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Artifacts

(Faye Longchamp #1)

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3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,955 ratings  ·  242 reviews
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 descendan ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by iBooks (first published 2003)
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Lynn
Jul 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Artifacts is the first book in the Faye Longchamp series. The characters, location and the decisions that Faye had to make to survive or to hold down her plantation house make this book a good and different read.

The location is the Florida panhandle and Faye is living in a rundown plantation house that has been in her family for many generations. She does some illegal pot digging to survive and to have a little money. The book is quite atmospheric I thought. One could see the run down plantation
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Pamela
Delightful is: discovering a gem that, at first glance, seems a bit slapdash and mediocre, but turns out to be one of those can’t-turn-the-pages-fast-enough, diamonds in the rough. Artifacts is one such gem: A delight to read, ponder, adventure along, and solve.

All good qualities: atmospherically transporting, characteristically diverse and interesting, with a culture-rich plot dabbling in history, amid full-flush intrigue. I especially loved the strong, yet appropriately flawed main character,
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Shazza Maddog
Sep 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is one of those serendipitous books - I saw it on a table at the library, read the dust cover and thought, "Hmmm, Mom might like to read this. Hmmm, I might like to read this," and checked it out. Mom read it in less than two days. It took me considerably longer but I still very much enjoyed it.

The story revolves around Faye Longchamp, a mulatto woman, who lives in the Panhandle area of Florida. She doesn't believe she fits in anywhere - not the white nor the black world - and she's hiding
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Heather
Aug 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is the first mystery in the Faye Longchamp mystery series. I reviewed number six in the series earlier in the year and though I wasn't lost, I was interested enough in the relationships, especially Faye's husband Joe Wolf Mantooth to find out more about the series. It took awhile for my library to dig up some of the books, but this one was so great it had me wishing I was home. There were all the elements of a mystery, murder, many suspects, doubt, subplots and looming threats to our protag ...more
Jazz
4.5 STARS | Very impressed by this first mystery in the Faye Longchamp series. I'm deducting only a half star for the paucity of viable suspects, and yet, even there, Evans delivers a surprising twist on the culprit. I'm drawn to archeological mysteries and this one was unique being set in the Panhandle of Florida -- not the Middle East -- as well as its multi-racial protagonist. Sometimes I find myself racing through the climatic scene, knowing good will triumph, but I took my time with this on ...more
Richard
Sep 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist, Faye, is a drop-out from a university level archaeological program. She almost makes a poverty level living with "pot hunting" while she tries to restore a decrepit family home that's pretty remote. That's the opener. She is intelligent, pretty, petite, multi-racial, strong-willed, athletic. And she has a few faults, too. (Yeah, I was all teary-eyed before I'd even finished the first chapter. She is just such a sympathetic person.) She knows full well the ethical ambiguities and ...more
Marilyn
Jul 30, 2018 rated it liked it
It took me a long time to get engaged with this book, but I raced through the last third as the action heated up. The main character, Faye, doles out her family's history in dribs and drabs that are hard to connect with her and with each other, until they eventually all fall into place. The story ends up being a very good one, but the happy ending seemed a little too fairy taleish to me.
Amy "the book-bat"
I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Faye Longchamp is an archaeologist. She stumbles across the remains of a murder victim while digging for artifacts on government land. This discovery sets of a chain of events that puts Faye's life in danger.
L.T. Fawkes
Jul 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Mary Anna Evans, FREE on Kindle. I love a mystery series with fresh characters and an exotic, well-drawn setting. This has both. You can't help but root for Faye Longchamp as she fights for her heritage and solves a mystery as well. Very entertaining.
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was a great mystery and my third good book in two days. It required a lot of knowledge of archaeology, history, geography and anthropology, plus the ability to create complex characters and unveil them gradually. I read this through in one sitting and thoroughly enjoyed myself.
David
Jun 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: florida, 2017
This underrated mystery was a lot of fun, even if it had some instances of awkward writing and cliches.

