Monday, September 18, 2017

Rhys Bowen Mystery Books Review

So What Have You Been Reading Lately?

(Not a sponsored or gifted post)
I can answer that question. Evan Evans Mysteries written by Rhys Bowen! These books have become my new reading obsession and I have devoured quite a few in the last six months!
If you haven't tried any of the series written by Rhys Bowen, I urge you to give them a try. She writes three different series; Evan Evans Mysteries, Molly Murphy Mysteries and A Royal Spyness Mystery. I've read books from all three series but my two favorites of her series are #1 Evan Evans and #2 A Royal Spyness. Nothing wrong with Molly Murphy, but it just hasn't captured my attention so much as of yet.
I had read a couple of the Royal Spyness books in the last couple of years and enjoyed them. This series, set in the 1930's, is based on the life of Lady Georgiana Rannoch, a young woman who is 34th in line to the English crown and has no money. She is usually called upon to do some task by the Queen and ends up in a mystery of some sort in which she is typically irritated by her cheapskate brother, Binky, and his wife, and is assisted and rescued by her valiant love interest, Darcy. I find this series to be more lighthearted and funny than the other books Rhys Bowen writes.

My true reading obsession over the summer, however, has been the Evan Evans series. Set in present day Wales, the series begins by introducing the reader to Evan Evans, a policeman in the village of Llanfair. Evan lives in a local boarding house and does his best to take care of the crimes, large and small, in his quaint village. You meet wonderful characters that reoccur in each book such as Evans-the-Meat, Evans-the-Post, Evans-the-Milk, Betsy, the buxom barmaid who keeps her eye on Evan, and Bronwen, the local schoolteacher who captures Evan's heart. The books in the series cover serious topics while still injecting humor and a little romance. I especially enjoy the ongoing "feuds" between the two local churches played out by the scriptures displayed on the church front signs each week. Tidbits of Welsh language is also strewn throughout the books and adds a touch of realism to the setting. I have been making trips regularly to my public library to get these books in the series and I am sad because I think I may have read them all at this point! Hopefully, she will write some new titles. 

If you are interested in reading books by Rhys Bowen you can read about each series at the following links:

So, what have you been reading lately? Hope you'll leave me a comment!

Until Next Time,

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Ricki Treleaven said...

I've read several from the Molly Murphy, but none from either one of these series! It seems you like the Evan Evans series best. Which ones are your favorite? Should I read them in order?

Debbie Styles Life said...

Yes, I guess out of the three series I do like the Evan Evans series best. I did not read them all in order and still enjoyed the books, but if you can manage it, the series might make better sense to read them in order.

Sharon said...

I'm between books right now, so these will definitely be books I try. I have never heard of this author. I'm always on the lookout for book suggestions, so thanks for your post, Debbie.

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hope you enjoy reading books by this author, Sharon. I really enjoy her writing.

Karen said...

I'm definitely going to be checking these out! Thanks for the tip. I'm looking for some new reading material and love to read in the evenings after my days at work!

Debbie Styles Life said...

Hope you enjoy the books, Karen! Reading is my go to thing for relaxing!

julie Wunder said...

I'm always looking for some new books! Thanks for the suggestion!