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The Body in the Kelp (Faith Fairchild #2)

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The Old Maid's Puzzle

It seems as if nothing is going to liven up Faith Fairchild's deathly dull vacation on Maine's Sanpere Island until she buys a beautiful handmade quilt at an estate auction. Lovingly constructed by wealthy, deceased, and detested Matilda Prescott, Faith's purchase turns out to be quite a bargain indeed especially when she discovers it to be a map to

Hardcover, 212 pages
Published January 1st 1991 by St. Martin's Press
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Excellent mystery, I didn't see the killer until the end. However, the length of the chapters absolutely turned me off. These chapters were right about twenty pages each, which is entirely too long in my opinion. I would start a chapter and feel like I'd lose interest, even though the story was excellent. I will read the next one!
Jul 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Body in the Kelp was my second visit to the world of Faith Fairchild, ex-New York foodie and wife of handsome minister Tom. In this book Faith and her 2 year old son are staying in a rented cabin on a quiet Maine island while her husband is away, attending a conference for most of the summer. She quickly makes friends with several of the locals and attends an auction where she bids on and wins a quilt made by a recently deceased wealthy recluse. This leads to a mystery, several murders and a ...more
I have a few "guilty pleasure" authors. They are writers who are a lot of fun with characters who are pretty much flawless unlike the rest of us. We have Faith Fairchild, former up and coming Manhattan caterer, who fell head over heels in love with Tom Fairchild, an Episcopal minister, and gave it all up. (Of course having a modest trust fund from your grandmother helps cushion the blow. See what I mean?) Of course she is beautiful, has the ability to cook gourmet meals while taking care of a 2 ...more
Lesa Neace
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came late to this mystery series starting with the newer books first. This volume is the second in the series of cozy mysteries featuring minister's wife, Faith Fairchild, displaced New Yorker and Foodie. This series works in real time as the characters age and evolve as time passes. So it was a bit of a treat to see the characters at younger ages than that to which I was accustomed. The setting for "The Body in the Kelp" was Maine instead of the usual Aleford, MA and offered a rich view of is ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
This is the strangest thing. This is the 2nd book in a series--a cozy series for Pete's sake--and I like it. Already put the next one on hold. The setting has completely charmed me...northern New England is an area I only visited once...but I think I could happily live there. And the story, characters, and local color were charming as well. Faith, the minister's wife who is the main character, is a fully fleshed out character with a delightful personality but with some quirks and very un-expecte ...more
Thoroughly enjoyed this fun mystery with lots of twists and turns
Jenn Estepp
I thought this one dragged a little and I'm not entirely convinced on the resolution/motivation, but I enjoyed it and have already put in my library reserve for book three.
Very enjoyable, though I kept getting all of the people confused.
Jan 01, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the first, since Faith wasn't such a wimp and moping around as much, but I didn't like how she like foisted her child off at every chance she got like she couldn't stand being with him. I also felt the "killer(s)" were kind of twisted--we didn't get much chance at them from clues and such. It just didn't "click" when they were revealed.

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 abo
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It’s been quite some time since I visited the always-intelligent caterer turned minister’s wife, and I’m long overdue.

If you’ve never dipped into this series before, you need to know that Faith Fairchild is a city girl big-time. She’s quintessentially New York, but her marriage to a New England minister and the consequent birth of their son, Ben, means getting home to the city doesn’t happen often.

It’s summer as the book begins, and Faith, Tom, and young Ben have rented a farmhouse in southern
Nov 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, maine
PAGE, Katherine Hall -- THe Body in the Kelp 4/B 11/24/11
Mystery/1991/St. Martin's/246 LP
#2 in Faith Fairchild series
1990's/Sampere Island, Maine
Faith Fairchild/ minister's wife, former caterer, mother to Ben
1st lines: Matilda Prescott was sitting up in bed piecing a quilt.
Comments: Nice comfortable read. Faith and family are summering on a small island off the coast of ME. Her friend Pix has a home there and suggested they try this area. A nice mix of summer people and islanders are included in
Apr 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book, I've read 3 before but not all in order so now I'm backtracking. Its refreshing to have an attractive main character for a change who doesn't have a best friend who is better looking better dressed & more organized. Faith & her best friend seemed to be on the same page- I liked the mystery clues that were in the quilt(a Mystery in a mystery). And the fact the story took place on the island. But what is it with all the liquor? They were only going to be there another ...more
Faith Fairchild spends an August vacation on Sanpere Island, Maine, w/ her two-year-old son while her minister husband goes on a religious retreat. At an auction, Faith buys a quilt made by recently deceased Matilda Prescott, who bequeathed her Victorian mansion to two off-islanders, much to the distress of locals who believe rumors that a treasure of gold is hidden there. Walking on the beach, Faith finds the body of one of the house's new owners; another murder follows & Faith's house is ...more
Mar 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to LDuchess by: Victoria
Ref to Thirkell on p 48

It's a (pb) mystery, published by Avon Mystery, 1992. Faith Fairchild (who will undoubtedly solve the mystery) is on vacation in Maine. Her husband is away, and her 2-year-old, Benjamin is asleep. (The house is rented, with lots of books on the shelves.)

