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Evan Help Us (Constable Evans #2)

3.75  ·  Rating Details ·  1,392 Ratings  ·  81 Reviews
Evan Evans is settling into his role as Constable of Llanfair, a small town nestled in the mountains of North Wales. Here, he has been a mediator of the minor disputes of the locals, between competing ministers, country merchants, and seemingly every Welch eccentric throughout the region. But an unusual series of events brings unseen hostilities to light, and Evan realizes ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published August 15th 1998 by Minotaur Books (first published July 1998)
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I like the local colour in these books but there doesn't seem to be much character development going on nor much by way of plot.
I'll try one or two more and see if there's an improvement, but if it doesn't get beyond someone getting smacked on the head, bigwigs say accident, our hero says murder, and he has some women chasing him and can't make up his mind. Gets old, fast.
Evan Help Us by Rhys Bowen is the second book of the Constable Evans mystery series set in the late-20th-century in a small mountain town in Wales. Constable Evan Evans is a kind-hearted soul, more intelligent than most people expect from his gentle demeanor. He left big-city detective work for a quieter life in the mountains where he can enjoy the outdoors. He's fond of the local schoolteacher Bronwen, but slow to show his affection, uncertain of her feelings. When a seasonal resident uncovers ...more
Orinoco Womble (tidy bag and all)
Slightly more substance than the first installment, but still just a cosy snack-read. Local boy nobody likes turns up at home after inheriting Da's property--and turns up with a bullet between the eyes after a heated town meeting. Whodunit, whydunit? And does it have anything to do with the death of an elderly English Colonel who spends his holidays in Llanfair each year?

A lot of the plot, such as it is, turns round the love-hate relationship of the villagers with tourism: it brings in money and
Norma Huss
Dec 29, 2012 Norma Huss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, favorites
Evan Evans is back with his second case in Wales. This one begins with a killing disguised as an accidental fall from a small bridge. Evan, in his quiet way, looks into things. The fact that his superior wants him to remain friendly with the new woman in town does not sit well with a couple of local ladies. How can what could be considered a police procedural be described as 'sweet?' Well, this story is easy to read, definitely has those homey sweet moments, as well as deadly danger to liven the ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Dagny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bowen-rhys
Evan Evans is the constable of a small town, Llanfair, in the mountains of Northern Wales. In this story we have the return of a prodigal son and the murder of an annual visitor, a very popular elderly gentleman. We also are shown Evan's interest in the local schoolteacher, and a newcomer's interest in Evan, in addition to his landlady's persistent attempt to set him up with her granddaughter. Lots of humor, a fun book.
Sep 28, 2016 kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
Charming. I love this series. Evan Evans is the police officer of a small Welsh village and it is the people and place that make this so entertaining. They mystery is good and multi-layered and you get more tidbits of Evan's life, love life, and his interactions with the higher ups in the force.
Feb 01, 2017 Simone rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wales, series, 2017
Book 1 didn’t thrill me that much, I preferred Book 2 much more (even though I did find there were some annoying holes in the plot) so I am going to assume that this upwards trend will continue into Book 3 and by then I will be hooked on another great series.

I think like with any series, you just need a little time to get to know the characters and their quirks and then after a few installments you find yourself loving them all because they are so familiar to you.

Of course this is all based on t
Feb 10, 2017 Elley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This series reminds me of a welsh Hamish Macbeth.
Barbara Cook
3.75. Nice series!
Mar 12, 2017 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fiction, crime
Second in the series of crime in Wales. Easy read.
Mar 12, 2017 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, fiction, crime
Another in the series of crime in Wales. Easy reads.
Feb 25, 2017 Leslie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm really enjoying this mystery series. Maybe it's because I've never read one that is set in Wales. Great reader and he knows his Welsh! Also, it was a great murder mystery.
Anastassia Dyubkova
Вторая книга определённо удалась лучше первой - по крайней мере, несмотря на то, что завязка выглядит относительно неторопливой, сюжет в этой части всё же более динамичный и менее затянутый. Отдельные сюжетные ходы лично я часто предугадывала заранее, но с окончательным вердиктом ошиблась, и это тоже, в принципе, можно посчитать плюсом - было бы неинтересно, если бы я оказалась права :) Причём обоснование в тексте давалось, никаких торчащих ушей тут нет, просто, вероятно, не каждый обратит на эт ...more
Sep 13, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun and light hearted. If you like Hamish MacBeth if Scotland, you'll like Evan Evans of Whales. Thank you librarians at Fishers (IN) library for suggesting these books.
Kathy Davie
Mar 01, 2011 Kathy Davie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
The second in the Constable Evans Welsh mystery series, Evan Help Us has a 1950-ish feel to it with a whole crew of fun characters whom you can't help but enjoy including the Detective Inspector who is more concerned with his fishing than the truth (he does remind me of Racer from the Inspector Jury series by Martha Grimes).

Constable Evan Evans has transferred to Llanfair to get away from the intensity of crime in the big city only to fall into it in this tiny, picturesque Welsh village. Two mur
Sep 08, 2009 Jody rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Evan Help Us is the second in a series featuring Evan Evans, a constable in the small Welch town of Llanfair. When two murders occur in rapid succession, Evan is called upon to help solve the mystery. Rhys Bowen describes the Welch countryside in charming detail, but the action is a trifle plodding and lacks the spice of the Molly Murphy and Royal Spyness novels by the same author. Things do heat up in the final chapters, with what starts out as a fairly predictable resolution twisting itself in ...more
#2 in the Evan Evans series. Finalist 1999 Barry Award for Best Novel.

