EVAN AND ELLE by Rhys Bowen

EVAN AND ELLE

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KIRKUS REVIEW

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. Along with a few other locals, she’s taking cooking lessons

from Madame Yvette Bouchard, owner and chef of the town’s new restaurant Chez Yvette. The restaurant has just begun to take

off when it becomes the second victim of the town arsonist—the first a cottage recently bought and renovated by a couple from

England. When a man’s body is found in the ashes of this fire, however, arrogant Peter Potter, an arson specialist, is sent to

Llanfair by Headquarters. Meanwhile, Evans and his friend Sergeant Watkins try to identify the body—now known to have been

stabbed to death before the fire. Trying to get past the victim’s false identity papers (found in his car) and probing Madame

Yvette’s past bring to light another restaurant fire, this one in England, and a newspaper report on the death, years ago, of

Yvette’s sea-loving husband. The information collected sends the intrepid pair to France for a short stay that discloses some choice

truths about Madame Yvette, though occasional references to drug-runners off the Welsh coast do keep muddying the waters.

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.

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2000
ISBN: 0-312-25244-7
Page count: 288pp
Publisher: Minotaur
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 15th, 2000




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