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August Interviews

8/5 Lucy Burdette, The Key Lime Crime

8/12 Maggie Toussaint, All Done With It

8/19 Julie Mulhern, Killer Queen

8/26 Debra Goldstein, Three Treats Too Many


August Guest Bloggers


8/8 Leslie Wheeler

8/15 Jean Rabe


August Interviews

8/22 Kait Carson

8/29 WWK Authors--What We're Reading Now













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Congratulations to our two Silver Falchion Finalists Connie Berry and Debra Goldstein!


Paula Gail Benson's "Cosway's Confidence" placed second and Debra Goldstein's "Wabbit's Carat" received Honorable Mention in the Bethlehem Writers Roundtable 2020 short story contest. Congratulations, Paula and Debra!


Susan Van Kirk's Three May Keep A Secret has been republished by Harlequinn's Worldwide Mystery. The WWK interview about the book can be accessed here. We're so glad another publisher picked up this series.


KM Rockwood's "Burning Desire," and Paula Gail Benson's "Living One's Own Truth," have been published in the anthology Heartbreaks & Half-truths. Congratulations to all of the WWK writers.


Please join Margaret S. Hamilton's Kings River Life podcast of her short story "Busted at the Book Sale" here. Congratulations, Margaret!


Look Margaret S. Hamilton's short stories in the new Mid-Century Murder by Darkhouse Books. Margaret's story is titled "4BR/3.5BA Contemporary."


Grace Topping's second novel in Laura Bishop staging series, Staging Wars, was released by Henery Press on April 28th. Look for the interview here from April 29th.


Annette Dashofy's 10th Zoe Chambers mystery, Til Death, will be released on June 16th. Look for the interview here on June 17.


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Friday, April 10, 2015

A Review of Rituals by Mary Anna Evans




Rituals by Mary Anna Evans is the eighth book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery series and the first one I have read.  Not knowing the characters and their backgrounds made no difference.  I thoroughly enjoyed the book and I recommend it highly. 

Faye Longchamp is an archeologist who is hired to do cultural resources management for a tiny historical museum, which is more like an attic cluttered with memorabilia than an actual museum.  The owner believes he has proof that aliens built the pyramids in Mexico based on a potsherd that resembles a man in a space helmet, if you squint and the light is bad. 

The museum happens to be in Rosebower, New York, a community founded by spiritualists, where many of the residents still give readings and believe in psychic phenomenon.   Faye and her daughter are invited to a séance by an influential Spiritualist and, driven by curiosity, they attend.  An hour later the Spiritualist is dead, having been in a room where the door is nailed shut, while a raging fire destroys the house and every one in it.  Therein begins the mystery.

In contrast to the true believers in the town, a former magician and schoolteacher is writing a book about the fraudulent practices of those who claim to speak to the dead.  The author presents the differing points of view quite well.  I found the characters to be well developed. I was interested in all the members of Faye’s family.

The historical research the author did gives her work an accuracy that adds to the layers of sophistication present.  The writing drew me along smoothly and I look forward to reading other books in the series.


 What other authors do you find who write a series and manage to have each individual book give readers a satisfying mystery?

5 comments:

E. B. Davis said...

There are so many writers who achieve that goal, Warren, I'm unsure of where to begin. From your description, it sounds as if the author focuses on science vs. mysticism. I can only surmise that science wins since the MC is an archeologist. Thanks for the recommendation!

Sarah Henning said...

Oooh, I agree with E.B., Warren! It's so hard to guess. I've mentioned several writers that I admire for their ability to write great series ... I don't know if I could pick just one!

Shari Randall said...

This book sounds great - thank you for the review.
Series that I admire? Too many to list!

Gloria Alden said...


Warren, this sounds like another good book I'd like to read. Like E.B., Sarah and Shari, I have so many series I'm reading and enjoying and others I want to start. I'll add this one to my TBR list.

Kara Cerise said...

Thank you for the book review, Warren. It sounds great. I've added it to my TBR list.