The Body in the Wake

Morrow. (Faith Fairchild, Bk. 25). May 2019. 240p. ISBN 9780062863256. $25.99; ebk. ISBN 9780062863270. M
It’s an unusual summer for caterer Faith Fairchild. While she and husband Tom are spending it on their beloved Sanpere Island, ME, he’s working on a book on one side of the island, and she has time for her friends on the other. Their daughter, Amy, is laboring for long hours in the kitchen at a new conference center. Faith’s worrywart friend, Pix Miller, is planning daughter Samantha’s wedding, and all of Pix’s worst nightmares come true when Samantha’s future mother-in-law unexpectedly shows up with over-the-top plans. Faith’s quiet summer blows up when she discovers a body in her favorite pond. Then she and Tom find another body. Both victims have a tattoo in common, as well as connections to a town in the drug chain that extends from Colombia to Maine. The vivid summer island lifestyle, intended to be family-oriented, turns dark with the interference of opioids, and an addiction that hits close to home. The 25th outing for Faith Fairchild, following The Body in the Casket, is marked by a celebration of family and friends for fans of the series.
VERDICT Traditional yet timely, this mystery also confronts the opioid crisis head-on in a dramatic, disturbing way. [See Prepub Alert, 11/5/18.]
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