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Product Details

  • Series: Constable Evans Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley; Reprint edition (February 4, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 042518742X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425187425
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,720 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

In his sixth appealing outing (after 2001's Evan Cat Wait), likable Welsh village bobby Evan Evans takes on a case with New Age overtones. Betsy the barmaid has long been desperate for recognition, and she may have found her ticket to fame when a visiting American graduate student named Emmy encourages her to develop her abilities as a psychic. Emmy claims she's looking for pure-blood Celts because the Celts are renowned for such abilities, and Betsy soon follows her new mentor to the Sacred Grove, situated for fictional purposes on the site of the actual Portmeirion. Sacred Grove has become the home to a center for New Age spirituality, complete with resident guru, Randy Wunderlich, the famous American psychic. Backed by his wife, Lady Annabel, owner of the property, Wunderlich seems set to establish a New Age empire in Wales. But Evans is suspicious that Betsy is the object of some kind of scam, plus he's on the trail of a missing American coed, whose trail leads to the Sacred Grove and Wunderlich himself. When Betsy dreams that Wunderlich is dead in a cave, her dream proves all too real. While Evans works to prove Betsy's innocence, he must cope with changes in his personal life (he's finally moved into his own place) as well as with the serious, unaccountable illness of his beloved, Bronwen. Bowen deftly and humorously weaves the various plot threads into an entertaining whole. This is a series that consistently charms. (Mar. 18)series with an Irish heroine (Forecasts, Sept. 3)
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

The Welsh town of Llanfair's own Betsy the barmaid finds some kind of renown after testing by a spirituality center verifies her psychic powers. And it's her "vision" that reveals where the center's murdered director will be found. Constable Evan Evans (Evan Can Wait), who covers the case, warns her of danger. A welcome addition to a charming series.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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I read it in one day and really enjoyed the entertainment it provided.
CDU
Rhys Bowen brings modern Wales to life with great historical references, strong characters, and well-developed mystery plots.
Amanda Wachsmuth
The characters are fun, and the numerous sub-plots keep things moving quickly.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on March 3, 2002
Format: Hardcover
In the heart of North Wales lies the small bucolic village of Llanfair, a quiet quaint place where everyone knows everyone else and crime is practically non-existent. However when a murder does occur, it is local constable Evan Evans rather than CID who always solves the case. The town is peaceful now but events are happening at the nearby Grove Center for Healing Arts and Celtic Spirituality that will draw Evan into the biggest case of his career.

It begins when an American girl, last seen working at the Sacred Grove is reported missing by her frantic parents. When Evan starts asking questions he's told that the girl quit and took off with almost no notice. Then the director of the center, a famous American psychic married to the owner of the property, is murdered. Evan is asked by the CID team to help out, which he gladly does though his main concern is a local girl named Betsy who quit her local job as a bartender to work at the cushy center. He senses she's in danger but by the time he figures out who the killer is, Betsy is already in the perp's clutches.

The Evan Evans mystery series is quaint, colorful and thoroughly enjoyable reading, so much so that one can hope this series never ends. The mystery is cleverly crafted with many sub-plots tying neatly into the main story line but it is the hero and recurring characters that make EVANS TO BETSY a very special novel. Each in his or her own way makes an indelible impression so that the reader feels as if old friends have come for a visit.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Valerie Fletcher Adolph on August 20, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Do you remember M.C. Beaton's "Hamish" series? If you enjoyed that, you will enjoy Rhys Bowen's "Evans" series. Like Hamish, Evans is a policeman in an out-of-the way village (this one in Wales) who has a sharp eye, an even sharper mind and an intuitive understanding of human strengths and frailties. He is not without his own frailties, either - confusion about the opposite sex being one of them, and his misadventures in this area add colour to the story.
The writer handles the setting deftly, managing to blend the ancient Druid culture, the recent history and current feelings in Wales with the immediacy of the New Age centre where much of the action takes place.
This is an easy read. Visiting with Evans and Bronwen and Betsy is like a weekend in the country - you kick back and relax. The main plot and sub-plots fit together neatly and the rivalry between the two chapels (which has nothing to do with anything except getting the feeling of place spot on) brings back fond memories of a stay in Wales.
There isn't a huge amount of dramatic tension here - you wouldn't expect it in a cozy - and I enjoyed the one dramatic climax when our hero, at great personal risk, manages to rescue, not the free world, not life as we know it, not even the maiden in distress, but a rabbit. Lovely!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Baker HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 21, 2004
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It's a slow afternoon in the Red Dragon when American Emmy Court walks in. She's an American working on her doctoral degree on psychic powers in the Celts. After a few minutes conversation, she believes that Betsy, the barmaid, is a perfect candidate and takes her off to the Sacred Grove, a nearby New Age center, to be tested.
Constable Evan Evans, meanwhile, is trying to prove to himself and Bronwen that he can survive on his own and has moved across the street from Mrs. Williams. At work, a search for a missing American college student takes him to the Sacred Grove. Something doesn't feel right. He doesn't believe in Betsy's new found powers, either. Until she shows up at his house in the middle of the night claiming to have a vision - that leads to a very dead body. Does Betsy have powers? More importantly, who committed the murder?
I've come to rely on these books for a comforting trip to a simple village that holds lots of mystery and intrigue. This book was no exception. Ms. Bowen is still at the top of her game, with a book that twists all over the place. I had no clue where this book was going until near the end, and couldn't put it down. The characters are fun, and the numerous sub-plots keep things moving quickly. I especially enjoyed Evans-the-Post and his new motorbike. Naturally, Betsy gets developed quite a bit here, and it's nice to see one of the secondary characters get a bit of the spotlight.
If you enjoy a very charming setting and characters with intriguing plots, this series is for you. Pick up the first, EVANS ABOVE, and sit back and enjoy.
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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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By Colette on June 24, 2014
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Evan does it again. An inept but nevertheless good police man just doing his job with a lot of mitigating circumstances.
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By Ron Wisnia on June 7, 2014
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I enjoy this series of books. It is very convenient to download these books to my Kindle Fire. Thank you.
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By Clara on May 26, 2014
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I am going through Rhys Bowen's Constable Evans series. I think they are well written and I am learning a lot about Wales. While this particular book isn't my favorite Evans story, I still enjoyed it a lot.
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