

Faith Fairchild 's long time friend, Pix, is going to her son's wedding party and rehearsals and she feels unsure of herself. Another friend of Faith's, Niki, told her that she just found out th
Lauren Fidler
here's the thing - i like these mysteries, for the most part. hall does a decent job of developing characters and story. she goes back and forth between character arcs smoothly enough. and she is SO an english teacher - this book was definitely inspired by the great gatsy (violet eyes on the vapid girl who lowers her voice so men have to lean in to listen to her, come on!). at one point, i think hall eventually even fesses up to it. that's not my problem.

the mystery's resolution is, perpetually,
I received a copy of this book from the Amazon Vine Program in exchange for an honest review.

From the inside cover flap:

"I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago." When Ursula Lyman Rowe speaks these words to Faith Fairchild from her sickbed in Aleford, Massachusetts, Faith has no idea what lies in store for her.

It all starts when Ursula's daughter, Pix Miller, Faith's best friend and neighbor, reluctantly leaves town for her son's wedding prepartations. Pix kno
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Faith Fairchild, wife of Pastor Tom Fairchild, finds secrets every where she turns lately. First is the decades old mystery of Ursula, a parishioner who has found the secret coming back to life and needs Faith's help in settling the pain once and for all. Second, Faith learns an outside audit has discovered the church's discretionary fund has been embezzled and it is up to Tom to find out what the truth is or lose his job and reputation. Thirdly, Faith's friend, Pix is spending time with her Son ...more
""I have to tell you something . . . something that happened a long time ago."" When Ursula Lyman Rowe speaks these words to Faith Fairchild from her sickbed in Aleford, Massachusetts, Faith has no idea what lies in store for her.

It all starts when Ursula's daughter, Pix Miller, Faith's best friend and neighbor, reluctantly leaves town for her son's wedding preparations. Pix knows that Faith and her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, will keep an eye on the slowly recovering Ursula. What s
Pix Miller's son is getting married and Pix and her husband travel from Aleford, Massachusetts to Hilton Head and Charleston to meet the new in-laws and enjoy a round of pre-wedding showers and parties. Faith Fairchild agrees to watch over Pix's seriously ill mother, Ursula, during Pix's absence. Of course, Ursula decides to tell Faith a story that she never told her own children--about the unsolved murder of her brother in 1929. Ursula has recently received some unsigned notes attempting to bla ...more
This is my first book by this author and I want more! I love the way she wove two mysteries into the book - one from far in the past and one happening in the present. Faith Fairchild manages to sort them both out. There are also several little interesting side issues going on at the same time. I definitely will look for more of this series.
Another cozy Faith Fairchild mystery but a few things I didn't get:

1. Why was the main story backlogged till the end of the book? I felt like we didn't even get to the "good" part until 50 pages before the end!

2. What was the point of the story about Pix and Dr. Cohen? I really didn't care, especially when it was clear it wasn't going to tie into things at all.

3. On that same token, I didn't like that the narrative shifted so unevenly. I feel like this is becoming a common theme in authors' book
Elle Lothlorien
So, here's the thing about series mysteries; either there's a central character that draws you through, or every new situation is so compelling that you savor each book in its own right. In Page's Faith Fairchild series, however, it's the town itself that hooks you, so appealing and realistic you can almost remember driving through it at some time in the past.

In The Body in the Gazebo, caterer Faith Fairchild works hard to solve an ancient mystery that has resurfaced to trouble an elderly frien
Jill Gilbert
This is the 20th book in the Faith Fairchild series of mysteries, and I think it is among the best! Faith is a caterer in a historic Boston-area town, married to an Episcopal minister, with two kids, 9 and 13. The mystery here is told through the eyes of a long-time supporting character in the books, and takes place on Martha's Vineyard in summer 1929.

