The Body in the Boudoir (Faith Fairchild Series #20)

The Body in the Boudoir (Faith Fairchild Series #20)

by Katherine Hall Page

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Overview

Flashback to 1990:
Faith Sibley is a young single woman leading a glamorous life in New York City. Then she meets handsome, charming Reverend Thomas Fairchild—and it's love at first sight.

Now Faith is preparing for both her wedding and a move to chilly New England. But a series of baffling mysteries is making her path to the altar rocky. What family secret is her new assistant, Francesca, hiding? Who is trying to derail Faith's sister's financial career? Why is there a body in her great-uncle's Long Island mansion? And who's determined to sabotage Faith's special day . . . by eliminating the bride?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062068552
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 01/29/2013
Series: Faith Fairchild Series , #20
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 526,788
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Katherine Hall Page is the author of nineteen previous Faith Fairchild mysteries. Her first book, The Body in the Belfry, received the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel; The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel; and "The Would-Be Widower" won the Agatha Award for Best Short Story. She has also been a nominee for the Edgar® Award and the Mary Higgins Clark Award. She lives in Massachusetts with her husband.

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The Body in the Boudoir: A Faith Fairchild Mystery 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
NewsieQ More than 1 year ago
The latest book in this marvelous series takes readers back to the days when our heroine, Faith Fairchild, was Faith Sibley – and had not yet met the minister who would become her husband and change her life. Faith is living in New York City and running a catering business. It’s her job that puts her in contact with Tom Fairchild and their whirlwind courtship takes them to the family home where she will be married. And then there’s a murder. That’s the main mystery in The Body in the Boudoir. But Faith has two other mysteries to solve – one involving one of her employees, who appears to have a not-so-savory secret. And Faith’s sister Hope’s high-powered career appears to be the target of an unknown saboteur who’s trying to steal her clients. For long-time series fans (I’m one), The Body in the Boudoir is a welcome prequel – filling in the gaps in Faith’s back story. My only complaint is that one of the secondary mysteries is solved through total coincidence. Call me a mystery purist, but that resolution was a bit too convenient. That’s not a big deal, though. Katherine Hall Page knows how to create great characters and her writing is as smooth as it gets.
bookchickdi More than 1 year ago
Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining mystery with food. Her 20th book and the first one I have read is The Body in the Boudoir, which begins with Faith and her husband, Reverend Tom, on a plane heading to Italy to visit a friend. We flashback to Faith and Tom's first meeting, as Faith's company, Have Faith, is catering a wedding, where she meets the handsome and charming Tom. They flirt, they dance, she finds out he is the officiant at the wedding. Faith and her sister Hope have grown up in a religious family, as their father is a pastor at a large church in Manhattan, and Faith is not interested in becoming a pastor's wife. But life is funny that way, and Faith and Tom fall quickly in love. Tom proposes on the back of a beautiful vintage watch, and soon Faith is planning a wedding. She wishes to marry at her Uncle Sky's gorgeous mansion on Long Island, and when things start to go wrong- she is almost hit by falling debris, someone tries to push her onto the subway tracks, the titular body found in the boudoir- Faith does not change her wedding plans. Faith is an amateur sleuth and she becomes enmeshed in one of her new employee's quest to find an American soldier who spent time in Italy with the employee's family during WWII. Is this the reason that these accidents have befallen Faith? The murder takes place almost halfway through the book, and when the killer is finally revealed, I found it slightly implausible. If Faith is supposed to have such good instincts, how did this person fly under the radar for so long? It was an issue for me. Faith also helped her sister try to find out who was sabotaging her at her finance job, but this was a secondary mystery, although the outcome was more realistic in my view. I liked two things in particular about this novel: the New York setting and the catering. I live in New York, on the Upper East Side, and I really enjoyed how Page integrated the setting within the story. I also have a background in restaurants, so I found the catering parts of the book very interesting. Page gives some recipes from the story in the back of the book, and there are some I want to try, including this Veggie Mac & Cheese, which can be found on her website.
