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The Body In The Big Apple [Hardcover]

Katherine H Page
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Oct. 14 1999 Faith Fairchild Mysteries
In The Body in the Big Apple, Faith Sibley Fairchild returns to solve her first mystery ever. Set during Faith's earlier days as a young, single career woman living in New York City, this exciting urban adventure is loaded with blackmail, intrigue, and murder.

Thriving on the success of her new catering company, Faith runs into former classmate Emma Stanstead while catering an exclusive party on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Emma is terrified, and soon Faith is caught up in a desperate race to discover who's threatening to reveal the dark secret of Emma's past--one that would quickly put an end to her husband's fast-rising political career--before it's too late. But it isn't long before Faith realizes that Emma's life is in more danger than her reputation. Faith's search takes her from Central Park to the Lower East Side as time runs out to catch a killer.

With plotting that The New York Times Book Review calls "smartly executed," the recipes (all featuring apples this time) that have won Katherine Hall Page a devoted readership, and a skeleton in every closet, The Body in the Big Apple will delight Page's devoted readership and those new to this award-winning mystery series.In The Body in the Big Apple, Faith Sibley Fairchild returns to solve her first mystery ever. Set during Faith's earlier days as a young, single career woman living in New York City, this exciting urban adventure is loaded with blackmail, intrigue, and murder.

Thriving on the success of her new catering company, Faith runs into former classmate Emma Stanstead while catering an exclusive party on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Emma is terrified, and soon Faith is caught up in a desperate race to discover who's threatening to reveal the dark secret of Emma's past--one that would quickly put an end to her husband's fast-rising political career--before it's too late. But it isn't long before Faith realizes that Emma's life is in more danger than her reputation. Faith's search takes her from Central Park to the Lower East Side as time runs out to catch a killer.

With plotting that The New York Times Book Review calls "smartly executed," the recipes (all featuring apples this time) that have won Katherine Hall Page a devoted readership, and a skeleton in every closet, The Body in the Big Apple will delight Page's devoted readership and those new to this award-winning mystery series.In The Body in the Big Apple, Faith Sibley Fairchild returns to solve her first mystery ever. Set during Faith's earlier days as a young, single career woman living in New York City, this exciting urban adventure is loaded with blackmail, intrigue, and murder.

Thriving on the success of her new catering company, Faith runs into former classmate Emma Stanstead while catering an exclusive party on Manhattan's Upper East Side. Emma is terrified, and soon Faith is caught up in a desperate race to discover who's threatening to reveal the dark secret of Emma's past--one that would quickly put an end to her husband's fast-rising political career--before it's too late. But it isn't long before Faith realizes that Emma's life is in more danger than her reputation. Faith's search takes her from Central Park to the Lower East Side as time runs out to catch a killer.

With plotting that The New York Times Book Review calls "smartly executed," the recipes (all featuring apples this time) that have won Katherine Hall Page a devoted readership, and a skeleton in every closet, The Body in the Big Apple will delight Page's devoted readership and those new to this award-winning mystery series.


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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Apple's a little mushy May 18 2002
By CMBohn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was disappointed with this book. I like Faith Fairchild, although her gourmet attitude gets kind of annoying sometimes. I mean, reading about her life is like reading about a foreign country. But it can be very entertaining. But this time out, all we got were leftovers. It seems like the writer is getting tired of the Boston area and decided to cast around for more interesting backgrounds. We've done Paris, done Norway, done the coast, now it's time for NYC. Problem is, she left all the other characters we care about behind. By setting this book before Faith got married, all we hear about is her parents and sis (OK, kind of interesting), a boyfriend we know she didn't marry, and a friend we never heard of before. She didn't even include a epilogue that wrapped everything together and brought it back to the present. I was really disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Prequel to "The Body" series Jan. 28 2001
Format:Hardcover
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. Her catering business is just beginning to expand and she busily prepares delicious gourmet food for famous socialites. She is contacted by her old school chum, Emma, who is being blackmailed because of secrets in her past. In an effort to protect her husband Michael, an aspiring politician, Emma pays off the blackmailers. People connected with her past begin to commit suicide (at least according to police reports.) Emma becomes more and more distraught over these situations and Faith tries to help her solve these mysteries. It is interesting to look into Faith's past and to see how much she loved life in New York. She can almost convince the reader that New York IS a nice place to live. As always, her descriptions of the food she prepares are wonderful!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful and entertaining mystery Aug. 10 2000
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Katherine Hall Page Does It Again! Dec 30 1999
Format:Hardcover
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 still so interesting even without her husband, children, and best friend, Pix. Having read all of the other books, I enjoyed seeing Faith's life in her single days! The plot was intense and I found myself staying up into the wee hours of the morning to find out the ending. Katherine Hall Page just gets better and better!
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1.0 out of 5 stars A Flat Souffle April 20 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
All the ingredients are here: a gutsy heroine, money, a love interest, a mystery, a couple of murders, money, and beautiful people. Katherine Page stirs 'em all together, and even adds a cateress and a couple of recipes, just like some of the other leading mystery writers do.
And what have we got? Well, not a sumptous feast and not even a pouffy souffle. What is served to us is "The Body in the Big Apple" (ok, the food analogy doesn't work here). It's a pitiful offering: not much of a novel, not much of an entertainment, not even a particuarly good presentation. I found myself dozing off during the last ten pages--I had figured out whodunit and why, and I really didn't much care one way or the other. Even the apple recipes at the end of the book were gimmicky and not very exciting.
This book is not a good investment of your money or your time.
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