Faith Fairchild has headed to Italy with her husband for an anniversary trip. Starting off in Rome, she quickly makes friends with a delightful character that seems to have stepped directly out a book, fellow traveler Freddy Ives. But the friendship is cut short, when he stumbles across the path of the vacationing couple, stabbed and quickly dying in their arms. Faith wants to solve the crime but is told by the authorities that it may be one of those senseless murders that never get solved. Faith and Tom move on the next part of their Italian holiday, a cooking school hosted by an old friend of Faith's, but it turns out the mystery has followed them. Can Faith solve this murder without her or her husband ending up victims themselves?
Katherine Hall Page's mysteries are always a fun read, with lots of adventure, intrigue, and tasty food tidbits. Having been a fan from book one, it's been entertaining to follow Faith during her marriage, and leaves the reader feeling part of the family. Fans of Diane Mott Davidson will want to pick up this author as an addition to their must read list.
To celebrate a significant wedding anniversary, amateur sleuth/caterer Faith Fairchild and her husband, the Reverend Tom Fairchild, are off to Italy for a vacation filled with exquisite indulgences-the art, the Chianti, the food, the shoes! the plan is to spend a romantic weekend in Rome, before heading to Florence to visit Faith's former assistant Francesca at her new cooking school.
But a dark shadow clouds joy when a new acquaintance, the British travel writer Freddie Ives they met at their hotel, is murdered in the Eternal City almost right before the Fairchilds' eyes!
Familiar faces from Rome appear in Tuscany. Coincidence? And someone seems intent on sabotaging Francesca's new business. Faith struggles to follow a trail more twisting than fusili and ends up putting both herself and her husband in peril.