There are actually four plot threads in the book, so it moves right along, and the historic mystery was gripping. The only thing that kept buggin
Faith Fairchild's best friend Pix reluctantly goes to finalize her son's wedding arrangements. She's reluctant because it means leaving her ill mother Ursula, but Faith promises to spend time with Ursula while Pix is gone. Ursula gradually reveals to Faith the story of a family tragedy that occurred when she was a teen in the 1920's, a story which even Pix does not know. And at the end of the story, she has something she wants Faith to do for her. Meanwhile, Pix finds that her daughter-in-law-to ...more
The last couple I've read were a bit slow for me, so it's been a while. But I don't give up on an author easily and I must say, I really liked this book. It moved along quickly. I really enjoyed Ursula's story.
Finally finished this one. I liked it, but it was definitely a slow mover. The recipes look good and I'm particularly interested in trying the individual fruit puffs. If I'd read the rest of the series I assume some of the character beats would have had more impact. I actually did better with this one than I do with a lot of cozies featuring amateur detectives. Nobody did anything particularly idiotic which helped a lot. I also really liked the historical details and plot in this one, but it's n ...more
Diana Sandberg
Rather blah. I read it because my mother-in-law liked it and I wanted to see what kind of thing she likes. There were several faintly-related plotlines, which were all mildly interesting, but it was Really Slow and seemed to me to be full of interminable inconsequential detail. I found it soporific; I continue to be mystified by what Charlotte does and doesn’t like - some cozies appeal to her, others not; some she has said were “too complicated”, but this one seemed pretty - well, if not complic ...more
I picked up this book expecting it to follow the 'find a body, investigate suspects, end by confronting the murderer and probably risking your life in the process' formula, like most (all?) of the other Faith Fairchild mysteries. It didn't, though. There was a mystery, but it wasn't related to a murder, and there was a murder, but there wasn't much mystery to it. I was disappointed because it wasn't what I expected. I would have liked it more if I'd gone into it knowing into it there wasn't anyt ...more
If possible I would have given this book 3 1/2 stars. This is the third book in the Faith Fairchild series I have read. The other two were from the early days of this series. Faith is still Faith--that hasn't changed.
It's a cozy little mystery-a fast read.
There are three plots in this book--an old murder (of course in the gazebo), embezzlement and Pix getting ready for her son's wedding. For me it was way too much info about Pix and the soon to be wedding. I could have done without that part o
This was one of the most enjoyable Faith Fairchild mysteries I have read in awhile. While her friend Pix is preparing for her son's wedding in South Carolina, Faith is trying to solve the case of the money missing from the Pastor's Discretionary Fund while daily visiting Ursula, Pix's mother. Ursula is troubled by events that happened in her teen years and hopes Faith can help her unmask a blackmailer. Chapters alternate between Ursula's teen years with current day events both in Aleford and Sou ...more
This series of books keeps chugging along and though not deep are always entertaining and reading them is like catching up with old friends. The descriptions of food and cooking in this book were both appetizing and inspiring.

What I like about the heroine Faith is that she is not perfect, her life is complex, hectic and sometimes a little out of control. I have always liked her friend and neighbour Pix and this book focused on both Pix and her mother Ursula in present time and the late 1920's a
Rebecca Talkie
This is something like #19 in the Faith Fairchild series of books. I have probably read everyone of them and this one was the best overall. There actually was no body, it dealt with a death from the past as seen and recalled by an elderly woman. Yet, despite spending time in the past it was very much a book of this era with the current subjects of bullying, the financial collapse and safety on the Internet intertwined in the story. I could not put this book down and finished it in a day.
This is a favorite series of mine. I like the story lines and the easy manner of Faith Fairchild, a minister's wife in Aleford, Massachusetts. In this installment, she is called to the bedside of a friend, Ursula Lyman Rowe, and elderly woman who is recovering from a bad case of the flu. She tells Faith that she has something she needs to tell her. Something she has never even told her children. The revelation sends Faith on a quest for justice. An excellent series!
Margaret Herrin
Just finished this book. It was my least favorite of any of her books. I don't really like books that flip flop back and forth between the past and present, although normally that is done in individual chapters. Not this one. It flip flops back and forth in paragraphs. I repeatedly noticed I would start a paragraph and by the time I got to the end of the paragraph, the subject had completely changed. So much for topic sentences.
Three stories sort of merge together. One is the wedding of Pix's son Mark and the meeting of Pix with the future inlaws. A second is a problem at the church in which some money has been pilfered, and Reverend Fairchild is suspected. Lastly, is the story of Pix's Mom, Ursula about the death of her brother when she was a teenager. This is told to Faith while Pix is involved with wedding plans.
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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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