The Body in the Gallery (Mass Market Paperbound)

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Faith's catering business has been slow with the downturn of the economy, so when her friend Patsy Avery proposes that she take over the café at Aleford's Ganley Art Museum, it seems like a not-to-be-missed opportunity. And Patsy has an ulterior motive—she discovers that the Romare Bearden piece she lent the museum has been switched with a fake and wants Faith to snoop around to find the culprit.

Life at the museum doesn't stay calm for long and Faith is soon enmeshed in the Ganley's murky past and present as she struggles to make connections among apparently disparate items: the fake Bearden, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, and a Jane Doe corpse that turns up as an unintended part of an art installation. At home, son Ben, now in the hell known as middle school, becomes involved in a cyberbullying escapade and husband Tom wants his wife to morph into June Cleaver.

Her investigation takes Faith into Boston's art scene and historic Beacon Hill, as well as into the lives behind the façade of the Ganley's very proper board of trustees. She is at her wit's—and almost dead—end, as the killer strikes again, and again.

About the Author

Katherine Hall Page was born and grew up in New Jersey, graduating from Livingston High School. Her father was the Executive Director of The Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation and her mother was an artist. Page has an older brother and a younger sister. Early on the 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. She developed a program for adolescents with special emotional needs, a school within a school model, that dealt with issues of truancy, substance abuse, and family relationships. Those five years in particular were rich ones for her. This interest in individuals and human behavior later informed her writing.

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.

Praise For…

-Publishers Weekly

“[W]ell told...close, careful observations of the complicated dynamics within large families...[Page] at her solid best.”
-New York Times Book Review

“Page keeps the reader guessing to the very end.”
-Library Journal (starred review)

“It’s rare to get a writer who out-plots Christie, but Page does a fine job.”
-The Globe and Mail

“Page builds tension and makes us care about the suspects’ troubled lives.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“The high level of suspense...makes for engrossing reading.”
-Romantic Times BOOKclub

“...intricately plotted...”
-Boston Globe

“Delicious books...sheer fun.”
-State Journal-Register (Springfield)

“Enchanting... well-written.... Page’s style is entertaining and unpretentiously cultured.”
-Portland Herald

“This book is a great take-along for a summer vacation.”
-El Paso Times

“Engrossing...Page continues to hit the mark with this charming series.”
-Publishers Weekly

“An expert at the puzzle mystery.”
-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

“A New England ambience that’s irresistable.”
-The Hartford Courant

“A delightful series.”
-Cozies, Capers & Crimes

“It sparkles like a yankee pond on a bright autumn day!”
-Washington Post Book World

-Bangor Daily News

“Faith’s fans are sure to be pleased.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Faith is a gem.”
-Globe and Mail (Toronto)

“Page builds atmosphere and tension beautifully, mesmerizing the reader.”
-Romantic Times BOOKclub

“Page’s literary concoction is satisfying and surprisingly delicious.”
-Los Angeles Times

“Readers will find treasures aplenty in these fast-flying pages.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Peopled with entertaining and resourceful characters and sprinkled with mouth-watering recipes.”
-Dallas Morning News

“[A]n attractive setting, great characters, good food and murder most foul... A perfect Faith concoction.”
-Publishers Weekly

“The author writes with grace and gentle wit, expertly weaving all her material together into a satisfying whole.”
-Denver Post

-Library Journal

“This whodunit provides fully satisfying fare for a cold winter’s night around the fire.”
-Publishers Weekly

“This highly entertaining series effectively mixes modern-day moral dilemmas with charm, warmth, and humor.”

“Tightly written, with strong characterizations and delightful descriptions of its New England setting...enticing conclusion.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Warmhearted yet acerbic, cozy without being sappy, with luscious recipes as a bonus.”
-The Poisoned Pen

“As cozy as any hand-knit shawl.”
-Kirkus Reviews

“Diverting...This is a mystery that will make the reader chuckle while they try to figure out who done it.”
-The Trenton Times

“Fun...a little mystery with a big-hearted love of NYC...[Readers] will enjoy Big Apple.”
-Denver Rocky Mountain News

“For readers who want an updated Nancy Drew, this is just the ticket.”
-School Library Journal

“Entertaining and ingeniously deceptive murder mystery.”

“Jaunty, breezy...Bouillon tastes great”
-Boston Herald

“I found it very easy to fall into this polished whodunit...appetizing...enticing.”
-Mystery News

“May there be many more adventures ahead for Christie, Vicky, and Maggie.”
-Jean Lowery Nixon Two-Time Edgar Award Winner

“Lively...spirited characterization and energetic plotting.”
-Publishers Weekly

“Katherine Hall Page’s series just gets more sophisticated and graceful...most intriguing yet.”
-Kate's Mystery Books Newsletter

“The combination of crime, Faith’s cordon bleu dishes, and New England in the snow is, as usual, irresistable.”
-The Drood Review of Mystery

“Satisfying...a mystery to be savored...wonderfully drawn characters and a deliciously paced plot.”
-Kate's Mystery Books Newsletter

“Realistic and well-drawn characters...alluring, appealing, well-written, and savory.”
-Mystery News

“There are many strings in this cat’s cradle, all woven with sophistication and quiet humor and style.”
-Mostly Murder

“The evocative superb and detailed as only Faith’s wicked eye and wit can describe.”
-Kate's Mystery Books Newsletter

“[W]ill leave her readers guessing until the very end and wanting another serving of Faith Fairchild.”
-Bangor Daily News (Maine)

“Katherine Page’s characters are delightful and the plot in each subsequent book gets better and better...funny and exciting.”
-Mostly Murder

“A down to earth...entertaining read.”

“Enchanting...well-written...Page’s style is entertaining and unpretentiously cultured.”
-Portland Press Herald

“[P]erfect puzzler.”
-Library Journal

“A thoroughly modern heroine...her admiring fans will look forward to many more delicious offerings.”
-Mostly Murder

Product Details
ISBN: 9780060763701
ISBN-10: 0060763701
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: April 28th, 2009
Pages: 323
Language: English