Evan Evans series - Llanfair, North Wales, has suddenly become a hotbed of change: a single woman and her daughter move into the village; Colonel Arbuthnot, a yearly visitor from London, discovers a ruin in the nearby hills he suspects is a relic of King Arthur; and native Ted Morgan returns to his hometown with grandiose plans to turn an abandoned slate mine into a theme park. That the Colonel dies after he has sown visions o
Jan 18, 2016 Ceejay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is another excellent mystery by Rhys Bowen. This is the second entry in the Welsh mysteries featuring Constable Even Evans. It's difficult to review mysteries without giving too much away. Ms. Bowen's stories are more character driven then mystery driven, but you're never cheated on the mystery side. Having the stories set in Wales adds some color that you don't find in other books. There are two murders in this story. But are both of them really murders? A new young woman moves into t ...more
Jun 20, 2015 Christie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, I love this series. I have read about 5 books counting this one. The setting and characters are interesting and I always pick up a new Welsh phrase or two. Several parts made me laugh out loud, I was truly saddened by the death of the first victim and concerned about several other characters' welfare. I was certain that I had solved the mystery early on but Ms. Bowen threw a few more twists into the plot than I had counted on. The ending was pretty predictable but satisfying noneth ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Fanficfan44 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-mystery
Constable Evans is a happy village policeman surrounded by an interesting array of characters, among them Evans the Meat, Evans the Post, tourists, competing love interests, and of course a murderer. The mystery begins when an amateur archaeologist stumbles upon what might be the tomb of King Arthur and then has his head bashed in on his way home from the pub. The mystery leads the reader all through the little Welsh village and then some leads go all the way to London.

The book invokes a well es
Debby Stephan
May 06, 2011 Debby Stephan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This series of books was one of the most fun and interesting mysteries I have read in a long time. I learned more about Wales than I had ever known. After reading this series, I was lucky enough to travel to Wales and was amused by the accuracy of the descriptions in the books. Right down to the people speaking English until a stranger walks in - then beginning to speak Welsh. What fun. If you're looking for books to make you feel good, to help you learn more about a culture and just plain smile ...more
Sep 22, 2008 Babette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-suspense
This is the second book in the Evan Evan series, set in a very small village in Wales. It was even more enjoyable than the first, maybe because I know the characters better. They are small-town folks and have a sincerity about them that is refreshing. The book is a fast read, but the main characters are serious in their pursuits, so the story does not deteriorate into frivolity. The one question is, of course, how believable will it be for murders to keep occurring in such a tiny village. But ma ...more
Feb 27, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mystery
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Mar 31, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I've had this book around for a couple of years. It was one on my Cozy Mystery list. It was hard to get started but was perfect to read while milking. It seemed to be more interesting read in bits and pieces rather than in two or three sittings. It wasn't the greatest mystery but it was nice way to pass the time. I'll probably read the others. I believe that Rhys Bowen is still writing but not on this series. I believe she has at least 2 more that I may look into sometime.
Mary Baker
The "Evan" series is a fun series set in a small Welsh village. The main character is a young policeman, named Evan Evans. There are few secrets in this village, and there is much interest in finding a mate for young Evan the policeman. Adding to the fun are a bunch of other men in the area with the surname Evans, a pompous district police inspector, and the quaintness of the setting and characters.
This is a fun mystery for light reading. The slueth is a constable in a small village in Wales, a likeable fellow. Part of the interest for me is the description of the Welsh countryside and people. My family has always been proud of our Welsh heritage even though none of us speak Welsh! In spite of the English dominance resulting hautiness towards the Welsh "country bumpkins", the Welsh continue to take pride in their heritage. This comes through in the novel.
Dec 03, 2008 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2008
Whenever I need a little mental vacation, I pick up a mystery. I just love 'em. This is a "new to me" author recommended by both my favorite aunt and cece. Thank you to both of them. Rhys Bowen has three series that I know of: Evan Evans, Molly Murphy and Lady Georgiana. I've now read 2 of the E.E. mysteries - set in present day Wales; and both of the L.G. mysteries - set in 1930's London and Scotland (this is her newest series).
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
What does the myth of Beddgelert have to do with murders? You will never guess in a zillion years. When you are not laughing aloud, you are sitting there trying to solve the crimes along with Constable Evans. An 80yr old and just who does he recognize prior his 'sudden' demise?

The questions and guesses keep coming as you become immersed within this novel. I can barely wait to read the next in the series.
Karen C
Enjoy this series, along with Rhys Bowen's Royal series. This one reminds me a bit of M. C. Beaton's "Hamish Macbeth" series (earlier ones). Little Welsh hamlet. Close-knit and gossipy. Smart policeman in a little town. But I like the writing better on this series and don't find the people quite as silly as they are in M. C. Beaton's books.
Mark Baker
Mar 09, 2014 Mark Baker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2002
Rumors that Camelot is just outside of the village and plans to build an amusement park lead to murder, and Constable Evans is right in the middle of it again. The characters grow better and the plot is just as interesting as the first book.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
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“Llanfair - home if Saint Gelert's grave. We should call ourselves that, like that other Llanfair.'
'You mean the other Llanfair over the Anglesey; the one that claims to have the longest name in the world?' Barry-the-Bucket asked.
'That's exactly what I mean', Evans-the-Meat said grandly. 'If they can call themselves Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch, which we all know means nothing more important than Saint Mary's church in the hollow of white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and Saint Tisilio's church near the red cave, then why shouldn't we start calling ourselves Llanfair-up-on-the-pass-with-the-brook-running-through-it-and-Saint-Gelert's-grave-right-above-it?”
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