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Something was very wrong on Sanpere this summer . . .To escape the misery of a sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family head for their cottage on Maine's peaceful Sanpere Island in Penobscot Bay. But things have changed since their last visit. An aggressive developer is moving forward on plans that will destroySomething was very wrong on Sanpere this summer . . .To escape the misery of a sweltering August in Aleford, Massachusetts, caterer and minister's wife Faith Fairchild and her family head for their cottage on Maine's peaceful Sanpere Island in Penobscot Bay. But things have changed since their last visit. An aggressive developer is moving forward on plans that will destroy the unique ambience of the island, infuriating residents. Tensions are running dangerously high, and soon murder rears its hideous head. Faith discovers a corpse while exploring the grounds of Sanpere's historic lighthouse. With fear running rampant and volatile emotions approaching the detonation point, the intrepid sleuth must track down a killer for the sake of a friend and the island she loves....

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ISBN : 9780380813865
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Number of Pages : 352 Pages
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The Body in the Lighthouse Reviews

  • Cheryl Landmark
    2018-08-26 18:21

    Normally, I like to read the books in a series in sequential order, but this was one I picked up at a used book sale and I had no idea what number it was. No matter. I had read the first book in the series and enjoyed it fairly well, so I thought I’d give this one a try. And, I’m glad I did, although it did take quite a while before the first body actually showed up in the story and the mystery actually got under way.Ms. Page did an excellent job of depicting the insular atmosphere and thinking of a small, close-knit community such as an island where, no matter how long you’ve lived there, if you weren’t born and raised there, you are still considered an outsider. She also captured the lobster and fishing aspects of Maine living quite well. And, the lighthouse lore added an interesting, unique touch to the story.Aside from the tensions and problems of the proposed development of Sanpere spoiling the beauty and tranquility of the island, summer vacation there for the Fairchild family seemed quite ideal and pleasant—until murder reared its ugly head. Once again, I liked Faith and her curiousity, feistiness and willingness to help out in the community even though she and her family were basically outsiders. I really liked Ursula, too, and how she took the Fairchilds under her wing while the renovations were being done on their summer cottage.These are not particularly complicated, scintillating mysteries, but the characters are quite likeable and the plots are interesting enough to keep a reader entertained for several hours.

  • Ellen Moore
    2018-09-18 19:01

    This was an interesting mystery with a different setting than others I have read in this series. The Fairchilds were on an island off the coast of Maine for the summer where they are renovating a summer home. Of course Faith discovers several bodies and becomes aware of malicious events (fires, etc.) that appear connected to an aggressive real estate developer's plan to fill the island with huge, showy new mansions. Tensions are running high. Faith also gets involved with a play being produced on the island. She places her own life in danger while conducting an amateur investigation of the deaths, which she believes are murders--an opinion not shared by everyone. The book kept my interest until the end.

  • Sherry
    2018-09-04 18:09

    #13. I really enjoyed this, enjoyed the change of pace of the Fairfield family on Sanpere Island off the coast of Maine, of Tom working with the crew on building/expanding their home, while the family living with Pix Miller’s mother, Ursula Rowe in her stately Victorian home overlooking the beach and lighthouse, of Faith’s working on the Island’s production of Romeo and Juliet to raise funds for an indoor pool for the Island. In a time when Maine properties, especially along the coast, were being bought up by big out of state money, who built McMansions, upset the locals and longtime summer people, tensions run high, lobster wars are boiling over, Ursula is uneasy over the feelings on Sanpere and Faith as usual, stumbles over bodies, puts her own life in jeopardy, and still survives. Loved the feelings of pride, history, love of the land and sea, respect for each other Page evokes here. Well done.

  • VickiLee
    2018-09-16 23:05

    An interesting cozy for those who enjoy the beauty of holiday life on a Maine island and the machinations of small-towners with a love of gossip. Oh, and of course there's a body or two as well as the feisty wife of a minister.

