Publication Order of Faith Fairchild Books
|The Body in the Belfry||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Kelp||(1990)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Bouillon||(1991)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Vestibule||(1992)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Cast||(1993)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Basement||(1994)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Bog||(1996)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Fjord||(1997)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Bookcase||(1998)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Big Apple||(1999)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Moonlight||(2001)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Bonfire||(2002)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Lighthouse||(2003)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Attic||(2004)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Snowdrift||(2005)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Ivy||(2006)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Gallery||(2008)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Sleigh||(2009)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Gazebo||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Boudoir||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Piazza||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Birches||(2015)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Body in the Wardrobe||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
As per the title, the story of Katherine Hall Page’s series revolves around Faith Sibley Fairchild. A high powered single woman living a life of luxury and glamour, Faith could never have imagined abandoning her in-demand career in the heart of Manhattan; that is until fate (and her marriage) drew her to the small town of Aleford in Massachusetts.
Now mother to an adorable boy called Benjamin, Faith will have to make adjustments to fit into the pattern of her new world; a world she is willing to bear for her son and the love of her Husband. However finding her place as a Minister’s wife even while struggling to bring her catering business back to life proves to be the least of Faith’s worries; Aleford turns out to be anything but an ordinary small town.
There are mysteries brewing over the horizon; and Faith finds herself embroiled in the many secrets of the town, turning her catering hat towards matters of crime and murder as she is impelled headfirst into a life far removed from her planned path but which she cannot help but revel in.
The Faith Fairchild Series- Faith Sibley Fairchild
At the start of the story, Faith Sibley Fairchild, the primary protagonist of the story, is a blue eyed blond haired slender young woman in her late twenties. Transforming her love for cooking into a career path, she finds success in ‘Have Faith’ a catering business in the heart of New York.
Her father and grandfather were men of the church, and as such Faith was no stranger to matters of Ministry; however following the luxury and success she had managed to scratch out of her catering business, she held no interest in revisiting the rustic dregs of her past.
And as such her love for England bred and born Thomas Fairchild was anything but welcome; a minister in his own right, she makes the decision to stick with her beloved on his sojourn to the little town of Alerfod. There life takes a strange turn. While homesick, Faith couldn’t have called her new life miserable or distasteful. Rather it was the boredom that seemed to nag at her in a little quiet town not known for its excitement and explosive atmosphere.
The mysteries that eventually emerge prove to be a tonic for her ever active mind, Faith eventually taking to them with relative ferocity. Faith Fairchild has been described as self-centered yet very generous, open minded even while presenting a personality prone to snap judgments; a woman that her husband has spoken of as bringing a surprising amount of blind trust to the table even while availing a level of curiosity not only driving her to know everything there is to know about everyone but thrusting her into some rather unique situations.
The Faith Fairchild Series- Katherine Hall Page
Born in 1947 and growing up in New Jersey, Katherine’s father was the Executive director of an organization known as The Kessler Institute of Rehabilitation while her mother pursued art.
The middle child of three siblings, Katherine majored in English, getting her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College and Secondary Education Masters Degree from Tufts. Following this achievement with a Doctorate from Harvard (Administration, Public Planning and Social Policy), Katherine’s studies drew her to Massachusetts where she would continue to reside from that point on.
Katherine Hall Page taught at a high school level for several years, during which time she developed a program to aid adolescents deal with emotional needs, truancy, substance abuse etc. It was during her teaching years that Katherine gained a deep interest in understanding human behavior, the experience not only impacting her writing but allowing her to enjoy some of the richest years of her life.
Katherine is married to Alan Hein, an MIT experimental psychologist; it was during her husband’s sabbatical, following the birth of their only son that Katherine first begun writing, crafting ‘The Body in the Belfry’, her first mystery novel for which she won the Agatha Award.
Katherine has written more than a dozen books since then, winning numerous awards and nominations, this including ‘Have Faith in your Kitchen’, a non-fiction book. She has admitted to harboring powerful urges of curiosity, many of the Faith Fairchild novels emerging out of stands of her life and experiences.
The body in the Belfry
Cindy Shepherd is discovered in the church belfry, most definitely dead, most likely from the kitchen knife sticking out of her. And Faith Fairchild, wife to the local minister, quickly learns that there is no shortage of suspects in the seemingly quiet town of Aleford, from jilted lovers to childhood enemies and victims of her gossip. What Faith doesn’t realize is the fact that the residents of the little New England village will not suffer her attempts at unveiling their hidden secrets.
The first book in the Faith Fairchild series has been described as a fun read; The Body in the Belfry introduces Faith Sibley Fairchild as she tries to forget her privileged past in attempts at maneuvering her roles as a minister’s wife. Quickly learning of the town’s need for a caterer, Faith seems set to reclaim a modicum of her past glory, until a murder upends the calm of the town. With Faith asking more discomforting questions than she has any right to, the town takes on a less than pleasant shade.
While the mysteries are hardly the most complex, the novel is able to entertain audiences through Faith, her character not only driving the plot but making it a worthwhile read.
The Body in the Kelp
Matilda Prescott is an old, wealthy but detestable woman whose death no one will moan. Stumbling upon an estate auction, however, Faith learns of the old woman’s secret, a map weaved into her beautifully made quilt and whose clues can only lead to Matilda’s hidden treasure.
In following the old woman’s well crafted clues, what Faith encounters isn’t vast treasures but a corpse floating in a tidal pool. Entwined in mystery once more, Faith will have to unravel familial conflicts and greed to discover the murderous secrets hidden beneath.
The second book in Katherine Hall Page’s series does not disappoint, raising the stakes even while exploring the persona that is Faith Fairchild, whose character manages to hold the novel together, making it a surprisingly fun experience.Book Series In Order » Characters » Faith Fairchild