Virtual Author Event with Mary Anna Evans



Come and join us as we host Mary Anna Evans for a virtual event, celebrating the launch of her new book, The Traitor Beside Her.

This event is free for all to attend, but RSVPs are required. Please RSVP by signing up for a free general admission ticket. The Zoom link will be emailed to your email that you sign up with.

If you cannot attend the event but would like a copy, please follow the link here, to purchase through Writer's Block Bookstore.


For readers of The Alice Network and Code Name Helene comes the story of a young woman who spends every day locked in a room of people working on the most sensitive secrets of WWII—but can she catch the liar among them before it’s too late?

Justine works two jobs: she builds warships at the Washington Naval Yard, and she’s a spy. Like many women during World War II, She does what she can to fight for her country. Doing what she does best, welding, Justine kneels on the deck of a half finished ship. Her role at the Naval Yard is the perfect cover for her surveillance role—someone working the floor is a traitor, and she must figure out who it is. But Justine soon realizes she’s met her match. With the clock ticking, she’ll have to catch the conspirator before immeasurable damage is done.


MARY ANNA EVANS is the author of the Faye Longchamp archaeological mysteries, which have received recognition including the Benjamin Franklin Award, the Mississippi Author Award, and three Florida Book Awards bronze medals. She is an assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma, where she teaches fiction and nonfiction writing. Winner of the 2018 Sisters in Crime (SinC) Academic Research Grant.


"The Traitor Beside Her is a well-researched wartime spy story which blends suspense with sharp characterization as Justine Byrne turns code-breaker in the hunt for a ruthless enemy agent." — Martin Edwards, author of the Rachel Savernake and Lake District mysteries

"Mary Anna Evans’ great talent in The Traitor Beside Her is to turn her readers into espionage agents....For Justine Byrne, missing or mis-interpreting a clue can be fatal. For the reader, such vicarious mystery and danger are pure enjoyment." — Larry Baker, author of Harry and Sue

"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

Event date: 
Thursday, June 8, 2023 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
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The Traitor Beside Her: A WWII Mystery By Mary Anna Evans Cover Image
ISBN: 9781464215582
Availability: Usually Ships in 7-10 Business Days
Published: Poisoned Pen Press - June 6th, 2023