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The Body in the Casket

(Faith Fairchild #24)

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  821 ratings  ·  137 reviews
The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar w
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 5th 2017 by William Morrow
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Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Hall Page's new book, The Body In The Casket, was a very fast read. I've read some of her other books in this series and enjoyed them. Unfortunately this one was a disappointment. Not including the recipes and authors note at the back, this story is 227 pages long. Of that number only 81 pages was devoted just to the mystery. The rest was about the main character Faith Fairchild and her family, friends and business.I wish the author would have switched things around and expanded on the ...more
Donny Millington
May 25, 2021 rated it did not like it
I found this book quite fast and I couldn't get through it because it was too much happening in such a short amount of time if that makes sense? So much talk and very little action ...more
Nov 23, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A former Broadway producer asks Faith to cater a birthday celebration at his home over a weekend. He's invited those persons connected with his last play, Heaven and Hell. He chose Faith because of her sleuthing reputation. One of the persons invited seeks to kill him and sent him a casket to emphasize the point. At the same time, Pix's daughter investigates the man dating her grandmother Ursula. A developer wants to raze a historic home, but many in the town want the historic, but not registere ...more
Kathy Sebesta
Spoiler alerts: when is a murder mystery not a murder mystery? When the book is 228 pages long and the first murder occurs on page 218. And the build-up isn't even interesting. Forget it. ...more
Nov 08, 2020 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of traditional mysteries.
Shelves: fiction, mystery, own, series
“One of my guests wants to kill me.” Katherine Hall Page’s The Body in the Casket (Faith Fairchild, #24) has Faith Fairchild hired to cater a birthday party for a “legendary Broadway producer”, but he is also hiring Mrs. Fairchild for her sleuthing abilities. This producer receives an early birthday present - a casket with an old Playbill from his his final and twenty year old “failed production, Heaven and Hell”. Max, this producer, invites members of the “cast and crew” as his guests to his bi ...more
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a nice, cozy mystery book. So fans of this type of genre will enjoy this book. I read this book within a day. So it is a fast read. Yet, sadly, my problem with the book was that I did not connect that much with the characters. Thus I was not fully invested in the story and what was transpiring. For me the story was not memorable. This is largely due to the fact that I could not connect with the characters ad it was not because I had not read the prior novels. As this book can be read as ...more
Jae Luck
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok
The story lingered so long on the subplots that the actual mystery was nearly forgotten.
Patricia Gligor
Feb 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Body in the Casket" by Katherine Hall Page is another fantastic book in the Faith Fairchild mystery series. Max Dane, the legendary Broadway producer, has asked Faith Fairchild, a caterer in Aleford, Massachusetts, to attend his seventieth birthday celebration at his mansion. But he's not just hiring her for her catering skills - he wants her to figure out which of his guests plans to kill him.
I highly recommend this book!
Lelia Taylor
Dec 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
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If you're ever on the lookout for a gentle yet lightly adventurous cozy series, this is it and the newest episode adds a dollop of fun by presenting a scenario very reminiscent of the boardgame (and movie) Clue. The Body in the Casket is a bit of a featherweight compared to some of the other books in the series---more time is spent on the lives and times of various continuing characters in and around Aleford than on the actual mystery---but it still offers a few hours of pure pleasure.

Faith has
Apr 09, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was the first selection of the newly formed mystery book club at my local library.

I realize that this is the 24th book in the series so it is obviously a successful mystery series. But for me, this was a real slog of a book to get through.

Classified as a "traditional" mystery series, I never felt any kind of connection to the characters. Faith Fairchild is the caterer/cook and sleuth lead in the book. She is hired to cater a weekend long party to celebrate the 70th birthday of Max Dane
K.B. Hallman
Meh. The Max Dane storyline, the one that inspired the title, is nearly obscured by the various family and town storylines. Pity. There was a lot of potential in the Max Dane storyline, and had there been less "white noise" (not to be confused with red herrings), this might have been a good book. This is the first of Hall Page's books I've read, so I don't know if this is typical of the series. ...more
Feb 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another enjoyable book in the Faith Fairchild series. I did miss Faith’s family and neighbor who weren’t in the story very much. Faith is hired to do a live-in catering weekend at a wealthy resident of Havencrest, a secluded area. Max is a legendary Broadway producer. Besides Faith’s cooking he wants her to figure out which of his guests will try to kill him.
Patti Alexander
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As usual this was a great read...24 in her series on Faith Fairchild mysteries. I have enjoyed these books for many years. If you are not familiar with her books the entire series is available @ our library.
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Way too cozy for me- and heavily weighted to catering, family and friends, with a tiny little bit of mystery and possible murder in the last few pages. No more for me.
Feb 21, 2020 rated it it was ok
The title of this is a total misnomer. There is no body in a casket. There is a casket, but it's sent to Max Dane as a scare tactic, making him think that someone at the party he's about to host is out for his blood. This should be called "A Week in the Life of Faith Fairchild"; it's more about her friends than about solving a mystery.

