# 20 in the Faith Fairchild Mystery series
The Body in the Boudoir by Katherine Hall Page
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 1, 2012)
Original Review: June 25, 2012 on Crochet Nirvana
In the twentieth installment of the Faith Fairchild Mystery series we find out how the heroine met and married her husband, Tom Fairchild. It’s 1990 and Faith Sibley is the owner of an up and coming catering company, Have Faith, in New York City. The daughter (and grand-daughter) of a preacher, she has sworn to leave parish life behind for good. While catering a wedding, Faith unexpectedly meets Tom (a Reverend!) and it’s love at first sight for both of them.
A whirl wind romance leads to wedding plans for the happy couple. However it’s not all flowers and gift registries. As the planning progresses, the mysteries unfold. Faith’s new employee Francesca has a secret. Her sister Hope is experiencing strange phone calls and trouble with clients at her high powered job on Wall Street. When Faith visits her Uncle’s Long Island estate where the wedding will take place a pile of falling bricks narrowly misses her. And then there is the body in the boudoir.
All of these pieces should work together to tell a love story speckled with mystery and intrigue. But for me it never comes together. I enjoyed learning about Faith, Tom and their families. They’re funny and quirky and I remember them from other books. Faith is spunky and smart and I can see how the 1990’s version has grown into the character who I like traveling and solving mysteries with. And I could feel the chemistry between Faith and Tom that is evident in the other books in the series that I’ve read. The love story worked for me. The mystery did not. There are sub plots (Francesca and Hope) that have little relevance to the rest of the story, and I don’t think they add anything entertaining or important. If I’m honest, it feels like the body in the boudoir was only included because we expect Faith to solve a murder.
Overall I’m disappointed with this offering. I haven’t read all of the other 19 in the series, but the few that I have were woven together in a more interesting fashion that formed a more entertaining story. If you’re a fan I say to go ahead and give it a read for the love story and family history. If you’re new to Faith Fairchild Mysteries, I recommend choosing another title. The Body in the Ivy and The Body in the Gazebo are two that hit the mark.
Here's a look at what some other readers have to say...
5.0 out of 5 stars - A book with lots of fun! I have been reading K H Page's book since the beginning. The Faith Fairchild's mysteries have been becoming rather tedious...and Page's writing and story line rather trite. Read more. Published 18 days ago by louise
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Katherine"s Best, But Enjoyable None the Less I've read every one of Page's Faith Fairchild mysteries and look forward to indulging in each one. the Body in the Boudoir is a "flashback" story, returning to New York and... Read more Published 3 months ago by Sara A. Clarke
3.0 out of 5 stars Liberal minister I have read all of the mysteries written by Katherine Hall Page and like them all. I liked this one too although I was a little surprised that a minister and his fiancee would...
Read more Published 3 months ago by JoAnne Leboeuf Coakley
3.0 out of 5 stars I particularly liked the setting and the catering storyline Katherine Hall Page writes the Faith Fairchild series, combining mystery with food. Her 20th book and the first one I have read is The Body in the Boudoir, which begins with Faith... Read more Published 3 months ago by Diane
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing I was very disappointed in this latest novel. I have totally enjoyed all of the previous novels by Katherine Hall Page. Read more Published 4 months ago by irisheyes
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