Rhys Bowen, a New York Times bestselling author, has been nominated for every major award in mystery writing, including the Edgar(R), and has won many, including both the Agatha and Anthony awards. She is the author of the Royal Spyness Mysteries, set in 1930s London, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York, and the Constable Evans Mysteries, set in Wales. She was born in England and now divides her time between Northern California and Arizona.
New series protagonist Evan Evans, a young, unattached North Wales police constable assigned to the village of Llanfair (inhabited mostly by Evanses), resents the intrusive new vacation lodge as much as anyone. Evan has tended lost or injured mountaineers before, but now two men, including a guest at the lodge, have fallen to their deaths in separate mountain "accidents" the same day. Suspicious from the outset, Evan finally persuades "rival" police detectives that murder was committed. Straightforward plotting, tempered with unique characterization and subtle humor; for most collections.
YAÄEvans, a self-effacing young constable living in a Welsh village at the foot of a mountain, solves the murders of three alpine hikers while awkwardly fending off the advances of a buxom barmaid in the local pub. A well-crafted plot, nicely drawn characters, a strong sense of place, and the bantering give-and-take typical in a small village whose inhabitants have been neighbors for generations make this fast read a winner. YAs will like the unusual setting, the mountain hiking, and a hero who is young enough to be self-conscious with women.ÄJudy McAloon, Potomac Library, Prince William County, VA
Praise for Evans Above
"Unique characterization and subtle humor."--Library Journal "Bowen perfectly captures the flavor of the fiercely nationalistic Welsh...we can't help but chuckle our way through this sweet-natured cozy."--San Francisco Examiner & Chronicle "The writing is tidy and straightforward. Llanfair, with its challenging mountain and well-drawn locals, is appealing, as is Constable Evans, a kind of Welsh version of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth."--Kirkus Reviews