Review: Mary Anna Evans' second Faye Longchamp book, Relics, is an archaeological mystery within a murder mystery. Or maybe it's a murder mystery within an archaeological mystery. Regardless, both work on their own level and the result is a very good successor to Evans' first entry in this series, Artifacts.
There is very little by way of introduction to Faye in Relics; maybe the author assumed she covered this material in detail in the first book (which she did). While intelligent and resourceful in both books, it seems that the "Faye of Relics" is a very different character than the "Faye of Artifacts". The change in Faye between the two books isn't necessarily bad, but for those who read Artifacts before Relics, it would have helped to provide some background to this rather sudden character transition.
Clues to the solutions to both the archaeological puzzle and the mysterious deaths are cleverly provided throughout the story, and the result is a satisfactory conclusion to a detailed, well constructed and written, mystery. Based on Evans' first two books, this promises to be a very good series indeed.
Acknowledgment: Poisoned Pen Press provided an ARC of Relics for this review.
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Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), April 2003
ISBN-13: 9781590580561; ISBN-10: 1590580567
Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover), January 2007
ISBN-13: 9781590583425; ISBN-10: 1590583426
Location(s) referenced in Relics: Alabama
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Relics by Mary Anna Evans — A Faye Longchamp Mystery
Publisher: Poisoned Pen Press
Publication Date: August 2005
List Price: $24.95