Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

A short story by Mary Anna Evans--

Bootleggers. Prohibition. The primeval Florida swamp. And eight-year-old Lila cowering on the riverbank as a drunken man hauls her teen-aged sister Iris away at gunpoint. If Iris fades away into the night with Jeb Gibson, Lila will never see her sister again. Gibson has every reason to think that he can get away with murder and more. But Gibson doesn't know little Lila...

A Singularly Unsuitable Word is a short story. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is the recipient of many awards for her work, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, the Florida Literature Award. More of Ms. Evans' short works are available in her collection, JEWEL BOX.

Availability: eBook editions.


"a major contemporary Southern writer"

Philip Jason - Southern Literary Review


This contemporary mystery is drenched with Florida history and with gothic elements that should appeal to a broad range of readers.

Booklist, Barbara Bibel


"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


This is a series that deserves more attention than it garners

Library Journal (Starred review)


Evans adds an extra layer of substance to her series by drawing readers into the fascinating history of ancient American civilizations

Barbara Bibel (Booklist)


Mary Anna Evans mixes mystery and archeology in a book that's hard to resist. Entertaining and educational, Relics is a great read.

James O. Born, author of Shock Wave, Escape Clause, and Walking Money


Mary Anna Evans tells a good story.

I Love A Mystery

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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