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By Katherine Hall Page

William Morrow, May 2005. 256 p. ($23.95)
ISBN: 0-06-052530-4

Reviewed by Shirley H. Wetzel

Faith Fairchild reluctantly joins her husband's family at a ski resort in Vermont to celebrate her father-in-law's 70th birthday. It's not that she doesn't like her husband's clan, she does, but she prefers them in smaller doses for shorter periods.

Unlucky Faith stumbled over a body in a snowdrift on her first trip out. Everyone knew that Boyd Harrison had a bad heart, and wasn't it nice that he left this world doing what he loved best? Harrison, an attorney, was a financial backer of the resort as well as a long-time friend of the owners.This was to be the first of many blows the resort would suffer during the Fairchild's stay.The faux-French chef takes off for parts unknown, somebody plays some nasty pranks, and another body turns up, in circumstances that leave no doubt the victim was murdered.The paying customers start leaving in droves.

Faith, a caterer of some renown, is happy to step in as a temporary replacement for the missing chef.It allows her to help her father-in-law's old friends and gives her some time away from the increasingly annoying relatives.As things get worse, she has to use her amateur detective skills to solve the various crimes, save the resort, and stop the murderer from taking another victim.

This is an entertaining addition to the series.There's lots of atmosphere, colorful but believable characters, and as always, some tasty recipes.

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