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The Body in the Attic: A Faith Fairchild Mystery    by Katherine Hall Page order for
Body in the Attic
by Katharine Hall Page
Order:  USA  Can
William Morrow, 2004 (2004)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The Body in the Attic is a Faith Fairchild mystery, the fourteenth in this series. Faith, her cleric husband and two children, move to Cambridge for a semester so that the Rev. Thomas Fairchild can substitute teach at Harvard Divinity School.

They move into a house, vacated by the regular professor for much needed R&R. It's a strange and lonely Victorian pile, in which Faith discovers a diary, written in 1947 by a woman who was imprisoned there by her demented husband. We get a tour of Cambridge, which I enjoyed. I found the diary a little unbelievable but went along with it. And I suffered with Faith in her personal battles, after she happened on an old flame from days gone by.

Pay attention when reading the final chapters or you might miss the explanation of the mystery. Though I had some trouble with the ending, which was clever but very contrived, I found The Body in the Attic a quick and satisfying read.

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