Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

A short story by award winning author Mary Anna Evans-- The surgeon has his scalpel in hand. Nurses and doctors hover around the unconscious patient. Life and death hang in the balance, and Nurse Crain is watching. She knows something that only one other person in this locked room can know...a dead man lies in the equipment closet. One of the people wielding scalpel and forceps killed him. Nurse Crain is not the kind of woman to let murderers go free.

Starch 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.


"Delightfully erudite"

Kirkus Reviews


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

Kirkus Reviews


"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


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

Publishers Weekly


a thought-provoking tale about people trying to live together.

Library Journal


An intriguing, multi-layered tale. Not only was I completely stumped by the mystery, I was enchanted by the characters Evans created with such respect.

Claire Matturro, author of Skinny-Dipping, Wildcat Wine, and Bone Valley


…a tantalizing 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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