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Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Katherine Hall Page and her Faith Fairchild mysteries! This was like reading a classic Agatha Christie "Murder at the Manor" themed novels! It was great fun! ...more
Dec 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
2.5 stars

I have been a longtime fan of the Faith Fairchild series, but the last couple of books have been disappointing. This installment is short at 227 pages, and, in my opinion, lacks plot development and action. I want to like The Body in the Casket but can only give it a tepid endorsement to fans of the series.
Bryan D.
Nov 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was not the first Faith Fairchild mystery I have read, nor will it be the last. The series includes over twenty titles centered on the caterer and minister's wife, Faith Fairchild, who seems to be quite adept at finding herself in dangerous situations. In the latest volume, she has been chosen to cater a birthday weekend specifically because of her reputation as an amateur sleuth. I have to admit that I do not know the Boston suburbs, so I can only assume that the local color is accurate, b ...more

The Body in the Casket
Faith Fairchild Mystery #24
By Katherine Hall Page
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Daniele

Synopsis: William Morrow

The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford
Kathleen Gray
Nov 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There's a certain pleasure in settling down with a Faith Fairchild mystery. You know that Faith, a caterer married to a clergyman (Tom), will find a body, solve a mystery, and do some really good cooking (and provide recipes!). If you haven't read any of these, you won't be hampered by starting here. I've read all of them- amazing how many years I've been reading her!- and while I'll admit some are better than others, they are always well written and gentle in their way. You'll meet some wonderf ...more
Elena Santangelo
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was an audiobook, so I'll start from that aspect. The reader wasn't that bad, but most of her male voices sounded alike. One had a very slight New York accent (supposed to be Brooklyn), otherwise, it was very difficult to tell the characters apart. She also had an oddly precise way of speaking, especially for Faith's (the protagonist's) voice, which kept pulling me out of the story to wonder why she'd pronounced a word a certain way.

As for the novel, only about a third of the story was actu
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Summary from Goodreads:

"For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to cele
Jan 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Body in the Casket tells the story of Faith Fairchild, a caterer who plans a big 70th birthday party for Broadway legend Max Dane. The problem? One of the guests wants Max dead. Faith juggles her catering work and sleuthing to solve the mystery.

This is my first Faith Fairchild mystery, and I really enjoyed it. I would like to go back and read the other novels in this series by Katherine Hall Page, but this book does work as a standalone.

The Body in the Casket is a wonderful traditional myste
Suspense Magazine
Amateur sleuth Faith Sibley Fairchild returns once again in the delightful series by the oh-so-talented Katherine Hall Page. Ever since her marriage several years ago to her clergyman husband, Tom, the transplanted New Yorker and proprietor of Have Faith in Your Kitchen catering has called the sleepy town of Aleford home. It’s been quite an adjustment for Faith, but she’s managed it with grace and nary a misstep, largely thanks to the friendship of the Fairchilds’ next door neighbor, Pix Miller, ...more
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you've ever read a Agatha Christie mystery, you will fall in love with Katherine Hall Page's new mystery about Max Dane and his grand 70th birthday party that could possibility end in murder. Faith runs a catering business so when she gets a call asking her to cater a huge event in the historical piece of town by the grand playwright Maxwell Dane she is most excited and also very intrigued. He offers a luxury kitchen with everything Faith could want in the way of budget and food prep. He also ...more
Josh Flowers
Nov 07, 2020 rated it did not like it
For a murder mystery there is amazingly little mystery or murder. There's the bones of an interesting thing here. Faith Fairchild, caterer and super sleuth, is hired to cater a party for a repulsive play producer who also wants her to figure out who is trying to kill him. A mysterious person slipped a casket into his home as an ominous message. Neat right? And since Fairchild is a caterer this clearly falls into one of those niche mystery genre books where it'll probably also be really heavy on ...more
Dec 06, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this mystery. It contains a good combination of plot progression and surrounding and supportive story lines. I felt like I was getting to know Faith and her friends well. Rather than competing with the main plot, the side stories helped flesh out Faith as our heroine.

Page's writing style reminds me of Agatha Christie although the mystery takes place in Massachusetts. The novel is built more around characters than suspense. There is no suspense, in fact, until a short spurt at the very
Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
This was my first introduction to the Faith Fairchild series and even though it was #24, I was able to jump right in, no real need to start at the beginning as there were few if any allusions to past books.

It was what I would consider a cozy mystery even if there were some complicated and twenty-year-old plus emotional tensions in play here and I think that was what kept me more interested than the normal cozy.

I could copy the blurb here, but come on, it's like an updated version of Clue. One n
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
I read Katherine Hall Page’s first mystery in the early 1990s. The idea of a clergy spouse as family member, caterer, and sleuth had appeal and the intelligent writing and the growing of her family and friendships over the series made for a winning combination. I haven’t read her books for several years but I picked up the latest, “The Body in the Casket, “and was not disappointed. The fictional family has grown over the years as have the neighbors and friends yet all remain interesting and mult ...more
Jul 31, 2018 rated it liked it
This was my first experience with Page and her character, Faith Fairchild. This was a continuation of my summer project of trying out new (to me) authors. I did not realize it was a recipe mystery. If I had, I probably would have passed it up. More on that later.

I enjoyed these characters and even though some were barely more than a mention, their brief life on the pages was enough to make me want to read another in the series. Ignoring the murder for the moment, Faith, her family, and her neigh
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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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