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Thursday, September 10, 2015
Tour: ISOLATION by Mary Anna Evans [Faye Longchamp Mysteries #9]
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.
REVIEW: ISOLATION by Mary Anna Evans
ISOLATION enraptured me from the first paragraph and I couldn't set it aside till I finished. What an engrossing, intriguing, satisfying, read. ISOLATION is the first book for me in this series, and since it s #9, I've a lot of catching up to do.
Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth lives on her native land, Joyeuse Island in the Gulf of Mexico near the Florida Panhandle. Faye' s great-great-grandmother, Cally Stanton, was a slave, later freed, an intensely strong female who held the homestead island together through the Civil War and a destructive 19th century hurricane. Cally' s history intertwines with Faye' s contemporary life throughout this novel, in a way that powerfully resonates for reader as well as fictional character. The denouement is hold-your-breath frightening, and the story is superbly written throughout.
Mary Anna Evans is the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries–Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, and Plunder. 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, archeology, and architecture, and months making up stories. Mary Anna is preparing to move to Oklahoma since accepting an Associate Professor position with the University of Oklahoma.