Undercurrents (Faye Longchamp, Book 11)
"The Longchamp mysteries combine history and mystery in a grittyway that makes them feel different from most amateur-sleuth fare -dark-edged rather than cozy. Faye, too, is not your traditionalamateur sleuth; she could just as easily anchor a gritty thrillerseries and give some of the giants in that genre a run for theirmoney." —BooklistIn Undercurrents, the eleventh Faye Longchamp Mystery,Faye has traveled to Memphis, a city steeped in music, poverty,history, and the smoky tang of barbecue. She's there working aloneto do an assessment of a site, welcome work for her smallarchaeological consulting firm.When Faye spies a child too young to be wandering along a creekalone, she follows the girl. A day later she uncovers a dyingwoman, buried alive near a spot where Kali might well be hiding.Nobody would blame Faye for running hard, but she can't makeherself leave Kali, the woman's now orphaned daughter, who might bein danger. She's not welcomed by the people in Kali's strugglingcommunity, nor by the police working the crime. Yet she stays, forKali, and for the bereaved who need her to communicate their fearsto a police department that they trust even less than they trustFaye.When they confide rumors of other women beaten to death by a manso obsessed with burial that he places fresh flowers in their coldhands, Faye begs the police to widen the investigation to seek aserial killer. They refuse. Faye's gut is telling her that amonster is stalking Memphis, endangering the child she has come tolove. If the police can't catch him, then she will have no choicebut to try to find him herself.