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.
In Agatha winner Bowen's perfectly paced, deftly choreographed Welsh cozy, her eighth to feature Constable Evan Evans (after 2003's Evan Only Knows), Evan looks into two eerily similar abduction cases-one old, one new. When five-year-old Ashley Sholokhov goes missing during a seaside excursion, suspicion points to her Russian father, who's estranged from her mother. Meanwhile, to celebrate the 80th birthday of curmudgeonly gentleman sheep farmer Tomos Thomas, his middle-aged progeny return to the grassy, boulder-strewn hills of Llanfair, carrying blame, survivor's guilt and unanswered questions concerning the long-ago disappearance of Sarah, Tomos's granddaughter. The parallels between Sarah and Ashley weigh heavily upon Evan, who's eager to live up to his recent promotion to the Plainclothes Division. In desperation, Evan sticks his neck out a bit too far in this gorgeous and unruly terrain, where a hike in the hills can become treacherous when the sun goes down. Fortunately, his charming schoolmarm betrothed, Bronwen, is there to provide solace. Bowen delivers an enchanting portrait of Wales with genuine, flawed characters, a modicum of humor and plenty of red herrings to keep the detective constable and the reader guessing. Agent, Meg Ruley. (Apr. 16) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Constable Evan's plans to renovate a charming shepherd's cottage for his fianc?e run into an obstacle: a child's skeleton buried in the front yard. Oddly enough, his discovery competes for attention with a current missing-child case: could the two be connected? An attractive series addition. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Storytelling at its best."-New York Times bestselling
author Peter Robinson
"A fine sense of place, a compelling dual story line, and a cast of sympathetic, well-drawn characters give this small-town police procedural plenty of appeal."-Booklist
"Going along with the likable Evans as he solves these crimes is absorbing and engrossing, but, as always, it is the wonderful Welsh ambience Bowen evokes that makes her series so enjoyable...a very pleasant read."-Tampa Tribune
"Evans's town of Llanfair is peopled with memorable characters in the best Agatha Christie tradition."-*Omaha World-Herald