Books by Geraldine Evans

Released: Jan. 12, 2014

"A thoroughly researched, elegantly written historical tale."
Evans (Deadly Reunion, 2011, etc.) creatively imagines the private life of Mary Rose Tudor in this richly textured historical novel. Read full book review >
DEADLY REUNION by Geraldine Evans
Released: Aug. 1, 2011

"Readers are liable to find themselves on the side of Rafferty's despised super: It just takes him too darn long to solve this one."
Rafferty and Llewellyn (Death Dance, 2010, etc.) threaten to bust the Elmhurst CID's budget as they comb the country for clues to the murder of a former rugby star. Read full book review >
DEATH DANCE by Geraldine Evans
Released: Dec. 16, 2010

"As Rafferty tills the same ground over and over, Evans trudges toward a huge anticlimax that will to satisfy neither mystery-lovers nor romance buffs."
A case he can't seem to solve threatens to derail a British detective's long-awaited nuptials. Read full book review >
ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE by Geraldine Evans
Released: Oct. 1, 2009

"Little humor and no surprises, though the sense of tedium seems authentic enough."
While suffering the privations of life on his own, DI Joseph Rafferty tries gamely to solve the murder of an unpopular businessman. Read full book review >
DEATH DUES by Geraldine Evans
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"The only real mystery in this tepid procedural is whether Rafferty himself will end up in hock to Malcolm Forbes."
Protecting even those who may not deserve it, Rafferty and Llewellyn (A Thrust to the Vitals, 2007, etc.) try to find out who's been mugging the collection agents of Elmhurst's most prominent loan sharks. Read full book review >
A KILLING KARMA by Geraldine Evans
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Casey and Catt (Up in Flames, 2004) headline another solid procedural leavened with a dash of quirky characters."
Officials of the town of King's Langley have their hands full with three tricky murders. Read full book review >
A THRUST TO THE VITALS by Geraldine Evans
Released: May 1, 2007

"Evans's latest entry sits squarely in the Rafferty-Llewellyn tradition of solid, straightforward detection mingled with family mayhem."
Once again, DI Joseph Rafferty (Blood on the Bones, 2006, etc.) risks his job to protect a relative implicated in a murder. Read full book review >
BLOOD ON THE BONES by Geraldine Evans
Released: Oct. 1, 2006

"Evans's ear for just the right word more than makes up for her lackadaisical plotting."
Expect the unexpected when the discovery of a body sends lapsed-Catholic Joe Rafferty (Love Lies Bleeding, 2005, etc.) into the local convent. Read full book review >
LOVE LIES BLEEDING by Geraldine Evans
Released: Nov. 30, 2005

"Evans's puzzler unfolds at a pleasant pace, fueled by her good humor and quirky characterizations."
Two of Elmhurst's finest, Rafferty and Llewellyn (Bad Blood, May 2005, etc.), share a host of woes, personal and professional, in the eighth of Evans's offbeat procedurals. Read full book review >
BAD BLOOD by Geraldine Evans
Released: May 1, 2005

"Evans's seventh provides a spirited mix of detection, family drama and social commentary. "
Private travails and professional woes take their toll on Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty (Dying for You, 2004, etc.) as he hunts the killer of an elderly widow. Read full book review >
DYING FOR YOU by Geraldine Evans
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Evans brings wit and insight to this tale of looking for love in all the wrong places."
Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty's brief flirtation with a dating service is complicated when the first two ladies to take his fancy turn up dead the morning after. Read full book review >
UP IN FLAMES by Geraldine Evans
Released: April 1, 2004

"Though it's not clear why Evans shops Rafferty and Llewellyn (Absolute Poison, 2003), Casey and Catt are worthy successors."
Evans switches sleuths and settings, but not her m.o., in her latest examination of the politics of police work. Read full book review >
ABSOLUTE POISON by Geraldine Evans
Released: May 1, 2003

