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Rituals (Faye Longchamp #8)

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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, Faye can’t say no. She’s jus ...more
Hardcover, 250 pages
Published November 5th 2013 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published January 1st 2013)
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I've just read the latest in the Faye Longchamp mystery series, a series I've enjoyed for quite some time as it meets my need for some bits of archaeological discovery, a who and why dunnit, as well as the developing story of the growing Longchamp-Mantooth family.

This time Faye is involved with curating a small museum in a spiritualist town in New York, Rosebower. This is a town of Victorian homes and a long history of psychic practices now being threatened by more crass development. Someone see
Kat Lebo
Nov 17, 2013 Kat Lebo rated it really liked it
Rituals (A Faye Longchamp mystery)
By Mary Anna Evans

Spoiler near the end, so beware…

I’ve read all of the books in Evans’ Longchamp series, and have enjoyed each one immensely. Evans has a wonderful ability to weave historical facts into her fiction seamlessly. I’ve often looked things up online, just to double check, and she’s always on the money with her facts. Usually, her editing/proofreading is stellar too. Certainly, her characterizations are vibrant and have the ring of real people. The re
Sherron L Pace
Sep 16, 2016 Sherron L Pace rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

I really should give this book a five like I have the rest of the series yet somehow it feels unfinished. Did Faye finish her job, was the museum reconfigured and opened? The other books of the series left me feeling their completion I should feel that way here yet I don't.
Oct 13, 2016 Lindy rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-crime
It gets you from the prior book in the series to the next book in the series and honestly that's about all it did for me. Not bad, not a waste of time, but nothing memorable either.
Dec 03, 2013 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Award winning author Mary Anna Evans is back with Rituals, her eighth novel featuring archeologist Faye Longchamp.

Faye and her adopted daughter Amande are working together in Rosebower, New York. The tiny rural town is filled with spiritualists, magic and fortunetellers. It is as common to have conversations with the dead as it is with the living in Rosebower.

The Longchamps are not there to have their future read, but they are digging into the past. They were hired to organize the tiny historica
Oct 17, 2015 Sharonm rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, review-copy
Since the cover of this book is emblazoned with a comment written by Tony Hillerman about one of the earlier books in the series, I expected this book to be tied to Native American culture. However, while there is a sub-plot dealing with a Euro-centric owner of a small private museum, the history in the book is centered around the development of the women’s rights movement in Seneca Falls, New York. Archaeology, Faye’s specialty, ends up playing a very minor role in this book.

Faye is hired to
Aug 22, 2013 Jen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, supernatural
Rituals: A Faye Longchamp Mystery.

From the book description:

? Faye Longchamp doesn’t believe in ghosts. But she’s an archaeologist—dead people are her life.

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 the most influential Spiritualist in town, Tilda Armistead, invites Faye and her project assistant to commune with the dead, she can’t say no. Curiosity is also a cherished part of an archaeo
Jul 21, 2016 Doris rated it really liked it
The cover of this book referenced the Native American connection, so I expected that to figure prominently in the story. It was a surprise that, although mention was made of the NA connection, it did not figure prominently in the resolution. It was there, and the heritage did make a difference (view spoiler), but the major story did not hinge on the NA connections.

I also enjoyed the resear
Faye and Amande take on a job in upstate New York for the summer, cataloging the hometown museum of the "home of spiritualism." While there, they make friends with a couple of old ladies from a family that has long been the pillar of the town - and also famous mediums throughout history. When one of them has her house set on fire under mysterious circumstances, the town is in an uproar to figure out who - and why. And of course, Faye and Amande can't stay out of it. There are seances and skeptic ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Kathleen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
Books by Mary Anna Evans are always a delight and this does not disappoint. It is interesting to see how her main character, Faye Longchamp, tries to balances work with being a mother to a teenager and a toddler. The author is very clever in how she uses new technology to keep Faye's husband involved, though eventually he joins Faye on location in Upstate New York. Joe's appearance on scene is the only part of the story that didn't quite ring true. But the rest of the book is marvelous enough to ...more
Jul 06, 2015 Shomeret rated it really liked it
I hesitated about reading this book even though I love the series. Archaeologist Faye Longchamp is one of my favorite amateur detectives. Unfortunately, this one is set in a town in New York founded by spiritualists. Mysteries dealing with fraudulent mediums are formulaic and predictable. I definitely didn't want to read another one. Yet Faye and Mary Anna Evans have a record of being open minded about the supernatural, so I eventually decided to read it.

