Katherine Hall Page, Agatha Award-winning mystery novelist

Praise for Katherine Hall Page

  • Master of the Agatha Christie-like traditional mystery.
  • Only author ever to be nominated for an Agatha Award in four different categories, and winning Best First Novel, Best Short Story, and Best Novel. Nominated for Non-Fiction.
  • Recipes mentioned in the text included in a special section at the end.

Silver Anniversary Congratulations

“It’s a treat to wish Faith Fairchild a Happy Anniversary. May she be around for many more! The world—the real one, as well as the world of books—needs more people who are smart and compassionate and can cook.”
-- Lois Lowry

"Happy Happy HAPPY 25th Anniversary to Katherine Hall Page and one of my favorite amateur sleuths (and fictional caterers) Faith Fairchild!  For those of us who are longtime fans, it's a great time to rejoice and read.  For those new to the series, you're in for a treat -- in more ways than one.  Bon Appetit!"
--Harlan Coben

“The Faith Fairchild series is as good as it gets in the traditional mystery genre. They—both the author and her wonderful creation—have been reader favorites in my bookshop for a quarter of a century.”
-- Otto Penzler Proprietor of The Mysterious Bookshop

"The twenty-five mysteries that Katherine Hall Page has cooked up for her sleuth, Faith Fairchild, make for delectable reading. What a body of work! Dig in."
--Gregory Maguire, author of Wicked

“Cheers and good wishes for a landmark 25th anniversary for Katherine and Faith. Here's to another great 25, for a very special lady and her creator!”
-- Charles and Caroline Todd

“Book by book for more than 20 years, Katherine Hall Page has earned a place among the best American mystery writers. The fact that Page has done this within the confines of a single series about an amateur sleuth is quite remarkable. Series burn-out is quite obvious in the work of some of the more celebrated contemporary crime writers —who clearly lost interest in their characters and their readers a long time ago — but Page’s Faith Fairchild mysteries are one of the great continuing pleasures of the genre. It has been wonderful to know that each year would bring us a new book and that we wouldn’t be disappointed.”
--Joe Meyers, Hearst Connecticut Media group

"I cherish Faith Fairchild and her creator, Katherine Hall Page. Faith reflects the values and enthusiasms and interests of Katherine, who is as engaging, kind, and gifted  as her heroine. Thank you, dear Katherine, for fine whodunits, delicious recipes, and, most of all, thank you for you. Happy Silver Anniversary."
--Carolyn Hart

Additional Praises

The Body in the Wake

If you think of cozy mysteries as palate cleansers, THE BODY IN THE WAKE (Morrow/HarperCollins, 219 pp., $25.95) is your kind of book. Katherine Hall Page’s latest Faith Fairchild mystery (the 25th in a long-running series) sends her beloved amateur sleuth on a rare solo vacation to the family’s summer cottage in Maine. Her minister husband, Tom, is fine, as are their two grown children, so series fans need not worry. Faith, a professional caterer, plans to relax and help a bit in the kitchen of a friend whose daughter is getting married. (There’s a recipe for old-fashioned blueberry buckle at the back of the book that seems easy to make and sounds delicious — except you really need wild Maine blueberries, which are hellish to gather.)

-- Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

The Body in the Birches

The Body in the Piazza

The Body in the Boudoir

The Body in the Gazebo

Two great blog reviews:
—– Once Upon A Romance's Review Of... The Body in the Gazebo by Katherine Hall Page

—– Coffee Time romance and more's review of The Body in the Gazebo

"These mystery novels are great gifts for mom" (Sharon Galligar Chance Special to Scripps Newspapers)

"Humor, Suspense & Recipes In This Page Turner" (Gail Cooke)

The Body in the Sleigh

"Not only is The Body in the Sleigh, a gripping whodunit, but it's a classic tale of hope. Katherine Hall Page is my favorite writer of the traditional mystery."
Harlan Coben

In her 18th adventure and her holiday debut, amateur sleuth Faith Fair child (The Body in the Gallery) has two cases to keep her busy this Christmas—the death of a troubled young woman and the discovery of a baby boy left in a manger. How are these events related? Fans as well as readers new to the series will enjoy this heartwarming tale. (Dedicating this book to librarians, Page includes a lovely essay celebrating librarianship.)
Library Journal

A babe in a manger and a somewhat older babe dead in a sleigh provide sleuthing caterer Faith Fairchild with a Christmas conundrum.

Faith Fairchild and her family are spending the holiday season on Maine’s Sanpere Island. Even the allegedly idyllic island in Penobscot Bay has not escaped the evils of the drug trade. Faith discovers the corpse of a teen with island connections, presumably the victim of a fatal overdose, in an antique sleigh. In the meantime Mary Bethany, a spinster who runs a summer B&B, keeps goats and makes cheese, has found Christopher, a newborn baby boy, in her barn, along with a note asking her to keep the baby and a paper bag with $50,000 to defray costs. Mary enlists Faith to help her find the baby’s mother from a short list of people who knew of the reclusive goatkeeper. As Faith’s husband, Rev. Thomas Fairchild, amuses the children while recovering from a gallstone operation, Faith begins her journey of discovery. She soon finds a connection between the baby’s mother, Miriam Carpenter, a college student with a drug-dealing boyfriend, and Norah, the dead teen whose Sanpere boyfriend is a suspect in her murder. Drug dealers insufficiently supplied with the Christmas spirit make life dangerous for Faith and Mary.

The feel-good Christmas theme, pleasant characters and recipes will keep the faithful content.

The Body in the Gallery

Along with fun foodie details, Page provides an entertaining subplot involving Faith's rebellious teenage son, Ben.

Publishers Weekly 3/3/08

"Katherine Hall Page's intellect and wit shine through in every line of The Body in the Gallery. And what better combination than to put food and art at the center of a winning mystery? Hungry readers, enjoy!"
Diane Mott Davidson

"Well-told... [Page] at her solid best."
New York Times Book Review

"Page continues to hit the mark with this charming series."
Publishers Weekly

"Fun for all readers, and some great recipes, too."
Stuart News (FL)

"Katherine Hall Page has found a great recipe for delicious mysteries: take charming characters, mix with ingenious plots, season with humor. Bon appétit!"
—Nancy Pickard

"Satisfying and surprisingly delicious."
Los Angeles Times

"Tightly written, with strong characterizations and delightful descriptions of its New England setting."
Publishers Weekly

"[Page's] young sleuth is a charmer."
New York Times Book Review

Sparkles like a Yankee pond on a bright autumn day!"
Washington Post Book World

"An expert at the puzzle mystery."
Fort Laderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Forget about your diet. It's time you sampled this author's marvelous treats."
Jackson Clarion-Ledger

"Page builds atmosphere and tension beautifully, mesmerizing the reader. The Body in the Bonfire is a serious joy for lovers of classic crime."
Romantic Times

"Slightly banter...a whole lot of action."
Houston Chronicle

"Faith's fans are sure to be pleased."
Kirkus Review

"Faith is a gem."
Toronto Globe & Mail

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