Agatha Award-winning mystery writer at Left Bank

May 14, 2019
Katherine Hall Page

BELFAST — The public is warmly invited to celebrate the milestone installment in Katherine Hall Page’s Faith Fairchild mysteries, “The Body in the Wake,” on Saturday, May 25, at 11 a.m., at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St. “Body in the Wake,” released on May 7, reunites readers with their favorite amateur detective and professional caterer in this 25th novel in the series. In an early starred review, the Library Journal wrote, “Traditional yet timely, this mystery also confronts the opioid crisis head-on in a dramatic, disturbing way.”

Page has received numerous accolades and awards during her long career. Her first Fairchild mystery, “The Body in the Belfry” (1990), won the prestigious Agatha Award for Best First Mystery Novel, and “The Body in the Snowdrift” received the Agatha Award for Best Novel of 2006. Her short story, “The Would-Be Widower” won the 2001 Agatha in that category, and her series cookbook, “Have Faith in Your Kitchen,” was nominated for an Agatha in the non-fiction category, making Page the only author to be nominated or win in all four Agatha categories. “The Body in the Lighthouse” (2003) was one of three nominees for the Mary Higgins Clark Award and “The Body in the Boudoir” was a finalist in the 2013 Maine Literary Awards.

Many of Page’s mysteries take place on the Maine coast, and “The Body in the Wake” is no exception. Faith’s plans for a relaxing summer at her family’s cottage on Penobscot Bay go awry when she stumbles across an apparent drowning victim in the local swimming pond. Faith’s problems escalate from there – she’s got new neighbors from hell moving in next door; her best friend’s daughter is getting married and a “bride-zilla” mother-in-law shows up unexpectedly; and something is definitely “fishy” at the local resort where her daughter is working for the summer. As Publishers Weekly writes, “This long-running traditional mystery series is still as fresh as a cool pitcher of Faith's strawberry shrub.”

Page and her family have summered on Deer Isle on Penobscot Bay for many years. Before her career as a full-time writer, she taught at the high school level for many years where she developed a program for adolescents with special emotional needs as well as issues of truancy, substance abuse and family relationships. She holds a BA in English from Wellesley College, a Masters in Secondary Education from Tufts, and a Doctorate in Administration, Public Planning and Social Policy from Harvard.

Reservations for the free talk and signing are encouraged. Please email leftbank@myfairpoint.net or call 338-9009. If you can’t make the signing, the bookshop is happy to take your order and have your book(s) signed for later pick up or shipment. Ample parking is available on the street and in an adjacent public parking lot.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Christine Dunkle can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 108; or arts@villagesoup.com.

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