The Body in the Casket

The Body in the Casket

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"The inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue. For most of her adult life, resourceful caterer Faith Fairchild has called the sleepy Massachusetts village of Aleford home. While the native New Yorker has come to know the region well, she isn't familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts and Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party. Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane--a Broadway legend--is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. At the house as they discuss the event, Faith's client makes a startling confession. "I didn't hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be, but for your sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me." Faith's only clue is an ominous birthday gift the man received the week before--an empty casket sent anonymously containing a twenty-year-old Playbill from Max's last, and only failed, production--Heaven or Hell. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew. As the guests begin to arrive one by one, and an ice storm brews overhead, Faith must keep one eye on the menu and the other on her host to prevent his birthday bash from becoming his final curtain call. Full of delectable recipes, brooding atmosphere, and Faith's signature biting wit, The Body in the Casket is a delightful thriller that echoes the beloved mysteries of Agatha Christie and classic films such as Murder by Death and Deathtrap"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062439567
Characteristics: 238 pages ;,24 cm.


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Mar 24, 2018

What I liked about this mystery is its like Agatha Christie mysteries and it’s got great elements of the board game, Clue. And of course, having a chef as the detective is always fun because there will be great descriptions of food.

samdog123 Feb 07, 2018

Always love the books in this series and the characters are like old friends. The plot was a little simple in this one, but the characters are what makes me want to read each and every one of them.

Jan 18, 2018

I agree with the prior comment. I love this series, and overall the books in this series are 4-5 stars. This book is not up to the author's usual standard. I enjoyed getting caught up on the lives of Faith and her family and friends, but the plot of this book was less appealing, and I did not care about the extra characters who appear only in this book. I found the ending abrupt and unconvincing. So my recommendation is to start at the beginning (The Body in the Belfry) and read the series in order; most of the books are much better than this one. I especially enjoy the books that take place on Sanpere Island, a fictional island off the coast of Maine. This author knows Maine (where I grew up).

Jan 08, 2018

I really like this series but this one misses the mark.

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