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The Body in the Sleigh (Mass Market Paperbound)
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All the Fairchilds are spending the Christmas holidays on idyllic Sanpere Island. While the Reverend Thomas Fairchild recuperates from surgery, his caterer wife, Faith, rejoices in the rare family-time together. But Faith's high spirits are dampened when she discovers the body of a young woman in an antique sleigh in front of the Historical Society. The victim, a teenage drug addict, was beloved by manyand her untimely death rocks the tight-knit island community.
Meanwhile, local spinster Mary Bethany finds a newborn baby boy in her barn on Christmas Eve, along with a note left in the basket and an alarming amount of cash. As Faith tries to locate the child's mother, she realizes his abandonment may be connected to the dead teen's last daysand that, like death and life on Sanpere, evil and redemptive goodness are also intertwined.
About the Author
Katherine Hall Page was born and grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Livingston High School. Her father was the Executive Director of The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and her mother was an artist. Page has an older brother and a younger sister. Early on the family developed a love of the Maine coast, spending summer vacations on Deer Isle. She received her BA from Wellesley College, majoring in English and went on to a Masters in Secondary Education from Tufts and a Doctorate in Administration, Public Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard. College had brought her to Massachusetts and she continues to reside there. Before her career as a full-time writer, Ms. Page taught at the high school level for many years. She developed a program for adolescents with special emotional needs, a school within a school model, that dealt with issues of truancy, substance abuse, and family relationships. Those five years in particular were rich ones for her. This interest in individuals and human behavior later informed her writing.
Married for thirty-five years to Professor Alan Hein, an experimental psychologist at MIT, the couple have a twenty-seven-year-old son. It was during her husband's sabbatical year in France after the birth of their son that Ms. Page wrote her first mystery, The Body in the Belfry, 1991 Agatha Award winner for Best First Mystery Novel. The fifteenth in the series, The Body in the Snowdrift, won the 2006 Agatha Award for Best Mystery Novel. Ms. Page was also awarded the 2001 Agatha for Best Short Story for "The Would-Be Widower" in the Malice Domestic X collection (Avon Books). She was an Edgar nominee for her juvenile mystery, Christie & Company Down East. The Body in the Bonfire was an Agatha nominee in 2003. Page's short story, "The Two Mary's" was an Agatha nominee in 2004. The Body in the Lighthouse (2003) was one of three nominees for The Mary Higgins Clark Award. The nineteenth in the series, The Body in the Gazebo, will be published by William Morrow in April, 2011.
Descended from Norwegian-Americans on her mother's side and New Englanders on her father's, Ms. Page grew up listening to all sorts of stories. She remains an unabashed eavesdropper and will even watch your slides or home movies to hear your narration. Her books are the product of all the strands of her life and she plans to keep weaving.
-Publishers Weekly on The Body in the Sleigh
“The feel-good Christmas theme, pleasant characters and recipes will keep the faithful content.”
-Kirkus Reviews on The Body in the Sleigh
“This charming story, told with humor, warmth and wonderful characters, is a perfect holiday present for cozy mystery fans.”
-Romantic Times on The Body in the Sleigh
“A tasty holiday treat.”
-Iron Mountain Daily News (MI) on The Body in the Sleigh
“Page is adept at mixing charming narrative with page-turning mystery.”
-BookPage on The Body in the Sleigh
“This 18th entry in the addictive series featuring Faith Fairchild, minister’s wife and caterer extraordinaire, attests to Page’s skill at creating absorbing cozies with likeable, well-rounded characters who feel like old friends.”
-Mystery Scene on The Body in the Sleigh
“An enjoyable, swift read....Page...gift-wraps everything up with a bow on top.”
-Bangor Daily News on The Body in the Sleigh
“Katherine Hall Page is my favorite writer of the traditional mystery. Not only is The Body in the Sleigh a gripping whodunit, but it’s a classic tale of hope.”
-Harlan Coben, New York Times bestselling author of Long Lost