The Body In the Wardrobe
By: Katherine Hall Page
A strong follow up to The Body in the Birches, Katherine Hall Page delivers yet another great murder mystery. Leaving behind the familiar northeast after a death in the family brought Sofie Maxwell to her family’s vacation home where she would meet her new husband, attorney Sophie Maxwell is adjusting to life in the south. As the couple searches for their dream home together in The Body in the Wardrobe, the newly married Sophie and Will stay in his family’s home. It causes Sophie stress as she struggles to get to know her new family and why they seem so hesitant to accept her, to live among them in goliath old home. As Wi’ll family continues to celebrate their wedding and show this yankee bride all of their traditions, Sophie is toyed with and is the butt of pranks growing in severity. One night however everything is taken too far for Maxwell when she goes to change and a body falls out towards her as she opens an old family wardrobe. When police arrive though, the body is no where to be found. Things have gone from bad to worse for Sophie who is extremely shaken by what has happened. Her private investigator husband tells her not to worry and that he’ll look into it, as he leaves for another mysterious work strip and Sophie is once again left alone in what feels like enemy territory. As she tries to make sense of it all, Will stops responding which isn’t like him, and Sophie begins to worry.
If a murder mystery can be a breath of fresh air, The Body in the Wardrobe is it. Katherine Hall Page creatively constructs yet another crime novel that is out of the ordinary and fun to read. Sophie adjusting to her new home gives readers a new and unfamiliar backdrop for a murder mystery where anyone of her new acquaintances could be the killer. It also Swings the door wide open as far as motive is concerned. Wills relatives have been artistically created by Hall Page and the women in his live, playing tricks on Sophie and almost shunning her creates tension in paradise for the newlyweds…which alway pulls a reader in. Will’s mysterious new case leaves you wondering why on earth he must keep leaving his new bride in an unfamiliar place, with almost strangers. The communication issues frustrate you just enough as the reader to keep turning the page in search of a resolution. Katherine Hall Page has gifted us, her readers with another solid book…or is that too cheesy when talking about dead bodies falling from wardrobes?