Scottsdale, AZ – Poisoned Pen Press announces the release of Rituals by Mary Anna Evans. Rituals (Hardcover, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0167-7, $24.95, 286 pages/Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0169-1, 286 pages, $14.95/Large Print Trade Paper, ISBN: 978-1-4642-0168-4, $22.95, 401 pages) is now available wherever fine books are sold
The latest mystery by award-winning novelist Mary Anna Evans, Rituals has received high advance praise, including:
"A well-plotted and enjoyable mystery."—Kirkus Reviews“Evans pulls all the pieces nicely together in the end." —Publishers Weekly"A suspenseful crime story with just a hint of something otherworldly." —Booklist
About Rituals: Faye Longchamp doesn’t believe in ghosts, but she’s an archaeologist—dead people are her life. Yet while working in Rosebower, a rural New York town founded by Spiritualists, Faye is surrounded by people who talk to the dead on a regular basis. When influential Spiritualist Tilda Armistead invites Faye and her daughter to commune with the dead, Faye can’t say no. She’s just too curious. Then an hour after her crystal ball shows Faye things no rational mind can explain, Tilda is dead. The evidence says that someone trapped Tilda in a small room, nailing its one door shut before setting her house afire. There is no possible way for her to have escaped the blaze, let alone drive for miles before finding Faye and dying in her arms. Yet Tilda did. How? And why?
It seems Rosebower is full of people who had reason to kill Tilda. Tilda’s estranged daughter is the heir to the Armistead fortune. That daughter’s husband is a stage magician with a long history of making things vanish. Against Tilda’s wishes, a rich developer would like to turn Rosebower into a Disneyland with real ghosts. And then there is the famed root doctor whose mysterious herbal potions are famous for their medical miracles. Anywhere else, these people would be dismissed as crazy. In Rosebower, however, “normal” is relative. As Faye watches the psychics and charlatans jockey for power, Tilda’s sister, Myrna, is slowly dying. Will Rosebower reveal its secrets before more goes up in flames?
Mary Anna Evans is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries. Her work has received recognitions including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, three Florida Book Awards, and a writer's residency from The Studios of Key West.
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