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(Faye Longchamp #6)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  484 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Faye Longchamp’s new archaeological firm has landed a project in St. Augustine, Florida.  In four centuries, America’s oldest city has accumulated skeletons that should probably stay buried.  Within a day of Faye’s arrival, a woman disappears, leaving behind blood, priceless artifacts, and a note asking for Faye's help.  The detective hires Faye to find the artifacts’ orig ...more
Hardcover, 311 pages
Published October 5th 2010 by Poisoned Pen Press (first published May 27th 2010)
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✨ Gramy ✨
Oct 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was based in St. Augustine, Florida. There is abundant curiosity and intrigue surrounding archaeological digs to preserve the historical artifacts. The was an absorbant amount of emphasis was placed on Fay's pregnancy status.


Faye Longchamp and husband Joe Wolf Mantooth have founded an archaeological consulting firm—just in time for the economy to tank. But a meeting with a couple who run an elegant B&B in a historic home in St. Augustine, Florida, lands the firm's first bi
Aug 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mystery lovers (not hard-boiled!)
I do enjoy this series and have been happy to get a few for kindle. My reading has been a bit out of order so there are a couple I need to catch up on but the series combines two favorites, mystery and archaeology. This particular episode, read while I have a horrible cold, helped me weather the malady. And thankfully my head cleared a bit tonight as I finished so I didn't miss any of the multiple threads being tied up.

The basic plot involves a heavily pregnant Faye Longchamps-Mantooth and her h
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
I had read Plunder, the most recent book in the Faye Longchamp series, earlier this month. I remembered at that point that I hadn't yet gotten to this one. I consider Strangers a much better book than Plunder because the characters interest me more, and it's more thematically integrated. I very much liked the way Faye's pregnancy is braided together with other plot strands. (view spoiler) ...more
Aug 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable book in the Faye Longchamps series of books. In this installment, Faye and Joe own their own archaeological consulting firm and take a job at a gilded-age mansion in St. Augustine, Florida. Along the way, Faye is asked to evaluate a diary written by a Spanish priest who came to the New World in the sixteenth century. A very interesting look at the history of our country's oldest city. ...more
Gail Burgess
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Faye and Joe are back in Florida -- but on the east coast in St. Augustine! They now have their own consulting business and are expecting their first child. A couple who run a B&B have hired them to see what lies in their back yard in hopes of putting in a swimming pool for their guests. A young woman -- an employee at the B&B-- disappears a few days after they arrive. And a few days later the body of her boyfriend washed up. Because some artifacts were found near the missing woman's car, Faye i ...more
Apr 10, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: florida
I barely made it through this one. The plot drags, there is an ancient diary that really adds nothing to the plot. Then there are some striking inconsistencies. Faye is now somehow able to be a consultant for the police department in her capacity as an archaeologist, but a homicide detective is showing her a dead body and asking her opinion on all aspects of the case. Not likely. Then throughout the whole story Joe barely lets Faye out of his sight to go to the bathroom, but somehow he lets her ...more
Aug 01, 2019 rated it liked it
The setting is St. Augustine, Florida and Faye and her team are consulting on a historic house whose owners, Daniel and Suzanne Wrather, want to put in a swimming pool. In an attic, she discovers a journal from a priest who was one of the earliest Spanish settlers. Then Suzanne’s assistant, Glynis, disappears and things start to get complicated. As far as the archeology is concerned, this is one of the less exciting entries in the series and I did not care for the woman-in-peril plot.
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Read a sequel first, and liked it much better. This one, I don't know, just drug. Difficult to get into the story. The 'book in the book' supposed to be written by a priest in the 1600's was unbelievable, the reason why the one pregnant girl disappeared, the the same thing happening to 2 other women (one pregnant, one with a child)...not so believable, either. ...more
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May 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorites in the series so far. I love that it was set in St Augustine with a few ghost stories. Also it had a small side story of the first pandemic to hit the United States when England brought disease over to the native Indians of Florida.
Jul 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series

I've read the books in this series with great pleasure. While reading about Faye's archeological endeavors, I've learned historical facts. And I've followed the relationship between Faye and Joe with much interest. I highly recommend these books.
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Although these are murder mysteries this particular book by this author really affected me a lot more. It felt more dark and disturbing than the others.
Kelly Libert
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don't recall how I stumbled on this series, but I love it and I am not an easy catch. ...more
Dec 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting story that I liked a lot. I am finding archaeology interesting, and can't wait to read the next book in the series. ...more
Jerri Lincoln
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another great book in the series!
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-crime
The 6th book in the Faye Longchamp series. Faye and Joe work on an archaeological project in St. Augustine, Florida. Interesting characters. Enjoyable story.
Lis Carey
Jan 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This is Evans' sixth novel about archeologist Faye Longchamp and her husband Joe Wolf Mantooth. I haven't read any of the others, and didn't find it an obstacle to following and enjoying this story. Faye has turned her archeology degree into a business rather than a tenure-track teaching position, and she, Joe, and their employees, including Magda Stockard-McKenzie, Ph.D., are in St. Augustine, FL, excavating the back yard of the Art Deco-era mansion, Dunkirk Manor, whose current owners want to ...more
Jun 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
I'm still loving this series. Faye and Joe are fun characters with busy lives and interesting careers. Faye finally has her Ph.D. and is now running her own archeology business with a sideline in police consulting.

Set in St. Augustine there is a lot of wonderful history woven into the mystery, making the whole story deeper and richer.

