The Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery
22nd in Series
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Hardcover: 256 pages
E-Book ASIN: B00MTS3MEW
At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family, in this twenty-third book in the popular mystery series.
The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can’t seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”
The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.
Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.
About This Author
Katherine Hall Page is the author of twenty-two previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery. The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story “The Would-Be Widower.” In addition, she has been nominated for the Edgar Award, the Mary Higgins Clark Award, and the Macavity Award. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.
My review: The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page
This is my first book in the series. It was not hard to pick up and read. I could tell the characters had a rich history. The murder was not that big of a part in the story. I was interested in the characters and there soap opera lives. There was so much drama going on and hints of what was going on.
The characters that I thought badly at first seemed to like more as the story went on. There was many different story lines running through the story like real life ones. I wanted to keep reading and see what would happen next.
I thought one of the main characters of the story was Sophie Maxwell. She was a lawyer who was willing to make some changes in her life. I liked her and wanted her to be happy. She was kind, smart , willing to jump in and help when she saw a need.
Another main character was Faith Fairchild and her family. She is a mother of two children, a cater and her husband is a clergy. She is worried about her family. They are staying with friends while there summer home is having some work done.
The main bulk of the story happens on Sanpere Island, Maine. It makes me want to eat seafood. There are some recipes in the back of the book.
Sophie gets a phone call from her mother who is on a cruise. To go to the family home on Sanpere Island. That her Aunt Priscilla's death a year ago her husband had just opened a letter from her and wants the family to come for what she wants done with the family home.
Paul will decide at the end of the month who will inherit the mansion and land on the island. All the relatives except Sophie's mother has shown up. Even Paul's relative Will. Paul is being sucked up to by the family and wanting the property.
There is a lot of talk on the island about who gets left what in the will and what is best for the family.
I would read more books in this series. I will have to put Katherine Hall Page on my list of books to read in the future.
I was given this ebook to read by the author and in return I agreed to give honest review and be part of The Body in the Birches book tour.
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