by Mary Anna Evans

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Isolation by Mary Anna Evans

Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can't make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she's out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family--Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn't gotten around to telling him how long he's been out of prison or how he got there--yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island's isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family's history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground--some of it poisoned--beneath their feet.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150880832
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Series: Faye Longchamp Series , #9
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 284
Sales rank: 1,146,704
File size: 273 KB

About 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.

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Isolation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have so enjoyed this particular Faye Longchamp novel. I especially like that it returned to the Cally Stanton connection and played up the history of Joyeuse Island. It was fascinating and totally entertaining, drawing me in from the very first page. Stephanie Clanahan
dhaupt More than 1 year ago
Isolation by Mary Anna Evans Evans’ 9th in her long running Faye Longchamps series, Isolation is a page-turning continuation of her unique storyline, set on a remote sub-tropic Florida costal island staring her one-of-a-kind protagonist, Faye. Readers won’t find the likes of Faye anywhere else in fiction; an enigmatic, stunning combination of strength and vulnerability a fascinating mix of cultures and ethnicities. Her co-stars, both returning and temporary, good and evil are an integral part of the tale and all play their parts flawlessly. The whisper soft narrative will pack a punch as it crescendos to an intense nail-biting climax. And her compassionate, realistic managing of Faye’s emotional and mental crisis was wonderful. Mary Anna Evans through Faye has taken me on some educational and emotional journeys and I can’t wait to find out what she digs up next! Archeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth comes from a long line of strong capable women, like her great-great grandmother Cally who although born a slave rose to be mistress of the 19th century Florida plantation house that Faye and her family call home today. She wishes she could draw on that strength to pull her out of the postpartum depression her late term miscarriage put her in, a place not her husband; her children or the work she loves has been able to. When a series of crimes occur and her great-great grandmother’s character comes under fire, instead of overwhelmed Faye feels the first stirrings of fight. Maybe it’s her deep sense of right and her incurable curiosity that will finally help bring her back. Joe Wolf Mantooth not only has to deal with the untimely visit from his estranged ex-con father, but he’s worried about his wife, whose usual passion for life seems to have died along with their unborn child. And now there’s a dangerous criminal at lose on their remote island home that brings out the protector and warrior in him.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
This has all the makings for a good mystery. A family torn apart by tragedy, isolation on a private island, toxic spills, murder, stalkers, and all of this might possibly be connected to a mysterious history. I was hooked already! Being a fan of character driven stories, this didn’t disappoint. There’s Faye Longchamp – Mantooth. She’s coping the only way she knows how after a terrible loss. She spends every waking minute and most nights prowling the island and doing random digs. Not herself at all. Being a professional archaeologist, she knows better. You need to investigate, do the math, before digging. I think she’s just trying to stay numb. Her husband, Joe Wolf Mantooth, is such a gentle soul. He loves his wife and patiently waits for her to come around, knowing she needs time to grieve and heal. In the meantime, he takes care of their young son, Michael, making sure he’s happy and loved. When things go wiggy and bodies start adding up, he goes into alpha mode. I loved the gentle bear and the warrior spirit of Joe. Joe’s father, Sly Mantooth, out after serving time in prison, shows up on their doorstep and they invite him to stay awhile. Faye hopes the two will stay out of her hair, and Joe’s looking to get reconnected with his father. I like Sly. He’s a diamond in the rough. He keeps his thoughts to himself, unless a pretty gal is around. Then the charmer, the ladies man, comes out to play. There was one particular lady I wanted him to get better acquainted with. I hoped the author would grant my wish. Not just a murder mystery, there’s also the mystery of Faye’s ancestor. Some people want to prove her great-great-grandmother Cally was a murderer. Faye’s having none of it and launches her own investigation, keeping their relationship secret while she works to clear Cally’s name. Not so easy when you’re going back 150 years. A strange toxic find on the island, chemical dumps in the gulf, murder and violent attacks. Could all of this be random events or do they all tie together? I couldn’t wait to find out. Though this is the ninth book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery Series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. I’ve not the read the other books and with some short mentions of past events, had no trouble reading this first. Good clean fun, with no sex scenes or foul language. I received this book for my honest review.