Concord, Massachusetts

Two weeks of talks, readings, and discussions celebrating the written and the spoken word.

Katherine Hall Page

Events: Mystery Night 2017

Book: The Body in the Casket

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Katherine Hall Page received her BA from Wellesley College and went on to a Masters in Secondary Education from Tufts and a Doctorate in Administration, Public Planning, and Social Policy from Harvard. Before her career as a full-time writer, she taught at the high school level for many years and developed a program for adolescents with special emotional needs.

Page is the author of twenty-three previous Faith Fairchild mysteries and a collection of short fiction, Small Plates. The recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award at Malice Domestic, she has won multiple Agatha Awards and has been nominated for the Edgar, the Mary Higgins Clark, and the Macavity awards. Her series cookbook, Have Faith in Your Kitchen, was nominated for an Agatha in the non-fiction category, making Page the only author to be nominated or win in all four Agatha categories.

In the The Body in the Casket, the inimitable Faith Fairchild returns in a chilling New England whodunit, inspired by the best Agatha Christie mysteries and with hints of the timeless board game Clue.

While Faith, a native New Yorker, has come to know New England well, she isn’t familiar with Havencrest, a privileged enclave, until the owner of Rowan House, a secluded sprawling Arts & Crafts mansion, calls her about catering a weekend house party. Producer/director of a string of hit musicals, Max Dane—a Broadway legend—is throwing a lavish party to celebrate his seventieth birthday. As they discuss the event, Faith’s client makes a startling confession. “I didn’t hire you for your cooking skills, fine as they may be; but for you sleuthing ability. You see, one of the guests wants to kill me.

Faith’s only clue is an ominous birthday gift Max received the week before—an empty casket sent anonymously containing a 20-year-old Playbill for his last and only failed production. Consequently, Max has drawn his guest list for the party from the cast and crew.