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Publication Order of Constable Evans Books

Publication Order of Friends Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Starring Tess and Ali (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Boy Trouble for Tess and Ali (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess and Ali and the Teeny Bikini (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tess and Ali, Going on Fifteen (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Full House: Club Stephanie Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Flamingo Revenge (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fun, Sun, and Flamingoes (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Heartbreak Cafe Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
No Experience Required (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Just Desserts (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Main Attraction (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Catch of the Day (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
At Your Service (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love to Go (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Her Royal Spyness Books

Her Royal Spyness (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Royal Pain (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Royal Flush (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
Royal Blood (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Naughty in Nice (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Masked Ball at Broxley Manor (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Twelve Clues of Christmas (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heirs and Graces (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen of Hearts (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice at the Palace (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crowned and Dangerous (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Mrs. Summers (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peril in Paris (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Proof of the Pudding (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
We Three Queens (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Love Stories Books

with Elizabeth Craft, Katherine Applegate, Cameron Dokey, Kieran Scott, Wendy Loggia, Elizabeth Chandler, Elizabeth Winfrey, Randi Reisfeld, Julie Taylor
Sharing Sam (By: Katherine Applegate) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boy Next Door (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Than a Friend (By: Elizabeth Winfrey) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hot Summer Nights (By: Elizabeth Chandler) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
My So-Called Boyfriend (By: Elizabeth Winfrey) (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Do You Love? (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
He's Not What You Think (By: Randi Reisfeld) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Happens (By: Elizabeth Chandler) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Together Forever (By: Cameron Dokey) (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
What We Did Last Summer (By: Elizabeth Craft) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crushing on You (By: Wendy Loggia) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trust Me (By: Kieran Scott) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss and Tell (By: Kieran Scott) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling for Ryan (By: Julie Taylor) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
At First Sight (By: Elizabeth Chandler) (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Do (By: Elizabeth Chandler) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
While You Were Gone (By: Kieran Scott) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Torn Apart (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
How Do I Tell? (By: Kieran Scott) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Molly Murphy Books

with Clare Broyles
Murphy's Law (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of Riley (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
For the Love of Mike (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Like Flynn (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Oh Danny Boy (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Dublin's Fair City (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
In a Gilded Cage (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Illusion (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bless the Bride (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amersham Rubies (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hush Now, Don't You Cry (2012)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Face in the Mirror (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Family Way (2013)Description / Buy at Amazon
Through the Window (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
City of Darkness and Light (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Edge of Dreams (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Away in a Manger (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Time of Fog and Fire (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Ghost of Christmas Past (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Irish Rose (With: Clare Broyles) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
All That Is Hidden (With: Clare Broyles) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Sunshine or in Shadow (With: Clare Broyles) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Amersham Rubies is a prequel novella to the series.

Publication Order of NBC Great Escapes Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
The Secrets of Lake Success (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trade Winds (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of On Our Own Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
The Graduates (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Trouble with Toni (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Out of Love (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Friends, New Friends (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Growing Pains (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Best Friends Forever (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Senior Year Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Homecoming Dance (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
New Year's Eve (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Night of the Prom (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Graduation Day (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sister, Sister Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Cool in School (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
You Read My Mind (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Crazy Christmas (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Homegirl on the Range (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
He's All That (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Daze (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Star Quality (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
All Rapped Up (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sugar and Spice Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin

Publication Order of TGIF Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Sleepover Madness (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Four's a Crowd (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forever Friday (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Toe-Shoe Trouble (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secret Valentine (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Boyfriend Club Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Ginger's First Kiss (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roni's Dream Boy (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Perfect Match (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Queen Justine (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ginger's New Crush (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roni's Two-Boy Trouble (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
No More Boys (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Karen's Lessons in Love (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Roni's Sweet Fifteen (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Justine's Baby-Sitting Nightmare (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Boyfriend Wars (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Karen (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Red Dragon Academy Books

with C.M. Broyles

Publication Order of True Love Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Tommy Loves Tina (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winner Take All (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wanted: Date for Saturday Night (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Write Every Day (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Madam Sarah (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fool's Gold (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Amazing Grace (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Apartment (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sutcliffe Diamonds (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Getting Personal (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The King and I (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Potion (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
In Farleigh Field (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Tuscan Child (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
What Child Is This (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Victory Garden (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Above the Bay of Angels (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Venice Sketchbook (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Where the Sky Begins (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Paris Assignment (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rose Arbor (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Seal of the Confessional (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Doppelganger (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Voodoo (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Please Watch Your Step (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Picture Books

