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Evans Above (Constable Evans #1)

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,331 Ratings  ·  193 Reviews
Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble. Nestled among the Snowdonia mountain range, Llanfair looks to Constable Evans like a town forgotten by time, but he quickly learns that even the bucolic countryside has its share of eccentric--and deadly--characters. Evans' ...more
ebook, 236 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by Minotaur Books (first published 1997)
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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
A very enjoyable mystery. Very reminiscent of Hamish Macbeth (except the people aren't nearly as silly). I guess maybe people are just a little edgier in North Wales. I really enjoyed this. It has a good meaty mystery as well as delightful characters and setting. Should think of no less from the lady who brought us Lady Georgiana.
Let me start off by saying that Rhys Bowen is hands down the best historical mystery author I've ever read. She manages to combine true events and her characters so well that you wonder if her characters couldn't have really been at these events. However, I've finished her Royal Spyness series (though I have the ARC for the next one sitting on my Nook!) and her Molly Murphy series, so that left me with only one more series to read; the Constable Evan Evans mystery series. I can say that, though ...more
2.5 Stars

Ahh, who doesn't like visiting new places in a cozy mystery book? I love to, especially when they take me to cute little villages and hamlets like Llanfair. This was my first time reading a book by this author and though I've seen some other books written by her I wasn't too familiar with her work.

Lucky me this one was chosen as one of the 4 monthly group reads in one of my GoodReads groups. Now while I'm glad that I gave a new author a try (I've been trying to read a lot of new to me
Natasha M.
While the Her Royal Spyness have a sort of sweeping tongue-in-cheek and yes, ridiculous but still cutely charming in its own right story lines (who can say no to Darcy O'Mara?) I'd say the Constable Evans series (though this is the first one I've read) is a little bit more grounded rather than theatrical.

Taking place in modern day Wales (oh Welsh words, I don't even know where to start with you lot) we get a look at the idyllic village life. There's mt. Snowdon, there's a town that knows everyt
Kathy Davie
Feb 04, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first in the mystery series, Constable Evans, Evans Above feels like a cross between the village life of Agatha Christie with the camaraderie between Inspector Jury and Divisional Commander Brian Macalvie in Martha Grimes' Richard Jury series. Evans has left big-city crime behind for the peace and tranquility of village life in Wales and has no desire to become entangled with any woman. Ahh, to dream for so little...and not get it. Evans soon becomes entangled. With a series of unexplained m ...more
An Odd1
Apr 20, 2015 An Odd1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Wales is a vacation, however eerie, misty. First book has serious elements. Evan is nice; I look forward to hanging around with him. He's naive like Chesney aka Beaton's Hamish but stays out of other beds. Unknown peeping creeps and flashbacks annoy. Llanfair pub has likable and fun folk.

Stew, Jimmy, "one of Danny's close friends in their little gang from hut 29 .. must have sent the postcard" p 2, "Tommy" asks his way politely "in his cheerful cockney .. looking for the Everest Inn" p 3. Manag
Jul 24, 2009 Paula rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, series
Picked this one up as a bookswap, as I'm always on the lookout for first books of new series so I can try stuff out...

There's a comment on the cover of Evans Above that likens the series to the Hamish Macbeth novels of MC Beaton and that should have told me everything I needed to know about this one. Like the aforementioned novels, Evans Above is about a big-city police officer coming to a small village, this time in the heart of Snowdonia.

The eponymous Evans becomes involved in a mystery when t
Dec 29, 2013 Hal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the initial volume in the Constable Evans series. I had previously read "Evan Help Us," which I liked just enough to look into this book.

After reading these two cozy mysteries, I find that Rhys Bowen seems to need a few chapters to warm up. I think she relies a little too much on an unlikely coincidence in this book, which to me is a sign of weak writing. I don't want to detail the coincidence here, to avoid spoiling the story for those who have not finished the book.