khiemstra631 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Faith Fairchild fans will devour this book for the details it gives about how Tom and Faith met, courted and married. The setting in New York City and Page's descriptions of restaurants and the like is exquisite. (I did wonder how a caterer and a minister could afford to eat at so many expensive restaurants!) A few recipes are included at the end of the book, and a murder is naturally included for Faith to solve. An optional read for those not into this series, but not to be missed for series devotees.
RobinBrz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the twentieth installment of the Faith Fairchild Mystery series we find out how the heroine met and married her husband, the Reverend Tom Fairchild. It¿s 1990 and Faith Sibley is the owner of an up and coming catering company in New York City. The daughter (and grand-daughter) of a preacher, she has sworn to leave parish life behind for good. While catering a wedding, Faith meets Tom and it¿s love at first sight for both of them.A whirl wind romance leads to wedding plans for the happy couple. However it¿s not all flowers and gift registries. As the planning progress, the mysteries unfold. Faith¿s new employee Francesca has a secret. Her sister Hope is experiencing strange phone calls and trouble with clients at her high powered job on Wall Street. While visits her Uncle¿s Long Island estate where the wedding will take place a pile of falling bricks narrowly misses Faith. And then there is the body in the boudoir.All of these pieces should work together to tell us a love story speckled with mystery and intrigue. But for me it just never comes together. I enjoyed learning about Faith and her family. They¿re funny and quirky and I remember them from other books. Faith is spunky and smart and I can see how the 1990¿s version has grown into the character who I like traveling and solving mysteries with. And I could feel the chemistry between Faith and Tom that is evident in the other books in the series that I¿ve read. The love story was worked for me. The mystery did not. There are sub plots (Francesca and Hope) that have little relevance to the rest of the story, and I don¿t think they added anything entertaining or important. And if I¿m honest, it feels like the body in the boudoir who was the victim in this story was only included because we expect Faith to solve a murder.Overall I¿m disappointed with this offering. I haven¿t read the other 19 in the series, but the few that I have were much more entertaining. If you¿re a fan I say to go ahead and give it a read for the family story. If you¿re new to Faith Fairchild Mysteries, I recommend choosing another title. The Body in the Ivy and The Body in the Gazebo are two that I enjoyed.
Rowdycat More than 1 year ago
Faith Fairchild is on her way to a second honeymoon with her husband of over twenty years and spends her time thinking about the circumstances of their first meeting so many years years ago and how they fell in love. This was at the same time that Faith was trying to solve a couple of murders (she was and continued to be unstoppable when a murder occurred) and fulfill her obligations to people whose special occasions needed a quality caterer, which was her profession when she met her future husband.
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MollyJG More than 1 year ago
So many stories now a days are practically an anatomy lesson that it is a pleasure to read something that can capture your attention without being so graphic. I have enjoyed her books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would certainly recommend Katherine Hall Page to all mystery readers.
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walkerKS More than 1 year ago
I have read all her books and love them all. I really liked this one because you find out how Faith met her husband. I can't wait to read more of them.
JEKane More than 1 year ago
If you are a fan of Faith and the Reverend Fairchild, or just a lover of a good summer mystery, you'll enjoy this book. Wedding plans in an old family house bring together some lovely and quirky people preparing for the nuptials of the young couple who have just met--before they became the characters we have loved in all Katherine Hall Page's other books. What a treat to see them meet and fall in love and deal with each other's families and friends. At the same time they find themselves enmeshed in some sinister events, and the road to the altar becomes a puzzling and often frightening one. It's just a good story all the way around!
mitch161 More than 1 year ago
Underpinning a clever mystery story, this book offers the back story of how Faith Sibley became Faith Fairchild. For died-in-the-wool Katherine Hall Page fans, it fills in the first chapter of the unfolding saga of the 'amateur' detective from Aleford, MA. For new comers, The Body in the Boudoir is a fine place to start on what risks becoming a delightful opbsession.
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NJWH More than 1 year ago
Katherine Hall Page has good characters in this series, and does a great job on each and every book. This one is no different and I thoroughly enjoyed it! The ending was surprising! I send her books to my mother, father and sister to read. They too enjoy her books and following Faith Fairchild and her family.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The first in the series republished for NOOK. I read this in hardcover.