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Product Details

  • Series: Constable Evans Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; 1st Printing edition (December 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425182762
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425182765
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #966,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

The descent by a group of egocentric, flamboyant filmmakers on a small town has been the setup for a number of novels and a few movies. Rhys Bowen takes her crack at it with a tidy little story about a group of documentarians who invade a small village in Wales to capture the raising of a sunken German bomber on film. Llanfair is surrounded by abandoned mineshafts, and when the bombastic producer Grantley Smith is found murdered in one of them, Constable Evan Evans, Bowen's series hero, stumbles down more than a few dead ends before he uncovers the motive. Finding evidence of a stash of paintings from the National Gallery that were hidden at the scene of the murder, Evan uncovers a decades-old plot involving art forgery that doesn't really have much to do with the murder except coincidence. It does, however, keep the narrative moving, as does a love affair between the constable and the schoolteacher, who turns out to have been married to one of the filmmakers. All's well that ends well--except, probably, for the unfortunate title punning to which Bowen (Evan Help Us, Evanly Choirs, and so forth) seems addicted. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Publishers Weekly

When a documentary film crew arrives in the Welsh village of Llanfair to try to raise a WWII German bomber sunk in a lake, Constable Evan Evans finds he has more to do than simply keep the curious at bay in this light police procedural. The film's arrogant and conceited director, Grantley Smith, manages to offend just about everyone, including Evan. To complicate matters, Grantley's partner on the project, Edward Ferrers, turns out to be the ex-husband of Evan's sweetheart, Bronwen Price. When Grantley falls out of the local scenic railway train unharmed, it appears to be an accident. But it's clearly murder when Evan discovers his body in a pool of water in an abandoned mine, weighed down with slate. More suspenseful (and intriguing) are the recorded memoirs, interspersed with the main action, of old Trefor Thomas, who recounts how he and his greedy girlfriend schemed to steal a painting from the National Gallery collection stored in a Welsh mine during WWII. The two seemingly unrelated plot lines knit together nicely in the end. As in the four previous books in the series (Evans Above, etc.), Bowen's great strength is her endearing Welsh characters, from the modest Evan to such amusing locals as the saucy barmaid and the rival chapel preachers. This mystery is sure to appeal to those who prefer old-fashioned, heartwarming stories to tawdry tales full of graphic sex and violence. (Feb. 3)

Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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She writes a great story with interesting characters.
J. Huber
I have read enough books to know I won't be disappointed finishing the books in this series but I will say it's going to be difficult for her to top this one!
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I'm now waiting to read the other titles in the series.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on January 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Everyone from the film crew to his partner Edward Ferrers to the townsfolk of Llanfair and even Evan Evans dislikes visiting documentary director Grantley Smith. Arrogance is an understatement when it comes to the overbearing and demanding Grantley. However, in spite of the conceited Grantley, there remains much excitement over the plans to film a documentary about the nearby sunken World War II Nazi bomber.

Evan's difficult assignment of keeping things smooth for the film crew turns ugly when someone kills Grantley, whose corpse is found in an abandoned mine. As Evan makes inquiries into the murder, he realizes how universally despised the victim was. He also learns that during World War II the crime scene mine was to serve as a place to hide stolen art. However, Evan struggles to find a link between the murder and the stolen art, making uncovering the identity of the culprit extremely difficult.

EVAN CAN WAIT is an entertaining Welsh cozy that provides readers with strong characterizations inside an intriguing plot. The two story lines cleverly tie together to make a powerful tale. In her fifth Evans novel, Rhys Bowen continues to furnish sub-genre fans with one of the better series on the market today.

