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The Body in the Wake

Katherine Hall Page has released her newest Faith Fairchild mystery, “The Body in the Wake.” (William Morrow, 320 pages)

Caterer Faith Fairchild has taken time off to spend the summer with her husband, Tom, on their home on Sanpere Island in Maine. Her friend, Pix, is planning an island wedding

for her daughter.

But murder has not taken a vacation and Faith’s sleuthing

abilities are brought to the fore when, while taking a dip in Lily Pond to escape the heat, she comes across a body of a young man with a strange tattoo on his arm, “LFDY.”

When another body is found, also bearing this tattoo, Faith must confront a mystery which points to the opioid epidemic which has extended its deadly tentacles even to the seemingly idyllic state of Maine.

While being ensnared in a murder mystery, Faith has not forsaken her culinary skills, as she comes to the aid of her daughter, Amy, who is beginning her career as a chef on the island.

In keeping with her customary “foodie mystery” tradition, Katherine Hall Page dishes up a compelling mystery with a very contemporary theme with a selection of recipes that are perfect for serving in the sweltering summer heat.

With regard to her recipe for “Fruit Shrub,” this is a concoction that was quite popular at the dawn of the twentieth century. This reviewer remembers a pair of elderly sisters who prepared this with the raspberries from their garden — although they preferred the wild raspberry if it could be found.

In the days before sugary sodas became popular, a splash of fruit shrub was used to flavor water and served up with plenty of ice as a refreshing drink to help cool off from the late summer heat.