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Great Escapes Tour: The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page

16 May

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The Body in the Birches
by Katherine Hall Page

I really enjoyed this one although it is my first by the author, I thought the characters were strong and well developed from the start, The author keeps your attention from the first page and leaves you wanting more at the end.
~Shelley’s Book Case

…the story was more about families than it was about the actual murders- family make up, family fractures, family expectations…
~Bea’s Book Nook

A wonderful summer mystery, so be sure to add it to your reading list.
~fundinmental

The author writes interesting and complicated characters and includes descriptive passages that create virtual visual settings. I felt like I was observing the goings on first hand.
~Laura’s Interests

BODY IN THE BIRCHESThe Body in the Birches: A Faith Fairchild Mystery 
Cozy Mystery
22nd in Series
Publisher: William Morrow (May 12, 2015)
Hardcover: 256 pages
ISBN-13: 978-0062310828
E-Book ASIN: B00MTS3MEW
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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.

kathy083About 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.

Author Links:

http://www.katherine-hall-page.org/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/21167.Katherine_Hall_Page

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FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My thoughts:  The Faith Fairchild books have always been one of my favorite series. When I found out there was going to be a Great Escapes Tour for the latest book, I jumped at the chance to participate. I like these books, not just because of the great recipes that are included, but I really like Faith. She’s very down to earth and I love reading about how she deals with the every day events of being a minister’s wife and a mother. Of course, always running across a dead body is not exactly every day, but . . .

This latest installment in the series is a bit different. There are a couple of murders, but the main focus is on family dynamics and how we don’t always like the people we are related to. Also different is that the fact that Faith really is really on the sidelines for this one.  The focus is really on Sophie Maxwell, whom I really enjoyed reading about. She’s the only likable character in a rather crazy family. I wouldn’t mind reading more about her.

The Body in the Birches is an engaging story that will keep the reader hooked. I would have read it one sitting if I wasn’t so caught up with all the end of school year craziness. I pride myself on being able to figure out who the murderer is before the author reveals it, but Katherine had me stumped in this one, which made the book even more enjoyable.

Though this is part of a series, you can easily read this book without having read any of the previous books.  However, I recommend  you treat yourself and read them all. And don’t forget to try out some of the recipes. I  can’t wait to try out Nan Hamilton’s Chocolate Drop Cookies.

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