The Body in the Belfry

The Body in the Belfry During her years spent in New York City Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything But the transplanted caterer minister s wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in

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  • Title: The Body in the Belfry
  • Author: Katherine Hall Page
  • ISBN: 9780380713288
  • Page: 265
  • Format: Paperback
  • During her years spent in New York City Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything But the transplanted caterer minister s wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church s belfry The vicDuring her years spent in New York City Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything But the transplanted caterer minister s wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church s belfry The victim, Cindy Shepherd was well known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted beaux, which created a lot of bad blood and than a few possible perpetrators including her luckless fiance, who had neither an alibi nor a better way to break off the engagement Faith thinks it s terribly unfair that the police have zeroed in on the hapless boyfriend, and so she sets out to uncover the truth But digging too deeply into the sordid secrets of a small New England village tends to make the natives nervous And an overly curious big city lady can become just another small town death statistic in very short order.

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    1. Rating: 2.5* of five The Publisher Says: During her years spent in New York City. Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry. The victim, Cindy Shepherd. was well-known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted beaux [...]

    2. Faith Fairchild, a trust-fund baby-turned-caterer born and bred in New York City’s West Side, has relocated to New England to follow her pastor husband Tom to his parish in Aleford, Massachusetts. With a new baby and no job but preacher’s wife, Faith greatly misses her go-go life in the Big Apple where she literally catered to the City’s High Society. Nothing exciting happens in Aleford! Until it does.Faith finds raven-haired siren Cindy Shepherd, a girl as scheming as she was beautiful, s [...]

    3. This is a fun series. I have read the more recent books, but it's always interesting to read the first book in a mystery series. What I like about this series is that, while it's light reading, it's not stupid reading. There has been a lot of stupid writing in the mystery genre lately. I can tell pretty quickly after reading a few pages. When I have the urge to throw the book in the trash, it's time to return it to the library! In this case, I got this copy from Paperback Book Swap, a site I rec [...]

    4. I read this book as part of a book challengee task was to read a book where the main character was either in the clergy or a spouse of a clergy. This book fits the bill as Faith Fairchild is the spouse of a clergyman in a small New England town. Faith is not the usual "stereotype" of a clergyman's wife, even though she is the daughter of a clergyman. Faith was born and raised in New York City and is used to the excitement of city life. Faith is happily married with a newborn son. However, she is [...]

    5. Excellent, simply excellent. This book greatly exceeded my expectations and was wonderfully engrossing from start to finish. Great characters, great setting, great mystery, overall wonderful.

    6. A pleasant, cozy mystery read that wasn't spectacular but enjoyable nonetheless.Faith was a likeable character with tons of curiousity and feistiness, who was trying hard to fit into the quiet, sleepy small town of Aleford and assume the role of a minister's wife after spending years in New York City. It was a bit of a culture shock for her, to say the least, but her love for her husband, Tom, and his mission in life made the transition a little easier. I liked the easygoing, loving relationship [...]

    7. This is a "cozy mystery," the first in a series. This book didn't exactly suck me in and point of view issues didn't help. Most of the first chapter was skimmable backstory told in narrative summary, and Faith Sibley, our sleuth, didn't come alive to me as a person. Faith is a caterer and minister's wife in the small Massachusetts town of Aleford. She's heaving "Victorian sighs" because she's homesick for New York City and bewailing nothing has happened in Aleford since 1775. (I found Faith rath [...]

    8. I thought there was too much "life in a small town" and not enough action around the mystery itself. Nice if you like small-town gossip.

    9. I liked this book! I started the series from book #1, so it’s an older book. The story reminds me of a Miss Marple mystery. Small town mystery where everyone knows everyone’s business. I look forward to more Faith Fairchild.

    10. This is a tidy, well-written little cozy. This isn't a type of mystery I'm usually interested ine darker, gritty, more twisted ones are more appealing to me. But this one had a lot going for it and I will definitely continue with the series. The setting (small town New England in the fall) was beautifully described and created the perfect atmosphere for the story about a quaint town hiding some dark secrets. Most of them involve a nasty young villain whose murdered body is discovered in the firs [...]

    11. This cozy-style mystery is readable enough in its way, but I really don't understand how it managed to win an Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. As other readers have pointed out, it's set in a ridiculously cliche New England village full of ancestor-worshippers (please, why couldn't they have been PAGAN ancestor-worshippers just for variety?) and in general the characters are unusually one-dimensional even by genre fiction standards. The heroine is a New York City gourmet caterer whose love f [...]

    12. The Body in the Belfry is the first in the Faith Fairchild series. I have read one other, number 4 out of order, and decided to go back to this one. This is a series that surprised me in that I am not religious and I usually do not like religious themed books at all. In this series, Faith is a minister’s wife, and yet the books manage to not be preachy or full of morality lessons, etc. I liked the mystery and the characters, Faith and her husband Tom manage to be fully fleshed out characters, [...]

