The Body in the Wake

The Body in the Wake

Large Print - 2019 | Large print edition, First HarperLuxe edition
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For the first time in years, Faith Fairchild has time for herself. Her husband Tom is spending days on the other side of the island using a friend's enhanced WiFi for a project; their son, Ben, after his first year in college, is studying abroad for the summer; and their daughter Amy is working at the old Laughing Gulls Lodge, now a revamped conference center. Faith is looking forward to some projects of her own. Her friend Sophie Maxwell is also spending the summer on Sanpere Island, hoping for distractions from her worries that she isn't yet pregnant. And the daughter of Faith's good friend Pix Miller is getting married to a wonderful guy ... with a less-than-wonderful mother. Between keeping Sophie's spirits up and Pix's blood pressure down, Faith has her hands full. And that's before a body with a mysterious tattoo and connections far away from small Sanpere Island appears in the Lily Pond. Once again, Faith will get to the bottom of this strange case-- and whip up a delicious blueberry buckle on the side.
Publisher: New York, NY :, HarperLuxe, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers,, [2019]
Edition: Large print edition, First HarperLuxe edition
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062912138
Branch Call Number: FIC PAGE K
Characteristics: large print., rda


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Sep 29, 2019

Faith Fairchild is a caterer and the daughter of a minister. She swore she would not marry a minister, but she fell for her husband Tom before she discovered he was a minister too. Faith and Tom split their time between a small town in Massachusetts and an island in Maine. The author definitely “gets” Maine, at least from the perspective of a “summer person.”

This book has a murder mystery (that body in the wake), with plenty of other subplots, including new neighbors from hell, a friend who can not conceive, an upcoming wedding with a meddling future mother-in-law, and two summer workshops for writers, one for fiction and one for memoirs. The woman running the fiction workshop dresses and looks like Professor Trelawney from the Harry Potter books!

And the opioid crisis is part of this book too. It is everywhere, even on a spectacularly beautiful island in Maine.

And because Faith is a caterer, there are recipes in the back of the book.

This is a lovely series! Of course, a new reader of this series should always start with the first book, which is The Body in the Belfry (1990). The characters develop over time, and Faith’s children grow up over time. This is not one of those series where everyone stays the same age forever.

I enjoyed this book, though I am not sure it is one of the best ones in this series.

Aug 16, 2019

Gave it up four chapters in. Predictable. Trite. “Housewife finds body.” Dialogue just wanders around. Read only if you’re stuck in dentist office with nothing else to do.

Jun 17, 2019

Well written 25th book in a good series. Much better than recent books from a number of longtime authors.

Lots of the feel of the coast of Maine, recipes and cooking information, and some flavor of how the rich folks live.

Easiest to follow if you have read some other books in the series, but you can still follow the plot.

May 27, 2019

Maybe it is time to retire faith.

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