It's 1990, and Faith Sibley is a single young woman leading a glamorous life in New York City. But when she meets the Reverend Thomas Fairchild it's love at first sight, and before she knows it her life is changing drastically. To begin with, she's beckoned north to chilly New England to visit her prospective in-laws, not all of whom welcome her with open arms. Then her new assistant, Francesca, appears to be hiding a family secret with roots in Italy; and her sister, Hope, becomes the target of a plot to derail her high-stakes financial career. Most of all, someone out there is dead set on making sure that Faith doesn't reach the altar. Before it's too late, she needs to figure out who is trying to sabotage the weddingby eliminating the bride!
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.
“This fun yet intelligent and layered look at the story behind a favorite series will be devoured by fans and attract new readers.”
“Includes recipes, menus, drink concoctions and much charm.”
“A smooth and seamless read . . . In the same way that Faith delivers delectable food to her clients, Ms. Page provides a gourmet treat for cozy mystery lovers.”
-New York Journal of Books
“Despite the fact that this is a murder mystery...the narrative warms with a sweetness rarely found in the genre. And it’s more rare and more pleasurable because this quality doesn’t resolve into a high-fructose gooey glob.”
-Asbury Park Press
“Fans of the Faith Fairchild series will probably be over the moon for this prequel that lovingly details how Faith met her husband . . . and then follows every calorie, fabric and gift of her glamorous upper-crust wedding preparations.”
“A rollicking adventure of intrigue and suspense, plus . . . it’s a lot of fun catching up with the past fun and shenanigans that Faith always manages to find herself embroiled in, and this is a very fitting way to celebrate such a huge milestone for this mystery series.”
-Times Record News (Wichita Falls, Texas)
“Readers ... should accept the homecoming invitation extended in The Body in the Boudoir [and] the retro fun of perusing a vintage wedding menu, shopping at Bergdorf’s bridal salon and having tea at the Palm Court in the Plaza Hotel.”
-New York Times Book Review