Mary Anna Evans (Author)


First in a series of archaeological mysteries featuring Faye Longchamp, who uncovers more than artifacts from the past.

"A haunting, atmospheric story." -P.J. Parrish, New York Times bestselling author

Faye Longchamp has lost nearly everything except her determination to hang onto Joyeuse, a moldering plantation hidden along the Florida coast. No one knows how Faye's great-great-grandmother Cally, a newly freed slave barely out of her teens, came to own Joyeuse in the aftermath of the Civil War or how her descendants hung onto it through Reconstruction, world wars, the Depression, and Jim Crow. But Faye has inherited the family tenacity. When the property taxes rise beyond her means, she sets out to save Joyeuse by digging for artifacts on her property and selling them on the black market.

But instead of pot shards and arrowheads, she uncovers a woman's shattered skull. If Faye reports the 40-year-old murder, she'll reveal her illegal livelihood, risk jail...and Joyeuse. So she probes into the dead woman's history, unaware that the past is rushing toward her like a hurricane across deceptively calm Gulf waters....

Winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin award in Mystery/Suspense

Product Details

Poisoned Pen Press
Publish Date
March 07, 2017
5.5 X 0.69 X 8.5 inches | 0.86 pounds

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About the Author

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, which have received recognition including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing.

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Winner of the 2018 Sisters in Crime (SinC) Academic Research Grant


"A haunting, atmospheric story." - P.J. Parrish, New York Times bestselling author
"It's always fun to discover a new Florida voice, especially one who can bring to life the rich texture-the sand, the sea, the moss-draped live oaks, the seedy fishing shacks, the salted boat culture-of the state's coast...the menace and the history are resolved in a hurricane of a finale." - Tampa Tribune
"The shifting little isles along the Florida Panhandle-hurricane-wracked bits of land filled with plenty of human history-serve as the effective backdrop for Evans' debut, a tale of greed, archeology, romance and murder." - Publishers Weekly
"First-novelist Evans introduces a strong female sleuth in this extremely promising debut, and she makes excellent use of her archaeological subject matter, weaving past and present together in a multilayered, compelling plot." - Booklist