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Friday, February 28, 2014

Rituals: A Faye Longchamp Mystery by Mary Anna Evans

Release Date - November 2013 Mary Anna Evans Poisoned Pen Press Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth Rituals is the eighth novel in the Faye Longchamp Mystery series. This time, Faye and her adopted teen daughter are in New York helping sort donations to a local museum. Rosebower is an unusual town where the dead still have strong ties to the living, after all it's a town that was founded by spiritualists. This is proven to be all too true when a local medium dies shortly after meeting with Faye and her daughter. Despite being an agorophobic, the medium somehow manages to get out of the room where she was nailed in before the house was set on fire and drive dozens of miles to find Faye and die in her arms. With plenty of suspects, Faye is no longer certain who to trust. It's clear that there are secrets in Rosebower, but who would stoop to murder to keep them hidden? I discovered Faye Longchamp back in 2012 with the novel Plunder. That also happens to be the story where Armande, Faye's adopted daughter, is introduced. Had I not had that background, I may have struggled with this book a little more than I did. I really think this is a series you need to read in order. Faye's husband Joe and young son also make brief appearances, but they don't last very long. The mystery is definitely involving and keeps you guessing. I usually try to solve mysteries as early as possible (a little too much Scooby Doo when I was a kid I guess), but Rituals kept throwing me for a loop and I found it hard to pick out the killer early on. I can't say I liked this entry more than I liked Plunder, but it was still a very enjoyable read. I do, however, recommend getting all of the books in the series and reading them in order.

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