Reviewer Mary Lignor: Mary is a retired librarian, originally from Connecticut but now living in New Mexico. All her life Mary has loved books and has passed this love on to her daughters. Mary started working in a library when her children were young as an Assistant Librarian and ended up as its Director. Her favorite books are suspense, political intrigue and anything involving the World War II era.
Author: Katherine Hall Page
It's Holiday time and the Fairchild
Family, Faith, Tom, Ben and Amy are spending it in their summer
cottage on Sanpere Island on the coast of Maine. Maine you
ask? In the middle of winter? That's just crazy.
But, Tom is recuperating from major surgery and the family decides to
go to their cottage where he can relax and have a pleasant, quiet
recuperation. Still, just like Jessica Fletcher from Murder She
Wrote, whenever Faith shows up anywhere, the dead bodies start to
pile up. Although, things start out very quietly, family time
together, watching ice boaters, snow shoeing in the woods and a lot
of reading, things are about to happen.
Faith takes the children to town one morning to take Christmas pictures in front of the Sanpere Historical Society. They had decorated an old sleigh with Christmas packages and a couple of manikins dressed up in antique costumes. But, as Faith is taking the pictures she notices that there are three manikins. And, the third figure turns out to be a dead body. The victim is Norah Taft, a young woman who had lived on Sanpere during the summer months and just recently had come back to live full time with her mother. She was apparently a drug addict and had committed suicide. Many people on the Island remembered her fondly and were very disturbed by her death.
In the meantime, also on the island, a local woman, Mary Bethany, who raises goats comes upon a newborn baby boy in her barn on Christmas Eve. The only indications of his identity are a note asking Mary to raise the baby as well as a lot of cash. Mary asks Faith to help her find the identity of the baby's mother and during their investigation they find that the truth behind the child abandonment is connected somehow to Norah's death.
This book is a page-turner. Ms. Page is wonderful as usual and ties everything up at the end with her usual talent. She is a great story teller and has won about every prize given to Mystery Authors. However, I've read all of her previous books about Faith Fairchild (17) and they all had a certain light-heartedness about them. This book is entirely different. It is much darker but the story is really excellent. The plots jump around a little but, if you read this author's books like I do you don't put it down long enough to get confused. Excellent job, Ms. Page. I'm so relieved you haven't decided to have Faith go after a group of vegetarian vampires. They are really getting old. Thanks for the great read.