Burials (Faye Longchamp, Book 10)

February 23, 2021
Burials (Faye Longchamp, Book 10)

Top 12 Mystery Novels of 2017 by StrandMagazine2018 - Willa Literary Award Finalist, ContemporaryFiction"Evans' signature archaeological lore adds even moreinterest to this tale of love, hate, and greed." —KirkusReviewsA woman waits under five feet of dirt—a woman who is by nownothing but bones stained the deep red of Oklahoma clay. A delicatesilver necklace, a handful of ancient pearls, and a pricelessfigurine rest with her. Twenty-nine years is a long time to waitfor a proper burial.Faye Longchamp-Mantooth, who runs a small and shakily financedarchaeological consulting firm with her husband, Joe, has come toSylacauga so she and Joe can join his father, Sly Mantooth, indispersing his mother's ashes. Fifteen years is a long time to waitfor a proper ceremony.Faye has partially financed the trip by hiring on to consult onthe reopening of a site closed down 29 years ago when archaeologistDr. Sophia Townsend disappeared—for good. The Muscogee (Creek)Nation intends to create a park if nothing sacred lies in the soil.What no one expects is the lonely red bones that emerge as thebackhoe completes its work. Inevitably they prove to be those ofSophia Townsend. And examination shows Sophia was first killed by ablow to the head.Chief Roy Cloud of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation's LighthorseTribal Police hires Faye, who clearly can't be a suspect, toconsult. Which is fine with Faye, who won't rest easy untilSophia's murder is solved. But the investigation comesuncomfortably close to home when she learns that her father-in-lawknows more about the dead woman than he is willing to admit. So, itappears, does everyone in tiny Sylacauga.Dr. Sophia Townsend had possessed a sexual magnetism as forcefulas an Oklahoma tornado, and she had never hesitated to use it tomanipulate everyone around her, people whose hearts she broke andwhose marriages she destroyed. Was she killed by one of her lovers,or by one of their wives? Or by the woman who became enthralledwith her? Or maybe Sly Mantooth? Or was something elseelemental—greed, buried treasure, fame—at work?Faye's obsession with this case tests her professional ethicsand it tests her marriage. Such was the power of Sophia Townsendthat, twenty-nine years after her murder, she wreaks havoc (alongwith the weather) once again.2018 - Oklahoma Book Award Finalist,Fiction2018 - Will Rogers Bronze Medallion Award Winner,Western Fiction