"After a hasty supper she read to Benjamin and settled him into his crib, then got an Angela Thirkell out of the bookcase and went to bed herself. She must have slept, because when she looked at the clock several hours had
Lauren Fidler
faith fairchild #2, ah me, oh my.

i've discovered the "trick" into solving these ones quickly (i.e. within one page of being introduced to the murderer). the killer must be someone that faith has absolutely no suspicion of (not someone who gets dragged into jail under suspicion by someone else. i mean, someone who seems above suspicion). there will usually be 2-3 of these characters (who don't end up dead) by the middle of the book, so it should be fairly easy to pick out the real culprit. it's t
Sep 30, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faith Fairchild is in Sanpere Maine for a relaxing vacation. She has rented a small cottage for a few weeks with her two year old son Benjamin. She attends an estate auction a purchases an old quilt that is beautiful and fascinating. The woman who made it has died and left her house to two young men she befriended. Her family is outraged because there have been rumors for years of a cache of gold hidden in the house. Faith finds the body of one of the young men on the beach and feels she has to ...more
Mar 19, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: maine, mysteries, fiction
Faith Fairchild, whose idea of a summer vacation is a trip to the Hamptons, isn't sure she likes the idea of rusticating on an island in Penobscot Bay. But there are compensations, until she discovers the body of a local potter in a tidepool. Multiple complications ensue as she and her friend Pix Miller attempt to decipher a treasure map in the form of a quilt, and other suspicious and horrible events occur. Once again, as in other Page mysteries, we see the toxic effects of murder on a communit ...more
J. Ewbank
Another Katherine Hall Page and Faith Fairchild mystery and it is a good one. While on a vacation Faith finds a body, and then another etc. and it seems like they should be related but they can't seem to put it together. Meanwhile a quilt offers the possibility of finding some long lost gold if they dan only figure it out. A very good read and I enjoyed it.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Metho
Karen Hufman
Enjoyed it- Faith is vacationing on Sanpere Island with her husband and toddler son when she comes upon a body in some kelp. She ends up getting caught up in a treasure hunt in addition to puzzling out who may have murdered her new friend. I love the one point a character makes when he talks about the fact that people think that the locals on these quaint New England islands are perfect but they're just like everyone else (except in the case of mystery books where people always die violently). T ...more
Nancy Reynolds
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What am I, crazy??? To get involved in another series that has 22 books to date? But I've been meaning to reat this series for a long time. Now I'm started. (Although my libraries don't have book #1 in the series - so I'll have to go and find that one.) For this book, I truly enjoyed the story and "meeting" The Fairchilds and their friends. The setting was a great one, too. So I think that for me, the series is off to a great start. What fun ... now there's 21 more to go.
May 29, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fun, interesting cozy. Like how the old lady made a quilt with clues in it by places squares in a certain pattern with the names of the squares making a treasure map. Lots of deaths on a vacation island. Showcased traditional ideas of off-islanders versus locals. Discussed some of the problems that occur on small islands such as drugs and lack of jobs and how the local economy is impacted by outsiders.
Janet Puhlfuerst

The story was interesting, the locale lovely. and characters well depicted. This was the first cozy mystery I've read where the murderer came as complete surprise to me. (and I've read MANY!) Only in thinking back through the story did I see how everything fit together perfectly. A great read.
It was strange to read this book after "The Body in the Snowdrift," out of order, particularly seeing the older child, Ben, become a toddler. It must be better to read them in order. The quilt that was a map was an interesting idea; the auction was tedious; the scenes with Ben were believable. John's story was a sad one, as was Bird's.
Kathy Davie
Sep 28, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, homey
Faith Fairchild, 2

Another cozy read. This one involves summering in Maine, quilting, cooking (naturally), and a quilt treasure hunt. Makes me want to haul out my own Ickis. Again, naturally, this is Faith so we have to have another murder or four and their reasons are so crappy...naturally...

I get so hungry reading about Faith and her kitchen activities, I gotta go find somethin' to eat.
The books in this series are generally fun to read if one can suspend disbelief (cooking gourmet meals with a two-year old in the house?) and just enjoy the story. In this book, the murder didn't take place until about 75 pages in, and there is a lot of description of a Maine island and its inhabitants. The story of the old quilt was an added interest in this book.
Aug 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Erin by: A Port in a Storm bookstore, Somesville Maine
When I'm vacationing, I sometime like to read fiction that has a connection to the place I'm visiting. So that led me to a great bookstore in Maine and this terrific mystery. Likable, believable characters, a puzzle to solve, and a murderer to capture .... I was really happy to learn this is just one in a whole series featuring the heroine, Faith Fairchild!
Sally Smiley
Sep 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another hit for Faith!

Just discovered these Faith Fairchild mysteries, and enjoying them immensely. It is curious, though how one lady can find herself in the middle of trouble so often. Shades of J.B.Fletcher....anywhere these ladies go, murder will be found!
Mar 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Katherine Hall Page whitewash to read relaxing fun mysteries. Her characters could be my friends or neighbors. They are easy to like. The plots are uncomplicated and enjoyable. This one would be a great Summer time read. I've now enjoyed 3 of this authors books and plan on reading more.
Jan 14, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got this as an audiobook from my public library for a long drive. Based on the reviews here I had high hopes but I gave up after listening to 36 minutes of the author describing the town and the people there. It's a murder mystery so let's have a murder already!
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in this series and I am really enjoying it. Interesting characters, a good whodunnit which I did not figure out before the reveal, beautiful setting and fascinating quilting background. Totally plan to find and read the third.
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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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