Awkward writing example: "Faye moved around Wally's Marina as if she owned the place. She didn't, but her friend Wally did, and praise the Lord for that." Then, while we're hiding from the villain in the final confrontation, let's read some more of your grandmother's journal.

Cliches: What do you want in a mystery story?
Red herrings? Yes, yes and yes.
Deux ex Machina? I would count no fewer than
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K. East
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book better than I did. I'm always looking for a mystery series with some complexity, some character growth potential, an intelligent protagonist. It took place in Florida in places I have visited and very near where I live now. It is a mystery series with an anchoring profession -- archeology -- that moves it beyond the standard cozy mystery province of book store, bakery, library, hats, buttons, antiques, whatever. It has a main character with a good deal of pluck ...more
Karen
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a high action murder mystery, involving several old murders in addition to recent murders.

Faye is a pot and artifact rescuer, unfortunately she has to dig on federal lands in addition to her own island, which makes her a criminal. She is fighting to save her inheritance, no laughing matter.

She has taken a job with a University dig nearby until the murders of two of their group causes the interruption of the project and of her paycheck.

While looking for artifacts to dig up and sell to pay
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Janice
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This is the first book in a series that is new to me, but was written several years ago. The story surrounds Faye Longchamp, an archaeology student who is a descendant of a slave holder and one of his female slaves. Faye lives on an island off the gulf coast of Florida, and is trying to save the island and her family's old plantation/mansion from developers; at the same time Faye draws the attention of a murderer who is trying to cover up old murders, and willing to kill others to hide his past ...more
Jeanette
Apr 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This slow cozy almost made my abandoned shelf. The writer's style grated on me. Loving that particular area of Florida, that's what kept me plodding on. The premise sounded intriguing. Faye and nothing else about her occupation was believable. Nor were points of the plot. If I knew much less about archeology and had not been to digs in Pompeii and near Naples, I might have been able to swallow it easier. But it was still primarily the writing style itself that turned me off.
Katie
Aug 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wavered between 3 and 4 on this as I approached and just after I finished. I suppose my side disclaimer: I don't read a ton of murder mysteries (I think this could be indirectly termed a "police procedural," though the police figure very shallowly), so I am not sure I'm fit to say where its true quality falls. The whodunits I normally read are an annual Christopher Fowler and possibly a period piece (think Phryne Fischer). Anything else mysterious is usual more in the line of horror (King, etc ...more
Sarah
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
I wanted to like Artifacts. I really did. And while I did enjoy it for what it is... This was another of those books that reminded me so much of another book series (the Temperance Brennan series by Kathy Reichs) that it was hard for me to separate the two in my mind.

And unlike a lot of other stuff that I've been reading recently, the Tempe Brennan books was the better series, so I kept going “But Tempe would have done this.” and “Dr. Brennan wouldn't have done that.”

Which... I will be the firs
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Jeannie and Louis Rigod
Faye Longchamps, is a student of Archaeology in the Florida Panhandle area. Faye is living a secret life shared with only a couple of fellow Lost Isle natives. Joe Wolf Mantooth, understands the outdoors and Faye, although many would say he is borderline simple-minded. He cares for Faye with a loyalty that is complete.

Faye, last of generations of women who are strong, both white and black, strives to keep the family plantation in her ownership. Taxes, money and health are issues that constantly
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Lia Jones
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Readers Delight

I powered through this treasure in one day. Like an archeologist uncovering the latest dig, I couldn’t be bothered with mundane distractions like chores or T.V. I had to find out how the heroine of this story would uncover the mysteries of her past and solve the crimes that threatened to take away everything she cherished in life. I like strong, educated women who persevere through life’s adversity and struggles but somehow are able to maintain hope and heart. Faye Longchamp is ju
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L.A.B.
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
On an island off the Florida coast a developer envisions a high-end resort but his plans are stymied when two archaeologists working to clear the construction site are murdered. The sheriff calls a halt to everything until he can process the crime scene. In the meantime another archaeologist finds another body. As a hurricane approaches, the plot thickens, people are not who they seem, and a few more deaths are revealed.

