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Evan Only Knows [Large Print] [Paperback]

Rhys Bowen
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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Imprint unknown; Large type edition edition (July 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754072312
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754072317
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,593,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Although I now live in California, I'm a transplanted Brit--born in Bath, but my mother's family comes from Wales. Hence my first mystery series featured a Welsh police constable (the Constable Evans Mysteries of which there are 10). I've been a writer all my life but finally decided to write what I like to read--mystery novels with a great sense of time and place.
I currently write two series: The Molly Murphy mysteries set in 1900s New York City, featuring an Irish immigrant woman, and the lighter Royal Spyness Mysteries about a minor royal in 1930s England. She's Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the throne, but completely penniless. These have been described by Booklist as "a smashing romp."
My books have been nominated for every major mystery award in the US and I have won 9 including Agatha, Anthony and MacAvity awards.

My Royal Spyness books ring true because I married into a family that once owned stately homes and has cousins with funny nicknames. So many good anecdotes there! The Royal Spyness books currently have a movie option and I'm hoping they will become more available in Britain.

When I'm not writing I love to travel, hike, sing, play my Celtic harp and generally enjoy lie.

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When Constable Evan Evans and his new fiancee decide to take a trip south from their Welsh village of Llanfair to visit Evan's mother, they are met with disturbing news: the young thug convicted of killing Evan's father is accused of murder again. Yet when Evan meets Tony Mancini, he finds, not the ice-cold killer he was expecting, but a frightened young lad who swears he's innocent. Mancini served only four years for the death of Evan's father, but this time, up on a charge of killing Alison Turnbull, his boss's teenage daughter, he could go down for life. Against his own wishes - and those of his superiors - Evan finds himself compelled to investigate. But is he right to believe Mancini? And how can he reconcile his actions with the death of his father? --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Weak Entry in a Great Series 28 Aug 2004
By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER
When foot and mouth disease makes its way to Wales, Constable Evan Evans finds himself caught between his job and his friends in the village. When his boss offers him time off, he and his fiancee Bronwen decide to go visit each other's family.
They've hardly arrived at Mrs. Evans in Swansea before they get the news. The young man who killed Evan's father years ago has just been arrested for another murder. Called into the hearing to keep him in jail without bail, Evan makes a startling discovery - he thinks the kid is innocent this time. Now he must sneak around behind the backs of the police and his mother to find the real killer. But will he alienate all those he loves as a result?
Normally, I love this series. It's a light, fun excursion to a part of the world I would love to visit. This book was a disappointment, however. The tone of the book is significantly darker then the others in the series, not providing the escape I was looking for. The biggest problem is the plot. It starts rather slowly and doesn't really get rolling until about a third of the way into the book. Then, I had everything but the motive figured out about 80 pages before the end. On the bright side, we get to see significantly more of Bronwen then normal, and her interaction with Evan is some of the best in the series. She definitely needs more page time in future books.
This book has some great moments and fans of the series will certainly enjoy it. But if you're new to this great series, don't start here and don't judge the entire series by this book.
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It is very boring . I was waiting for something like Hamish but it is very depressing. I read the 'Evans' s gate which was a thrilling one and it was fair but this one I can' read it even I get trying and trying. I have read all the serie of Lady Georgina Rannoch and really loved it. Althought the autor is the same the style is very diferent .
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strong cerebral who-done-it 1 Mar 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Evan Evans grew up in South Wales, but fits in fine in the North Wales town of Llanfair as the townsfolk look upon him as one of their own. That situation changes dramatically when he's ordered to assist the Ministry of Agriculture workers about to destroy the farmers' sheep in an effort to stop the spread of foot-and-mouth disease. The villagers feel that Evan should push the government to test for the disease before any animal is destroyed.
