The Body in the Casket: Faith Fairchild Series, Book 24
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The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue.

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn't familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith's client makes a startling confession. "I didn't hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me."

Faith's only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a twenty-year-old Playbill from Max's last, and only failed, production—Heaven or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain call.

Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith's signature biting wit, The Body in the Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap.

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        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." The recipient of the Malice Domestic Award for Lifetime Achievement, she has also been nominated for the Edgar, the Mary Higgins Clark, the Maine Literary, and the Macavity Awards. She lives in Massachusetts and Maine with her husband.

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The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue.

For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn't familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith's client makes a startling confession. "I didn't hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me."

Faith's only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a twenty-year-old Playbill from Max's last, and only failed, production—Heaven or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain call.

Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith's signature biting wit, The Body in the Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap.

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      • content: "Katherine Hall Page, who has written almost two dozen culinary mysteries, has come up with another smart twist on her cozy formula featuring Faith Fairchild."
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      • content: "A cracking good traditional manor house mystery."
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      • content: "Those who enjoy a traditional mystery with appealing characters and a New England feel will enjoy this."
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        July 1, 2017

        The winner of three Agatha Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic, Page gives hard-working sleuth Faith Fairchild a new case. Faith has been hired to cater legendary Broadway producer/director Max Dane's 70th birthday party, but her real task is to figure out why someone has sent him a coffin containing a 20-year-old Playbill from his final production, his only flop. Max is convinced that someone wants him dead.

        Copyright 2017 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        September 11, 2017
        Agatha-winner Page’s 24th Faith Fairchild mystery (after 2016’s Body in the Wardrobe) is a cracking good traditional manor house mystery. Faith isn’t enthusiastic about leaving her family for three days to cater the birthday celebration of legendary Broadway impresario Maxwell Dane—at least not until Max offers to pay her more than she has ever earned for a single event. But Max wants Faith for her sleuthing ability as much as for her catering skills. Someone recently had a coffin delivered to Rowan House, Max’s mansion in Havencrest, Mass., and he suspects the grim warning came from one of the people who had roles in his last and most ignominious Broadway production, a spectacular flop entitled Heaven or Hell. Who wants Max dead? Is it the director Max fired, the embittered set designer, the slighted actress who should have had the lead, or one of the other artists whose careers were never the same again? Realistic characters and a pair of intriguing side stories contribute to a satisfying read. Agent: Faith Hamlin, Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

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        October 1, 2017
        A coffin as a birthday gift is either a bizarre joke or a very bad omen.Every aspect of Faith Fairchild's life in lovely Aleford, Massachusetts, is about to cause her trouble. Her college-bound son Ben's girlfriend, who tells him she needs some space, has unfriended him on Facebook. Her best friend Pix's daughter has lost her job and her boyfriend and moved home. Pix's widowed mother is dating a man whose motives are suspect. The town council, whose members include Faith's minister husband, is divided over a proposal to put in a strip mall. But these problems fade away when Faith receives a call from Max Dane, once a famous Broadway producer, offering her an outrageous amount to cater a weekendlong birthday party for a dozen people at his nearby estate. Arriving at Max's mansion to discuss the arrangements, she meets his attractive jack-of-all-trades, Ian Morrison, who will help her cater to the guests. Although Max does indeed want to throw a birthday party, he's actually hiring Faith for her talents as an amateur sleuth (The Body in the Wardrobe, 2016, etc.) because he's sure one of his guests has sent him a coffin containing a Playbill from his 20-year-old production of Heaven or Hell: The Musical. The play was a flop that wrecked the careers of many associated with it, and all his invited guests had a part in the disaster. After giving Faith a tour of the magnificent house, Max reveals that it was the home of his mother's wealthy family, who cast her off when she married beneath her. They continued to invite the younger Max to stay every year, but his visits had proved so awful they were practically abusive. Although two of his guests die before the party, the rest arrive on time. Can Faith figure out which of them harbors thoughts of murder before the deed is done?The mystery, though surprising enough, is outshone by family problems, detailed descriptions of the setting, and devilishly delicious food.

        COPYRIGHT(2017) Kirkus Reviews, ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn't familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.

Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith's client makes a startling confession. "I didn't hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me."

Faith's only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man...

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