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Effigies    by Mary Anna Evans order for
by Mary Anna Evans
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Poisoned Pen, 2007 (2007)
* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Anyone with the slightest interest in archeology will love Mary Anna Evans' new book, Effigies. And if mysteries are high on your list, the added bonus is that this is also a darn good mystery.

Readers have met archaeologist Faye Longchamp and her friend Joe Wolf Mantooth in the first two novels in this exciting series. Now, Faye and Joe travel from their home on Joyeuse Island in Florida to Neshoba County, Mississippi to join a team of archeologists excavating a site near a mound sacred to the Choctaw Indians. The farmer who owns the piece of land on which the mound rests refuses to allow the team to explore this sacred site. When he is found dead, his throat sliced by an ancient weapon, the suspects are numerous each with his or her own motives. Joe is a flintnapper, so he is at once under suspicion.

The final scenes of this exciting and fast-moving novel will stop your breath for a bit. The players are well-chosen with a well-defined depth of character. Apart from the issue of whodunit, the archeological aspects of this very good mystery bring a subject that I know very little about into new light. I've always loved history and this story feeds that love with facts that I never would have gleaned for myself.

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