Books by Rhys Bowen

THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PAST by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 14, 2017

"A difficult case that evokes old-time Christmas traditions and a solution that will warm the heart."
Depression can't keep an intrepid sleuth from solving crimes. Read full book review >
ON HER MAJESTY'S FRIGHTFULLY SECRET SERVICE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 2017

"Bowen's reliably lighthearted tone has the added fillip of the looming shadow of Nazi terror."
Who knew that being 35th in line for the British crown could be a major impediment to marriage? Read full book review >
TIME OF FOG AND FIRE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"Mystery takes a back seat to history in Molly's 16th adventure (Away in a Manger, 2015, etc.), in which real-life tragedies jostle with lucky escapes for our heroine."
An amateur sleuth goes the extra mile to aid her police officer husband. Read full book review >
AWAY IN A MANGER by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Nov. 17, 2015

"Although this heartwarming story of the Christmas spirit doesn't rank with Molly's best cases, it details the deplorable conditions poor children suffered a century ago."
As Christmas 1905 approaches in New York City, the fates of two children hang in the balance. Read full book review >
THE EDGE OF DREAMS by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 3, 2015

"Bowen shrewdly explores the tension between a husband and his very independent wife as they both work to solve a complicated series of murders. One of Molly's best."
Turn-of-the-century New York is plagued by an elusive serial killer. Read full book review >
QUEEN OF HEARTS by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 5, 2014

"Georgie's charming eighth (Heirs and Graces, 2013, etc.) subordinates its modest mystery to romance, local color and historical tidbits."
Being 35th in line for the British throne is no guarantee of a peaceful life for an inveterate amateur sleuth. Read full book review >
CITY OF DARKNESS AND LIGHT by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 4, 2014

"Molly's adventures (The Family Way, 2013, etc.) never disappoint, even when a vacation in Paris embroils her in murder."
Paris in the spring: delightful but for the little matter of murder. Read full book review >
HEIRS AND GRACES by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"Bowen's seventh Royal Spyness mystery (The Twelve Clues of Christmas, 2012, etc.) is loaded with country-house charm and capped by an unexpected denouement."
Grooming an Australian heir to a dukedom turns into a murder investigation for a very minor member of the royal family. Read full book review >
THE FAMILY WAY by Rhys Bowen
Released: March 5, 2013

"Feisty Molly (Hush Now, Don't You Cry, 2012, etc.) unravels another knotty case while providing insight into life just after the turn of that other century."
Neither retirement nor pregnancy can put a good detective out to pasture. Read full book review >
THE TWELVE CLUES OF CHRISTMAS by Rhys Bowen
Released: Nov. 6, 2012

"The sixth in Bowen's delightful Royal Spyness mysteries set in the 1930s (Naughty in Nice, 2011, etc.) gives readers a blueprint for an old-fashioned English Christmas, complete with traditional recipes, games, drinks and homicides."
Being 35th in line for the British throne is no sinecure. Read full book review >
HUSH NOW, DON'T YOU CRY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 13, 2012

"The latest addition to Molly's case files (Bless the Bride, 2011, etc.) offers a charming combination of history, mystery and romance."
A police captain and his sleuthing spouse investigate a murder while on their honeymoon in early-20th-century Newport. Read full book review >
NAUGHTY IN NICE by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 6, 2011

"Georgie's latest adventure is charming and lighthearted as ever, though the 1930s setting carries ominous hints of the future."
Nice is nice if you're not a murder suspect. Read full book review >
BLESS THE BRIDE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2011

"The latest of Molly's fin-de-siècle adventures provides insight into the plight of the Chinese community along with a nice romantic mystery."
The preeminent female private eye in 1903 New York prepares to wed. Read full book review >
ROYAL BLOOD by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 7, 2010

"A lighthearted pastiche of pre-World War II mysteries, enjoyable for readers who know not to take the dark doings too seriously."
A member of the British Royal Family travels to Transylvania for a wedding beset by werewolves and murder. Read full book review >
THE LAST ILLUSION by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 2, 2010

"Bubbly, liberated Molly's latest adds interesting historical insights to the usual pleasant mystery-mongering."
Molly Murphy meets Harry Houdini and murder in early-20th-century New York. Read full book review >
ROYAL FLUSH by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 7, 2009

"Fans of Georgette Heyer will enjoy the nice mix of romance and mystery in Georgiana's third adventure (A Royal Pain, 2008, etc.) from the period between the wars."
A penniless aristocrat has a wild adventure in the Highlands of Scotland. Read full book review >
IN A GILDED CAGE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2009

"Mystery mavens will spot the killer early, but feisty, independent Molly and the historical New York background give good value."
Molly Murphy takes up the suffragette cause and lands two new cases. Read full book review >
A ROYAL PAIN by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 1, 2008

