Continuing in the Rich vein of murder-on-the-menu (five recipes included), Hall again serves up trouble for plucky New England caterer Faith Fairchild (The Body in the Vestibule, etc.), who's been hired to feed the cast and crew now shooting an updated version of The Scarlet Letter in picturesque Aleford. And as if that's not exciting enough for the star-struck townsfolk, Aleford is also in the midst of a heated election for the Board of Selectmen. Moreover, the child star is tantrum-prone; the director is ogling the leading lady's stand-in; and everyone suffers when Faith's fabled bean soup is doctored with laxatives. Then the stand-in is poisoned and one of the candidates has his head bashed in while another runs off to Boston for safety. Despite the warnings of her minister-husband Tom, Faith starts to snoop--which ultimately leads to her being trapped in the star's trailer with an unconscious school chum, a bloodied Oscar, and flames licking at the locked door. Sprightly, with a light dusting of satire and, alas, a heavy dollop of this year's most overused plot complication: child abuse. Faith outscores Goldy (see Diane Mott Davidson's The Cereal Murders, p. 1166) as a detective, but Goldy seems the more creative cook.