More importantly, I
Jul 20, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bowen-rhys
This is the first in Bowen's series featuring Evan Evans, constable of Llanfair, Wales. In this novel we meet the residents of Llanfair, many of whom are named Evans and distinguished by such names as Evans-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, Evans-the-Post, and Evans-the-Law. We are introduced to two of the local women who are interested in Evans-the-Law and his mothering landlady who would like to set him up with her granddaughter. The mystery, the deaths of two hikers on the mountain, is intriguing and ...more
Jacqueline O.
Jul 23, 2015 Jacqueline O. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Cozy Mystery fans, Mystery fans
Recommended to Jacqueline O. by: Margaret Moleski
Shelves: fiction, mystery, british
This time this book was recommended to me by my Mom - who received the entire collection from a friend. This is a typical British Cozy-style mystery. Or, to be precise, a Welsh cozy set in Northern Wales in a small village at the foot of Mount Snowdon. Evan Evans is the local police constable, who returned to Llanfair a few years ago after training in the police in Swansea. The small village of Llanfair is home to many colorful, interesting characters, including three more Evans - known as Evans ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Much more readable than Her Royal Spyness. Yes, it's cosy fiction, yes, many of the characters are cardboard--but it's mental popcorn, and not as full of glaring mistakes and silliness as the other series. Besides, it's set in Wales! :) I only caught one obvious glitch, which is when Evans uses the term bach when speaking to a woman. The feminine form of bach is fach, and anyway--cariad would be a more common equivalent for "luv" in speaking to a woman, at least in my experience. But maybe he di ...more
Anastassia Dyubkova
That was the trouble with Wales - you didn't think it was a foreign country, but it was.

Я начинаю всерьёз недоумевать, почему во всех попадающихся мне книгах, где местом действия является Уэльс, основные события сосредоточены именно в Северном Уэльсе. Чем писателям не угодил Южный с его шахтами, для меня загадка, но почитать про деревню у подножия горы Сноудон (или по-местному Yr Wyddfa) тоже было, в общем, неплохо.
Чего в этой книге точно хватает, так это валлийского колорита - он очень чувствуе
#1 in the Evan Evans series. Constable Evans is happy in the small village of Llanfair, North Wales, after leaving detective training behind in the city of Swansea. But the everyday life of chaperoning teen dances and investigating stolen pies is interrupted when dead bodies start appearing on the local mountain. Sgt. Watkins calls the first two accidents but Evan doesn't think so and begins to find evidence to bolster his opinion.

Evan Evans series - Evan Evans, a young, unattached North Wales p
May 03, 2015 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A murder mystery set in Wales where a local copper takes on a murder case that his supervisors aren't interested in pursuing, preferring to write it off as a tragic accident. Sound familiar? It should, as the plot is strikingly similar to that of M.C. Beaton's Hamish McBeth series, first published nearly 12 years earlier. Even the main character is similar in his reticence to settle down into a relationship, even if the love interest story is presented differently. Also not unlike that series, i ...more
Jan 24, 2016 Carole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-books-read
In a small Highland village in Wales where nothing much happens, three people are killed. Two are found, apparently killed by falling off the mountain, and the other found on the mountain with his throat slit. Constable Evan Evans doesn't think the first two fell; he thinks they were murdered, but the higher ups think they accidently fell and tell him to drop the case. Of course he continues to investigate and finds that the first two were mates in the army and that another mate had been lost on ...more
Nov 29, 2015 Marty rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(A quick trip from the Cotswolds of Agatha Raisin to the mountains of Wales.) Constable Evan Evans had left the seaside city where he was a detective to return to his quiet home village in the mountains. He and the other members of the community knew the mountains well. They formed a rescue team that often had to help out tourists coming to the newly opened resort to challenge the mountains. Now known as “Evans-the-law” he fits in with the rest of the locals several of whom are also named Evans. ...more
The last thing I needed to do was start in on another mystery series; however, I am happy that I decided to travel to Wales to meet Constable Evan Evans and the residents of Llanfair.

Opening lines:
The bus groaned its way up from the coast, belching out a cloud of diesel smoke before it came to a halt outside the first house of a small village.

How Constable Evans looks at a crime...
If you look at nature, nothing happens in isolation. Every plant, every insect, is part of a chain. We're all linked
Melissa Ratliff
I picked this up because I had finished the Hamish MacBeth series by MC Beaton which was light but enjoyable reading.

The book is set in a small village in Wales and follows the village constable investigating a series of murders. I was somewhat disappointed in the descriptions of the scenery and landscape of the country which consisted mainly of a place with a lot of mist and a steep mountain. I read this because of the MC Beaton series but actually was annoyed when it mirrored it so closely, e
Donna LaValley
I chose to read this book because the author has written 2 other mystery series (cozies) that I enjoy: the "Royal Spyness" and the "Molly Murhphy" books. "Evans" is the first in a series that began with this book in 1997. It's longer and has far more description than the other 2; in fact the mountain itself is a character in the tale, with personality, moods, forces, and mysteries of its own. Evans is an unmarried young policeman for whom 2 local ladies show an interest. Meanwhile other characte ...more
Judy Mccartney
Feb 22, 2014 Judy Mccartney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another series by Rhys Bowen that I enjoyed reading. Evan Evans is a Welch constable that seems to have a knack for finding the murderer of a series of crimes. The Welch background and people make this an interesting and even educational series of 10 books that I read over the last 10 days. Light reading,one a day! While each book stands alone,the series finds Evan growing from a single man to a married man and a small village constable to becoming a Detective. A lot more crimes than I would lik ...more
For some reason, I like stuff to be set in Wales. I hardly read any, so I guess that's part of the charm. In this case, it's set in rural Wales, almost untouched by modernity. The description of village life was pretty amusing, so I've bumped up a star. Otherwise, it's a fairly standard mystery which takes a bit of time to get going. It was such a short book, and I still felt it dragged on a fairly long time. All the romantic entanglements, for example, I could have done without. I'm hoping it w ...more
Jul 07, 2011 Hannah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
I've heard Evans Above referred to as a Welsh version of Hamish Macbeth. There are a few similarities - they're both young constables at small villages (Evans at the Welsh village of Llanfair and Hamish at Lochdubh), but that's pretty much where it ends. Both are great reads, but where Hamish is lazy and sometimes hilariously shameless, Evans is good-natured and straightforward. Rhys Bowen does a great job of writing a nice mix of interesting village characters.

