Reviewer: Mary Lignor
Title: The Body in the Gazebo - 19th in the Faith Fairchild Mystery series
Author: Katherine Hall Page
Release Date: April 2011
Year/Setting: Present Day/Aleford MA
Overall Rating: 4.5
Sexual Content Rating: Subtle
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Katherine's Website/Blog: www.katherinehallpage.com
Ursula Lyman Rowe, the mother of Faith Fairchild's best friend Pix Miller, calls Faith to come over to see her saying: "I have to tell you something, something that happened a long time ago."
Pix and family are on their way south to help plan her son's wedding and is not aware of this problem. Mom, Ursula, has been receiving notes in the mail concerning a tragedy in her past concerning her brother and wants Faith (a caterer and wife of the local minister) to help her with. Faith has gotten the reputation of being a amateur sleuth and has helped out many times to solve mysteries concerning her friends. Pix is reluctant to leave her mother, who has been ailing but, Faith assures her friend that she will keep an eye on Ursula along with others in the small town of Aleford. Faith is surprised however, when Ursula tells a tale of murder and false imprisonment that she relates over a couple of week's time that involves an unsolved crime that dates back to the Great Depression years.
Meanwhile, back in the present, the discretionary fund that Faith's husband Tom administrates is short over $10,000 and Tom is the only one who has access to it. As the small town rumors spread, Faith is determined to clear her husband's name and also to help Ursula solve her problems before Pix and family get back home. However, that's another story as Pix gets into a little quandary of her own when she meets her new in-laws-to-be. Believe me, she's in for a big surprise.
This is a great Katherine Hall Page mystery. The Body in the Gazebo is a fascinating read that will keep you from finding out the truth until the last pages. It's a story from the past that comes down to the memory of a teenage girl, now a grandmother, to prove and, the consequences of that secret will be overwhelming to the people that Faith knows. A very tempting mystery that is plotted out so well through every line that you will have a hard time putting it down.
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