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Detective Constable Evan Evans and his new bride, Bronwen, are settling into married life in their little cottage above the village of Llanfair when they meet the daughter of one of the village's newest families, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani girl named Jamila. Bronwen and Jamila are becoming good friends when Jamila finds out from her parents that they have arranged a marriage for her back in Pakistan. Evans tries to convince her family not to enforce the custom, arguing that Jamila is a normal Welsh teenager, but just as the tensions increase, the girl suddenly vanishes. Bronwen is distraught, but there's no trace of her.
At work, Evans is investigating the murder of a man shot to death through the open window of his home while eating breakfast. After the man's wife is jailed as a suspect, a second man is killed---and then a third---and Evans and his team are on the hunt for a serial killer. But they can't seem to find any connections between the three men....
In the surprising climax of Edgar Award finalist Rhys Bowen's tenth Constable Evans mystery, Evans risks everything to solve the murders and discover what happened to Jamila. All in all, the novel is a triumph for fans of Bowen's acclaimed Evans series, and a wonderful discovery for new readers.
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Format: Large Print
Studio: Thorndike Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 5.98" Width: 9.01" Height: 0.24" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date Jun 22, 2006
Publisher Xulon Press
ISBN 1600341063 ISBN13 9781600341069
Availability 125 units. Availability accurate as of Oct 22, 2016 12:21.
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More About Levi C. Williams
Rev. Dr. Levi C. Williams was ordained in 1980 in the Liberia Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church. He has served Jesus Christ through the UMC in academic, administrative, and pastoral assignments both in Africa and the United States.
Reviews - What do customers think about Evanly Bodies?
Ffarwel, Evan a Bronwen ac oll Dec 29, 2008
I have recently learned that Ms Bowen has concluded the series. There are to be no more tales from Llanfair and about Evan Evans. I have been a great fan since I read the first one that I found in our local public library, which fortunately has the full series.
Thanks for a wonderful and unique series of mysteries, Ms Bowen. I will miss Evan and the wonderful characters from Llanfair and the police force of that part of North Wales.
Diolch yn fawr iawn. (Thank you very much.) It was a great slice of Welsh life.
Evanly Bodies Aug 28, 2007
To me this book was not up to the standard of all the other books I have read in this series. I did not enjoy the plot and I found people I had enjoyed in this series missing.
Plot Reminiscent of Old Locked Room Mysteries Feb 23, 2007
Evanly Bodies is set in a small town in Wales, where Detective Constable Evan Evans and his new wife Bronwen live in a small and somewhat eccentric house. Change comes to their little town when a Pakistani family moves in and reopens the defunct grocery store. While the townspeople are glad of a place to shop locally, a few culture clashes ensue. And while Bronwen finds herself embroiled in the issues with the new residents, Evan is trying to solve a series of seemingly related, unusual murders.
Three men, who are apparently unknown to each other, are shot on different days by the same weapon while eating in their homes, all seated by a window. Evans must solve these improbable crimes while dealing with a new boss and a position on a special, centralized crime squad - a position which might be either a reward or a punishment, depending upon interpretation.
I found this book particularly interesting because of the contrasts in it. The quaint Welsh village is a backdrop for the heinous acts people commit against each other and serves to highlight some of the harsh truths of our modern world. And just when you think you have the situations and characters sussed out, Bowen slips in some surprises that both keep you on your toes and are ultimately rewarding.
The settings in the book are good and well described, as are the characters. The townspeople, in particular, are a hoot. The plot is reminiscent of old locked room mysteries and, true to that genre, Bowen tries out some sleight of hand to keep the reader from asking the right questions.
Favorite character? Evan Evans, who sees his duties through to the end, no matter how they end up. Did I guess it? Most of it. Will I read another? Yes.
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3.5 stars - An enjoyable traditional mystery Dec 6, 2006
DC Evan Evans is newly married to Brownen, a teacher. Brownen has befriended the daughter, Jamila, of a Muslim family recently moved to the village of Llanfair. Jamila's brother has become quite militant in his views and has influenced the family to send Jamila back to Pakistan and into an arranged marriage. Jamila has expressed fear of her brother to Brownen and has now disappeared. It's up to Evan to find Jamila and determine just how dangerous is her brother. In the meantime, Evan has been assigned to a new squad investigating the murder of a professor shot through an open window. While the wife is a suspect, second and third killings are committed with the same MO and weapon but no obvious link between the victims.
Reading an Evan Evan's traditional mystery is always a wonderful break from my often dark reading. While I personally would have liked a stronger sense of place--is it Wales, after all--and the dialogue a bit more fluid, I still enjoyed it. What Bowen does so well is to create an interesting cross-section of realistic characters, an interesting plot and a logical execution. What Bowen does exceptionally well is to integrate issues of the day into her story without being preachy or losing the momentum of the story. If there is a fan of the traditional mystery who has not yet discovered Ms. Bowen, for what are you waiting?
More great work from Rhys Bowen Nov 4, 2006
Rhys continues her excellent series featuring Detective Evan Evans. This book also shows how married life suits him. The plot, once gain, is exciting and the usual loveable Welsh locals bring the usual touch of humour. This book, along with the others in the series is a joy to read as it contains none of the garbage which is dished up by many crime writers today. No obscenities, no exaggerated sexual happenings, great use of English and believable characters. Good on you Rhys - looking forward to the next one.