Mary Anna Evans

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Narrated By: Cassandra Campbell

Duration: 9 hours and 17 minutes

What to expect

Faye Longchamp is overjoyed to be paid to do archaeological work she would have done anyway—excavating a site that was once her family’s. That joy ends abruptly when intruders break into a dear friend’s house and leave him dead among the scattered remains of Faye’s artifacts. There seems to be no motive at all for the vicious crime…unless the thieves were aware of the fabulous emerald he had been holding minutes before his death. But the open wall safe is untouched, and choice artifacts are left in their cases. The only thing missing is Faye’s field notes.

Faye seeks out the story behind the mysterious emerald. How was her fieldwork connected to her friend’s death? The key to all her questions must be buried in the field notes now held by the killers. Now, it is only a matter of time before they come for Faye.


Crime and mystery: women sleuths

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“The story settles into a comfortable pace that allows the reader to savor the characters…In the end, love prevails, without being either sappy or sexual.”

Publishers Weekly

“Evans always incorporates detailed research that adds depth and authenticity to her mysteries, and she beautifully conjures up the Micco County, FL, setting. This is a series that deserves more attention…Fans of archaeological mysteries by Lyn Hamilton, Sarah Andrews, and Aaron Elkins will enjoy.”

Library Journal

“Faye’s capable fourth is a charming mixture of history, mystery and romance.”

Kirkus Reviews

“[A] charming mixture of history, mystery, and romance.”

Kirkus Reviews

“Cassandra Campbell does a fine job with this fourth installment in Evans’ well-received mystery series featuring Faye Longchamp…Campbell voices diverse characters—from old black men and Southern white sheriffs to Faye’s Native American boyfriend. Her take on Faye—biracial, young, and well educated—is imaginative, giving her a crisp tone in the presence of academics and a hint of rhythm when she’s among black Baptists…Excellent entertainment.”