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(Faye Longchamp #7)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  386 ratings  ·  55 reviews
Time is not on Faye Longchamp’s side. She and her husband Joe are working near the mouth of the Mississippi, researching archaeological sites soon to be swamped by oil. The Deepwater Horizon disaster has morphed her run-of-the-mill contract job into a task that might swamp her fledgling company. It isn’t helping that an injured babysitter has left Faye to work with a toddl ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published March 6th 2012 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published March 1st 2012)
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Jun 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pirates. That's never a bad thing. To read about, at least.

Faye Longchamp is facing the challenge of a lifetime: she has been contracted to survey archaeological sites along the mouth of the Mississippi which are in imminent danger from the oil pouring from the Deep Horizon site. She and her husband both have extreme reservations about their tiny fledgling company's ability to manage the massive project, but Faye is determined: she knows that turning this down or, worse, failing would be a deat
Jan 19, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, new-writer
Kindly downloaded to my Kindle by Netgalley.

I sure wish I had read the previous books in the series,for although this one does work as a stand alone, I would have enjoyed knowing more about the characters.

Faye Longchamp and her husband Joe are working near the mouth of the Mississippi, researching archaeological sites soon to be swamped by oil. An enormous oil disaster has turned her usual contract job into something much larger. Time is short for Faye, made even worse by the fact that her trust
Apr 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2014
In the 7th installment of the Faye Longchamp series, Mary Anna Evans takes this story down to New Orleans. On an oiling archeology gig, Faye and Joe Mantooth were on the search of lost shipwreck debris, when they come across a family on the ocean. The Landrenaus are embroiled into a mess of greed, murder and family secrets and scandals. That's when Faye and Joe help Amande and protect her from harm. This young woman have been dealt a bad hand of cards, when she encountered a missing loot of rare ...more
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
Part of the reason I enjoy this series is how the author makes the preservation of past relevant and urgent to our world today. Set in the Louisiana gulf are, the author made me think anew about the off-shore oil rig explosion and myriad ways life and oil mix.
Belva Payton
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Too much life, not enough archaeological searching and discovery.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, listened
Did not particularly like the format of the book, but interesting story.
Robin Bogart
Nov 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Dr. Faye Longchamp Wolf Mantooth (and Joe) tale thus far!
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoy this series. I love how Faye's character grows and develops with unforeseen life changes.
Jan 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love this series. Looking forward to the new one in 2018
Aug 03, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faye and Joe become involved with a young girl living on a houseboat
Peggy Thomson
Some nicely drawn characters.
Faye and Joe have taken on a project in Southern Louisiana that is really too big for their fledgling archaeological consulting project, but they need the business. While Faye tries to hire and manage contractors, and Joe is out doing field work, and they're both trying to keep an eye on their toddling son...Faye also strikes up a friendship with a remarkable teenage girl who lives in the houseboat next to the cabin they're renting. But when the girl's estranged uncle...and then her grandmother. ...more
Andrew Macrae
Aug 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the aftermath of a disastrous oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, professional archeologist Faye Longchamp and her husband and business partner, Joe Wolf Mantooth, race against time to document historic Mississippi Delta sites before they are forever ruined by the approaching tides of oil, all the while coping with the needs and demands of Michael, their one-year-old son. But Faye and Joe’s already daunting task becomes even more difficult and dangerous when a murdered man is found float ...more
Aug 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery
What a marvelously crafted book. The author provides us with multiple stories intertwined with two threads, one from the past (the pirates Cola George and Henry) and one from the future (the BP oil spill). The constant theme under all the stories is greed and the damage that it creates. That was true in the days of the pirates, in the present story of a family torn asunder by greedy people (whether they are considered family members is up for question), and in the future as the BP oil spill is j ...more
Barbara M
This is the seventh in a series I've been following since it began. I like Faye and Joe and their work is always intelligent and thoughtful. This one didn't strike the right note with me. I'm not sure exactly what it was. Evans is good at using current issues in her stories. The last one was the aftermath of Katrina and this one is the start of the oil spill in the gulf as it creeps - or maybe rushes (?) toward landfall. One minute it seems to be creeping and the next it is right there. I rememb ...more
Jan 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the seventh book in the Faye Longchamp series. I have only read the first book in the series and if I had more time on my hands would have loved to have read the five between first. In actuality this book, Plunder, can be a stand alone novel but the writing style is so good that you want to read them all!

