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Product Details

  • Series: Faye Longchamp Series
  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press (March 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1590589319
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590589311
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #381,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Evans's fifth is an exciting brew of mystery and romance with a touch of New Orleans charm." --Kirkus Reviews of Floodgates"Voodoo, Native American spirituality, greed, and corruption all play roles in what is easily the best installment yet in a too-little-known series." --Booklist review of Floodgates --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Mary Anna Evans has degrees in physics and chemical engineering. Her background includes stints in environmental consulting and university administration. Writing lets her spend weeks indulging her passion for history, archaeology, and architecture, and months making up stories. Mary Anna lives in Florida with her three children and a cat.

Customer Reviews

Great characters and plot, well crafted and edited ebooks.
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It took a current event like the Gulf Oil Spill and made a riveting story out of it set in Louisiana.
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I have read all of the Faye Longchamp mysteries & am looking forward to the next one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By T. Ferree on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Found another great author! Mary Anna Evans with her new book, Plunder. I'm always looking for a light-hearted, well-written mystery series and 'Plunder' delivers. Set off the New Orleans coast, Evans delivers a mystery with archaeology, the BP oil spill, and murder, peppered with pirate tales & voodoo. Plunder is part of a series featuring the archaelogist, Faye Longchamp. Evans creates a strong female character with humor & intelligence.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shannon on May 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
After reading a review in my local paper on Plunder, I took a chance on a writer I've never read. Now I'm hooked. Finished Plunder in no time because I couldn't put it down. Looked Mary Anna Evans up on Kindle and found a collection that will keep me busy all summer. Highly recommend this book and looking forward to writing reviews on the rest of her series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 13, 2012
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! After enjoying the the other six books in the series, I liked seeing Joe and Faye now as parents and continuing their archaeology work in yet another new setting with interesting characters and circumstances. I really enjoyed the character of Amande. I hope to see more of her in future books. A good read. I look forward to the next book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DeeDee Brown on August 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I am now done with the latest in the Faye Longchamp series. All I can say is that I hope Mary Anna Evans is burning the midnight oil working on the eighth book.

This book is wonderful. New characters with interesting personalities and motivations, and some 'old' ones that are always fun to revisit. The plot and pace are perfect and the end offers some suspenseful moments.

This book also offers a lovely look into Faye's family unit. I have become so attached to this plucky little lady and those who populate her life.
I absolutely love the direction in which that family is moving.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Claire on January 31, 2013
Format: Paperback
I've been a fan of Mary Anna Evans and her Faye Longchamp series from the get-go but I have to say that PLUNDER might be my favorite. One of the author's best characters ever (outside of Faye and her Native American husband, Joe) emerges in Plunder--Amande. This girl is a wonder, a troubled teen being raised by a step-grandmother on a houseboat after her mother abandons her and then dies. Amande's blood relatives seeks mainly to exploit or corrupt her. Yet, Amande keeps her head, sticks with her goals and shows amazing grace under fire--but still acts like a teenager. Mary Anna gets into this teen's head so honestly and warmly that Amande springs to life--and makes me suspect Mary Anna has spent some time with teens in her own life. Another thing about this book that makes me rank it the best is how accurately and poignantly Mary Anna writes about the impact of the BP Oil Spill on the Gulf Coast residents. If you haven't read this author before, this is a good book to start with--then go back and read them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By amacrae on August 27, 2012
Format: Paperback
In the aftermath of a disastrous oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico, professional archeologist Faye Longchamp and her husband and business partner, Joe Wolf Mantooth, race against time to document historic Mississippi Delta sites before they are forever ruined by the approaching tides of oil, all the while coping with the needs and demands of Michael, their one-year-old son. But Faye and Joe's already daunting task becomes even more difficult and dangerous when a murdered man is found floating in the little marina from which they are operating.

The victim was Herbert, the uncle of Amande, a precocious teenager who lives with her grandmother on a dilapidated houseboat moored at the same marina. Amande's grandmother is a mambo, a voodoo lady, who spends her days fashioning charms and dolls for the locals and who expects the free-spirited Amande to learn the family trade.

Another brutal murder occurs and suspicion soon falls on Amande's many relatives. There's Steve, the recent widower of Amande's mother, who abandoned her baby sixteen years before, never to return. There's Didi, the aunt, who can't resist anyone wearing pants and Dale, her husband who can't wait to be rid of his wayward wife. They, and a few other odd (in every sense of the word) relations are gathering like swamp flies and just as welcome at the old family houseboat.

The laws of inheritance in Louisiana are as twisted and difficult to navigate as its dark delta waterways. Someone has placed a high value on what the family members stand to inherit and that person is willing to kill to increase their share. Even though Faye is desperate to complete the archeological survey before the spreading oil slick arrives, her maternal instincts can't be resisted as she comes to understand the deadly danger lying in wait for young Amande.

Reviewed by Andrew MacRae, author of "Murder Misdirected" for Suspense Magazine
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 6, 2012
Format: Paperback
An environmental company hires archeologist Dr. Faye Longchamp-Manttoth and her husband Joe Wolf Mantooth to research and document archaeological sites at the mouth of the Mississippi below New Orleans. The routine work turns complicated as the Deepwater Horizon explosion threatens the historical locales with massive oil and the couple's company as their client offers a lot more money for the mother lode of an environmental impact statement, but Faye doubts they have the capacity to take on the expanded scope; they can't say no as that would kill their firm as well.

Adding to their difficulties is Dauphine the babysitter of their one year old toddler Michael is injured and unable to watch the infant. They hire teenage amateur treasure hunter Amande Landreneau as the babysitter. Amande lives with her irresponsible grandmother on a dilapidated houseboat and at times her alcoholic uncle joins them. She quickly adulates the independent Faye with plans to avoid the foster care system by caring for herself. The teen proves helpful with locations, but everything changes when her neglectful relatives are murdered.

The latest Faye Longchamp archeological mystery (see Strangers, Floodgates, Findings, Artifacts, and Relics) is made fresh by the impact of the Deepwater Horizon disaster and the appearance of wonderful Amande who steals the show from the adults. Filled with action, Mary Anna Evans makes a strong case that the Louisiana coast known for pirates still has raiders plundering the natural resources.

Harriet Klausner
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More About the Author

I'm the author of the award-winning Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries: ARTIFACTS, RELICS, EFFIGIES, FINDINGS, FLOODGATES, STRANGERS, and PLUNDER. RITUALS will be coming in 2013. My other fiction includes several short stories, available separately as ebooks, and as a collection in both ebook and print form, called JEWEL BOX: SHORT WORKS BY MARY ANNA EVANS. My most recent publications are nonfiction, a departure for me. YOUR NOVEL, DAY BY DAY: A FICTION WRITER'S COMPANION is available for novelists in both ebook and print form. I am also the co-author, with Dr. Faith Wallace, of MATHEMATICAL LITERACY IN THE MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL GRADES: A MODERN APPROACH TO SPARKING STUDENT INTEREST, available in print from Pearson.

I'm a a chemical engineer by training and license, with a degree in engineering physics thrown in for spice, but I love reading about history and writing about an archaeologist. Truth be told, I'm a little jealous of Faye and her archaeological adventures.

I enjoy reading, writing, gardening, spending time with my family, cooking, and playing my 7-and-a-half-foot-long monster of a grand piano. My cat helps me write, so I should probably put his name on my books.

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