Book Review: Katherine Hall Page’s The Body in the Big Apple

Posted March 18, 2011 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews

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Book Review: Katherine Hall Page’s The Body in the Big Apple

The Body in the Big Apple

by Katherine Hall Page


Series: Faith Fairchild #0.5

Other books by this author that I've reviewed include The Body in the Bouillon, The Body in the Vestibule, The Body in the Cast, The Body in the Basement, The Body in the Bookcase, The Body in the Moonlight, The Body in the Bonfire, The Body in the Lighthouse, The Body in the Attic, The Body in the Snowdrift, The Body in the Ivy, The Body in the Sleigh, The Body in the Bog, The Body in the Gazebo, The Body in the Boudoir, The Body in the Piazza, The Body in the Birches.

Genres: Amateur Sleuth, Mystery

This Paperback has 304 pages and was published by Avon Publications on February 6, 2001. Discover more about it at Goodreads. You can also buy it at Amazon

Tenth in the Faith Fairchild cooking mystery series, from a publication order standpoint. As part of the chronological timeline of the series, it jumps to first in line (Faith Fairchild #0.5!) as Faith Sibley hasn’t met Tom yet and is just getting her first year of Have Faith under her toque in 1989 New York City.

My Take

This gives us some back history — pre-Tom! — on Faith’s first year in business, and the start of her amateur sleuthing.

There are some perks for Faith as she meets a joyful singer on the bus and everywhere everyone is talking up Have Faith even as someone attempts to kill Faith…or is it Emma?

The end is a humdinger; I try to tell myself I should have guessed but…oh well…

It was interesting to read about pre-Tom-Ben-Amy Faith with her views on ministerial husbands and the enigma of children — ooh, baby, what she’s got comin’ up!

The Story

One of Faith’s best friends from school, Emma, has a huge problem, and she tortures Faith with bits and pieces of it. Part of the problem is the murder of Nate Fox, a dissident from the 1960s who has a clandestine link to Emma, which could create a bigger problem for Emma’s right-wing husband who is running for political office.

Turns out Emma’s been keeping some mighty big secrets from her best friend and she continues to flit and dodge even as she asks Faith for help during the busy Christmas season.

The Characters

Faith Sibley is a chef with her own company, Have Faith, in New York City.

Emma is one of Faith’s best friends from school. Her husband is running for office and has right-wing beliefs. Nate Fox is a dissident from the 1960s with a clandestine link to Emma.

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