  • Kathy Davie
    2018-08-20 21:22

    Twelfth chronologically and thirteenth in the publication order in the Faith Fairchild cooking mystery series. This story is set in Maine.The Body in the Lighthouse was one of three Mary Higgins Clark Award nominees.My TakeThis particular story takes place the summer of 2001 in Sanpere, Maine, where the Fairchilds are about to move into their enlarged and remodeled cottage.The dialog, is, as ever, excellent and very believable. Page does a convincing portrayal of a normal marriage with its disagreements, love, and concerns.I love Page's description of the area, the people, the contents of Ursula's cottage with all its accumulated family history of furniture, children's drawings, photographs, games, books, and vintage kitchen. The oversize dock everyone in Sanpere is welcome to use for its convenience. The very hominess of people's interactions with each other — knowing each other warts and all.I love the concept of a Down East version of Romeo and Juliet. Reading of the adaptations Roland and Linda are making for the cast and the sets was fascinating. I especially enjoyed the effect Romeo and Juliet had on its stars and how they used it!On the plus-side,I love that we get to learn all about lighthouses too!Everything's a family affair in Sanpere from the long-held traditions like the Fish 'n Fritter Fry with its Wacky Rowboat Race to the local enthusiasm for raising money to benefit the town to…The StoryThe island is experiencing a boom in real estate with the Fairchilds' contractor, Seth, moving on and up. He's one of the few as the island has exploded into rage and sabotage over the McMansions going up. Meanwhile, Tom has come up to help work on the family cottage, too excited to wait.That excitement soon turns to missing his family, and maybe being a little overenthusiastic about the finished state of the house. Faith soon throws herself into volunteering with the benefit performance of Romeo and Juliet and the Fish 'n Fritter Fry benefit, getting to know yet more of the Sanpere residents.But this summer of excitement soon turns vicious. It's lucky for Sanpere that Ben is absorbing those stories about lighthouses from Ursula.The CharactersFaith Fairchild is the sleuthing cook with Tom as the loving husband, reverend, and, now, builder. Ben and Amy are their children.Ursula is Pix's mother and the current owner of the family cottage, the Pines. (Pix and her family are on a road trip this summer.)Sanpere Island is……where the Fairchilds' and Ursula's cottages are located.Sanpere regulars include……Earl, the local police presence, who is extremely happy to have finally talked Jill, another islander, into marriage. Freeman and Nan Marshall, also islanders, are a solid, older, salt-of-the-earth couple. Seth was/is the contractor on Faith and Tom's cottage.Sanpere characters I suspect were introduced for this story include……Lyle, an islander who remodels houses, including the Fairchilds. Persis is an islander as well and a very successful real estate agent while Kenny, her not-much-loved son still living at home, is a talented woodworker who's been helping with the finishing work on the Fairchilds' cottage.Don and Terri Osborn are founding members of KSS, Keep Sanpere Sanpere, the eco-group; Don and Harold had been friends since childhood until Harold turned into a development mogul. Harold Hapswell has had a varied past, starting as a hippie working the fishing boats and selling photographs to tourists until he moved up to real estate.Linda Forsythe is a year-round resident (a euphemism for "not from 'round hyah") who is a member of KSS and a successful artist residing in the midst of Harold's Sanpere Shores on Butler's Point. Roland Hayes is retired from the local high school English department and turning out to be quite brilliant in pulling a performance from amateurs.The Cover and TitleThe cover is certainly appropriate with its lighthouse while the title tells where they found The Body in the Lighthouse.

  • Cathy
    2018-08-28 20:04

    This is the 3rd one I've read of this series, and I am still convinced these would be better if read in order. On the timeline, this one falls somewhere vaguely between the other two that I've read - "The Body in the Kelp" and "The Body in the Snowdrift." The skunks living under the house were funny, and I enjoyed the Ursula character. One of my kids said that Ursula had to have committed the murder just because her name matches that of the evil sea witch in "The Little Mermaid." I'm not telling whether that child was right or not. I had an inkling who did it, but wasn't sure.Somehow, I'm still having problems getting "into" these characters and this series and I'm not entirely sure why. I put it down for awhile a couple of times, and seemed to get through it slowly for the short book that it is. Hmm. Yes, let's just go wander around an abandoned lighthouse alone in the dark for the fun of it.My mom has noted that the main character seems to spend a lot of time in this series trying to escape from her kids, without even wondering where they are. Although that comment was made for "The Body in the Snowdrift," it also seems to apply to a lesser extent to this book, "The Body in the Lighthouse."

  • Karen Hufman
    2018-09-02 17:00

    I didn't like this book as much as some of the other ones I've read of this series. It probably didn't help that someone cut out the recipes before I got the book. I felt like this book spent a lot of time concentrating on Faith's feeling about the island and her family. It wasn't until I read the author's comments on this book that I realized the reason. She had starting writing this book when 9/11 happened and it changed her perspective on things - I think it made all of us introspective. This book ends right before 9/11. It takes place on Sanpere, where they have their island cottage. It's being remodeled, 2 large families are warring, Faith is helping out with a Romeo and Juliet play and eventually a body is found.

