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Isolation: A Faye Longchamp Mystery (Faye Longchamp Series Book 9) (original 2015; udgave 2015)

af Mary Anna Evans (Forfatter)

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"Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can't make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she's out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family--Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn't gotten around to telling him how long he's been out of prison or how he got there--yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island's isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family's history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground--some of it poisoned--beneath their feet" --… (mere)
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Titel:Isolation: A Faye Longchamp Mystery (Faye Longchamp Series Book 9)
Forfattere:Mary Anna Evans (Forfatter)
Info:Poisoned Pen Press (2015), 271 pages
Samlinger:Read, Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****
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Confession, I wasn't sure I would finish this book. Actually, when I stopped listening to the audio version of the book had I decided to not finish it. The blurb made the book sound very intriguing, but I had a hard time getting into the story so I decided to put it aside. Then, I got an eARC of Undercurrents by Mary Anna Evans, which meant that I had now two more books after this one to read. So, I decided to give it one more chance. And this time did I found the book to be better. It could be I was just in the right mood when I started it or that the story got better towards the end. Could be both. All I know is that I ended up, enjoying the last half and now I'm looking forward to reading the next two books in the series.

Isolation is the first book I read in this series and if you have read my lengthy explanation of my reading experience above then you know that I had some problems with the story. Perhaps it would have been better to read from the beginning. However, I do think, looking back to this book that the main characters (Faye Longchamp-Mantooth and her husband and father-in-law) were not hard to get the grips about, it was more that I found myself not completely captivated, but the story and remember who all the other characters were. It got better as the story progressed.

As for the story, I do love a historical angle to stories and I liked learning more about Faye ancestors. That is actually the thing I truly enjoyed about this book, how the impact of a deed done many years ago have an impact on Faye's life. I don't want to give away too much of the story, so I'm trying to be as vague as possible. I will just say that Faye is dealing with a lot, a personal loss and now problems with her estate. No to mention the killings...yup there is a killer loose...

It will be interesting to read the next book and see how I like that one! ( )
  MaraBlaise | May 19, 2019 |
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Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss and she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she's out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island's isolation.

There were several storylines throughout that were balanced nicely against each other. They were Faye’s personal and family life, the murder and other crimes, and an old mystery involving Faye’s great-grandmother and a Union soldier she may have helped or hurt. Life on the island provided a lot of atmosphere. The killer was a bit of a stretch but otherwise this was an enjoyable read. ( )
  gaylebutz | Feb 20, 2019 |
This book was very difficult for me to get into. I did not like the book and probably will be giving it away. The plot was difficult for me to even pretend to enjoy.
  miss_vibey | Feb 15, 2016 |
This has all the makings for a good mystery.

A family torn apart by tragedy, isolation on a private island, toxic spills, murder, stalkers, and all of this might possibly be connected to a mysterious history. I was hooked already!

Being a fan of character driven stories, this didn’t disappoint.

There’s Faye Longchamp – Mantooth. She’s coping the only way she knows how after a terrible loss. She spends every waking minute and most nights prowling the island and doing random digs. Not herself at all. Being a professional archaeologist, she knows better. You need to investigate, do the math, before digging. I think she’s just trying to stay numb.

Her husband, Joe Wolf Mantooth, is such a gentle soul. He loves his wife and patiently waits for her to come around, knowing she needs time to grieve and heal. In the meantime, he takes care of their young son, Michael, making sure he’s happy and loved. When things go wiggy and bodies start adding up, he goes into alpha mode. I loved the gentle bear and the warrior spirit of Joe.

Joe’s father, Sly Mantooth, out after serving time in prison, shows up on their doorstep and they invite him to stay awhile. Faye hopes the two will stay out of her hair, and Joe’s looking to get reconnected with his father. I like Sly. He’s a diamond in the rough. He keeps his thoughts to himself, unless a pretty gal is around. Then the charmer, the ladies man, comes out to play. There was one particular lady I wanted him to get better acquainted with. I hoped the author would grant my wish.

Not just a murder mystery, there’s also the mystery of Faye’s ancestor. Some people want to prove her great-great-grandmother Cally was a murderer. Faye’s having none of it and launches her own investigation, keeping their relationship secret while she works to clear Cally’s name. Not so easy when you’re going back 150 years.

A strange toxic find on the island, chemical dumps in the gulf, murder and violent attacks. Could all of this be random events or do they all tie together? I couldn’t wait to find out.

Though this is the ninth book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery Series, it can easily be read as a stand alone. I’ve not the read the other books and with some short mentions of past events, had no trouble reading this first.

Good clean fun, with no sex scenes or foul language. ( )
  laura-thomas | Feb 2, 2016 |
Part of a series of mysteries whose heroine (Faye) is an archaeologist living on an isolated private island in Florida. Solving the murder of the owner of a nearby diner is the principle driving force of the book. There is a subplot that involves illegal chemical dumping on her island as well as a man who is researching a Civil War era family member (soldier) who was held captive in the South (he believes) by one of Faye's family members. There are many twists and turns but I found the motive of the eventual murderer to be pretty weak - thus not five stars. ( )
  muddyboy | Jan 16, 2016 |
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"Archaeologist Faye Longchamp-Mantooth has dug herself a deep hole and she can't make her way out of it. As she struggles to recover from a shattering personal loss, she sees that everyone she loves is trying to reach out to her. If only she could reach back. Instead she's out digging holes all over her home, the Florida island of Joyeuse. In their old plantation home, Joe Wolf Mantooth is surrounded by family--Faye, the wife he loves; their toddler son he adores; and his father, who hasn't gotten around to telling him how long he's been out of prison or how he got there--yet Joe has never felt so helpless or alone. Then a close friend at the local marina is brutally murdered, the first in a string of crimes against women that rocks Micco County. Joe, desperate to help Faye, realizes she is in danger from both her inner demons and someone who has breached the island's isolation. Local law and environmental officials say they want to help, but to Faye and Joe they feel more like invaders. A struggling Faye reaches back over a century into her family's history for clues. And all the while, danger snakes further into their lives, threatening the people they love, their cherished home, even the very ground--some of it poisoned--beneath their feet" --

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