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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow (Oct. 14 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0688157483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0688157487
  • Product Dimensions: 24.3 x 16.5 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,124,776 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

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.

From Kirkus Reviews

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.

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By A Customer on March 23 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I was intrigued at the thought of a prequel to the Faith Fairchild story. However, the book turned out to be a letdown.
I was disappointed to find that Faith was the same shallow, self-centered snob she always comes across as...only it was ten times more annoying without the usual cast of characters (particularly Pix) and the small-town New England setting to even things out. And it was even worse with the book being set in New York City, and Faith's intermingling with the "upper crust." The rich society cliches and constant use of expensive brand names and designers was way overdone. The author seemed to put so much emphasis on Faith up on a pedestal (she'd always been the dumper rather than the dumpee, there were plenty of men who'd drop everything for a call from her) that after awhile she stopped seeming real and stopped being likeable.
I also found the story not up to par from this author, whose work I usually enjoy greatly. Certain branches of the storyline were never resolved. Did Todd ever manage to track her down? Why did Harvey tell his mother to make her leave? Did she ever hear from Richard again? What was the connection between Lucy and Adrian? Why did Phelps want to borrow money from Hope? And, being that this was a prequel, I seriously doubt we'll ever go back 20 years again to find out. Since the author included a present-day epilogue, it seemed that some of those minor loose ends could and should have been wrapped up for those who read the series regularly.
The main plot wasn't too bad, but by the end of the book I'd already figured out whodunnit, which doesn't usually happen in this series. We were never told how Faith figured it out and what made her realize who it was, so I was left wondering where her conclusions came from...
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Format: Hardcover
Kathryn Hall Page's mystery novels have all been very well written and entertaining. The Body In the Big Apple is a prequel of The Body In... mystery series. In this novel, Faith Sibley Fairchild is a caterer in New York City. She bumps into an old college friend at a party. Emma Morris -- Faith's friend -- is the wife of an important politician. Exasperated, she tells Faith that she is being blackmailed. She is the daughter of 60's radical Nathan Fox -- she hadn't known that fact until recently and the media scandal could cost her husband's political career. Also, Emma has other secrets that she hasn't told her husband. And that is how Faith begins to solve mysteries.
I found this book to be enchanting. I love how she described New York City -- especially since the story took place around Christmas -- and the recipes she had written down in the book. The characters are great and Faith is a strong and smart heroine. I suggest that you purchase this entertaining and exciting book. Oh, and I also suggest that you read the whole Kathryn Hall Page mystery series. They are all very entertaining. Enjoy.
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By A Customer on Aug. 9 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have read every other "Faith Fairchild" mystery and honestly, this one isn't a favorite, although I could never DISLIKE this author's work. The story is solid, the food descriptions are yummy (as always!) but I found the constant "label-dropping" very annoying in this book. Designer names mean nothing to me anyway so I found the references to them very distracting. It made Faith's character seem so much more shallow and materialistic than she is portrayed in the other books. If that was the author's intention, she succeeded, but I think it could also alienate readers who aren't privy to the world of Donna Karan et al. Can this be what a prior reviewer meant by "culture?" I hope not!
On the other hand, if this blatant display of wealth and material goods was meant as a foil for the character of Nathan Fox and his socialist values, it has a tiny bit more value in the story. In any case, it would have been nicer to read this book without constant reminders that the main character's clothes, car, house and shoes are more expensive than anything the reader owns!
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Format: Hardcover
THE BODY IN THE BIG APPLE is the tenth book in Ms. Page's BODY series starring catering sleuth, Faith Sibley Fairchild. Touted as a prequel, readers are taken back to where and when Faith first started catering and sleuthing. The place is New York City. The time is the late 1980s.
Is there such a thing as a cultured mystery? If there is, then THE BODY IN THE BIG APPLE is it. I found it very easy to fall into this polished whodunit. Ms. Page's words flowed effortlessly making it easy to follow the characters and the storyline. I found Faith to be a pleasant, adaptable, protagonist whose personal life is intermingled pleasingly into the mystery without it taking over. The plot was very good. The practiced mystery buff in me almost had it figured out, but had doubts and was sufficiently surprised at the end.
A young, unmarried Faith Sibley has embarked on independence and a catering business. While catering a lavish party, she runs into a close friend named Emma who she hasn't seen in a long time. Emma is in serious trouble, but doesn't want to go to the police for fear of harming her husband's political career. When Faith agrees to help her, Emma's past begins to rise and trouble starts brewing for them both.
The added bonuses to this appetizing mystery are the tantalizing menu ideas sprinkled throughout the book and the scrumptious recipes, which all include apples, offered at the end of a satisfied read. WARNING: I recommended that you approach THE BODY IN THE BIG APPLE the same way as it's recommended one should approach grocery shopping - on a full stomach, if not you may find yourself carrying this mystery back and forth to the kitchen in an attempt to find something resembling the fabulous food mentioned in this enticing whodunit.
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