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The Body in the Gazebo (Faith Fairchild #19)

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“Katherine Hall Page is my favorite writer of the traditional mystery.”
 —Harlan Coben

“Hungry readers, enjoy!”
—Diana Mott Davidson

Minister’s wife, caterer, and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild must solve a deadly mystery more than seventy years in the making in The Body in the Gazebo, the nineteenth ingenious whodunit in the delectable, Agatha Award-winning series by Katherin
Hardcover, 259 pages
Published April 19th 2011 by William Morrow (first published March 31st 2011)
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May 07, 2011 Tracey rated it liked it
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 or chef 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 charac
Two separate mysteries dominate this book. In the present, Faith's husband has been accused of embezzling from the Church's discretionary fund and at the same time, her friend Pix's mother is telling her of a mystery in her own past.

I really enjoyed the pre and post depression era descriptions in Ursula's story. The contrast of past and present as well keep me engrossed.

A fun fast read
May 08, 2013 Jenny rated it liked it
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
Jan 17, 2011 Tanya rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2011
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!!
Rebecca Talkie
Aug 24, 2011 Rebecca Talkie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Martha Cheves
Jun 12, 2011 Martha Cheves rated it it was amazing
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
May 31, 2011 Shana rated it liked it
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
Kathy Davie
Oct 08, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, history, homey
Eighteenth chronologically and nineteenth in the publication order in the Faith Fairchild culinary-religious mystery series. This one challenges Tom and also takes us back to the 1920s of Ursula's teens.

My Take
Okay, the whole takedown scene at the end was pretty unreal. Not that I minded seeing the straits to which the bad guys were reduced…talk about justice at last! But it was just too easy a finish.

Zach gives a brief yet thorough précis of the number of ways computer hackers work while the Up
Jun 21, 2011 Beverly rated it really liked it
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
Apr 27, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011, cozy-mysteries
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
May 17, 2011 Marlyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, cozies, food

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
Darcy Odden
Jun 12, 2011 Darcy Odden rated it really liked it
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
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,
Judy Goodnight
May 31, 2014 Judy Goodnight rated it really liked it
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
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
May 07, 2012 Jeannie and Louis Rigod rated it really liked it
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
Aug 25, 2015 Laura rated it liked it
It always feels a bit unfair to rate books in the middle of a series without having read the previous, but here it is. Even as a gentle cozy mystery, it was a bit light on the mystery and the motive. I am not sure why we were supposed to care about Pix and the wedding (perhaps she is a beloved character from the series and this was a transition book for the character?). Also, I want to know what drove someone to murder or to embezzlement. You would think strong emotion would be behind murder, pu ...more
K. East
Dec 27, 2016 K. East rated it liked it
This title is #19 in the Faith Fairchild series, but it was the first one of these I had read. I found I liked characters and the author does a nice job of writing this entry in a long series without having to spend inordinate amounts of time reviewing the past to make the story understandable to one who hasn't read the first 18 volumes. I think that's a mark of good characterization that this book can stand alone as a story without the scaffolding of the previous novels in the series.

It was, h
Mar 14, 2012 Karen rated it liked it
""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
Elle Lothlorien
Nov 17, 2012 Elle Lothlorien rated it liked it
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
Aug 06, 2011 Judy rated it liked it
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
Jill Gilbert
Jun 11, 2011 Jill Gilbert rated it really liked it
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
Gloria Mccracken
Nov 12, 2014 Gloria Mccracken rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a particularly good book in a very nice series. They can be read as stand-alone volumes, but really they're nicer in order. Faith Fairchild, caterer and wife to Tom, the priest at the Episcopal church in Aleford, MA, has a knack for involving herself in mysteries small and large. This time there is a large, old one; a medium-sized contemporary one; and a small one with both past and present implications. (This last one mostly solves itself without any help from Faith). There are also som ...more
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
Aug 12, 2012 Jennifer rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2015 Carolyn rated it liked it
I picked this book up in our neighborhood's Little Free Library, which is located in a gazebo--how appropriate. I wasn't expecting much, but the story was engaging and the two mysteries, one involving the disappearance of funds from the main character's minister husband's discretionary fund account and one concerning the decades old murder of a neighbor's brother, were credible. The solutions might have been a little too pat, but hey, the book does not purport to be great literature, but an enjo ...more
Jul 09, 2011 Jessica rated it liked it
Shelves: library, mystery
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
Diana Sandberg
May 25, 2012 Diana Sandberg rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
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
Aug 30, 2011 Roxann rated it liked it
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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
Apr 02, 2011 Lbaker rated it really liked it
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
May 30, 2011 Lynda rated it really liked it
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
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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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