Faye is an archaeologist first and foremost. Archaeologists are somewhat like detectives as they are following clues, examining, detecting,concluding....thus Faye is a very plausible det
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Keeps interest, well narrated- too much witchcraft/ voodoo but it is Louisiana.
✨ Gramy ✨
This book reached out and grabbed my attention immediately, unlike the last book in this series that took me a long time to slog through. The new mix of characters are intrigued me, maybe because of my avid interest in genealogy. Joe and Faye take on their first major job in the company they have started. Inevitably, they become involved in the investigation of multiple murders. This time they are in New Orleans cataloging the archaeological sites before a major oil spill in the ocean creep upon ...more
Robert Scott
Mar 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
-*NOTE: This edition with this ISBN number is actually 296 pages.* Faye Longchamp-Mantooth and husband Joe have been hired to do an evaluation of the shoreline near the mouth of the Mississippi river in Louisana. They are pressed for time because of the eminence of the oil spill from the Deep Water Horizon blowout eoming ashore. They become acquainted with a tall, light brown young lady who is immensely interested in their work. She lives on a houseboat with her grandmere, and is exposed to a gr ...more
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2013
This 7th entry in the series doesn't have as much of the detailed history aspect that I really enjoy but it was a still a great story. Faye and Joe, with their 9 month old son Michael, are working to catalog historic sites at the mouth of the Mississippi before the oil from the BP spill inundates the area. They become involved in the life of Amande, a gifted teen who lives with her grandmother at the marina where Faye and Joe are staying. Dead bodies start appearing and Louisiana's byzantine inh ...more
Although this is one of my favorite mystery series, this particular book is not a favorite with me. It sounds interesting. Mary Anna Evans, who is an engineer, takes on the Deepwater Horizon oil spills on archaeological sites. Unfortunately, most of the book is taken up with what turns out to be a pedestrian murder case. The most interesting character is a teenager who is recording a podcast throughout the novel about the stories her grandmother told of their ancestors. The ancestor tale is defi ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fans of the Ruth Galloway Series by Elly Griffiths, will love this book. In reading this, I considered it to be a Cajun influenced, Southern US, Ruth Galloway books, so I loved this book. Although I do agree with another Goodreads reviewer that this book could stand alone, I would have preferred to have read the series, as I found the characters highly interesting and would have loved to have a complete picture of them.
Sep 23, 2013 rated it liked it
Brief synopsis: Faye Longchamp is on the scene again. Faye, with her husband and son in tow, is racing against the oil spilling into the gulf from an exploded oil platform in order to record precious archeological sites.

The process is complicated by mysterious deaths in the marina where Faye and family are staying - including sixteen year old Amande.

This was another solid book by Ms. Evans. I would give it 3.5 stars if possible. I like a book with a strong, female character. Faye is interestin
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Archeologist/sleuth Faye and her husband/business partner Joe are off to the bayous of Louisiana to document archaeological sites before oil from the Deep Horizons well blowout reaches them. The spreading oil creates a sense of urgency for their work and the story line, Faye and Joe get caught up in the life of a teenage girl who lives on a houseboat with her voodoo practicing grandmother. There are pirate stories, searches for pirate treasure and multiple murders. Enjoyed this one.
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book I have read by this author, and I will read more.

This was a fun who done it. Ms. Evans is a good story teller - makes you feel like you are mucking along with her in the mud flats of southern Louisiana.

There is Pirate treasure, crazy family members (really crazy) and Joe and Faye, the lead characters.

They are hired to study significant historical structures and artifacts in the area, and meet a teenage girl who as just found a dead body...
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I absolutely could not stop reading this book. I did not want to put it down. Fay longchamp mantooth and her husband joe are archaeologists . They are always involved in a mystery, usually includes a dead body. This author always includes a historical background in each of her stories. I enjoy the historical aspects as much as i enjoy the mystery. This is the 7 th book in this series.

Archaeological consultant Faye Longchamps-Mantooth has contracted to do a survey of the Mississippi delta area, when the BP oil spill suddenly makes her job bigger, more important, and more urgent. She really has to concentrate, but she's distracted by an intelligent young girl living at the marina, under the care of her step-grandmother. When members of her family start dying, Faye feels she must try to help Amande, since all the adults around her are greedy and one may be a murderer.
Lynn Lerch
Sep 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faye Longchamp is back! Faye, Joe (her husband), and their baby are looking at the mouth of the Mississippi River looking for archaeological sites before the area is effected by a huge oil disaster caused by the Deep Water Horizon's explosion. A number of murders take place and Faye helps a teenager survive. A great book!
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed PLUNDER, even if it was several books into the series about archaeologist Faye Longchamp. I have a passion for archaeology and this satisfied my needs. It was full of interesting characters that I'm sure I will recognize in any future books in the series or if I decide to try others from earlier works.
Not my favorite Evans, but a good read. Very good information on the 2010 oil spill in Louisiana along with a pirate story and several murders -- something for everyone!!! Faye Longchamp is a believable, fallible, great character -- so well-written by Evans through the books that she seems like a good friend.
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Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, Artifacts, Relics, Effigies, Findings, Floodgates, Strangers, Plunder, Rituals, Isolation, Burials and, coming in April 2018, Undercurrents. Her standalone thriller, Wounded Earth, features environmentalist Larabeth McLeod in a duel to the death against a stalker who calls himself Babykiller.
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Other books in the series

Faye Longchamp (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Artifacts (Faye Longchamp, #1)
  • Relics (Faye Longchamp, #2)
  • Effigies (Faye Longchamp, #3)
  • Findings (Faye Longchamp, #4)
  • Floodgates (Faye Longchamp, #5)
  • Strangers (Faye Longchamp, #6)
  • Rituals (Faye Longchamp, #8)
  • Isolation (Faye Longchamp, #9)
  • Burials (Faye Longchamp #10)
  • Undercurrents (Faye Longchamp #11)