The constable decides to escape the mess by traveling with his fiancée Bronwen to meet her parents and his mom. When they reach Swansea they learn that Tony Mancino is believed to have raped and killed the daughter of a powerful big shot in the community. If he is convicted he will get life. Tony killed Evan's father. Evan talks with Tony in an effort to find closure about his father's death but he comes away from the encounter convinced the thug is innocent of this crime. After wrestling with his conscience, he decides to search for the real killer, knowing that he will incur the wrath of his mother, the police and the townsfolk, all of who want to see Tony locked away for life.
Readers who like a bloodless cerebral who-done-it that captures the essence of Wales will want to read Evan Only Knows. The protagonist believes in immediate cause and effect justice even if it means helping his father's killer gain his freedom. Rhys Bowen is a master at characterizations, so much so that readers will feel as if they really know the people of Swansea. British police procedurals don't get better than this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying moral struggle along with the mystery 23 May 2009
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is a must read book in the series as Constable Evans faces his past. A quirky beginning propels Evan Evans out of Llanfair back to his home in South Wales. There Evan reveals his motives for moving to North Wales and faces the demons from his father's death. The female characters provide needed comic relief. His girlfriend, Bronwen's high energy globe-trotting mom is a complete contrast to Evans' homebody mother. Issues of loyalty and family weave through the surprisingly sophisticated plot. What kept me turning the pages to read this in one night was Evan's introspective struggle with moral issues. Evan's moral compass sets a higher standard than most fictional characters. It's ultimately satisfying to watch him peel back the layers and delve deeper until he finds not only the answer to the mystery but to some of his ethical quandries as well.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Evan goes south 28 July 2003
By Dr. Cathy Goodwin - Published on Amazon.com
I've enjoyed all of Rhys Bowen's books, including this one.
Evan does not want to be around to enforce the Ministry's rules for handling livestock in the foot-and-mouth disease epidemic. WIth a bit of help from a superior officer, he's off the duty roster and heading for Swansea with his fiance, Bronwen. The couple visits both sets of parents, starting wtih Evan's mother, an overly concerned soul who sends her love through her cooking.
Coincidentally, Tony Mancini is arrested for the murder of a young lady from Swansea. Tony already served time for shooting Evan's father, which he claimed was accidental. Evan begins to wonder if Tony really did murder Allison and, going out on a limb, begins to investigate.
Evan's investigation keeps the pages turning. Bronwen gets involved because she looks young and young people will talk to her like an equal. The ending is a little disappointing, as the motive seems to echo other novels of recent years.
And it's not too hard to guess the ending.
As usual, Bowen serves up vivid descriptions of Wales and sets a lively pace. However, by moving the action south, we lose some local village charm. And the horror of complying with requirements to prevent the spread of foot-and-mouth disease casts a disturbing shadow on an otherwise light-hearted novel. Then again, in real life, this disease cast a shadow on this otherwise delightful world.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mild Well-Told Mystery 17 May 2003
By charles falk - Published on Amazon.com
An entertaining mystery set in Wales, as gently witty as its title. Constable Evan Evans returns to Swansea on holiday in order to introduce his finacee, Bronwen, to his widowed mother. He finds that the ex-con who murdered his policeman father five years earlier has been arrested for the rape-murder of the daughter of a prominent local factory owner. Evans arranges to interview the accused, Tony Mancini, in jail and becomes convinced that he is innocent of the girl's death. Evan feels (unlikely as that may seem)duty-bound to pursue the real killer and exonerate Mancini.
The average reader may have identified the murderer and motive long before Constable Evans does, but Rhy Bowne keeps us entertained by humorous subplots: his mother's prickly personality, Bronwen's snobbish parents, an ex-girlfriend, and a refugee lamb. There is little violence, but enough suspense to keep the pages turning.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Balance Needed Here 4 April 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This series has swung from Disney to Grimm Brothers. The early fuzzy-bunny books were "charming" to the point of cloying, but if I have to choose one style or the other, I'll take the Disney style over the grimness of this book. I could not bear to read of the herds and flocks being destroyed. Bad enough it was all over the news; do I have to find it in my escape reading also? I'm going to be very careful about any Rhys Bowen purchases in the future, instead of treating her works as virtually auto-buys.
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