Add mystery to your holidays with ‘Body in the Sleigh’

   One of the ways I get into the holiday mood is by reading one of the latest Christmas mysteries. Most are pretty lightweight, but they usually are fun, quick reads.
   This year, I picked “The Body in the Sleigh” by Agatha Award-winning author Katherine Hall Page, who writes the Faith Fairchild mystery series.
   The appropriately named Page is no slacker. Her book includes the murder of a young drug abuser trying to turn her life around, the discovery of a baby in a manger and a rip-roaring blizzard. Did I mention recipes, too?
   Faith, a caterer (hence the recipes), and her family travel to Sanpere Island in Maine for the holidays so her minister husband can recuperate from pancreatitis and surgery.
While taking the kids out to look at holiday decorations on the island, Faith discovers a body in a sleigh on the historical society’s lawn. Police think the young drug addict died of an overdose, but Faith suspects something more sinister.
   Meanwhile, spinster goat raiser and cheese maker Mary Bethany discovers a baby boy in the manger of her barn. Accompanying the child are instructions to raise him right — and a pile of money.
   While Mary is happy to comply, she asks Faith for help in finding the baby’s mother to make sure she is all right. No good can come from such a pile of unexplained dough.
   As a result, Faith finds herself in the middle of two mysteries. Matters grow worse when police eventually agree the young drug addict was murdered. They arrest the son of Faith’s friends, so now she has to prove his innocence, too.
   The baby’s mother has problems of her own as she tries to escape drug dealers and her own sleazy father.
   These various complications take Faith back to the mainland in time to be stranded in the blizzard.
   There’s more, of course, but I wouldn’t want to spoil it. Suffice to say, you won’t be bored as Faith follows her instincts and unravels all the clues. You might even want to leave the book with the cookies and milk for Santa to give him an entertaining read after his work is done.

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