"Their fifth outing takes Rafferty and Llewellyn (Dead Before Morning, 1994, etc.) over familiar yet satisfying ground."
Inspector Joseph Rafferty's Ma told him it was all his fault; he should have gone into the building trades like his Da. If he had, not only could he have bypassed the grisly murder of Clive Barstaple, a consultant sent by Alistair Plumley, owner of Watts and Cutley, to "rationalize" Aimhurst and Son, their newest corporate acquisition; but he wouldn't have to figure out how to prevent his partner, righteous Welshman Dafyd Llewellyn, from wearing the back-of-a-truck bargain suit Ma Rafferty sold him for his wedding to Rafferty's cousin Maureen. One look at that suit, and Superintendent Bradley—no fan of Rafferty's to begin with—will likely shop Rafferty, and Llewellyn, and Ma for receiving. Still, a brief stretch in stir might be a welcome respite from the hearing the carnage Barstaple produced at Aimhurst, where he terrorized longtime employees like Bob Harris and Marian Steadman with the threat of redundancy, sexually harassed single-mom receptionist Linda Luscombe, encouraged weak-willed Amy Glossup to spy on her co-workers, and taunted developmentally delayed Eric Penn by calling him a moron. Interviewing smarmy Ross Arnold, owner of the fly-by-night service that sent Penn, along with Ada Collins, Dot Flowers, and illegal alien Mrs. Chakraburty to clean Aimhurst's offices, further imperils Rafferty's digestion. Still, as Llewellyn sternly reminds him, no one is exempt from the law, so Rafferty strives gamely to discover who put andromedotoxin in Barstaple's strawberry yogurt as the dodgy-suit day of reckoning draws nearer. Read full book review >
DOWN AMONG THE DEAD MEN by Geraldine Evans
Released: Dec. 13, 1994

Yorkshire Inspector Joe Rafferty's original hope that Barbara Longman was smothered among the wildflowers in Tiffey Meadow by whoever has already killed two women across the river in Suffolk—somebody he won't have the primary responsibility for catching—is dashed when the Suffolk police get two confessions, but not three, from their suspect, confirming Rafferty's suspicion that his murder is the work of a copycat. Who lured the ecology-minded victim out to the meadow with a phony call warning that neighboring farmer Cyril Thomson was threatening to plow up the wildflowers? Rafferty and his obtrusively well read sergeant, David Llewellyn, can't believe that Barbara's ineffectual husband, Henry Longman, has the gumption for murder. But how about the other, more substantial members of her family circle: Henry's acid-tongued first wife Anne, who saw Barbara as an obstacle to her getting custody of her son Maxie away from Henry? Anne's younger brother Charles Shore, inheritor of the family business, whom Barbara first accused of dumping pollutants into the river and then started an affair with? Charles's well-kept wife, Hilary, a faded actress who'd just told meek Henry that his wife was sleeping with his boss? Competent and colorless, with the emphasis on the he-said/she- said of the suspects' alibis, until the denouement, when the grisly absurdity of the killer's motive gives the book a perverse distinction that sets it quite apart from Dead Before Morning (1993). Read full book review >
DEAD BEFORE MORNING by Geraldine Evans
Released: April 1, 1993

The debut of marriage-phobic Detective Inspector Joseph Rafferty and his well-educated, lonely subordinate, Sergeant Llewellyn, who are called to the grounds of a posh private psychiatric hospital to survey the naked body of a young woman with her face bashed in. Who coshed her, and why? The philandering, social-climbing hospital-director, Dr. Melville-Briggs, his proud, do-gooder wife, his mistresses, and his staff all claim airtight alibis—which Rafferty and Llewellyn soon see right through, thanks to the smarmy hospital porter, the folks at the pub, and the tendency of major characters to spread malicious gossip about each other. Then a worried young woman named Miranda insists that she was meant to be the victim because of her firsthand knowledge of Melville-Briggs's drug-trafficking; Melville-Briggs himself dies in a suspicious car accident; and a diary with some heavy-duty S/M entries pops up before the villain is confronted—almost. Unpleasant people behaving in preposterous ways, with the author showing little insight into the medical profession or police procedure. A sequel, alas, is in the works. Read full book review >