This collection of short stories features three very different protagonists, trapped in situations that will change their lives, for good or ill. Will young Lila lose her beloved sister? Will a man known for his discretion use it to catch a killer...and will he lose his last chance at happiness in the process? And will a woman sworn to heal be able to keep her vow?
"A Singularly Unsuitable Word" is seen through the eyes of a child, hiding in the weeds as she watches her sister's kidnapping. "Mouse House" stars a security chief, unsure whether his job will rob him of the love of his life. "Starch" features a nurse, holding the lives of a young woman and her daughter in her two hands. Step into the shoes of three people at their lives' most critical turning points, and see how they prevail.
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The book is a meditation on the fierceness of maternal love and the independent personality of an amazing teenage girl, as well as the perilous state of the ephemeral land around us...breathtaking ending.
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."
in Evans's fine fourth archaeological mystery...the story settles into a comfortable pace that allows the reader to savor the characters.
a thought-provoking tale about people trying to live together.
Evans' second archeological mystery is every bit as good as her debut, Artifacts (2003)....Faye makes a compelling heroine, and she's supported by an interesting array of suspects....Transcripts of Dr. Martinez's interviews scattered throughout the narrative provide important clues for the discerning reader.
…an affecting atmospheric mystery filled with unusual and engaging characters.
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.