  • Fmorlan
    2018-09-05 22:26

    Faith Fairchild and family have taken a vacation in Maine. Unfortunately, their house is not finshed but luckily Ursala, Pix's mother is there so Faith accepts the invitation to stay with her at the pines. Waiting for the house to be finished,Faith helps with the play and helps Ursala. Unfortunately, there have been a rash of vandalism, causing some outcry from the residents. Then, the first of several murders occurs causing distress. Faith as always does some sleuthing along with painting scenery and cooking for her family. She gets caught in the middle and is hurt several times til the perpetraitor is caught.

  • Jillian
    2018-09-01 01:09

    This is the first Faith Fairchild mystery I have read. It was a quick easy read - especially while on holiday on an island with its share of lighthouses. Some of the interest was in the insularity of the community and the tensions of development versus unspoilt landscape and the-way-we-like-things-around-here. A comfortable, entertaining cosy crime that won't challenge too many opinions and finds the human failings evident in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet alive and well in contemporary Massachusetts.

  • Erin
    2018-09-08 18:21

    I first discovered the Faith Fairchild series on our inaugural trip to Maine. (Thanks to Andre and the sadly now-defunct Port in a Storm indie bookstore.) I love reading books that feature the location I'm visiting when I'm on vacation. That first book (#2 in the series, Body in the Kelp) took place on an island off the Maine coast, and I really liked going back to the warm days, cool nights and freezing water of the tiny lobster towns. Not to mention the mysteries and murders that get wrapped up neatly by the end.

  • Melanie
    2018-09-10 23:06

    I love that Faith Fairchild, the protagonist married to a preacher, is nosy, gossipy, and drinks beer. These books are easy to read yet engaging and have some fun recipes at the end. I always think I have figured out whodunit but find, at the end, that I was wrong. Hall Page is able to take me away to the scene, in this case, an island off of Main's coast. Pick these up for an easy and fun read that keeps you wondering yet lets your mind wander.

  • Kathy
    2018-08-23 01:03

    another murder mystery. I always enjoy these when I need something light, although sometimes "faith", the mystery solver can be annoying. She supposedly has two small children but finds lots of time to cook and chase down criminals. I don't know how she does it. Plus I have to admit that sometimes the books can be so similiar that I can start reading one before I realize I've already read it.

  •  Barb Bailey
    2018-08-27 19:17

    I like books about Islands, I like books about lighthouses and I like cooking. This book had it all. Faith Fairchild, a caterer, her husband and children go to an island off the coast of Maine and stay a month. During their stay there are a couple murders on the island. One of the best mystery books I've read this year.

  • Bev
    2018-09-13 18:08

    This is a lovely series, with humour and good description mixed with murders and mayhem. I've actually used some of the recipes that always accompany each edition. In this one, the local production of Romeo and Juliet is paralleled by rivalry between two factions on Santerre over the impending development of part of the island. Easy, entertaining.

  • Gail
    2018-09-08 19:16

    The Faith fairchild I have come to love is finally back. The characters are well developed and most of them likesable. I never guessed who the murderer was until the very end of the book. I reccomend this to all who love a good cozy mystery with well developed characters. This is the best book of the series.

  • Jenny
    2018-09-01 23:09

    This one took a while to get into but maybe that's because a) I'm not reading the Faith series in order and b) there wasn't a dead body until halfway through the book!I did like the recipes in the back... there are a few that I want to try!

  • Eileen
    2018-08-23 18:06

    I really enjoyed this book.

  • Deborah
    2018-08-30 18:11

    I really enjoy this series because it is set in New England and truly captures the flavor of living in that area. A good solid read but one you can definitely put down and pick back up again.

  • Kathie
    2018-08-30 18:22

    Interesting story but there were still a few very foolish parts that I don't think a normal person would do but they are sometimes necessary for a story.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-07 22:23

    Author new to me. Will seek out others by her. Good writer.

  • Bette
    2018-09-04 20:06

    Good read, it kept my interest. It wasn't too gruesome. I enjoyed the description of the island vacation.

  • Judy Goodnight
    2018-09-18 20:00

    Time spent with the Fairchilds is a good thing especially when they're vacationing in Maine.

  • Judy Crudele
    2018-09-13 01:01

    Takes place on an island off the coat of Maine. The man putting up a new development of mansions is found murdered near the lighthouse. Lots of local color adds to authenticity of area.

  • Carol Heiss
    2018-09-09 21:01

    A good example of the entertaining Faith Fairchild mystery series. I'm a big fan.

  • Jennifer
    2018-09-06 18:14

    I enjoyed learning more about lighthouses, and the mystery was good too.

  • Asta
    2018-09-05 20:03

    Unfamiliar with the author, I picked this because of the genre and the location which is similar to where I spent my early years' summers.I was looking for a light summer read by the pool. This fit.