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 historical mysteries. Her current book, The Traitor Beside Hertakes Justine undercover in a Washington, DC code-breaking operation during World War II. Justine’s assignment? To find a spy endangering many, many lives as the Battle of the Bulge unfolds.

The first book in the series, the Oklahoma Book Award-winning The Physicists’ Daughter, is named for Justine, whose physicist parents  taught her things girls weren’t expected to know in 1944. Mary Anna describes Justine as “a little bit Rosie-the-Riveter and a little bit Bletchley Park code breaker.”