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Evans Above (Constable Evans #1)

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A new mystery series featuring Evan Evans, the new constable of Llanfair in Wales. It is a town of eccentrics, among them two competitive ministers, one lascivious barmaid and three other Evans, ' Evans-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, and Evans-the-Mail. Evans-the-Copper's first case is the murder of hitchhikers.
Hardcover, 236 pages
Published 1997 by St. Martin's Press
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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
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
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
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
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
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
Nancy Oakes
Evans Above is what I would call an intelligent cozy. At the heart of this book is a decent mystery story, with multiple suspects, red herrings, and a pretty good solution. It's cute (which, to be honest, is not one of the criteria I look for in a mystery) but I liked it.

Evan Evans, often known as Evans-the-Law so as to distinguish him from Evans-the-Post or Evans-the-Meat (it's Wales...Evans is a popular name), is the policeman in the small village of Llanfair, in the Snowdonia area (known in
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
Kathy Davie
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
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
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.
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.
Mark Baker
This great series begins when Constable Evan Evans finds two bodies outside his small village. While it's not his job, he begins to investigate. The small village charm and great characters draw you into the story.

Read my full review at Carstairs Considers.
A very entertaining depiction of life in a small North Welsh village, with well-drawn characters & a good mystery thrown in. Evan Evans is enjoying his new job as Constable for the small village of Llanfair, even if it means sometimes dealing with the more eccentric local characters (a barmaid who's determined to throw herself at him; a minister's wife who's convinced the other minister's wife is trying to ruin her prize plants) - it's certainly more quiet & relaxed than being a city pol ...more
I just read Evans Above the first book in the Constable Evans series by Rhys Bowen. This book has been in my TBR pile forever, no really I mean it, at least two years. I don’t know why I never seemed to get around to it but now I am so glad that I did. I loved the setting, a small Scottish Village and the ancillary characters are done quite well. The murder plot was well crafted and I did not solve it until close to the end. There was quite a bit of action, both related to the original crime and ...more
Aline Soules
An enjoyable piece of summer fluff, even though it's a murder mystery. I was in the UK for three weeks this summer and got into "all things UK." This is set in Wales and is the first of a series of Constable Evans Mysteries. You can read it in one sitting and just have fun with it.
I didn't finish this book because it reminded me so much of the MC Beaton's Hamish Macbeth books. Small town constable in a small village by the mountains....stranded hikers. I'll let some time lapse and come back and finish it. I do like the characters of this book and others that Bowen has written about in her Royal Spyness series.
This book feels like the perfect British cozy (despite the author being an American). It takes place in a small town, of which the majority of the population shares the same surname (Evans). Evans the Constable, aka Evans the Law, is our main character. There is also Evans the Post (mailman), Evans the Meat (butcher), and so on, named as such so no one gets confused about whom they're referring to when they gossip. Add to that two churches right across the street from one another. The one used b ...more
D. Eric
I read this as I really enjoyed Bowen's other series. The Constable Evans series is a good start if a bit slower going in the beginning than the Royal series.

Constable Evans has returned to Wales to get away from the violence of the big city only to find murder awaiting him--as well as several luscious ladies looking for a good catch. Evans must solve a series of seemingly unrelated deaths that take place on a mountain while most of the forces resources are devoted to finding the killer of a you
Jeannie and Louis Rigod
I simply adored this book. I read the cover comment that "...a kind of Welsh version of M.C. Beaton's Hamish MacBeth" by Kirkus Reviews but in my opinion this book was so much sharper and better written. This is amazing to me as I love M.C. Beaton's books.

Set in Wales in a fictional town that you quickly feel is real, a Constable Evan Evans lives and tries to heal scars as he embraces the town. The Constable solves the murder mysteries but this is what I loved about the book, he is actually appr
Nice little mystery. Evan and his small village away from civilization and his dealings superiors on the police force, not to mention romance troubles, remind me a lot of Hamish Macbeth.
This was okay. It was a great first effort. Rhys has come very far from this series, obviously, as a writer. I liked the story line and characters. I have read a couple others that came after this one and she did improve rapidly. Never sorry that I read a Rhys Bowen book!
Norma Huss
This is the first of the series, and the first of Rhys Bowen's three series. I discovered her third series first, then the second, and now while I'm trying to collect all the books in the second, I decided to try the first. Did not know what to expect with a male protagonist, a village constable in Wales. I must say, from my reading of the first book, that this series is just as delightful (not a term usually associated with male cops) as the other two. In this book readers are right there in Wa ...more
Mike Gabor
Evan Evans is a young PC in a small Welsh village. He is alerted that a guest from a local hotel is missing. When the guest is found dead the next day it is first believed that he died as a result of a hiking accident. However, Evans isn't quite sure that is the case and when another body is discovered shortly thereafter he becomes convinced that the two are somehow related and begins an investigation.

A very nice read. The Evans character is quite likable as are the somewhat eccentric secondary
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