Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

Land of the Flowers

Land of the Flowers

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The palm trees stand in silhouette
Where Spaniards cast their bayonets.
The soldiers are gone, but the trees stand yet,
Towering over the land of the flowers.



The gray moss blew in fresh from Spain,
Riding the crest of a wild hurricane.
Our fine homes scatter but the moss remains.
The moss drips forever, but never runs dry.



And the water springs clear from the sand and the stone,
Quenching a wilderness no one can own.
And the water springs cold from the stone and the sand.
Nothing of value will rest in your hand.
We pass sterile days, sharing the blame
For colorless cities with old Spanish names.
But God hides in places that no one can tame, Standing watch over the land of the flowers.



And the water springs clear from the sand and the stone,
Quenching a wilderness no one can own.
And the water springs cold from the stone and the sand.
Nothing of value will rest in your hand.



The palm trees stand in silhouette
Where Spaniards cast their bayonets.
The soldiers are gone, but the trees stand yet,
Towering over the land of the flowers.



Music and lyrics: by David and Mary Anna Evans
Lead vocals and harmonies: Mary Anna Evans
Guitar and harmonies: David Evans
Guitar: David Reiser
Fiddle: Annemieke Pronker-Coron
Percussion: Bill Hutchinson

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

in Evans's fine fourth archaeological mystery...the story settles into a comfortable pace that allows the reader to savor the characters.

Publishers Weekly

Effigies

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

Barbara Bibel (Booklist)

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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