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by Evans, Mary Anna.

Format: Print Book 2003
Availability: Available at 3 Libraries 3 of 3 copies
Available (3)
Location Collection Call #
Bridgeville Public Library Mysteries MYS EVA
Location  Bridgeville Public Library
Collection  Mysteries
Call Number  MYS EVA
Mt. Lebanon Public Library Fiction EVANS
Location  Mt. Lebanon Public Library
Collection  Fiction
Call Number  EVANS
Shaler North Hills Library Mystery MYSTERY EVA
Location  Shaler North Hills Library
Collection  Mystery
Call Number  MYSTERY EVA
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...
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Faye Longchamp is an archaeology student trying to hang on to her ancestral home on North Florida's Gulf Coast. When the property taxes on the dilapidated mansion--inherited from her great-great-grandmother, Cally, a freed slave--become too high, Faye decides to put her knowledge to work by digging up some artifacts to sell on the black market. What she finds, however, isn't arrowheads; it's a body, and judging by the head wound and the Jackie Kennedy^-style earrings, it's been in the ground for several decades, and foul play put it there. If Faye reports her find, she will reveal her illegal activities and risk losing everything. To save herself and her home, Faye decides to learn more about the body in the ground. 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. Let's hope Faye Longchamps' home-restoration project is one of those remodeling jobs that never ends. Barbara Bibel"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Few corners of Florida remain unmined for crime fiction and now, happily, there's one less. 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, archeology, romance and murder. The latest in a long line of courageous and resourceful women, Faye Longchamp can trace her mixed ancestry back to a slave and a once magnificent plantation house, Joyeuse, which she now claims by heritage and squatter's rights and whose very existence is a closely guarded secret. Faye ekes out a living by illegal "pothunting" and acting as an assistant on a legitimate archeological dig, but her discovery of a human skull and the subsequent murder of two archeology students threaten her precarious existence. While Evans stretches credulity with the sheer number of unlikely elements that make up the plot, including a mysterious Indian and a 19th-century diary, the rich setting and the lively characters that aid or bedevil Faye in her quest more than compensate. Readers should welcome this strong new heroine. (May 2) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Series Evans, Mary Anna. Faye Longchamp mystery.
#1 - Artifacts
#2 - Relics
#3 - Effigies
#4 - Findings
#5 - Floodgates
#6 - Strangers
#7 - Plunder
#8 - Rituals
#9 - Isolation
#10 - Burials
#11 - Undercurrents
Subjects Plantations -- Florida -- Fiction.
Antiquities -- Florida -- Fiction.
Archaeological thefts -- Florida -- Fiction.
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Florida -- Fiction.
Murder -- Florida -- Fiction.
Mystery fiction.
Publisher Scottsdale, AZ :Poisoned Pen Press,2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 288 pages : maps ; 24 cm.
ISBN 1590580567
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