The Fourth of July is one of the hottest on record, and even the breeze off Penobscot Bay can't seem to cool things down for Faith Fairchild and the rest of the folks on Sanpere Island. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early 20th-century "cottage". The body is identified as The Birches' housekeeper. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house.
"Another Good Cozy on the Series"
Faith is certain that the only intrigue in store for her will be learning the secret recipe for Nona Rossi's ragu. But a thicker plot begins to simmer when the Fairchilds accidentally stumble upon a dying man in the Piazza Farnese. It's clear from the knife in the victim's chest that murder is on the menu. Mysterious faces from Rome reappear in Tuscany. To Faith, this is no coincidence.
"Don't waste your time or money!"
Faith Fairchild turns back the clock to one of the most momentous events of her life: her wedding day. It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman with her own catering business in New York City. But a chance meeting with the Reverend Thomas Fairchild is love at first sight, and suddenly Faith is heading north to visit her future in-laws, some of whom are as frosty as a New England winter. Before she can say "I do," two mysteries divert the bride-to-be's attention....
"Just a fun, cute and interesting mystery"
Attorney Sophie Maxwell has come to Savannah to be with her new husband, Will. But nothing throws cold water on a hot relationship faster than a dead body. Worse for Sophie, no one believes the body she knows she saw is real. Fortunately, Sophie has a good friend in Faith Fairchild. With teenage Amy being bullied by mean girls and husband Tom contemplating a major life change that will affect all the Fairchilds, Faith is eager for distraction in the form of some sleuthing.
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.
"Fatuous In The Extreme"
Minister's wife, sometime sleuth, and culinary artist Faith Sibley Fairchild is intrigued by rumors of mysterious doings at Hubbard House - an elegant, secluded retirement home for the well-heeled Yankees of Aleford, Massachusetts. Determined to do some surreptitious snooping, she joins the pricey retreat's flu-depleted kitchen staff, only to witness an aging resident collapse face-first into a bowl of Faith's hot and savory boillon.
"Entertaining and Quick Read"
Faith Fairchild and her husband Tom, the handsome young minister, have left the little village of Aleford, Massachusetts, for a summer on Sanpere Island, off the coast of Maine. But Tom is called away to a three-week religious retreat in New Hampshire, leaving Faith to amuse herself and care for baby Benjamin, now safely into his terrible twos. The summer begins innocently enough, with Faith involved in a seemingly harmless mystery, a hunt for treasure, the clues to which are cryptically embedded in a patchwork quilt.
In "Sliced", Faith switches from contestant to detective when a cooking competition turns deadly. Also included is the Agatha Award-winning "The Would-Be Widower", about a husband who longs to be rid of his wife, and "Hiding Places", in which a young wife's new husband may not be all that he appears.
Faith Fairchild is momentarily shocked to find her husband, the Reverend Thomas Fairchild, embracing Lora Deane but then relieved to discover the distraught teacher is merely seeking solace and advice. Lora has been receiving threatening phone calls, and she's not the only resident of Aleford who is being terrorised. Ever since environmentalists began protesting the proposed development that will destroy Beecher's Bog, the more vocal opponents have become targets of campaign of intimidation.