Harriet Klausner
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sarah B. Garcia on March 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Rhys Bowen's fifth book in the Constable Evan Evans series combines the gentle humor of the earlier books and a darker undercurrent arising from an incident during World War II. She gives us a glimpse of the effect the War had on the lives of the people of Northern Wales. This subplot along with the comic relief coming from the people of Llanfair make the book one of the best in the Evan Evan series.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne B. Kelly on March 7, 2002
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Many "cozy" mystery series are peppered with colorful characters, amusing inside jokes, and interesting locations. Bowen's Evan Evans series certainly fits this bill, but with "Evan Can Wait" the series moves into deeper, more interesting waters.
As usual, this book finds Evan Evans at home in Llanfair, an underappreciated sleuth whose fellow citizens are as colorful--and as hard to get to know--as the mountainous terrain. As usual, outsiders descend upon the town to wreak various sorts of havoc and get one of their number murdered.
But the mystery in "Evan Can Wait" takes a very satisying turn--we learn a great deal about Bronwen, the town schoolteacher who has been such a good-girl cipher up to this point, and we learn more about some of the darker parts of recent Welsh history, such as the life of a typical slate miner. Not only is there a recent murder to solve, but the murder has links to a decades-old crime and the two are tied together in a satisfying fashion at the end.
In short, it is still a light, amusing read, but with a little more depth to make the characters more real, the situations more complex, the ending a little more nuanced.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 15, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Constable Evan Evans is still a little miffed about his application for a promotion not being approved. But he's decided to make the best of it and is even thinking about fixing a cottage destroyed in a recent fire and moving in there in preparation for proposing to Bronwen.
Then the village is turned upside down when some filmmakers arrive. They've come to make a documentary about the raising of a World War II German plane that crashed in a nearby lake. Their past connection to Bronwen throws Evan for a loop. But there is tension in this group, and when one of the filmmakers disappears, Evan suspects foul play.
Evan may be able to wait, but I certainly couldn't wait to get through this wonderful book. The villagers of Llanfair are as charming and interesting as ever and I felt right at home. This book seemed to have more connection to the character arcs from the last book, which I enjoyed. The plot twists and turns in all sorts of ways. I had a different suspect every chapter or two. Naturally with a book like that, the logical solution completely escaped me until the end.
While I've enjoyed all of Ms. Bowen's books, this is my favorite to date. You can bet I won't be waiting long before I read another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ernie Wild on July 11, 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Not that the others in the series aren't but this one stands out. I recently discovered this series and have read in order the books leading up to this one. They were all at least three star books if not four. Comparisons have been made to M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series and they are certainly similar in a lot of respects. I am burned out with that series, especially the last three books, so I had to be careful to not transfer that attitude to this series at times.
Bowen seems to be avoiding some of the problems Beaton is having of late and I feel one has to give a little slack to a writer who is starting a series. It takes a writer book or two to hit their stride quite often; I think Bowen has done well.
This book is well plotted, strong on character and just plain well written. I have read enough books to know I won't be disappointed finishing the books in this series but I will say it's going to be difficult for her to top this one!
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I'm rereading this series for the third time -- Rhys Bowen created a wonderful set of characters in a charming setting in Wales and all through the series it is a joy to watch the characters grow as they encounter new problems to be overcome. I wish that Ms. Bowen's publishers hadn't made her stop this series, but at least when it ends it's in a good place. I hope they allow her to start it up again. These are all fun reads!
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More About the Author

Rhys Bowen's books have been nominated for every major mystery award and she has won thirteen of them to date. She currently writes two historical mystery series, each very different in tone. The Molly Murphy mysteries feature an Irish immigrant woman in turn-of-the-century New York City. These books are multi-layered, complex stories with a strong sense of time and place and have won many awards including Agatha and Anthony. There are 13 book so far in this series plus two Kindle stories, The Amersham Rubies and The Face in the Mirror--a great way to introduce new readers to Molly's spunky personality.

Then there is Lady Georgie, Rhys's latest,and very popular, heroine. She's 35th in line to the throne of England, but she's flat broke and struggling to survive in the Great Depression. These books are lighter and funnier than Molly's adventures. They poke gentle fun at the British class system--about which Rhys knows a lot, having married into an upper class family rather like Georgie's, with cousins with silly nicknames,family ghosts and stately homes. The seventh book is called Heirs and Graces, and on November 5th The Twelve Clues of Christmas comes out in paperback, perfect timing for the holidays.
The series received the Readers Choice Award for favorite mystery series and Rhys was nominated for career achievement.

Rhys was born in Bath, England but spent time during her childhood with relatives in Wales. Those childhood experiences colored her first mystery series, about Constable Evans in the mountains of Snowdonia. 10 books including the Edgar nominee Evan's Gate. She has lived in Austria, Germany and Australia, but has called California her home for many years. She now escapes to a condo in Arizona during those cold California winters. When she's not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint and play the Celtic harp.

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