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Friday 22 December 2023

‘The Body in the Snowdrift’ by Katherine Hall Page

Published by Robert Hale & Co Ltd.
30 June 2006.
ISBN: 978-0-7090-8053-0 (HB)

Faith Fairchild is apprehensive about a forthcoming holiday with her husband’s family. A year ago, her father-in-law Dick Fairchild had announced that to celebrate his seventieth birthday he would take the entire family for a week of fun at the Pine Slopes ski resort. As Faith confides to her sister Hope ‘It’s not that I don’t like Tom’s family, but in smaller, shorter doses.

The holiday starts well enough, although Betsey, Tom’s elder sister seems rather uptight and strict with her two boys Scott and Andy, and Craig’s new wife Glenda is rather an unknown quantity. Then on the first morning Faith stumbles over a body - probably not the best start to a family holiday. And after that it’s all rather downhill.

The resort chef just disappears, and so does Betsey’s diamond ring. A break-in and the sabotage of one of the chairlift’s does little to raise morale. Things are further complicated when Faith notices that Scott seems to have taken a shine to Ophelia Stafford, the daughter of the owners of Pine Slopes.

Faith starts a little sleuthing and discovers a rather interesting cottage in a clearing in the woods, but draws a blank when she tries to find out just who is the strange woman that inhabits the cottage.

Despite a murder in the first chapter, the overriding theme of the book is families - both the Fairchild’s and the owners of the resort. An enjoyable read.
Reviewer: Lizzie Hayes

Katherine Hall Page is the author of seventeen previous Faith Fairchild mysteries, the first of which received the Agatha Award for best first mystery, and recently The Body in the Snowdrift was honored with the Agatha Award for best novel of 2006. Page also won an Agatha for her short story "The Would-Be Widower." She lives in Massachusetts with her husband and son.

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