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The Body in the Gazebo: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries) [Hardcover]

Katherine Hall Page
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Fun July 8 2011
By Betty K
Format:Paperback
Faith Fairchild leads a very busy life. She's a minister's wife with a congregation to watch over and the mother of two active kids; she runs a successful catering business; and, now and again, she finds herself with a mystery to solve.

In this, the 19th book of the series, there's an accusation of grand larceny against her ingenuous husband as well as a 70-year-old murder to unravel for her best friend, Pix's mother. Along with these problems, she takes time to oversee the wardrobe and calm the nerves of the naive Pix who is traveling to Charleston to meet her son's sophisticated, soon-to-be in-laws. Whom the father-of-the-bride turns out to be, comes as a great shock to Faith's uncontrived friend.

There's never a dull moment in this page-turning cozy as the narrative quickly takes us from one situation to the next. Although it's a "stand alone" story, it would help if the reader has read a few of the other books in the series and already has been introduced to some of the characters. Nevertheless, you soon catch on to who they are.

The novel is fast paced and fun; definitely, a great summer read. And the author always includes a tasty recipe or two from Faith's catering company.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining April 19 2011
By Books and Chocolate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Pix Rowe Miller, friend to caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild, is preparing for her son's out-of-town wedding but is hesitant about leaving her ailing, elderly mother, Ursula, unattended so Faith offers to keep an eye on her in Pix's absence. Ursula soon reveals to Faith a secret she has kept for seventy years about the murder of her brother Theo. Someone else from Ursula's past also knows the secret and has been blackmailing her.

Never one to turn down a chance to solve a mystery, Faith agrees to do some investigating on her own to find out who the blackmailer is, and perhaps solve the murder itself. But, it turns out this isn't the only case she needs to solve. When thousands of dollars turn up missing from the discretionary fund that only her minister husband had access to, Faith must clear his name.

Meanwhile, as Pix meets her son's in-laws for the first time, a whole new drama unfolds.

This is the first book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it. I look forward to reading more from this series. It was light reading, not what I would call a suspenseful page-turner, but it was entertaining and there were some surprises at the end.

I received a copy of this book for review from the publisher but the opinion of it is my own and was not solicted, nor was a positive review required.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fun regional amateur sleuth April 21 2011
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In Aleford, Massachusetts, an audit of the Aleford's First Parish Church reports $10,000 missing from the minister's discretionary fund. The only person with access to his money is Reverend Thomas Fairchild, so obviously he is the prime suspect. Having solved mysteries before, Thomas' devoted wife caterer Faith Fairchild resolves to learn the truth as she knows her spouse would never steal funds.

At the same time she begins her inquiry into the missing money and calming her shocked spouse, her friend Pix Miller's mother Ursula Rowe asks Faith to help her deal with accusatory letters she recently received that disturbs the ailing woman. Someone threatens to reveal secrets that date back decades that has Ursula suffering from anxiety.

Faith is at her hectic best as she investigates who took the missing funds that directly impact her family, tries to help her stunned spouse and Pox's mom, and work her catering business; of course there are also the kids. Readers will feel exhausted wondering when Faith goes to sleep. Fast paced as always in this regional amateur sleuth (see The Body in the Sleigh), fans will appreciate feisty Faith Fairchild's fabulous inquiries.

Harriet Klausner
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced and Fun May 22 2011
By Betty K - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
Faith Fairchild leads a very busy life. She's a minister's wife with a congregation to watch over and the mother of two active kids; she runs a successful catering business; and, now and again, she finds herself with a mystery to solve.

In this, the 19th book of the series, there's an accusation of grand larceny against her ingenuous husband as well as a 70-year-old murder to unravel for her best friend, Pix's mother. Along with these problems, she takes time to oversee the wardrobe and calm the nerves of the naive Pix who is traveling to Charleston to meet her son's sophisticated, soon-to-be in-laws. Whom the father-of-the-bride turns out to be, comes as a great shock to Faith's uncontrived friend.

There's never a dull moment in this page-turning cozy as the narrative quickly takes us from one situation to the next. Although it's a "stand alone" story, it would help if the reader has read a few of the other books in the series and already has been introduced to some of the characters. Nevertheless, you soon catch on to who they are.

The novel is fast paced and fun; definitely, a great summer read. And the author always includes a tasty recipe or two from Faith's catering company.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to Stay Interested Aug. 18 2011
By MLouise - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
It may just be me, but I found this book very hard to stay interested in. The first couple of chapters gave me hope and I was eager for the story to start unfolding. But then it seemed like I just kept reading and reading without the story unfolding as quickly as I would like. Most other reviewers like the book a lot more, so it could be that this book and I just didn't click. About 3/4 of the way through I finally jumped to the last couple of chapters and finished the book that way. The three stars may be unfair due to the fact that I skipped a few chapters, but the fact that I could not motivate myself to read it all was the deciding factor in my rating.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok, but not compelling enough to reread March 15 2012
By J. Roberts - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I liked this book well enough, but it wasn't the best mystery I've read. This was the first book in this series I've read, but the characters weren't that memorable. The story was basically an old woman telling the main character a story of a murder from 70 years ago. It was interesting, but not really a mystery. The other plots were rather boring, at least to someone who didn't know those characters and their backgrounds. People who have read all the rest of the books may find it much more interesting.
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