cover image THE BODY IN THE LIGHTHOUSE: A Faith Fairchild Mystery

THE BODY IN THE LIGHTHOUSE: A Faith Fairchild Mystery

Katherine Hall Page, . . Morrow, $23.95 (256pp) ISBN 978-0-380-97844-1

Developers and environmentalists do battle over a deserted lighthouse in Page's 13th absorbing "body" book (after 2002's The Body in the Bonfire) to feature Faith Fairchild, caterer, sometime sleuth and mother of two small children. Faith and her minister husband, Tom, who live most of the year in Aleford, Mass., are fixing up their cottage on Maine's Sanpere Island, where "mansionization"—the construction of trophy houses by rich summer people—is making the locals resentful. One evening the falling tide reveals the body of developer Harold Hapswell "wedged between two granite ledges at the base of the old lighthouse... as if he'd been filed between the two large rocks." Suspecting Hapswell's death was no accident, Faith has her worst fears confirmed when she herself is attacked on a walk near the lighthouse. Beneath the tranquil and festive summer activities, including the island-wide Fish and Fritter Fry and an amateur production of Romeo and Juliet, lurk arson and murder. Along with thematically related recipes, the author appends a moving afterword about the impact of September 11 on the novel's composition. This is an ideal beach read for cozy fans heading for the shore this summer. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (May 13)

FYI:Page's short story "The Would-Be Widower" recently won an Agatha Award.