Thursday, April 23, 2015

Book Review: The Body in the Birches by Katherine Hall Page (giveaway)

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from William Morrow via Edelweiss, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it

Looking for some great ebooks to add to that tablet you're getting Mom for Mother's Day?

Be sure to add this one, and maybe some more from the series, by pre-purchasing it! It comes out May 12th!

the body in the birches cover


Synopsis:


At home on Sanpere Island, Maine, caterer and amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild discovers that real estate can be murder, especially when it’s all in the family.

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. But the fireworks are just beginning. After the celebrations are over, Faith discovers a body in the woods near The Birches, an early twentieth-century “cottage.”

The body is identified as The Birches’ housekeeper, who seems to have succumbed to a heart attack. The death is only one of the dramatic events upending the historic house. A family gathering has been called to decide who will inherit the much loved, and very valuable, estate that has been in the Proctor family for generations. With this much money involved, it’s just a matter of time before trouble arises.

Faith is juggling her own family problems. Her teenage son, Ben, has started a new job as a dishwasher at The Laughing Gull Lodge—learning things that could land him in very hot water. And her daughter Amy is worried about her new friend, Daisy Proctor. Daisy is terrified—convinced that someone is trying to eliminate her mother from getting a share of The Birches. To protect her children, Faith has to find a possible murderer—before he strikes too close to her own home.

Review:

This is a perfect book to get you ready for Summer- you'll be wishing you are on Sampere Island the entire time you're reading it! This is the first book of the 22 book series of Hall's, but it won't be my last! I aim to go back and read all 21! Faith Fairchild could be your neighbor, or even you. She is a wife, mother and good friend. She also happens to be a caterer, and thankfully Hall includes some of her recipes at the back of the book, because you'll be salivating for them while reading the book (in fact she has previous books' recipes on her website for your perusal). ! This is a fun mystery, full of family dysfunction taken to the max,  that will keep you guessing with its twists and turns. If you loved Agatha Christie's Miss Marple (in fact Hall has won the Agatha award multiple times!) , or Murder She Wrote, you'll get the same local ambience and fun characters. Be sure to pick this one up for Summer! 

About the Author:

Katherine Hall Page was born and grew up in New Jersey. Early on her 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. Married for thirty-nine years to Professor Alan Hein, an experimental psychologist at MIT, the couple have one adult son. 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. Check out her website for more fun!



Giveaway:

The author is giving away a SIGNED copy of this book, over on her website- so be sure to enter today, as the contest ends April 29th!



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