Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #1 [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Artifacts: A Faye Longchamp Mystery #1

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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 lose 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…

Winner of the 2004 Benjamin Franklin Award in Mystery/Suspense, Patrick D. Smith Florida Literature Award,& VOYA Adult Mysteries with Young Adult Appeal.
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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."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781615952311
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
  • Publication date: 3/5/2012
  • Series: Faye Longchamp Series , #1
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 56,738
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Mary Anna Evans is the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries–Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, and Strangers. She has degrees in physics and chemical engineering. Her background includes stints in environmental consulting and university administration, as well as a summer spent working offshore in the oil fields. Writing lets her spend weeks indulging her passion for history, archaeology, and architecture, and months making up stories. Mary Anna lives in Florida with her three children and a cat.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2014

    Great Novel

    Really enjoyed reading the novel. Kept me on the edge of my chair.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 2, 2013

    Great series

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2013

    Excellent and twisty plot!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Nice

    This was a very nice read.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    This is a book you can just sit back- and read- and enjoy. And

    This is a book you can just sit back- and read- and enjoy. And Isn't that why we read fictional stories.

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  • Posted January 13, 2013

    Well done!

    Well done!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Good read

    It took a while to get into the story, but was a well written and interesting book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2012

    Only mediocre - read when nothing else available

    Rambling and disjointed but characters fairly well developed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    History and excitement all in one!

    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.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

    Good

    Not a five star, but worth it. I will read her next one soon.

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