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Evan's Gate (Constable Evans Mysteries) Hardcover – April 8, 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
In Agatha winner Bowen's perfectly paced, deftly choreographed Welsh cozy, her eighth to feature Constable Evan Evans (after 2003's Evan Only Knows), Evan looks into two eerily similar abduction cases-one old, one new. When five-year-old Ashley Sholokhov goes missing during a seaside excursion, suspicion points to her Russian father, who's estranged from her mother. Meanwhile, to celebrate the 80th birthday of curmudgeonly gentleman sheep farmer Tomos Thomas, his middle-aged progeny return to the grassy, boulder-strewn hills of Llanfair, carrying blame, survivor's guilt and unanswered questions concerning the long-ago disappearance of Sarah, Tomos's granddaughter. The parallels between Sarah and Ashley weigh heavily upon Evan, who's eager to live up to his recent promotion to the Plainclothes Division. In desperation, Evan sticks his neck out a bit too far in this gorgeous and unruly terrain, where a hike in the hills can become treacherous when the sun goes down. Fortunately, his charming schoolmarm betrothed, Bronwen, is there to provide solace. Bowen delivers an enchanting portrait of Wales with genuine, flawed characters, a modicum of humor and plenty of red herrings to keep the detective constable and the reader guessing.
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Welsh Detective Constable Evan Evans, now in the Plainclothes Division, works his eighth case. A young girl, Ashley, has disappeared from a local beach, possibly abducted by her father. When Evans later uncovers a child's skeleton while digging outside the cottage he is renovating, he decides Ashley's disappearance may be connected with that of another young girl, Sarah, who went missing when Evans was a child--especially since Sarah's relatives are all back in Wales for the first time since the tragedy to attend a birthday party. His superiors want Evans to concentrate on locating the father, but he feels compelled to follow other leads to find the missing child as well as to investigate Sarah's family. A fine sense of place, a compelling dual story line, and a cast of sympathetic, well-drawn characters give this small-town police procedural plenty of appeal. Recommend Evans to readers of M. C. Beaton's Hamish Macbeth mysteries set in Scotland. Sue O'Brien
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This is a gripping mystery, with Evan trapped between two missing children, trying desperately to solve both crimes.
Who doesn't love a town where, with so many named the same thing, he's Evan the law, and others are differentiated by their occupations as well as their names.
Meanwhile, Evan is restoring a cottage in Llanfair to move into after he and Bronwen get married. While digging a trench, he finds the skeleton of another girl. Evan quickly guesses it was a girl he knew who disappeared 25 years ago. Are the two cases connected?
This is another excellent entry in the series. The plot was well constructed to fool the reader. While I figured things out before Evan, it wasn't much before, and that was based on some lucky guesses. While there is plenty of time spent outside Llanfair, its home base in this book, and we get some very humorous scenes with the locals we've gotten to know over the last few books.
I'm disappointed to be up to date on this series. I've always enjoyed having a pile of these books to look forward to reading. I can't wait until the next book in this fun series coming out.