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Plunder: A Faye Longchamp Mystery    by Mary Anna Evans order for
by Mary Anna Evans
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2012 (2012)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Faye Longchamp-Mantooth and her Native American husband Joe are racing against a deadline - researching possible archaeological sites before the oil slick from the horrendous spill of the Deepwater Horizon disaster reaches the mouth of the Mississippi.

Slightly hampering them on their quest to find sites (and therefore fill their empty pockets) is their toddler son, Michael. Faye and Joe have their own consulting business and their livelihood depends on this particular contract.

They meet Amande, a teen who also loves to find sites where those before may have lived and left behind clues as to their existence. Unfortunately, her dead uncle floats by the houseboat where she and her eccentric grandmother live.

Things take off from there. A complicated account of Louisiana's inheritance laws follows, one that would land Amande in the custody of greedy, alcoholic relatives when her grandmother dies - which she does at the hands of others.

Action runs wild in this episode in the life of a very likable heroine. Mary Anna Evans' Plunder is the seventh in the Faye Longchamp-Mantooth series. I have enjoyed each and every one of them. My only complaint is that I have finished the latest and must wait for more of Faye's and Joe's adventures.

The characters, apart from Faye and Joe, could be your neighbors or even yourselves. The rendering of the Mississippi flora and fauna will be likely to have you reach for the phone to call your travel agent. The plot will pull you in and not let go until there are no more pages to turn. Another winner.

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