As expected, there are frauds of various
Feb 18, 2014 Richard rated it really liked it
Faye and her daughter, Amande, have been hired to catalog and make sense of the boxes of donated material that a local museum has in its store room. The museum is in a small town in New York known for its Spiritualistic associations. Many of the older leaders of the town are known to give private readings and séances. After Faye and Amande attend such an event at the home of a descendent of the town founders, and have returned to the Bread and Breakfast where they are staying, they are astounded ...more
May 21, 2014 Amy rated it liked it
Faye Longchamp is an archaeologist, so this series always has a little bit of science and a little bit of history, included. Also, at the end of the book, the author always provides an explanation of how to use this book with students, groups, etc.

I don't know why (because this time the story seemed to be heavier on history, which I love), but I had a hard time getting into this story. However, I did stick with it because I know what these stories are like -- more education, less fluff.

This stor
Jul 29, 2016 Donna rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2014
This eighth book in the series wasn't as good as most of the previous ones. The action moves from the South to New York state and as usual, the historical part of the book is fascinating. This time around the story centers around a town with a long history of Spiritualism. The problem I had was that I couldn't tell if I was supposed to feel sympathy for these people or not. Some were obviously charlatans, others maybe so. I just didn't get a clear sense of where the author was trying to lead us. ...more
Jan 22, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
This is a fun mystery with quirky characters and a plethora of strong, smart women. I had a bit of a hard time getting into it at the beginning. This might be because this isn't the first book in the series and I hadn't read any of the previous books. Despite this I didn't feel that I was missing too much background and it was certainly fine as a standalone. By midway through I became more engaged and connected to the characters. The spiritualist storyline was interesting and I wasn't certain wh ...more
Dec 11, 2013 Gramy rated it it was amazing
Faye Longchamp-Mantooth and her daughter, Amande, are contracted to curate a small museum in a spiritualist town Rosebower, in New York. The museum owner, Samuel Langley, has pieces that he is convinced are genuine artifacts tat prove aliens inhabited the earth prior to humans. Faye has to call on Joe's expertise to try to convince him otherwise. They meet two elderly women, Tilda and Myrna Armistead and Sister Mama; Antonia Caruso “Toni The Astonisher”), a magician who is in town to research in ...more
Pamela B.
Jan 01, 2015 Pamela B. rated it it was amazing
The last, so far, of the Faye Longchamp series, and I've loved every one of them. "Rituals" took me back to my research into Lily Dale, the spiritualist community in New York, and for those who are interested in the beginnings of Edwardian era spiritualism in America, this is a great book for getting your feet wet in the subject. Also touched on is the history of women's suffrage leader, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and I'll use my own "psychic ability" to guess the plot of the next in this series by ...more
Aug 26, 2013 Julie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given this ARC from NetGalley

Faye Longchamp is an archaeologist who as been asked to go,through some artifact documents in the museum in the town of Roesbower. She is accompanied by her adopted daughter Amanda who has come to help her with the documents. Roesbower was a town were Spiritualism had been the foundation stone of the village from the very start of its existence.

