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Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #1

Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #1

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by Mary Anna Evans
     
 
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. 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. No one knows how

Overview

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. 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. No one knows how her descendants hung onto it through Reconstruction, world wars, the Depression, and Jim Crow, but Faye has inherited the island plantation—and 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 the surrounding National Wildlife Refuge and selling them on the black market. A tiny bit of that dead glory would pay a year’s taxes. A big valuable chunk of the past would save her home forever.

But instead of potsherds and arrowheads, she uncovers a woman’s shattered skull, a Jackie Kennedy-style earring nestled against its bony cheek. Faye is torn. If she reports the forty-year-old murder, she’ll reveal her illegal livelihood, thus risking jail and the loss of Joyeuse. She doesn’t intend to let that happen, so she probes into the dead woman’s history, unaware that the past is rushing up on her like a hurricane across deceptively calm Gulf waters...

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"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's debut, a tale of greed, archaeology, romance and murder. Readers should welcome this strong new sleuth."
Edgar nominee and New York Times best-selling author - PJ Parrish
"Artifacts is a haunting, atmospheric story in which a mysterious island holds the clue to long-buried family secrets. Mary Anna Evans brings passion and insight to her subject and has written a modern southern gothic novel about a biracial woman's search for her heritage."
Booklist - Book list
"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 multi-layered, compelling plot."

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781615952311
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
03/05/2012
Series:
Faye Longchamp Series , #1
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
79,505
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little. Mary Anna's award-winning series of Faye's adventures includes Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers and, new in 2011, Plunder.

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Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #1 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed reading the novel. Kept me on the edge of my chair.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This character was totally different than I expected, but she sucked me in with this first book and I now can hardly wait for the next installment in her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This first book in the series was well written and grabbed my interest within the first few pages. After that, I had a hard time putting it down. Even when I wasn't reading it, the story was still on my mind. There were, however, several loose ends that never quite got tied up. I'm not sure that they will carry over into the second book, however...they might just remain mysteries left to the imagination.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a very nice read.
PEGGYY More than 1 year ago
This is a book you can just sit back- and read- and enjoy. And Isn't that why we read fictional stories.
ellen27 More than 1 year ago
Well done!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a while to get into the story, but was a well written and interesting book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Rambling and disjointed but characters fairly well developed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I purchase this book because it was $.99. I enjoyed it so much, I have read the next two in the series and starting on the fourth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book - the components of history, folk lore, American Indian ritual and a hurricane! I grew up on the coast and could see every description clearly. Hated for the story to end.
Kelly Phillips More than 1 year ago
Not a five star, but worth it. I will read her next one soon.