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Friday, January 15, 2010

The Body in the Sleigh by Katherine Hall Page

This is the 18th book in Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild Mystery series.

The Fairchild family is spending the holiday season at their summer get-a-way in Sanpere, Maine as Pastor Tom recuperates from major surgery on the quiet island. But it doesn’t remain quiet for long, as Faith takes the children, Ben and Amy, to a park to pose for their annual Christmas photo, Faith discovers that her perfect background, a sleigh, does not just have a couple of manikins aboard but also a dead body tucked nicely between them. The victim is a young woman who used to spend summers on the island and is known to many of the island residents, known very well by one resident.

As if the dead body isn’t enough, one of the island residents, who raises nanny goats on her farm, finds a baby boy in her manger on the morning of Christmas Eve, along with a huge sum of money for his care, and calls Faith to help her find the mother. While Faith is trying to sleuth out the mother’s identity, she realizes there is a connection to the body she found in the sleigh.

Once you start this book you will not be able to put it down, but this is not your typical Faith Fairchild mystery, I found it much more gripping than her previous books. The characters are great although I missed some of the regulars, but there are new ones who are very dark and deceitful. There is still the wit and humor, the wonderful backdrop of Christmas, and the faith and hope that everything will work out.

There are also two bonuses in this book. There are more yummy recipes, of course, but the pure treat is a wonderful tribute to librarians. It brought back many memories of my own time spent in the library of my hometown.

For a complete list of the books in this series and to find out more about the author, you can visit her webpage at:   http://www.katherine-hall-page.org/

Click on the link below to order your copy today from Amazon.com
The Body in the Sleigh: A Faith Fairchild Mystery (Faith Fairchild Mysteries)

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