Strangers

Strangers

A Faye Longchamp Mystery

Large Print - 2010
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"This contemporary mystery is drenched with Florida history and with gothic elements that should appeal to a broad range of readers." --Booklist

Faye Longchamp and husband Joe Wolf Mantooth have founded an archaeological consulting firm--just in time for the economy to tank. But a meeting with a couple who run an elegant B&B in a historic home in St. Augustine, Florida, lands the firm's first big project. Within a day of their arrival at Dunkirk Manor, a lovely young employee disappears, leaving behind a sinister smear of blood in her car, a collection of priceless artifacts, and a note asking for Faye's help. Two days later, the missing woman's boyfriend is found floating in the Matanzas River, his throat slashed. The detective in charge of the case believes that the artifacts are key to the crime and hires Faye to track down their origin.

The artifacts Faye and Joe excavate at their work site date from every era of St. Augustine history, and the discovery of a buried cache of children's toys from the 1920s hits eight-months-pregnant Faye particularly hard. Dunkirk Manor seems haunted in a way that Faye can't explain.

Then a stunning discovery is made: the diary of a priest who left Spain in 1565 and was present at the city's birth. Faye is driven to translate the manuscript. In what could be an unfolding tale by the Brothers Grimm, Faye and Joe uncover some terrible secrets....

Publisher: Scottsdale, AZ : Poisoned Pen Press, 2010
Edition: Large print ed
ISBN: 9781590587430
159058743X
Branch Call Number: LARGE PRINT Evans
Characteristics: 471 p. (large print) : ill. ; 22 cm

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LauraSteinert
Jun 25, 2018

I was sick of Faye's whining about her pregnancy by page 50. I read as far as page 202, but when I picked up the book the next morning to finish it, I got depressed just looking at it. Repeated, repeated, repeated clues. Rehash of clues, then repeat of the rehash. (And don't forget that pregnancy is hard.) I stopped trying to read the translation because the font was so hard to read (wouldn't a person with a PhD in anything know that dyslexia is a wide spread issue, even among devoted readers?) Oh, did I mention that pregnancy is hard and whining about it is a big part of this story? Did I mention that she points out her husband is super cute, and WAY younger than her at least six times? And she is pregnant? There may have been value in the last 102 pages, but I will never know.

While I think she has a good story to tell, her writing is really terrible. I really can't believe she is a PH.d published author. I finally had to stop reading this book because I had to keep re-reading to understand what she was trying to impart. I'm fairly critical of writing so perhaps I am a bit
judgemental; however, her credentials would give a perspective reader the idea that she knows how to write and structure sentences clearly to be understood.

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rootyreader
May 15, 2012

I do like the history and the descriptions of place in Evans' books. Faye's constant reminder of how attractive Joe is gets tiresome, but otherwise a good basic, interesting story.

seeya7 Mar 20, 2011

didn't finish it. Was boring.

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LauraSteinert
Jun 25, 2018

LauraSteinert thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 11 and 14

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