Peter Penny's Dance (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Benjamin's Balloon (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Magic Growing Powder (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
Helpful Hattie (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Billy and Ben (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Tgif! Books

as Janet Quin-Harkin
Friday Night Fright (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Cozy Case Files Mystery Sampler Books

Cozy Case Files Volume 1 (By: Cynthia Riggs,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 2 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,E.J. Copperman,Ellie Alexander,Cynthia Riggs,Susan C. Shea,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 3 (By: M.C. Beaton,Donna Andrews,Ellie Alexander,Mindy Quigley) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 4 (By: Parnell Hall,Shari Randall,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Frances Brody,Tessa Arlen,Vivien Chien,Julia Chapman,Paige Shelton,Jane K. Cleland,Mindy Quigley) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 5 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Carola Dunn,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Susan C. Shea,Judith Flanders,Mindy Quigley,Auralee Wallace) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 6 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Ellen Hart,Sheila Connolly,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 7 (By: Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Ellen Crosby,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Ashley Weaver,Mindy Quigley) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 8 (By: M.C. Beaton,Diane Kelly,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 9 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Susanna Calkins,Allison Montclair,Ellie Alexander,Eve Calder,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 10 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellen Hart,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Jane K. Cleland,Ashley Weaver,SusanCox,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 11 (By: Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,Vivien Chien,Paige Shelton,Mariah Fredericks,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 12 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Hannah Dennison,Cate Conte,Kylie Logan,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Sheila Connolly,Ellie Alexander,Ashley Weaver,S.C. Perkins,Eve Calder,Jess Dylan,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 13 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 14 (By: Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 15 (By: Mindy Quigley) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 16 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Diane Kelly,Elizabeth Penney,Mindy Quigley,Korina Moss,M. C. Beaton) (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 17 (With: Diane Kelly,Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Jean-Luc Bannalec,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Korina Moss,Anastasia Hastings) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 18 (By: Carolyn Haines,Donna Andrews,Leonard Goldberg,Allison Montclair,Vivien Chien,Olivia Matthews,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Meri Allen,Katharine Schellman,Korina Moss) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 19 (By: M.C. Beaton,Donna Andrews,Cate Conte,Diane Kelly,Ellie Alexander,Cynthia Riggs,R.W. Green,Elizabeth Penney,Korina Moss,Celeste Connally) (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files, Volume 20 (With: Gigi Pandian,Ellie Alexander,Paige Shelton,Olivia Matthews,Jennifer J. Chow,Olivia Blacke,Mindy Quigley,Clare Broyles,Anastasia Hastings) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon
Anthology series.If author is listed on a book then this author wrote a story within that book.

Publication Order of Portraits Collection Books

Summer Heat (As: Janet Quin-Harkin) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Attitude (By: Marilyn Kaye) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stealing Josh (By: Susan Blake) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Always (By: Diane Schwemm) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Uncertainty Principle (By: Beverly Sommers) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Sweet Dreams Books

