Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

The Author

Author Mary Anna EvansMary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past.  Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little.  Mary Anna is a recipient of the Mississippi Library Association's Mississippi Author Award and her novels have received recognitions including a spot on Voice of Young America's (VOYA) list of "Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal."  Mary Anna is a recipient of a writer's residency from The Studios of Key West, and she has won the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Florida Historical Society's Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals.  Faye Longchamp's growing list of adventures include Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, and, coming in the summer of 2015, Isolation. Published by Poisoned Pen Press, they are available from all  major outlets in hardcover, trade paper, ebook, large-print, and audio editions.

Her other fiction includes Wounded Earth, a suspense novel featuring environmental scientist Larabeth McLeod and Jewel Box, a collection of short fiction and essays.  Your Novel, Day by Day:  A Fiction Writers Companion is a guide intended to take the aspiring novelist from blank page to finished book and it is, like Wounded Earth and Jewel Box, published by Joyeuse Press.. All these works are available in paperback and ebook editions.

For the incurably curious, Mary Anna's first published work, her master's thesis, was entitled A Modeling Study of the NH3-NO-O2 Reaction Under the Operating Conditions of a Fluidized Bed Combustor.  Like her mysteries, it was a factual page-turner but, no, it's not available online.  She turned from engineering to fiction after the birth of her third child, shifting her focus from managing hazardous wastes to preparing balanced meals.  She has yet to acquire the knack of laundry management.

Mary Anna's interests include music, which has resulted in 7.5 feet of piano dominating her living room.  Her interests in music and writing collided when she was asked to contribute a story and an original song for a book/CD anthology called A Merry Band of Murderers.  She co-wrote and sang the song "Land of the Flowers" for that project.  Click here to hear it.

 

Plunder

"Details of archaeology, pirate lore, and voodoo complement the strong, sympathetic characters, especially Amande, and the appealing portrait of Faye's family life."

Sue O’Brien, Booklist

Strangers

Evans's excellent series continues to combine solid mysteries and satisfying historical detail.

Kirkus Reviews

Floodgates

"Evans's fifth series mystery…reveals her skill in handling the details of a crime story enhanced by historical facts and scientific discussions on the physical properties of water. Along with further insights into Faye's personal life, the reader ends up with a thoroughly good mystery."

Library Journal on Floodgates

Findings

This is a series that deserves more attention than it garners

Library Journal (Starred review)

Effigies

the national association for independent booksellers, has recommended Effigies to their readers as a Book Sense Notable Book

Book Sense

Relics

Reminiscent of Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee mysteries, Relics will engage the imagination of readers.

School Library Journal

Artifacts

…a tantalizing mystery.

Aglaia

Merry Band of Murderers

...A Merry Band of Murderers is a winner....Three [stories] are particularly noteworthy: Mary Anna Evans' Land of the Flowers, Jeffrey Deaver's The Fan, and Val McDermid's Long Black Veil.... A Merry Band of Murderers is an admirable anthology of short stories by a skilled company of mystery authors.

Mysterious Reviews

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