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Evanly Choirs by Rhys Bowen
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Mar 20, 11

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Read in March, 2011

Third in the Constable Evans mystery series set in Wales, Llanfair is privileged to have a former son return, a world-famous opera singer, Ifor Llewelyn, who rents the Powell-Jones house for the summer. Mrs Powell-Jones is over the moon as she can kill two birds with one stone: take care of mummy who can finally have her hip operation and buy a new three-piece suite! Mr. Powell-Jones can board with Mrs. Williams, the only house in town, which has an extra room. No one can withstand Mrs. Powell-Jones and poor Evans not only has to give up his nice room but the menu becomes dictated by the Mrs. who insists upon prunes and muesli instead of eggs and bacon...and no fry-ups for the reverend! This quickly sends Evans to the pub for his nightly fare!

The greatest impact is on Austin Mostyn, Llanfair’s choir director. He is determined to win at the eisteddfod this year and if Ifor were to join the choir…well. The only problem is that Ifor has a rather nasty sense of humor and there is history between Austin and Ifor. Additional subplots revolving around Ifor Llewelyn’s presence in Llanfair include his singing at full volume---a nice treat for those villagers who love opera; he and his wife fighting at the same volume—and after 9 pm too!; a strange girl who has been coming round---once when Evans was out hiking and whom he has to rescue from her vehicle after it rolls into the lake; the strange young man seen in her company twice; and, then there’s the Mafia-like visitor.

All of this must be taken into consideration when Ifor is found dead.

Terrific characters in a cozy village where everyone knows everyone else’s business. And it sure doesn’t stop anyone, including Evans, from screwing up. Evans-the-law is such a sweet innocent in so many ways…hopefully Bronwen will see this.

Lovely cover with its view from inside the pub through a huge picture window overlooking an autumnal setting with two two-story stone houses and a sheep wandering the road against a backdrop of the Welsh mountains.

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