THE BODY IN THE BOUILLON by Katherine Hall Page

THE BODY IN THE BOUILLON

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Here, spunky New England minister's wife Faith Fairchild (The Body in the Kelp, The Body in the Belfry)--while volunteering at a posh retirement facility under the aegis of venerable Dr. Roland Hubbard--barely has time to introduce herself before an old-timer falls face down into a cup of soup that she brings him. Then when a severe snowstorm forces Faith to stay the night, Eddie the groundskeeper/drug-dealer is waiting in her bed--dead. Despite warnings from husband Tom and best friend Pix, Faith persists in snooping--and discovers: several of Eddie's blackmail victims; a resident kleptomaniac; a philandering wife; and the black sheep Hubbard son, James, who quickly becomes a hit-and-run statistic. A final confrontation with the murderer will find Faith scurrying around the Hubbard House grounds just as Tom drives up. Not very plausible, and the author's strengths--genteel satire and wry humor--are not much in evidence here. Still, those in search of mild-mannered amateur-sleuthing might appreciate the nosy Faith (and enjoy her catering touches, too).

Pub Date: Dec. 17th, 1991
ISBN: 0-312-06309-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: St. Martin's
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 15th, 1991




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