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Evans Above

Evans Above

A Mystery

Constable Evans Mysteries (Volume 1)

Rhys Bowen

Minotaur Books

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From the author of In Farleigh Field...

Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble. Nestled among the Snowdonia mountain range, Llanfair looks to Constable Evans like a town forgotten by time, but he quickly learns that even the bucolic countryside has its share of eccentric--and deadly--characters. Evans' new neighbors include two competitive ministers vying for the souls of their flock, one lascivious barmaid, and three other Evanses: Evan-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, and Evans-the-Post (whose favorite hobby is to read the mail before he delivers it).

Before Evans has time to sort through the complicated relationships and rivalries of his new home, he's called to the scene of a crime as brutal and fearsome as any he encountered in the big city. Two hikers have been murdered on the trails of the local mountain, and Evans must hunt down a vicious killer--who may or may not be linked to the mysterious destruction of Mrs. Powell-Jones' prize-winning tomatoes.

Evans Above is the first novel in Rhys Bowen's popular Constable Evans Mystery Series.

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Evans Above

Prologue
The bus groaned its way up from the coast, belching out a cloud of diesel smoke before it came to a halt outside the first house of a small village.
"Llanfair!" the driver called, looking back...

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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

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About the author

Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the author of the Constable Evan Evans series as well as the Molly Murphy series, including Murphy's Law, which won the Agatha Award for Best Novel and the Herodotus for Best First Historical Novel; Death of Riley, an Agatha finalist; For the Love of Mike, a finalist for the Macavity and Anthony Awards; and Oh Danny Boy. Evan's Gate, the seventh Evans novel, was a finalist for the prestigious Edgar Award. She is also the author of In Farleigh Field and lives in San Rafael, California.

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