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THE BODY IN THE ATTIC: A Faith Fairchild Mystery

By Katherine Hall Page

William Morrow, May, 2004
ISBN: 0-06-052529-0

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

Faith Fairchild had always thought of herself as a city girl, until a young minister swept her off her feet and into the Massachusetts countryside. Now, when her husband Tom tells her he's accepted a temporary teaching assignment at the Harvard Divinity School, she finds she's reluctant to leave the sleepy town of Aleford for the busy streets of Boston. Where he leads, though, she will follow, and soon she is keeping house in a borrowed Brattle Street mansion. In between keeping Tom out of the clutches of a seductive grad student and renewing a friendship with an old beau she discovers a diary hidden in the attic. Dating to the years just after World War II, its pages reveal a young wife's horrifying and tragic story. Faith is determined to find out who the woman was and what happened to her, a course that will put her own life in danger.

The only quibble I have with this fine addition to the series is that Faith stretches out her reading of the diary over several days. While this is necessary to the plot, I think most people would have been unable to put the diary down and go on with their normal life once they started reading it. Be that as it may, Page does her usual skillful job of seamlessly weaving together several subplots as the mystery unfolds.

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