Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

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Mary Anna Evans - Undercurrents

Current Release - Undercurrents

In Undercurrents, the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery, Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty, history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working alone to do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her small archaeological consulting firm.

When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creek alone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dying woman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding. Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't make herself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might be in danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's struggling community, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, for Kali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fears to a police department that they trust even less than they trust Faye.

When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a man so obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their cold hands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek a serial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that a monster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come to love. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choice but to try to find him herself.

 

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About Burials - A woman waits under five feet of dirt-a woman who is by now nothing but bones stained the deep red of Oklahoma clay. A delicate silver necklace, a handful of ancient pearls, and a priceless figurine rest with her. Twenty-nine years is a long time to wait for a proper burial...

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About Isolation - Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can't make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she’s out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. Read more...
About Rituals, Faye Longchamp doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she’s an archaeologist—dead people are her life. Yet while working in Rosebower, a rural New York town founded by Spiritualists, Faye is surrounded by people who talk to the dead on a regular basis. When influential Spiritualist Tilda Armistead invites Faye and her daughter to commune with the dead, Faye can’t say no. She’s just too curious.

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About PLUNDER, seventh in the Faye Longchamp series--Time is not on Faye Longchamp's side. She and her husband Joe are working near the mouth of the Mississippi...

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About STRANGERS, sixth in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Faye Longchamp and Joe Wolf Mantooth have, on the strength of Faye's newly minted Ph.D., founded an archaeological consulting firm...

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About FLOODGATES, fifth in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Legend and romance drip from the lacy balconies of New Orleans as surely as Spanish moss drips from the branches of the city's ancient oaks.

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About FINDINGS, fourth in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Faye Longchamp is overjoyed to be back home, being paid to do archaeological work she would have done anyway--excavating a site once owned by her own family.

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About EFFIGIES, third in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Faye Longchamp and Joe Wolf Mantooth have traveled to Neshoba County, Mississippi, to help excavate a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw nation was born.

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About RELICS, second in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Faye Longchamp, an archaeology graduate student, is digging out of her depth. Assigned to lead her first major excavation, she arrives in a remote Alabama settlement hoping to delve into the history of a mysterious people called the Sujosa, who have lived in this valley since pre-Revolutionary times.

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About ARTIFACTS, first in the Faye Longchamp mystery series--Faye Longchamp has lost nearly everything except for her quick mind and a grim determination to hang onto her ancestral home, Joyeuse, a moldering plantation hidden along the Florida coast.

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Other Books


An eight-year-old girl who has just watched as her sister was kidnapped... A nurse who holds the lives of a mother and child in her hands... A makeup artist who has just found a murdered starlet on a movie set...

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Your Novel: Day by Day is designed to be an all-in-one guide to planning, writing, editing, and publishing a first novel, guiding a new novelist through the day-to-day details of the process. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is an awardwinning writer with eight novels, two nonfiction books, and a collection of short works to her credit.

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Larabeth McLeod has a doctorate, beauty, several patents, a successful environmental firm...and a secret. When a faceless voice on the phone threatens her life, she is paralyzed with fear. But when the man calling himself "Babykiller" threatens the child she gave up for adoption twenty-five years before, she knows she must act before he destroys her secret daughter and triggers nuclear disaster in the process.

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Short Stories


Imagine you have just woken up in a bed soaked with blood. Imagine that your boyfriend is lying next to you, dead. Imagine that you know with certainty who killed him, because she has hated you since the moment the two of you were born.

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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.

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Gorgeous babes in white bathing suits. Weary young men, happy to be home from Guadalcanal and Iwo Jima. Palm trees. Spanish moss. Glass-clear water. Ambition. Murderous jealousy. The culture clash between Hollywood and the repressed sexuality of mid-20th century America. Alligators. Lots and lots of alligators… What could possibly go wrong?

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"A Singularly Unsuitable Word" features a child, hiding in the weeds as her sister is kidnapped. "Mouse House" stars a security chief, unsure whether his job will rob him of the love of his life. "Starch" features a nurse, holding the lives of a young woman and her daughter in her two hands.

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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.

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Imagine you're the security chief at the world's largest theme park. Imagine that a mafioso succumbs to rat poison sprinkled on his breakfast apple strudel.

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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.

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Plunder

"a major contemporary Southern writer"

Philip Jason - Southern Literary Review

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

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

Library Journal

Relics

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

Artifacts

an adventurous blend of mystery, history and social commentary…

Paul Berman and Paul Roat (The Islander)

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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