Faith Sibley Fairchild, the sassy, young-married heroine of The Body in the Belfry (p. 143), turns less likable here, as she and her two-year-old summer on Sanpere Island, off the coast of Maine (she'd rather be in the Hamptons), while her minister husband Tom is lecturing at a retreat. A quilt bought at an auction, however, perks her up somewhat: the squares offer clues to where the legendary Prescott gold has been hidden. Soon Faith's house is ransacked; an amiable potter is drugged and drowned; a fantasy writer commits suicide; his intended bride is hacked to bits; and the various Prescott heirs bicker among themselves and plot against the potter's partner, Eric, who inherited a house they all coveted--but did he murder to get it? Faith and her chum Pix decipher the quilt, solve the murders, then close up their houses for the summer. Like its predecessor, best in describing small-town feuds and mores. But Faith needs to find her sense of humor again.