The novel is ok and the plot inventive, but my difficulty with the story is
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Linda
Jul 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Let me start by saying that I really wanted to give this book four stars. However, I know enough about archeology that Faye’s behavior made it difficult for me to read. As she was the “sleuth” in the book, I wanted to like her, but it was difficult. I also struggled with the details of her lifestyle and income and some related strategies.

I was absolutely appalled by the portrayal of the library profession in the book, however. Library ethics were violated, but not mentioned. Had the fact that t
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Chrissy
Jan 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
DNF - TW, spousal abuse

The main character, Faye, is extremely unlikable and not the brightest. She needs money to pay her bills, so rather than going out to get an actual decent paying job, she decides to steal. She steals because she can't afford the property taxes on her house, which could have easily been taken out of her mortgage month to month rather than paying for it at the end of the year. But hey, common sense right?

Then she blames her lack of friends on her skin color. Last I checked,
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Michael Brunson
Mar 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Southern heritage, the good and evil

This is a nugget of history of an area of the Florida Panhandle I know so well. I know from family just how tumultuous parts of it were. My great, great grandmother was a Creek and her husband Irish. He got his way in everything unless her eyes said no. Then being smarter than some she got her way. I find no fault in any of this writing of Faye's family history in both it's family lore and written history. This is well with researched in local and family histo
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Vickie
I really liked this book, especially the main character Faye. She's an archeology student, but is taking a break from school due to money issues. She has an ancestral home that needs a lot of work, she needs to pay taxes on it so she can keep it. She is very creative on how much work she does to keep the property value down. She has an archeological job working with a friend, she has her friend working with her on her house, she has a lot of secrets. That's what makes this book so intriguing. I ...more
Joan
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Joyuese is a very old run down plantation that Faye Longchamp has inherited. Faye is
hit with large property taxes. Without a steady job she begins to hunt her property for
artifacts to sell. But instead of artifacts she found a woman's skull along with a
distinctive earring. She know if she reports this she will be in trouble with the law
because of the artifacts she has sold. She decides to investigate this first using the
earring as her guide. But to her dismay she finds more bodies and almost ge
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Stef
Suspense, action, dark n twisted, murder, mystery,

Another new author for me for 2017. Picked up the book and just couldn't put it down until I was about to fall asleep.
Faye has a house that she doesn't let many people know about and she digs for Artifacts and came across a dead body and then the story really begins as she is investigating the body and who may have killed the woman. And more bodies pile up with a killer on the loose who is really safe.

This was an awesome read. Looking forward
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Ed Napiorkowski
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Artifacts is my first book from Mary Anna Evans and I found it to be both interesting and entertaining. There are stories within stories, separate yet linked. Characters have good depth and are consistently portrayed which draws the reader into their lives and hardships and makes the tale realistic and believable. The sub plots combine to a dramatic conclusion in to what I thought was a somewhat predictable overall outcome yet I still found it entertaining. I look forward to venturing into the n ...more
Judith Mosconi
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A feisty archeology student with a mysterious past she longs to understand, Faye is a person you'd like to know. Her life has not been easy, and she continues to have problems, but she also has true determination and a strong will. You will like some of the people around her as well as you get to know them. Though the ending was good, I was a little disappointed in how some loose ends tied together. I would give this author another try and hope that the character develops given new adventure.
Sara
Jan 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
At first, I thought, "Wow. This book has a lot going on!" It was a little disjointed at the beginning. But as the story wove together, I really enjoyed the book. I like that Faye isn't quite as squeaky clean as some heroines. I love the historical aspects woven in. A few viewpoints (the hitman, the hurricane) could have been left out for a cleaner read, but all in all this was a very enjoyable cozy mystery.
Maren
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a "Darn I'm out of audiobook and none of my reserved books are available yet, what is immediately available to listen to the rest of the day?" And as an impulse download, I wasn't expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Faye is occasionally a little "woe is me, no one understands how hard my life is", and I had the bad person pegged halfway through the mystery, but it was still a fun listen and it made my inner archeologist happy.
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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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