- Paperback: 301 pages
- Publisher: Poisoned Pen (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1590584546
- ISBN-13: 978-1590584545
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,365,737 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Effigies (Faye Longchamp Mysteries, No. 3) Paperback – January 1, 2007
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Place is important and can be a character in and of itself. In Effigies, place is very important but doesn't overshadow the characters, rather, becomes impetus for their actions (or lack thereof). Why is the mound so important to so many? What happened out in the field? Why is the river so important? As the readers delve further into the book, more and more history of the region that Mary creates or brings forth, becomes crystal clear. Nothing written is ever wasted.
Mary also continues the friendship/close relationship between Faye and Joe. It's complicated, deep and moving. Are they a couple, unbeknownst to Faye? Does she realize she loves Joe? Mary shows how confused Joe is, about his heritage and wanting to fit in with other people. Conflicted emotions are shown and well thought out.
I loved Effigies and give a hearty 5-stars.
In the case of the Faye Longchamp mystery series it has definitely been worth my while.
I so enjoyed the first Faye book 'Artifacts' that I immediately went on to the second book 'Relics'. That was also a great read...perhaps not as appealing to me personally as the first book, but still very good. I looked forward to reading the third book in the series 'Effigies'.
Effigies surpassed even Artifacts for me. It is such a great, tight little mystery. The plot flows well, the characters are very interesting, and the progression of the journey of Faye and Joe's characters is extremely appealing. The mystery itself is intriguing and the conclusion was so bittersweet.
I have read some reviews where people do not seem to care for the 'extras' that are a part of every Faye Longchamp book...in the case of Effigies it is stories handed down from generation to generation of Choctaw Native Americans and told by the mother of one of the characters.
Personally, I love this feature. I think it is quirky and fun and I look forward to seeing what the device will be with each new book.
I will definitely be reading the next Faye mystery.
I've been devouring the series over the past few weeks. Good stories, good characters, and I like the old stories she weaves throughout her books...especially in this volume. I have to admit to staying awake a lot longer than I should at night..."just one more chapter and I'll put it down" usually ends up being a lot more than one chapter. Definitely hard to put her books down.
I also like her "for the incurably curious" and "recommneded reading" sections at the end. It has opened a whole new world of information for me.
Looking forward to the rest of the series.