    13. This book was disappointing. I had high hopes for it, since I'm always excited to start a mystery series I hadn't tried before. This one is about a minister's wife, Faith, who moves with her husband from NYC to a small New England town. And there, surprise, surprise, she discovers a body in the belfry.I found that I didn't care about Faith, her husband, or any of the other characters. The writing was very slow, and I had to force myself to keep reading it. Supposedly the people in the town were [...]

    14. I so enjoyed reading this. Such a perfect partnership between Faith and her minister husband--love, patience, enthusiasm, consideration. Page has drawn a lovely range of characters. I look forward to getting to know them all better.The Have Faith part reminds me of Diane Mott Davidson's Goldy Bear series while the New England village setting bears a vague feeling of Agatha Christie's Miss Marple. And the whole creates a very homey feeling.

    15. This is the start of the series of Faith Fairchild. We have ordered the entire series so I will be commenting on all of them before long. Good introduction to the characters and an excellent plot which keeps you reading because you don't know what is going to happen and how the mystery will be solved.J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Isms" "Wesley's Wars" "To Whom It May Concern" and "Tell Me About the United Methodist Church"

    16. I won the most recent book in this series a few months ago and really liked ut, so I decided to start the series from the beginning. This is a well written, engaging mystery with believable characters that still offer a little quirky intrigue. The mystery was well thought out and kept me guessing. I look forward to reading more in the series!

    17. I enjoyed it, but not as much as the previous book I read by the author. It was the very first in the series and the actual book was a paperback that looked like it had been through the wringer. It shouldn't have, but I think that affected how I liked the book.

    18. During her years spent in New York City, Faith Fairchild was convinced she had seen pretty much everything. But the transplanted caterer/minister's wife was unprepared for the surprises awaiting her in the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford. And she is especially taken aback by the dead body of a pretty young thing she discovers stashed in the church's belfry. The victim, Cindy Shepherd, was well-known locally for her acid tongue and her jilted beaux, which created a lot of bad blood and mo [...]

    19. A good series opener - at first I was a wee bit skeptical, because my tolerance for characters who leave New York, and then spend ages bemoaning the fact that they are not in New York anymore is pretty darn low. But, Page kept it to a minimum and the rest of it was enjoyable enough to tolerate it. The mystery is solid - I figured out the culprit just a minute before Faith did - and I look forward to reading more of these.

    20. Faith's child is almost more prop than real child, rarely crying even when his mother is in danger and he should be reacting to her stress. Felt rather unrealistic and I wished the author had left the child out of the story entirely. Beyond that and the apparent ban on ringing the bell in the belfry, it was a decent first book in a cozy series.

    21. While I enjoyed the main character everything else fell flat. I wasn't interested in the mystery. The husband and his religion got tedious. And I found none of the townsfolk 'quirky' or 'charming'. A quick read but still took me days to finish.

    22. Clever cozy mysteryTwo murders: terrible young woman and nice middle aged mother, two attempted murders in a jam cellar; so some fussy recluse could travel.

    23. Okay. New series for me. Will read next one of NYC transplant to small MA village of Aleford with her minister husband and infant son.

    24. Covers all the cozy bases: minister’s wife and parish relationships, housewife and neighbors, new mom, caterer, New York wealth, New England scenery. Perhaps a bit much.

    25. This book is the beginning of a growing list of “Body in the _____” series. Its heroine is Faith Sibley, a native New Yorker who has started a gourmet catering service. She meets and falls in love with Tom Fairchild, a young minister who whisks her away from her beloved home town to a much different life in rural Massachusetts. Faith is trying her best to fit into the role of pastor’s wife in a small town where everyone’s family goes back several generations and where everyone knows ever [...]

    26. An average book at best. Not much character development, I thought. The story was rather run-of-the-mill and Faith Fairchild didn't strike me a minister's wife. In real life I don't like people who feel the need to name the brands of their expensive clothing, wine or strollers, and that's the same for characters in fiction. I listened to the audiobook, which was read by Tanya Eby. The narration was good, but I found the music at the beginning of the book very annoying, even if it only lasted for [...]

    27. Although this is an unabashed formulaic cozy mystery, like any tried and true recipe, it’s quality depends on what the “cook” does to embellish it. Consider, for example that there are as many variations on chicken soup as there are people who cook it. Even a formulaic cozy mystery can be fun, as this one definitely is, and, as it is first in series, it encourages me to dip into this series from time to time, just for a relaxing read.Faith is a Manhattan girl who fell in love with a Minist [...]

    28. I enjoyed this for what it is - a cozy murder mystery about the goings-on in small towns.As a transplanted New Yorker now living in a small town outside of Boston, there's plenty of fish-out-of-water-isms that Faith Fairchild experiences as the new wife of the local minister. As someone who grew up in a small town and now lives in a big city, I did this experience the other way around [without the marrying a minister part, because, hahahaha, the very idea of that, just not happening, but I digre [...]

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