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"The Body in the Gazebo"

Another delicious read from Katherine Hall Page

April 18, 2011
By REGINA M. ANGELI - Books Writer (


Books Writer

Katherine Hall Page has served up another lovely course in her series featuring caterer/sleuth Faith Fairchild, "The Body in the Gazebo" (William Morrow, 259 pages).

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This is a slowly simmered mystery, with a good deal of time devoted to developing characters, new and old, which results in a pleasant, well-rounded story.

Faith is summoned by an elderly woman, Ursula Rowe, who bears the burden of a terrible secret that she simply must get off her chest. Ursula has been receiving anonymous notes that are vaguely threatening.

She is certain that the writer of these malicious messages must be the person who killed her brother Theo in the gazebo during that tragic summer of 1929.

Faith must try to solve a murder that is decades old.

As fate would have it, she is confronted with not just one, but two, mysteries to solve, as her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, is accused of helping himself to the church's funds.

"The Body in the Gazebo" is a lovely dish, which serves up an elegant, old mystery rooted in that daring age just prior to the Great Depression, a time of long, summer vacations, bootleg liquor and flappers.

In addition to her customary section of delicious recipes for the tasty treats mentioned in the novel, Katherine Hall Page delivers a noteworthy tribute to breakfast at the end of the book which leads this reviewer to ponder whether she might consider compiling a collection of Faith Fairchild recipes?



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