Taking advantage of the January doldrums in the catering business, Faith goes undercover at Mansfield Academy, after learning about anonymous racist attacks against senior Daryl Martin. She volunteers to teach Cooking for Idiots and soon learns more about the darker side of adolescence and the academic in-fighting at Mansfield than she wants to ...
Taking advantage of the January doldrums in the catering business, Faith goes undercover at Mansfield Academy, after learning about anonymous racist attacks against senior Daryl Martin. She volunteers to teach Cooking for Idiots and soon learns more about the darker side of adolescence and the academic in-fighting at Mansfield than she wants to know. Someone, determined to undermine her inquiries, tampers with the ingredients for her cooking demonstrations. Then the incinerated remains of Faith's prime suspect are discovered. It's not mischief but murder!The headmaster's wife, an expert on Russian art...and men; the history teacher with a cult-like following; the loner, junior Zach Cohen, hacker extraordinaire; and Internet-obsessed freshman Danny miller, the son of Faith's best friend and neighbour, are all connected, but how? Faith frantically struggles to make sense of it, all too aware of the killer's deadly presence tracking her every move. It's a race to save Mansfield and her own life.
Publishers Weekly, 2002-01-14 Despite three brutal murders and some ugly racial prejudice in this 12th mystery to feature amateur sleuth Faith Fairchild, Agatha Award-winner Page (The Body in the Belfry, etc.) keeps the tone light as her heroine reflects wittily on the quotidian challenges of being the wife (and daughter) of a clergyman, the mother of two young children and the head of her own catering business. At Mansfield Academy, a not-so-elite boys' boarding school in a small town outside Boston, someone is harassing black student Daryl Martin, a top athlete and scholar. Faith's friend Patsy Avery calls her in to find out who's responsible for the hate-filled e-mail, offensive newspaper clippings and finally a noose left on Daryl's pillow. Under the cover of teaching a cooking class during winter project term, Faith searches for clues. At the same time, students and maintenance crew build a gigantic pyre for the school's annual bonfire. Faith is sure she's identified the harasser, Sloane Buxton, the aristocratic and handsome leader of a campus clique. When Sloane's corpse turns up in the smoldering embers of the bonfire, suspicion falls on Daryl. The harried headmaster, meanwhile, who rescued Mansfield from bankruptcy years before by buying it, has a lot of explaining to do to concerned parents. With recipes of the dishes Faith prepares in her cooking class in an appendix, this whodunit provides fully satisfying fare for a cold winter's night around the fire. Agent, Faith Hamlin. (Mar. 27) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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