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The Body in the Snowdrift: A Faith Fairchild Mystery    by Katherine Hall Page order for
Body in the Snowdrift
by Katherine Hall Page
Order:  USA  Can
William Morrow, 2005 (2005)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

The myriad fans of Faith Fairchild will delight in The Body in the Snowdrift. Those who haven't yet met Faith are in for a treat. In the fifteenth book in this series, Faith and her husband and two children join her husband's family at a ski resort in Vermont for a weeklong celebration of the family patriarch's seventieth birthday.

What a celebration it turns out to be! First, Faith finds a dead body nestled in the snow. Then the resort's chef disappears and Faith is pressed into helping (she is a caterer). Things escalate from there. Family problems arise, as well as resort disasters of one sort or another, and Faith is involved in everything. This is a vacation?

Faith is a very likeable character – one with a lot of heart, who thinks things out before she reacts. Her unflappability is a good part of her success in business life. A knowledge of food, of course, is uppermost. For foodies, there are enough references to good edibles to keep anyone happy – and hungry. Several recipes from dishes served in the story finish the book.

Katherine Hall Page, if anything, has gotten better and better as her series continues. The plot of The Body in the Snowdrift is devious enough to satisfy any mystery fan. Action moves along well and the dénouement is a surprise.

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