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Rituals: A Faye Longchamp Mystery    by Mary Anna Evans order for
by Mary Anna Evans
Order:  USA  Can
Poisoned Pen, 2013 (2013)
Hardcover, Softcover, CD
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

I just read Rituals by Mary Anna Evans and it was just as good as her seven previous novels. I expected it to be. Evans has a knack for putting words together – the same ones you and I use – in a way that evolves into good reading.

Faye Longchamp is an archeologist who doesn't believe in ghosts. She, however, seems to be thrust into their wispy midst with her new job in Rosebower, New York, where she and her daughter Amande are trying to make a museum full of mostly junk into a popular tourist stop. The owner of this building is dead certain that his artifacts prove that extraterrestrials were here long before Columbus! And that they built the pyramids in Egypt because those 'people over there weren't smart enough to engineer such a thing'.

Seems Rosebower was founded by Spiritualists. Belief is strong in this small town and there are a number who practice spiritualism for the benefit for others – and their own pocketbooks. Evans has created characters who fit the town to a T. Delightful. Consider the sisters, Myrna and Tilda, who believe in the afterlife. Tilda uses a valuable antique crystal ball in her séances.

Tilda hold a séance for Faye and Amande that really proves nothing. But then Tilda's house burns down and Tilda dies of smoke inhalation. I can't reveal any more. But you can take it from me that this is another hit for Evans. Don't miss this one. It really is good reading.

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