I really like Evans; he's describe
The first in a series of mysteries focused on the constable of a small welsh village. I felt that is rambled a bit, was quite repetitive and the systery solution while sufficiently convoluted was also pretty sketchy. Its a quick light read in the cozy mystery genre if that's what you're in the mood for.

The book reminded me strongly of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth series (complete with a hero constable with a slightly ridiculous name - Evan Evans) but set in Wales instead of the Scottish Highland
Susan B
Oct 05, 2011 Susan B rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
A library customer introduced me to this author and series. For some reason, I thought it was a 'Christian' mystery, but apart from two competing churches and their pastors' wives, there's nothing 'Christian' about it. That being said, it's not at the graphic and gory end of the spectrum, and there's little offensive language.

Evan Evans is a constable in the sleepy Welsh community of Llanfair. When two hikers die on Mount Snowdon and Evans' superior dismisses the deaths as a curious coincidence,
Evans Above by Rhys Bowen is the first book of her Constable Evans mystery series set in Wales. Evan Evans is a constable in the North Wales police force. He trained as a detective in Swansea, but chose to leave the violent crime of the city for the peace of the mountains. He is the village constable of Llanfair, a village high in the Snowdonian mountain range, and he is a member of the mountain rescue crew.

The tiny village has several residents named Evans: Evans-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, Evans
K. East
This is the third Rhys Bowen series I'm reading, along with the Molly Malone Mysteries and the Royal Spyness mysteries. Because they are all so different, I'm reading them round-robin style so I don't exhaust my interest in a character before I've read through the series. So far, I like the Molly Malone character the best. This Evan Evans book was a bit thin on plot but entertaining, although his inability to deal with the women in his life could get a little old after a while.
Jan 06, 2016 Ceejay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here is another excellent mystery by Rhys Bowen. Ms. Bowen has once again acheived a perfect balance between mystery and the personel life of her main character. I have read all but one of her Royal Spyness Series, and I am now ready to travel to Wales and the mysteries of Evan Evans. This first book in the series is not as light hearted as the Royal Spyness series, but there are some laugh out loud moments. If you enjoy a great village mystery (a village in Wales), then this is the book for you ...more
Aug 06, 2016 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy mystery series and came across this one (Constable Evan Mysteries) when looking for another one by Rhys Bowen at the library. The setting in Wales interested me, so I decided to give this series a read. I thoroughly enjoyed Evans Above and am looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series. The writing was tight and the plot was well crafted, a bit of humor and lots of atmospheric descriptions of the Welsh mountains. All in all, a pleasant and engaging read.
May 11, 2011 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick read of a multiple murder mystery set in Wales. Won't be seeing me in Wales soon as I love warmth and sunshine. A few typos that made me grateful for the last few books not having any that I noticed. Makes me think of life here in the 50s as the story is set in a small town of Wales. I was annoyed that Pigs Trail was mentioned at least three times and that it was the steeper/faster trail. Once is enough with me as I don't have to be hit over the head. I wanted to upchuck at the description ...more
Karen C
The first in the series. I liked it. I definitely like Rhys Bowen's writing. I like her "Royal" series and like this one. I wasn't as thrilled with the Molly Murphy first book but may try that series again since I definitely like Rhys Bowen's way with words. This one reminded me a little bit of the Hamish MacBeth M. C. Beaton) series before (in my opinion), they got too silly.
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"I'm a New York Times bestselling mystery author, winner of both Agatha and Anthony awards for my Molly Murphy mysteries, set in 1902 New York City.

I also write the Agatha-winning Royal Spyness series, about the British royal family in the 1930s. It's lighter, sexier, funnier, wicked satire. It was voted by readers as best mystery series one year.
I am also known for my Constable Evans books, set
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