The Body in the Bookcase

The Body in the Bookcase

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Baker & Taylor
The Agatha Award-winning novelist presents the ninth mystery in the Faith Fairchild series, pitting the caterer-detective against a ring of antiques dealers behind a string of burglaries in her quaint Massachusetts town. 20,000 first printing. Tour.

Katherine Hall Page has delighted readers with her mysteries featuring the indomitable Faith Fairchild, professional caterer and amateur detective in quaint Aleford, Massachusetts. This time out, the crime occurs too close to home -- Faith's own home! She becomes the latest victim in a rash of neighborhood burglaries when thieves break in and clear out all her jewelry and silver. Undaunted by skeptical police, Faith sets out to find her precious belongings by figuring out how the break-ins are linked, plunging headlong into the complicated maze of New England's lucrative antiques business. Before long, she finds herself in the middle of a ring of scheming dealers who prefer theft to auctions and who aren't averse to murder if the price is right.

Boasting a popular, plucky heroine, deft plotting, and witty, suspenseful prose, The Body in the Bookcase draws on Page's real-life experience with a break-in at her home. And as Faith prepares a lavish feast for finicky Stephanie Bullock's wedding, Page showcases more of the delicious recipes her readers have come to adore.

Blackwell North Amer
While preparing for the elaborate nuptials of Stephanie Bullock, the Have Faith catering company is stretched to its limits by the capricious bride-to-be. Taking a break from the demands of a blue-blood wedding, Faith is out and about one morning making her parish calls when she discovers the body of elderly Sarah Winslow gagged and bound. The house has been ransacked, and poor Sarah doesn't survive the brutal invasion of her home. Devastated by the death of her dear friend, Faith determines to find the burglars, especially when they target Faith's home the following week and strip the Fairchilds of their most precious antique heirlooms and family treasures.
Faith's investigation draws her well beyond the confines of Aleford and into a dangerous ring of corruption and thievery that taints the world of New England antiques dealing. As her stolen property turns up in antiques stores and auctions, Faith follows the trail that leads to the killer, not realizing that she's much closer than she thinks until it's - almost - too late.

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Caterer-detective Faith Fairchild takes on a case involving a ring of antiques dealers behind a string of burglaries in her quaint Massachusetts town

Publisher: New York : Morrow, 1998.
ISBN: 9780688157470
Branch Call Number: M PAG
Characteristics: 244 p. ; 24 cm.


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Jul 18, 2016

The personal experience of the author adds some extra depth to this story.

Apr 21, 2016

Well-constructed mystery. The author gives the reader a fair chance of guessing who commited the murder. Unlike some writers whose protagonist is constantly asking themselves, "Could it be so-and-so or so-and-so..." with long musings over the evidence, this author just summarizes the evidence and allows the reader to think for themselves. A good read.


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