The Popularity Plan (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
P. S. I Love You (By: Barbara Conklin) (1981)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Problem with Love (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Must Be Magic (By: Marian Woodruff) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Popularity Summer (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Summer Jenny Fell in Love (By: Barbara Conklin) (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Forbidden Love (By: Marian Woodruff) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Perfect Match (By: Marian Woodruff) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dear Amanda (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Summer Dreams (By: Barbara Conklin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
California Girl (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love Match (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten-Boy Summer (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Daydreamer (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dial L for Love (By: Marian Woodruff) (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Falling in Love Again (By: Barbara Conklin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love in the Fast Lane (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Language of Love (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Kiss Me, Creep (By: Marian Woodruff) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ghost of a Chance (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exchange of Hearts (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lovebirds (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
I Believe in You (By: Barbara Conklin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Two of Us (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Goodbye Forever (By: Barbara Conklin) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ten-Speed Summer (By: Deborah Kent) (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Follow That Boy (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Questions of Love (By: Rosemary Vernon) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
101 Ways to Meet Mr. Right (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Great Boy Chase (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
First, Last and Always (By: Barbara Conklin) (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
If You Love Me (By: Barbara Steiner) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret Love (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Heartbreak Hill (By: ) (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Taking the Lead (By: Deborah Kent) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Never Say Goodbye (As:Janet Quin-Harkin) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Stand By for Love (By: ) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Winter Dreams (By: Barbara Conklin) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Riddles of Love (By: Judy Baer) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Perfect Valentine (By: Judy Baer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Dream Guy (By: Carla Bracale) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Brush with Love (By: Stephanie St. Pierre) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Working at Love (By: Judy Baer) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream Date (By: Carla Bracale) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
Puppy Love (By: Carla Bracale) (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Down with Love! (By: Carla Bracale) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wrong-Way Romance (By: Sheri Cobb South) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Opposites Attract (By: Linda Joy Singleton) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
Too Good to Be True (By: Susan Kirby) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
That Certain Feeling (By: Sheri Cobb South) (1991)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cinderella Game (By: Sheri Cobb South) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Partners in Love (By: Susan Kirby) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Love to Spare (By: Linda Joy Singleton) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Secret Heart (By: Susan Kirby) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Don't Bet On Love (By: Sheri Cobb South) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep in My Heart (By: Linda Joy Singleton) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Careless Whispers (By: Sydell Voeller) (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blame It on Love (By: Sheri Cobb South) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dreamboat (By: Linda Joy Singleton) (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Changes Books

My Phantom Love (As: Janet Quin-Harkin) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Looking Out for Lacey (By: Cheryl Zach) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Unbelievable Truth (By: Katherine Applegate) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Runaway (By: Marilyn Kaye) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cinderella Summer (By: Elizabeth D'Anard) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Wild Hearts (By: Kimberly Morris) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Can't Buy Me Love (By: Mallory Stevens) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Choose Me (By: Marilyn Kaye) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
My Sister's Boyfriend (By: Katherine Applegate) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
On My Own (As: Janet Quin-Harkin) (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Unholy Orders(2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on Their Hands(2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sherlock Holmes: The Hidden Years(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5(2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Merry Band of Murderers(2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sherlock Holmes: The American Years(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mysterious Writers: The Many Facets of Mystery Writing(2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Malice Domestic 11(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Night, Deadly Night(2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Private Investigations: Mystery Writers on the Secrets, Riddles, and Wonders in Their Lives(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shattering Glass(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Nothing Good Happens After Midnight(2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Promophobia: Taking the Mystery Out of Promoting Crime Fiction(2022)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cozy Case Files Volume 17(2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Rhys Bowen is a New York Times Bestselling Author who has written many top selling series including Constable Evans, the Molly Murphy Mysteries, and the Royal Spyness series. She has been nominated for an Edgar Best Novel Award, the highest mystery book award, for her Constable Evans series book “Evan’s Gate” and won for the Agatha Best Novel Award. Her second book in the series, “Evan Help Us”, was subsequently nominated for a Barry Award. She has also written several short stories and won an Anthony. Rhys Bowen is listed in the “Who’s Who In America” under Janet Quin-Harkin, her married name. She is also an ex-chapter president of the group the Mystery Writers Of America. Her books have received favorable reviews world wide.

Rhys Bowen was born in the town of Bath, England. Her family was half English and half Welsh. She studied at London University and eventually started a career at the BBC as a drama studio manager. She was working on a dull play and decided to write one herself, marching into the office of the head of BBC drama at 22 and giving him the script. Two days later, he called her in and said that BBC was going to produce the play. Rhys went on to move to Australia and work for Australian Broadcasting. She then met her future husband, also a Brit. Rhys moved again and settled in San Francisco, California, and has lived there ever since. Rhys raised four children there with her husband.

