THE BODY IN THE WAKE
By Katherine Hall Page
It’s not often that a mystery comes along that is pure pleasure to read from the opening paragraph to the all-too-soon ending. Readers of Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild mysteries have been enjoying that pleasure since the first book in the series, “The Body in the Belfry,” debuted, introducing us to transplanted Manhattan caterer Faith, her minister husband Tom, and, eventually, their two children, Ben and Amy.
“The Body in the Wake” is the twenty-fifth in this series, and the characters and plots are just as fresh and entertaining today. The newest book takes readers from the Massachusetts hamlet of Aleford to the Fairchilds’ summer home on Sanpere Island, Maine, where Faith has some time to herself for a change. But, alas, when Faith and her dear friend Sophie Maxwell take a quick dip one hot summer afternoon, they discover the body of a drowning victim in the pond. At first, the death appears to be a tragic accident, but locals can’t help but wonder who the mysterious stranger was, and what his weird tattoo could mean.
Faith resolves, just this once, not to get involved. Samantha Miller, the daughter of her best friend and neighbor Pix and her lawyer husband, Sam, is getting married on Sanpere Island and Faith is doing some of the catering. Pix is already a nervous wreck, worrying that things will go wrong with the wedding, and then the mother of the groom—whom Pix has never met—shows up and rachets her stress level up even more. In addition, Pix’s new neighbors are accusing the Millers of vandalizing their property and want them arrested. Faith’s priority is to help her friends, but as the body count rises, she realizes she has more to deal with than just planning menus.
“The Body in the Wake” is an intelligent, well-plotted, satisfying mystery with some twists at the end that I loved. Highly recommended.