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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
The Body in the Casket by Katherine Hall Page (thoughts)
"For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party.
Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be; but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.”
Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a 20-year-old Playbill from Max’s last, and only failed, production—Heaven Or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain.
Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith’s signature biting wit, The Body in The Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap."
This series is a favorite of mine even though I'm reading the books completely out of order at this point. It's funny because I started with the first book like most readers would do and then jumped ahead to the 23rd book in the series. Here I am now having finished the 24th book and even though I've read them out of order, this series has still become a personal favorite of mine. What I love about these books is just the normal, every day feel to them (besides the fact that there is usually a murder or mystery involved). I get so caught up with these characters and their lives - I find it just so fun to read about! This book was different than the other two books that I've read in this series because a murder hasn't actually happened. Instead Faith is asked to investigate and basically help prevent a murder from happening. This book was really fun to read! It had the feel of the game Clue - was it going to be Ms. Scarlett in the study with the candlestick? I loved playing this game when I was younger so I was delighted that this book had that same kind of feel at times. I do feel at times that I'm missing out a bit from not having read the previous books in this series. The author throws out references here and there from those earlier books and it makes me want to have read them all. It doesn't affect my enjoyment of the book overall, I just know that I'm missing things that I wouldn't if I had read those books as well. It sure gives me a reason to work on catching up on this series in 2018!
Overall, I found this book to be another enjoyable addition to this mystery series! I really enjoyed the set up for this book and thought that it added a different level of tension compared to other more typical mysteries that I have read. I will say that there were a lot of other different storylines with this book that at first I had a hard time following along with. Halfway through though, I was fully invested in each and eager to see how everything was going to turn out. I would be remiss if I also didn't mention how much I enjoy the references to Faith's cooking in these books. Mysteries that include food seem to be a favorite of mine that I can't get enough of! I wish that I was half as good of a cook as Faith is! I can easily recommend both this series and this book though! I don't plan on waiting too long before I move on to book two in this series!
Bottom Line: A solid mystery that added to my love of this series!
Disclosure: I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss.
Posted by samantha.1020 at 3:30 AM
Labels: #COYER, #COYER Winter Switch, 2017 read, 2018 review, cozy mystery, edelweiss review copy, favorite author, mystery, series, suspense
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I've not read any of the books in this series but they sound good. Will have to check them out. Thanks for your lovely review, Samantha!ReplyDelete
Melody - This is a fun series - I think that you could call it a cozy mystery series if you wanted but regardless I've enjoyed all 3 of the books in it so far!Delete
I've read a few books in this series, but I'm not caught up with it by any means. And, honestly, I likely never will be. There are so many series that I want to sample and the tried and true long-running ones - though they are likely wonderful - maybe just too many books for me read. Sigh. That being said, there is one book in the series that I liked and read - THE BODY IN THE IVY. It's the author's tribute to Agatha Christie's book, AND THEN THERE WERE NONE. I can recommend that one. Glad you enjoyed this one. Maybe I'll just start picking the most recent book in a series and not worry about the backlist. Ha!ReplyDelete
Thanks Kay!! I might just make The Body in the Ivy my next read from this series :) And Then There Were None is one of my favorites by Christie!!! I can't resist mystery series with lots of books to be honest - for me it just means lots to look forward to even if it takes me FOREVER to catch up with it!Delete
I haven't tried this series, but it sounds good. From the cover, I was kind of expecting a historical mystery. Clue is one of my favorite games too. I was quite good at it growing up. I can't wait until my daughter is a bit older and will enjoy it too. I am glad you enjoyed this one!ReplyDelete
Wendy, reading this book made me want to play Clue with my kids as well! We don't have it but you can bet that I will be changing that one in the near future :)Delete
I loved Clue too! Did you ever see the film. So fun. Anyway, I know I've read one or two books from this author but I actually am not sure if they were from this series. Obviously it's been a long time as I can't remember. For an author to have that many books in the series it must be a good, solid one. Will have to check it out!ReplyDelete
Iliana, no I haven't actually seen the film of Clue but now I really want to! Maybe it will be on Netflix - I'll have to check!Delete