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This prequel to the successful series featuring caterer Faith Fairchild details her first mystery case. While catering a party in Manhattan, Faith meets a former classmate threatened with blackmail and death. Faith worries, then sleuths. An excellent beginning.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
At one of her first jobs, a swank private party, Faith Sibley Fairchildoblivious to her future as the caterer-sleuth heroine of nine novels (The Body in the Bookcase, 1998, etc.)encounters her old friend Emma Morris, now Mrs. Michael Stanstead, who's obviously stressed out and dying to tell Faith all about it. Faith would never have connected to Emma the all-day news reports on 60s radical Nathan Fox, found shot to death in a New York apartment where he lived as Norman Fuchs. But Emma reveals that Nathan Fox was her real father (once her mother's lover), that she herself had had an abortion before her marriage, and that shes being blackmailed with threatening notes and voiceless telephone calls. Emma, whos kept all this a secret from her politically ambitious husband, begs Faith to find out whos behind it all. Faith does her best, finding Nate's adoring mistress Lorraine and Harvey, her lout of a son, and seeking out Nate's agent Arthur Quinn, who was to handle Nate's tell-all biography, now missing. It's Faith, on a second visit, who discovers Lorraine in her garage, dead at the wheel, the motor still running. It takes a while, but our heroine eventually homes in on the not-too-convincing blackmailer-killer and the mundane motivation driving it all. Pages breezy, unpretentious style, her dead-on evocation of the New York society scene of the period, half a dozen vibrant personalities, and a few toothsome recipes make for an entertaining readdespite the deficiencies of its plot. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.See all Product Description
I was disappointed with this book. I like Faith Fairchild, although her gourmet attitude gets kind of annoying sometimes. Read morePublished on May 18 2002 by Kindle Customer
All the ingredients are here: a gutsy heroine, money, a love interest, a mystery, a couple of murders, money, and beautiful people. Read morePublished on April 20 2001 by Judith Lindenau
In a delightful change of pace, Katherine Hall Page, writes a prequel to this series. The book features Faith Sibley as a young, single girl in New York. Read morePublished on Jan. 28 2001 by Karen Potts
I have to admit I was somewhat sceptical when I heard that this was a "prequel" to the Faith Sibley Fairchild series, but I was amazed that the character of Faith was... Read morePublished on Dec 30 1999 by Karen Vincent