Rhys also began writing children’s book as Janet Quin-Harkin and her first picture book won several awards. More picture books came after, and her agent asked her to write a book for young adults. Her first book was a big hit. Rhys was selling half a million copies by the time she was writing her third book. More young adult novels came until Rhys felt she was done with the genre, and turned to writing mysteries. Rhys loves to read books with a strong sense of time and place and set the Constable Evans series in North Wales near the mountains, where she had spent many vacations in her childhood. It was visiting Ellis Island that made Rhys start thinking and inspired her to come up with the spunky Irish lass Molly Murphy. Her first book, “Murphy’s Law”, won an Agatha Best Novel award as well as three others. Other books in the series have won great reviews and “Hush Now, Don’t You Cry” immediately made the New York Times bestseller list.

Rhys created a second heroine named Lady Georgiana as part of the Her Royal Spyness series. Georgiana is distantly an heir to the British throne but broke and trying to make her way through The Great Depression. The series was a bestseller that was nominated for multiple awards. “Naught In Nice” was nominated for a Bruce Alexander, Agatha, and RT Reviews award. In 2012 it won for Best Historical Mystery in the Agatha Awards. Rhys drew from her life in England to write the series. When not writing, Rhys likes to hike, paint, sing, play the Celtic Harp, travel, and spoil her grandchildren.

Murphy’s Law

The first book in the Molly Murphy series features smart and curious Irish lass named Molly Murphy. Her mother constantly said that Molly would end up in trouble. So when Molly commits a murder defending herself from the low down son of a landowner’s advances, she has to leave Ireland in order to avoid going to the gallows and take off for the new, exciting and scary world of America. She meets people on the ship such as a mother with two children and a loud brute named O’Malley, whom she gets into an argument with. Molly at last makes it to America and begins to relax when she sees the Statue of Liberty. When a murder goes down on Ellis Island with the man Molly was seen by witnesses arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in committing the crime.

Molly Murphy arrives in New York and sees the promise of freedom and the Statue of Liberty and begins to rest easier. But when a murder is committed on Ellis Island with the man she was seen arguing with, Molly becomes one of the top suspects for the crime. Molly is determined to find the true culprit for the crime by hitting the streets of New York, scouring through the Lower East Side and roads of Hell’s Kitchen and clear her name. She also has a potential ally in the handsome policeman who is assigned to the case who thinks that Molly may be innocent. But Molly has to clear her name and investigate herself and free herself from blame before the past comes back to haunt her. Armed with her wits, her smarts and tenacity are the only tools that Molly with which to clear her name. Will she find who the killer is before she’s accused and tried for the crime? Driven, likable, curious and driven, Molly is a fun character who is set in a very real time and place, constantly running into danger, but feisty and smart enough to get herself out of it.

Death Of Riley

The second book in the Molly Murphy series begins with Molly trying to forget the bad memories of her past. There’s the murder of the unwelcome son back in Ireland and now there’s been the brutal homicide of O’Malley back on Ellis Island. It seems like trouble and death are following Molly wherever she goes. Now she’s free to start her new life in the New World and thinks that this might be the right time for her to strike out on her own and start doing detective work helping families in Europe who wish to find family members in America. Molly just might be able to use her talents to make some money and put food on the table. She thinks she just might find handsome detective Daniel Sullivan and get some advice.

Molly ends up finding a mentor in Paddy Riley, a tough P.I. but she comes to work one day and finds everything has changed. Before she knows it, Molly is taking to the streets of New York to find out what happened. Working through the bars and lounges of the literary scene, Molly’s world is getting bigger than ever. With her passionate determination, Molly is locked on cracking the case and dispensing justice to the killer.

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2 Responses to “Rhys Bowen”

  1. Carol Dickinson: 3 years ago

    Is Masked Ball at Broxley Hall available as a printed book? And are the short stories “the Amersham Rubies, The Face in the Mirror and through the Window” in print? I can’t find a way to order them through anyone.

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      Looks like ebook versions only.


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