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Rhys Bowen

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in Bath, The United Kingdom



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March 2008

"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 have recently published two internationally bestselling WWII novels, one of them a #1 Kindle bestseller, the other selling almost half a million copies to date.

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 in North Wales, and for my award-winning short stories. "

I was born and raised in England but currently divide my time between California and Arizona where I go to escape from the harsh

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Rhys Bowen I'm working on the next Royal Spyness novel called Malice at the Palace. It's about a royal wedding and so much fun to write.
Rhys Bowen I'd love to know. I'm tempted to sending Duchess Kate a copy.
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Queen Victoria in new book

I'm excited to announce that my new stand alone novel called ABOVE THE BAY OF ANGELS will be released on Feb 11,2020.

It's about a young woman who escapes drudgery to become a cook for Queen Victoria, travels with her to the South of France where she becomes embroiled in political intrigue and murder.

A woman who succeeds against all odds.
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Which Special Holiday-Themed would you like to read in December?

  12 votes, 26.7%

Silent Night (Spenser #41.5) by Robert B. Parker
  10 votes, 22.2%

A Christmas Journey (Christmas Stories #1) by Anne Perry
  8 votes, 17.8%

The Ghost of Christmas Past (Molly Murphy #17) by Rhys Bowen
  6 votes, 13.3%

Killer Christmas (A DI Geraldine Steel Thriller) by Leigh Russell
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Fields Where They Lay (Junior Bender #6) by Timothy Hallinan
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Nancy Baker Just finished The Edge of Dreams. LOVED IT! Whenever I start a Molly Murphy book I can't put it down till I finish.

Jeannie and Louis Rigod Dear Rhys,

Thank you for being a good friend that sure can write! I only wish I had known you when my Mother was still here, she would have adored your style of writing as do I. Happy life and writing.


Connie Hi Rhys--great to see you here! I have the Guernsey Literary book on my Kindle and after seeing that you gave it 5 stars I'm eager to get to it. Meanwhile, I'm still writing both of my mystery series---staying extremely busy!

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Rhys Bowen Debbie wrote: "I really enjoy your books"

Thank you, Debbie. When I have a moment to breathe, i'd better do something with this profile page, hadn't I?

Debbie Bentman I really enjoy your books

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