Florida is in danger of being built-up, paved-over, and loved to death, but monsters still lurk in its dank, wet corners. When the body of controversial politician Joseph Swain is found in the jaws of a tremendous alligator, the swamp is full of people who might have wanted him dead. Was he killed by the neighbor who takes a hit in the pocketbook every time the congressman spearheads a new piece of environmental legislation? Was he murdered by the backwoodsman who sees him for the hypocrite that he is? Did his longsuffering wife finally crack? Garrett Levy is just a short balding environmental bureaucrat, but he knows the swamp, and he knows that it's up to him to find Swain's killer before the gators uncover another bloody corpse.
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Land of the Flowers 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.
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"a major contemporary Southern writer"
This contemporary mystery is drenched with Florida history and with gothic elements that should appeal to a broad range of readers.
"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."
This is a series that deserves more attention than it garners
Evans adds an extra layer of substance to her series by drawing readers into the fascinating history of ancient American civilizations
Evans' second archeological mystery is every bit as good as her debut, Artifacts (2003)....Faye makes a compelling heroine, and she's supported by an interesting array of suspects....Transcripts of Dr. Martinez's interviews scattered throughout the narrative provide important clues for the discerning reader.
…an excellent read. I couldn’t put it down.
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.