"A pre-World War II mystery with a touch of romance that adds another winner to Bowen's accomplishments."
A royal relative turns sleuth when murder haunts her household. Read full book review >
TELL ME, PRETTY MAIDEN by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 4, 2008

"Not as satisfying as Molly's last adventure (In Dublin's Fair City, 2007, etc.), but bolstered by sharp historical backgrounds and wacky adventures."
Molly Murphy's detective agency suddenly has too many cases for the independent Irish lass to solve alone. Read full book review >
IN DUBLIN’S FAIR CITY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 8, 2007

"The feisty Molly rarely disappoints in this rousing yarn seasoned with a dash of Irish history."
"May you die in Ireland" may be more than just a toast. Read full book review >
EVANLY BODIES by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 14, 2006

"The murder plot is derivative, but the wider playing field for the clever, appealing Evans brings both his social and detective skills to the fore."
Constable Evan Evans's promotion to the Plain Clothes Division gives him the chance to investigate a strange series of murders. Read full book review >
OH DANNY BOY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 16, 2006

"Reliable period thrills for Molly's fans. A bonus is the introduction to historic personage Sabella Goodwin, who really was promoted to police detective in 1910."
Murder, mayhem, disease and death: just another summer season in turn-of-the-century New York. Read full book review >
EVAN BLESSED by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 8, 2005

"Bowen builds tension with every page simply by making Evan and Bronwen (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) so likable and resourceful that you pull for them all the way."
Detective Constable Evan Evans has no time for prenuptial jitters. He's just finished hauling his fiancée Bronwen's possessions up to their mountain cottage when a young hiker arrives claiming to have misplaced his girlfriend on the slopes of Snowden. Read full book review >
IN LIKE FLYNN by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 17, 2005

"For good measure, Bowen (For the Love of Mike, 2003, etc.) tosses in a typhoid scare, an illegitimacy, the Black Hand, the Orphan Train, enough upstairs/downstairs door-slamming for a French farce and her heroine's love life, overdone as a Victorian valentine."
A turn-of-the-century private investigator puts on her bloomers and goes sleuthing. Read full book review >
FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 8, 2003

"Molly grows ever more engaging against a vibrant background of New York's dark side at the turn of the century."
Pioneering private eye Molly Murphy's third adventure allows both her and her author to take wing amid the seediest settings. Read full book review >
DEATH OF RILEY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 16, 2002

"Molly is a bit too clever and reckless to be totally convincing, but Bowen's highly detailed picture of New York at the turn of the century is a delight."
A second sabbatical from her Welsh policeman hero Evan Evans (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) takes Bowen back to the summer of 1901 for a second chapter in the life of Molly Murphy (Murphy's Law, 2001). Read full book review >
EVANS TO BETSY by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 18, 2002

"Too much plot and not enough Evan in this readable but overambitious outing."
Another return to Llanfair and affable Constable Evan Evans (Evan Can Wait, 2001, etc.). Read full book review >
MURPHY’S LAW by Rhys Bowen
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 15, 2001

"The plot is perhaps too thick with red herrings, but the portrait of the ocean voyage, Ellis Island, and the early wave of Irish settlers in New York is fascinating."
Taking a sabbatical from her usual protagonist, Constable Evan Evans (Evanly Choirs, 1999, etc.), Bowen introduces a new sleuth in a 19th-century setting. Read full book review >
EVAN CAN WAIT by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2001

"Though Evan's superiors are as usual unimpressed, his coterie of fans will be pleased—and enlarged."
Back in the North Wales village of Llanfair, where nothing ever changes except for the dropping population count, bachelor constable Evan Evans (Evan and Elle, 2000, etc.) once again meets murder. Read full book review >
EVAN AND ELLE by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 2000

"Evans and the denizens of Llanfair continue to charm and amuse, but this time they're the victims, along with the reader, of the mystery's mind-boggling confusion."
Constable Evan Evans of the North Wales Police, a one-man force in tiny Llanfair (Evanly Choirs, 1999, etc.), is intrigued by the latest venture of his schoolteacher girlfriend Bronwen Price. Read full book review >
EVANLY CHOIRS by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 4, 1999

"The author's cozily intimate style, unusual setting, and modest, down-home hero, back for a third outing, make for satisfying entertainment."
In the tiny Welsh village of Llanfair, the Reverend Edward Powell-Jones and his wife have decided to rent their home for the summer, for a huge fee, to famed opera star Ifor Llewellyn and his wife Margaret. Read full book review >
EVAN HELP US by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 14, 1998

"An easy-to-take mix of literate style, charming hero, and quiet mayhem."
The Welsh village of Llanfair is abuzz with gossip about recent events. Read full book review >
EVANS ABOVE by Rhys Bowen
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Dec. 11, 1997

"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."
A pleasingly unpretentious debut that introduces Constable Evan Evans, newly arrived in Llanfair, a village at the foot of Mount Snowden in North Wales. Read full book review >