Faye Longchamp is overjoyed to be paid to do archaeological work she would have done anywayexcavating a site that was once her family's. That joy ends abruptly when intruders break into a dear friends house and leave him dead among the scattered remains of Faye's artifacts. But the open wall safe is untouched, and choice artifacts are left in their cases.
There seems to be no motive at all for the vicious crime ... unless the thieves were aware of the fabulous emerald he had been holding minutes before his death. But Faye had only uncovered it that very evening, and she had told no one.
When his widow asks Faye to organize the relics left broken on the floor, Faye realizes that something is actually missingnot an emerald nor a valuable painting, but her field notes.
Faye seeks out the story behind the mysterious emerald. How was her fieldwork connected to her friends death? The key to all her questions must be buried in the field notes now held by the killers. Now, it is only a matter of time before they come for Faye.
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"[A] charming mixture of history, mystery and romance." - Kirkus Reviews.
"[A] comfortable pace that allows the reader to savor the characters." - Publishers Weekly.
"Starred Review. This is a series that deserves more attention than it garners. Fans of archaeological mysteries by Lyn Hamilton, Sarah Andrews, and Aaron Elkins will enjoy." - Library Journal.
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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, archeology, and architecture, and months making up stories. She lives in Florida with her three children and a cat.
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