Book Two

of the Justine Byrne Series


“A well-researched wartime spy story which blends suspense with sharp characterization...”
—Author Martin Edwards


Essential reading for anyone interested in Christie's work and legacy.

Mary Anna Evans & J.C. Bernthal, Editors


Latest book in the Faye Longchamp Mystery Series

“This long-running regional series shows no signs of losing steam.”
Publishers Weekly

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World War II and espionage novels are popular, and [Mary Anna Evans] brings both together in a story of young women undercover on the home front.
Library Journal (on The Traitor Beside Her)

[A] fresh and fascinating glimpse of life on the American home front during WWII…. the book is a page-turning adventure that sparked my mind and opened my heart.
—Author Amanda Skenandore (on The Physicists’ Daughter)

Absorbing and erudite, Wrecked is a powerful new edition to this long-standing, often awarded series.
Southern Lit Review (on Wrecked)

Fast-paced, well-plotted…those who like richly textured, character-driven mysteries will be rewarded.
Publishers Weekly (on Catacombs)
The Longchamp mysteries combine history and mystery in a gritty way that makes them feel different from most amateur-sleuth fare―dark-edged rather than cozy.
Booklist (on Undercurrents)


April 27
The Edgars Awards Banquet
New York City

April 28-30
Malice Domestic
Bethesda, Maryland

May 2, 7:00 p.m. CT
Sisters in Crime Tornado Alley Chapter

June 8
Writer’s Block Bookstore

June 10, 3:00 p.m. CT
Circle Books with Julia Bryan Thomas
Oklahoma City


Mary Anna Evans is an award-winning author, a writing professor, and she holds degrees in physics and engineering, a background that, as it turns out, is ideal for writing her new series, the Justine Byrne series. Set in WWII-era New Orleans, the first book, The Physicists’ Daughter, introduces Justine Byrne, whom Mary Anna describes as “a little bit Rosie-the-Riveter and a little bit Bletchley Park codebreaker.” When Justine, the daughter of two physicists who taught her things girls weren’t expected to know in 1944, realizes that her boss isn’t telling her the truth about the work she does in her factory job, she draws on the legacy of her unconventional upbringing to keep her division running and protect her coworkers, her country, and herself from a war that is suddenly very close to home. The second book, The Traitor Beside Her, is coming this June.