Mary Ann Evans
Author of the Faye Longchamp Archaeological Mysteries

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Current Release - 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.


Then an hour after her crystal ball shows Faye things no rational mind can explain, Tilda is dead. The evidence says that someone trapped Tilda in a small room, nailing its one door shut before setting her house afire. There is no possible way for her to have escaped the blaze, let alone drive for miles before finding Faye and dying in her arms. Yet Tilda did. How? And why?


It seems Rosebower is full of people who had reason to kill Tilda. Tilda’s estranged daughter is the heir to the Armistead fortune. That daughter’s husband is a stage magician with a long history of making things vanish. Against Tilda’s wishes, a rich developer would like to turn Rosebower into a Disneyland with real ghosts. And then there is the famed root doctor whose mysterious herbal potions are anywhere else, these people would be dismissed as crazy. In Rosebower, “normal“ is relative. As Faye watches the psychics and charlatans jockey for power, Tilda’s sister, Myrna, is slowly dying. Will Rosebower reveal its secrets before more goes up in flames?

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Faye Longchamp Series


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, researching archaeological sites soon to be swamped by oil.

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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

"Delightfully erudite"

Kirkus Reviews

Strangers

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

Booklist, Barbara Bibel

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

…a charming mixture of history, mystery and romance.

Kirkus

Effigies

A captivating combination of archeology, Native-American tales, romance and detection. A must-read.

Kirkus

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 excellent read. I couldn’t put it down.

Lonnie Cruse, author of Murder in Metropolis (Cozies, Capers, and Crimes)

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.

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