The Body in the Birches

The Body in the Birches

Paperback - 2015
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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-second 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.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, c2015
ISBN: 9780062310835
Branch Call Number: PAPERBACK
Characteristics: 326 pages ; 17 cm

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janblake189
Dec 26, 2016

This was my first, but not my last, Katherine Hall Page mystery. This was an entertaining quick read. Living on an island off the coast of Maine myself, the summer experience and family dynamics are very close to home- although thankfully no murders yet.

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maipenrai
Nov 08, 2016

Book 22 in the Faith Fairchild series

samdog123 Jul 16, 2015

Katherine Hall Page has been a favourite of mine for many years. I love her main character, Faith Fairchild, a caterer who married a New England 'man of the cloth.' In this latest installment, the Fairchilds are at their summer cottage on Sanpere island. The plot thickens when a local family must compete for who will inherit the century old cottage. And when the body of the housekeeper is found, tensions start to mount. I wouldn't say this is Page's best in the series--too many characters to form a real connection, but I enjoyed it as always.

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