Rituals (Faye Longchamp Series #8)

Rituals (Faye Longchamp Series #8)

by Mary Anna Evans
     
 

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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,

Overview


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?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/02/2013
A superior puzzle plot lifts Evans’s eighth Faye Longchamp mystery (after 2012’s Plunder). Archeologist Faye and her 17-year-old adopted daughter, Amande, have a job to do in Rosebower, N.Y., a town “with a history full of Spiritualists, religious reformers, and radical feminists.” Not long after they’ve begun their work separating decades of donated junk at the local museum, Faye and Amande have a murder mystery on their hands. Medium Tilda Armistead is the victim of arson, dying of smoke inhalation after escaping a fire set at her home, but in addition to the obvious question of whodunit, Faye must resolve the related one of “why a dying agoraphobic who had traveled only a couple thousand miles since 1972 had driven thirty miles to ask a relative stranger for help.” And what’s a retired magician, known for debunking others’ tricks, doing in town? Evans pulls all the pieces nicely together in the end. Agent: Anne Hawkins, John Hawkins & Associates. (Oct.)
From the Publisher

""A well-plotted and enjoyable mystery.""--Kirkus Reviews

""Evans pulls all the pieces nicely together in the end.""--Publishers Weekly

""A suspenseful crime story with just a hint of something otherworldly.""--Booklist

“In her delightfully erudite seventh (Strangers, 2010, etc.), Faye continues to weave archaeological tidbits and interesting people into soundly plotted mysteries.” --Kirkus review of Plunder

“The explosion of the Deepwater Horizon rig in the Gulf of Mexico provides the backdrop for Evans’s engaging, character-driven seventh mystery featuring archeologist Faye Longchamp (after 2010’s Strangers).” --Publishers Weekly review of Plunder

""Details of archaeology, pirate lore, and voodoo complement the strong, sympathetic characters, especially Amande, and the appealing portrait of Faye’s family life.""--Booklist review of Plunder

""Evans’s excellent series (Floodgates, 2008, etc.) continues to combine solid mysteries and satisfying historical detail.""--Kirkus review of Strangers

""Evans has written a fascinating tale linking the history of New Orleans' levee system to the present and weaving into the story aspects of the city's widely diverse cultures. Voodoo, Native American spirituality, greed, and corruption all play roles in what is easily the best installment yet in a too-little-known series.""--Booklist starred review of Floodgates

""Evans's fifth (Findings, 2008, etc.) is an exciting brew of mystery and romance with a touch of New Orleans charm.""--Kirkus review of Floodgates

Kirkus Reviews
2013-10-02
A small town in upstate New York is a haven for Spiritualists and murder. Archaeologist Faye Longchamp Mantooth and her adopted daughter, Amande, have taken a job updating a museum in Rosebower while Faye's husband stays home with their young son. The museum owner is a history buff who never turns away any contribution, no matter how worthless, and has some oddly racist ideas on the worth of some of his collection. The Armistead family, especially talented Spiritualist Tilda, has a great deal of influence in Rosebower, whose citizens are deeply divided over the direction in which the town is moving. An hour after Faye, Amande and Tilda's sister Myrna take part in a séance, the house burns down with Tilda nailed into the tiny séance room, left to die. Among the suspects are Tilda's estranged daughter and her husband, a sexy magician, who have their eyes on Tilda's land. The show they put on every night garners the couple a very nice living, but the husband is plotting with a developer who has plans to turn Rosebower into a sort of Disneyland for believers in ghosts. Also in town is a part-time magician whose work on a book debunking the whole Spiritualist idea may make her the next target for murder. Faye and Amande, who are worried about Myrna, whose health is rapidly and suspiciously deteriorating, are convinced they need to find the killer before there's another murder. The emphasis on the spirit world makes this a bit of a departure from Evans' usual historical and archaeological themes (Plunder, 2012, etc.), but it's certainly a well-plotted and enjoyable mystery.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781464201691
Publisher:
Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date:
11/05/2013
Series:
Faye Longchamp Series , #8
Pages:
250
Sales rank:
695,358
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author


Mary Anna Evans and the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries have received recognitions including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Florida Literature Award, the Mississippi Author Award in fiction, a writer’s residency from The Studios of Key West, and three medals from the Florida Book Awards. She holds degrees in physics and engineering, but she loves writing novels even more.
www.maryannaevans.com

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