She is asked by one of the residents (Myrna) to come and have dinner with her sister (Tilda) and herself and afterwar
Christian - Knightingale Reviews
Rituals: A Faye Longchamp Mystery is the first book that I have read from Mary Anna Evans. I have to say that the book definitely intrigued me. Although it is the eighth book in the series, it was fairly easy to follow even though I hadn't read any previous installments. The story follows an archeologist, Faye, as she resides in Rosebower working for a museum. One day a horrifying event comes to pass. Tilda, an elderly woman who can speak with the dead, is killed in a house fire. Multiples piece ...more
Aug 11, 2016 Naomi rated it it was ok
I had been watching this author for a while. I am a huge fan of Elly Griffiths Ruth Galloway series so I considered this to be an American version of this series. To review it, I decided to start later in the series to determine its stand alone capabilities. However, I found the series to be quite boring to the Galloway series. I determined that this really didn't have anything to do with where I started in the series, but more to character and story development. I will more than likely walk awa ...more
Aug 23, 2016 Susan rated it really liked it
Faye Longchamp-Mantooth's consulting archaeology firm (she and husband Joe) take a job revamping a small museum in the cradle of Spiritualism in upstate New York. Faye and her adopted daughter are doing the work while Joe babysits home in Florida. When one of the leading psychics, from a founding family of Rosebower, dies mysteriously, Faye gets involved in the investigation, which is almost a nice break from dealing with the eccentric museum owner. Interesting characters, an unusual setting, an ...more
Lance Wright
Jan 11, 2014 Lance Wright rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-titles
The books in this exceptionally fine series have typically merged historical events with a fictional story, and this is one of the better examples. There is, not surprisingly and rather appropriately given the themes here, some misdirection on the part of the author, but the thrill for readers is trying to figure out how all the disparate pieces fit together in a way that satisfies all the clues provided. Read our full review, here:
Aug 08, 2015 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
This book takes archaeologist/sleuth Faye Longchamp and her recently adopted teenage daughter to a little town in rural New York, modeled somewhat on the spiritualist community in Cassadega, Florida. The archaeological project isn't very exciting, cataloging the papers and artifacts in a tiny museum, but Faye is soon wrapped up in the murder of an elderly woman. Faye attends seances and befriends a retired magician determined to expose psychic fakery. While I didn't find the plot all that exciti ...more
Jan 29, 2014 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This is the eighth in a well-researched mystery series. This one is set in New York, a departure from the usual Deep South setting. Evans does a great job interweaving a mystery, archaeology, spiritualism, and early 19th century history into a present-day story. The protagonist, Faye Longchamp, is a very good archaeologist, a good mystery-solver, and a believable mother, wife, and friend. I have so much enjoyed getting to know her over the series. Looking forward to the next!!!
Linda Smatzny
Jan 22, 2014 Linda Smatzny rated it liked it
This is the eighth book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery series. In this book Faye and her adopted daughter,Amande, have gone to Rosebower, New York to organize a small private museum. This town was founded by Spiritualists and still has a large population of them. Faye gets involved with two elderly sisters and when one of them dies Faye wants answers. It was slow to begin but then grabbed you till the end.
Lynn Lerch
Sep 28, 2015 Lynn Lerch rated it it was amazing
Faye Longchamp and Amande (her 17 year old adopted daughter) go to Rosebower New York in order to work at a local museum sorting through papers. This old town is full of Spiritualists, psychics, feminists,and reformists. One of the towns leading ladies has her house burned down and survives long enough to drive to where Faye and Amande are staying. This book touches on the Seneca Falls Convention and the Spiritual Movement. Faye's husband joins her to help solve the murders.
Feb 25, 2014 Karen rated it liked it
The protagonist is an archaeologist...who is working on a project in a small town in West New York home to spiritualists.
Of course there is a murder and of course she helps solve it!
Not edge of your seat but interesting... and I didn't guess the killer 1/2 way through the book, so that is always a plus.
Richard Becker
Apr 08, 2016 Richard Becker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: archaeology
This may be the best book in the Faye Longchamp mystery series. It was different than most of the others in that the main story did not involve archaeology, but it was fun and interesting nonetheless. I enjoyed the background story of the psychics etc. The mystery was well-conceived and plotted. Faye and her family were interesting once again.
Virginia P
Nov 10, 2013 Virginia P rated it really liked it
I can see Halie Berry as Faye Longchamp. Living near Casadaga I was interested in the setting and curious about how Evans would tie the plot to archaeology. I just wish there had been more about Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Then, there is always Joe... I just wanted a little more in this novel.
This is one of my favorite series, but this one left me a little wanting. It was the same familiar characters, but it seemed a bit disjointed and the newly introduced supporting characters were not as well developed as in previous installments.
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Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and engineering, but her heart is in the past. Her series character, Faye Longchamp, lives the exciting life of an archaeologist, and Mary Anna envies her a little. Her first novel, Artifacts, won the Benjamin Franklin award and it was named by the Voice of Young America (VOYA) as an "Adult Mystery with Young Adult Appeal." Her second novel, Relics, was an In ...more
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