William Morrow (Harper Collins)
Date: April 29, 2003
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Body in the Lighthouse
A Faith Fairchild Mystery
Fairchild, caterer and minister's wife, returns in The Body in
the Lighthouse. This is her thirteenth appearance, but that
in no way dooms this story. The story began when the Fairchild went
to Sanpere Island off the coast of Maine for their annual vacation.
their cottage wasn't ready for Faith and the two children, Ben,
seven, and Amy, three. After one night in the unfinished mess, Faith
accepted Ursula Rowe's invitation for the Fairchild family to stay
with her at the Pines. Faith couldn't refuse the mother of her best
friend, so she, Tom and the kids moved in for the short time it
would take to finish the house.
there, Ursula confided to Faith that something was wrong on the
island. Too many of their elderly folks were dying all at once.
All of them had been sick, of course. And then, there was the dispute
between Keep Sanpere Sanpere and Harold Hapswell. Hapswell, a realtor
and developer, was building a gated community of hideous and huge
homes on Butler Point. He had cleared the forest so these could
be seen from the ocean, wrecking the view for all but the newcomers.
Some of the summer folks had banded together to protest the development.
Sanford, another realtor, was almost poisoned by some turpentine.
The spray painting began next, then the fires in the development
project. When Faith found Hapswell's body at the old lighthouse
down the shore from Ursula's home, she knew things would only get
worse. But could she solve the mystery before anyone else died?
Body in the Lighhouse is a plot full of twists, turns and wonderfully
human characters. The end was quite unexpected. The recipes are
mouth-watering. Katherine Page Hall is a new experience for me,
but it is one I will love to repeat.