EffigiesExcellent, gripping story Faye Longchamp and her friend, Joe Mantooth are on another archaeological dig in rural Mississippi when there is a murder of a local, racial tensions and divisions with local Choctaw Indians not happy with their dig And to top all of this excitement, Faye May have stumbled upon a truly amazing historical find, if she is not killed first A good mystery, this story 3 in the Faye Longchamp archaeologist series is a little dry at first, but really takes off as the story progresses.Effigies, set in Neshoba County, MS, finds Faye and friend, Joe Wolf Mantooth excavating a site near Nanih Waiya, the sacred mound where tradition says the Choctaw nation was born When farmer Carroll Calhoun refuses archaeologists request to investigate an ancient Native American mound, Faye and her colleagues are disappointed, but when he tries to bulldoze the mound, things get dangerous The archaeologists Faye Joe included rush to protect the mound and this important piece of history, Choctaws arrive to protect the mound and the farmer s white and black neighbors come to defend his property rights Tempers flare, but thankfully, a young sheriff is able to defuse the situation, for now.That night, Calhoun is found dead Who did it Everybody had means, motive and opportunity, including Faye Joe. Faye and Joe are off on another archaeological adventure in the Deep South, this time as assistants on one of Faye s grad school professor s summer digs in Mississippi They are supposed to be excavating on the property of their Choctaw co worker s family, but all of the archaeologists on the team are interested in what appears to be an old Indian mound on the property of the farm across the road They give up on it after a run in with the property owner, but when a local farmer turns up murdered near the mound, and the sovereign nation of the Choctaws expresses their concern about what might happen to it, and an aging former Senator comes back to his hometown and announces a terrible thing that happened to him 40 years ago, and everything seems tied togetherFaye can t seem to help but get herself and Joe in deep trying to put all the pieces together.I didn t enjoy this one as much as the two previous books, but it was still a lot of fun The negatives for me were too much of Faye observing how attractive Joe is this has been mentioned in previous books, but it was mentioned A LOT in this one, seemingly at least once per chapter too many weirdly inconsistent details changed between scenes At one point, Joe and Faye make plans to meet someone the next day at their dig site, and then in the next section, they are meeting him back at their hotel instead There s a throwaway sentence explaining it, but it bugged me either go back and rewrite so they plan to meet at the hotel if it s important for them to be there, or just have them meet at the dig site Stuff like that happened a few other times and I knew who the murderer was halfway through the book, long before Faye did Even so, I still love the history and archaeological details in the book and it had a bonus guide at the end with some information about the history and the author s research, which was fun to hear I still enjoy Faye s company and personality, and I never wanted to stop listening to the book I m going to take a little break just to make the Faye books last a little longer, but I ll be back on book 4 before too long She creates a vivid archeological dig, that is both realistic in theme and nature The characters are 3 dimensional with outside interests other than the plot, there are misleading clues as well as hidden agendas I so wish many writers would take the time to craft such a well written, thought out plot.Place is important and can be a character in and of itself In Effigies, place is very important but doesn t overshadow the characters, rather, becomes impetus for their actions or lack thereof Why is the mound so important to so many What happened out in the field Why is the river so important As the readers delve further into the book, and history of the region that Mary creates or brings forth, becomes crystal clear Nothing written is ever wasted.Mary also continues the friendship close relationship between Faye and Joe It s complicated, deep and moving Are they a couple, unbeknownst to Faye Does she realize she loves Joe Mary shows how confused Joe is, about his heritage and wanting to fit in with other people Conflicted emotions are shown and well thought out.I loved Effigies and give a hearty 5 stars. Faye Longchamp And Joe Wolf Mantooth Have Traveled To Neshoba County, Mississippi, To Help Excavate A Site Near Nanih Waiya, The Sacred Mound Where Tradition Says The Choctaw Nation Was BornWhen Farmer Carroll Calhoun Refuses The Archaeologists Request To Investigate An Ancient Native American Mound, Faye And Her Colleagues Are Disappointed But His Next Action Breaks Their Hearts He Tries To Bulldoze The Huge Relic To The GroundFaye And Joe Rush To Protect History, With Their Bodies If Necessary The Situation Grows Dangerous As Choctaws Arrive To Defend The Mound And The Farmer S White And Black Neighbors Come To Defend His Property Rights A Popular Young Sheriff Is Able To Defuse The Situation, But Tempers Are ShortThat Night, Calhoun Is Found Dead, His Throat Sliced With A Handmade Stone Blade Was He Killed By An Archaeologist Angered By His Wanton Destruction Of History Did A Choctaw Take Up Arms To Defend An Embattled Heritage Did Someone Decide To Even The Score With An Old Rival The Sheriff Is Well Aware That Faye And Joe Were Near The Spot Where Calhoun S Body Was Found The Whole County Saw Their Confrontation With Him Over The Mound And Their Combined Knowledge Of Stone Tools Is Impressive They Had Motive, Means, And Opportunity But So Did Almost Everyone In Neshoba County In this book, Faye is still trying to discover what she wants to do with her life She cares for and depends on Joe much than she realizes yet They are good for each other He is extremely intelligent, especially in nature, but has deficiencies with book learning.In this book, Faye Longchamp and Joe Wolf Mantooth join an archaeological team in Mississippi researching Choctaw heritage Their work did not produce the artifacts they had hoped to find But a racial mystery from years past was solved.This is not a quick, fast paced read It has lots of descriptions of the area and is filled with historical information The historical aspect woven into the story is very interesting and would have taken a lot of time and patience to gather It s always been my dream to write a story that has important life lessons mixed in This kind of mystery keeps my dream alive This book brought up so many viewpoints on archeological exploration, that of the government, native tribes, scholars and landowners And a raging war was fought, with surprising twists and turns, from the first page I dearly love the challenge of researching facts brought up by an author, and it wasn t but a few chapters in when I looked up Poverty Point, the prehistoric earthworks shaped like an amphitheater, in Louisiana After this, the third in the series, I feel I could make my way around a site with a trowel and paintbrush with the best of the team As for the denouement, pffft Sure didn t see THAT coming This series is the bomb On to number four Faye Longchamp continues her archaeological career digging a site in Mississippi We meet the local Choctaw Band and a variety of local folks The dig is relatively accurately portrayed but isn t the meat of the story The Neshoba County Fair brings out the politicians, local and regional, and a mystery near lynching from the 1960 s stirs up the local folks and embroils Faye in another mystery This series has gotten better with each of these first three books and I am happily digging into book four I love discovering a series after the author has had time to write lots of them Mary Anna Evans weaves a fine tapestry of mystery, characters, historical fact and science into a novel that s easy to read and hard to put down Like the others in the Faye Longchamp series, we are introduced to the world of archaeology in a way that is neither dry nor too technical for the lay reader Anyone can enjoy this series Longchamp is a compelling character, a researcher who is outspoken, smart and adventurous The plot is intriguing and comes with a twist The wonderful thing about Mary s work is that you finish with new knowledge about the world around you. Another excellent Faye Longchamp story The author has given us well developed characters who are complex and engaging That alone would make me want to know what happens to them next Add an interesting story, built on historical fact and it holds your attention It is well worth the read.

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 Mary Anna s work has won the

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  • 28 September 2017

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