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This is #18 in the Faith Fairchild mysteries.
It's Christmastime, and the Fairchild family is spending the holidays on idyllic Sanpere Island in Maine while the Reverend Thomas Fairchild recuperates from surgery. His caterer wife, Faith, is rejoicing in the rare, holiday family-time together—watching ice boaters, snowshoeing, and doing plenty of reading in front of the fire.

But Faith's high spirits are dampened when she discovers the body of a young woman in an antique sleigh in front of the Sanpere Historical Society. The victim, Norah, was a teenage drug addict who apparently died by her own hand. Beloved by many, her untimely death rocks the isolated, tight-knit island community.

Meanwhile, Mary Bethany, a local spinster who raises goats, happens upon a newborn baby boy lying in the manger of her barn on Christmas Eve. The only clues to his identity are a note in the basket asking her to take care of him, as well as an alarming amount of cash. As Faith helps Mary locate the baby's mother, she soon finds that the truth behind the abandonment is connected to Norah's last days—and that, just as death and life are intertwined on Sanpere, so are evil and redemptive goodness.
Another good book in the series with recipes! :D

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sillyliss
Nov. 9th, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
James, are you the one who told me about the Peggy O'Neill series?
katsurian
Nov. 9th, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
Yes, that would be me! :D Are you reading them?
sillyliss
Nov. 9th, 2009 07:52 pm (UTC)
I am reading Cold Comfort! I really like it, though I can't figure out where it takes place. It's been on my book shelf forever now.
katsurian
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:11 pm (UTC)
Researching...
Stop, You're Killing Me! says it's in Minnesota.
The University is close to the Mississippi River according to book #9 Midsummer Malice.

The author, M. D. Lake (Allen Simpson) is, or was then, a University of Minnesota faculty member.
sillyliss
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:12 pm (UTC)
Re: Researching...
I thought there was a reason you recommended it to me. I haven't seen a lot of Norwegian interjections as of yet, but perhaps that is because it's set around "The Cities." :)
katsurian
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:20 pm (UTC)
Re: Researching...
If I remember right, we were talking about "local" books and I pulled out my "cozy" Minnesota locale sleuths! :)
sillyliss
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Researching...
You remember right.

Now I need to get you to join Facebook and play games with me there. Then all will be right with the world. :)
katsurian
Nov. 9th, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Re: Researching...
Backgammon? THAT would be very tempting! :D
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