Florida is in danger of being built-up, paved-over, and loved to death, but monsters still lurk in its dank, wet corners. When the body of controversial politician Joseph Swain is found in the jaws of a tremendous alligator, the swamp is full of people who might have wanted him dead. Was he killed by the neighbor who takes a hit in the pocketbook every time the congressman spearheads a new piece of environmental legislation? Was he murdered by the backwoodsman who sees him for the hypocrite that he is? Did his longsuffering wife finally crack? Garrett Levy is just a short balding environmental bureaucrat, but he knows the swamp, and he knows that it's up to him to find Swain's killer before the gators uncover another bloody corpse.
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Land of the Flowers is a short story. Its author, Mary Anna Evans, is the recipient of many awards for her work, including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, the Florida Literature Award. More of Ms. Evans' short works are available in her collection, JEWEL BOX.
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"a major contemporary Southern writer"
Evans's excellent series continues to combine solid mysteries and satisfying historical detail.
"Evans's fifth series mystery…reveals her skill in handling the details of a crime story enhanced by historical facts and scientific discussions on the physical properties of water. Along with further insights into Faye's personal life, the reader ends up with a thoroughly good mystery."
Evans is completely in control of what she wants us to see, hear, and feel…Fascinating.
Evans adds an extra layer of substance to her series by drawing readers into the fascinating history of ancient American civilizations
An intriguing, multi-layered tale. Not only was I completely stumped by the mystery, I was enchanted by the characters Evans created with such respect.
an adventurous blend of mystery, history and social commentary…
Merry Band of Murderers
...A Merry Band of Murderers is a winner....Three [stories] are particularly noteworthy: Mary Anna Evans' Land of the Flowers, Jeffrey Deaver's The Fan, and Val McDermid's Long Black Veil.... A Merry Band of Murderers is an admirable anthology of short stories by a skilled company of mystery authors.