While examining a site for a rich couple who want to put in a swimming pool Faye and her team find some interesting items, some of which are very puzzling. When one
Barbara M
Sep 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
As usual, an excellent romp through archaeology in the south. Faye Longchamp has her PhD and has started a private business with her husband Joe Wolf Mantooth. She's also very pregnant and will give birth in about 5 weeks so she's trying to do her job under difficult circumstances.

The best part of this dig, is that it takes place in St. Augustine FL and I've been there. Wonderful insight into the history of the city and lots of tension as Faye and Joe and the other characters get caught up in a
A very pregnant Faye and Joe have started their own archaeological consulting business, and one of their first clients is a dream job - a dig in the backyard of an old mansion in ancient St. Augustine for bed-and-breakfast owners who want to dig a swimming pool there. Shortly after they arrive, the owners' smart, sweet, efficient assistant disappears...and it seems she was bringing Faye a note and some artifacts the morning she disappeared. As the days tick by, it becomes apparent that she must ...more
Pamela Cathcart
Dec 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Mary Anna Evans' books are just flying by, and I'm enjoying each one more than the last. "Strangers" is a beautiful mix of "The butler in the pantry with a candlestick" and mythic stories of the Spanish arrival and eventual massacre of the Native Americans in St. Augustine, 200 years before the American Revolution. No one understands and appreciates the research that goes into writing historical novels better than another writer, and Evans' is impeccable. She uses many of my favorite devices, us ...more
Robert Scott
Mar 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
-I really enjoy these Faye Longchamp mysteries. This book, #6 in the series, takes place in the oldest European settled city in the Americas, St. Augustine, FL. Faye & her husband Joe Mantooth have launched their own archaeological consulting business and are busy digging in the back yard of a Jazz Age mansion there. F is very pregnant & J is very protective. Of course they run into troubles that involve kidnapping, murder, and destruction of archaeological sites. Evans develops her characters b ...more
Jul 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book takes archaeologist/murder investigator Faye Longchamp and her new husband, Joe Wolf Mantooth, to St Augustine to dig up the back yard of a bed and breakfast. Lots of great St Augustine history in this story, including native Americans, Spanish, French, Gilded Age socialites and modern real estate developers. As usual there's a murder, and this time, multiple kidnappings. The crime part of the story doesn't make a lot of sense, but the history/archaeology part is pretty interesting. Fa ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it
Thoroughly enjoyed the author's oh-so-accurate portrayal of our pregnant protagonist. And a glimpse into the amazing history of the city of St. Augustine was intriguing - too much so. I was left with a feeling of being cheated - I wanted more. Much, much, MUCH more archeology and history. Would have preferred for an extra hundred or so pages to flesh out the ideas, characters, and settings ... and a few pages less of backstory catching us up (again) on all our main characters have gone through i ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I started reading this series as part of a committee and fell in love with Faye and her adventures. Although I haven't read all of the books yet, I really enjoyed this one.

I like reading about a strong, smart, practical woman who has had to overcome difficult circumstances and finds herself in intriguing situations. I feel like I always learn something in the process of each book - even though they are fiction. I look forward to the next book and seeing where Faye and the cast of characters wil
Aug 22, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Triller/Mystery
Faye and Joe are a cute couple who have own archaeologist consulting firm. They are in St. Augustine getting ready to dig in the back yard of a manor. Things start to happen just in the first 24 hours of being in St Augustine along with some interesting finds in the back yard. This was an interesting read as I always have been fascinated by Archaeology and spice it up with some mystery was a fun read.
Oct 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-florida
Heavily pregnant, Faye Longchamp-Mantooth is relieved that her small archaeological research company has a job in St. Augustine, making sure a charming bed and breakfast can dig up their backyard for a pool. Then Faye finds the diary of a priest who was among the earliest settlers in Florida, and Glynis, a woman who worked at the b and b disappears. Working with the police to identify artifacts found in Glynis's car, Faye unwittingly finds herself in danger. ...more
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faye has graduated with her PhD in archaeology and starts a business with Joe & Magda that takes them to an historic home in St. Augustine, FL. The history of St. Augustine is woven deftly in to the story of the family who built the home (and their modern descendents) along with the history of the Spanish and French settlers and the native Timucuans. I found this one of the most satisfying entrants in this fun and compelling series.
Dec 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012, mystery
This was another solid entry in this series. Faye and Joe have been married a year and have started an archaeological consulting company. Faye is eight months pregnant as they work on a job in St. Augustine, Florida. I always enjoy the historical aspects of these stories and the mystery was interesting although the ending was too over the top. I was glad to see that the racial elements which had become very repetitive were absent this time.
Jun 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
I read this book because the author was making a visit to my book club. I must admit, it isn't something I would normally read or enjoy, but I did enjoy hearing from the author and learning how she came up with the idea of the Faye Longchamp series. I know several in our book club enjoyed reading her and plan to read the whole series. I do think it was interesting finding out a little about the history of St. Augustine, but archaeological mystery is just not my cup of tea. ...more
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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 13 books)
  • Artifacts (Faye Longchamp, #1)
  • Relics (Faye Longchamp, #2)
  • Effigies (Faye Longchamp, #3)
  • Findings (Faye Longchamp, #4)
  • Floodgates (Faye Longchamp, #5)
  • Plunder (Faye Longchamp, #7)
  • Rituals (Faye Longchamp, #8)
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