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Rhys Bowen

A pseudonym used by Janet Quin-Harkin

Mystery Author Rhys Bowen is a transplanted Brit who now divides her time between California and Arizona. She currently writes two mystery series, the Molly Murphy novels, about an Irish immigrant in 1900s New York City and the lighter Royal Spyness mysteries about a penniless minor royal in 1930s Britain. Her books made bestseller lists, garnered many awards, nominations, and starred reviews.

Genres: Historical Mystery, Cozy Mystery, Children's Fiction
Red Dragon Academy (with CM Broyles)
   1. Dreamwalker (2014)
Agatha Award Best Novel winner (2001) : Murphy's Law
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2002) : Death Of Riley
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2004) : For the Love of Mike
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : Evan's Gate
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2007) : Her Royal Spyness
Barry Awards Best Novel nominee (2007) : Oh Danny Boy
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2008) : A Royal Pain
Dilys Awards Best Book nominee (2008) : Her Royal Spyness
Agatha Award Best Novel nominee (2009) : Royal Flush
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel winner (2012) : Naughty In Nice
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nominee (2012) : The Twelve Clues of Christmas
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nominee (2013) : Heirs and Graces
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel winner (2014) : Queen of Hearts
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nominee (2015) : Malice at the Palace
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel winner (2017) : In Farleigh Field
Agatha Award Best Historical Novel nominee (2018) : Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding
Edgar Awards Best Paperback original nominee (2018) : In Farleigh Field

Rhys Bowen recommends
Shadow Play (2004)
(Laura Winslow, book 6)
David Cole
"Every bit as good as Hillerman, Laura Winslow is a tough lady PI with a distinctly soft center."
The War Against Miss Winter (2007)
(Rosie Winter Mystery, book 1)
Kathryn Miller Haines
"Haines perfectly captures the feel, sights, and sounds of New York in the 1940s. Her Rosie... is fiesty, mouthy, and a lot of fun."
The First Wave (2007)
(Billy Boyle World War II Mystery, book 2)
James R Benn
"A rattling good' read."
This Private Plot (2014)
(Oliver Swithin Mystery, book 3)
Alan Beechey
"...delicious dialogue, ridiculously eccentric English characters: utter heaven and worth the long wait."
Homicidal Holidays (2014)
Donna Andrews, Barb Goffman and Marcia Talley
"Have fun with this whole year of holiday stories. I certainly did!"
At the Drop of a Hat (2015)
(Hat Shop Mystery, book 3)
Jenn McKinlay
"[A] delicious cozy read."
Oliver Twisted (2016)
(Ivy Meadows Mystery, book 3)
Cindy Brown
"It is not easy to combine humor and murder, but Cindy Brown does it effortlessly."
Murder between the Lines (2017)
(Kitty Weeks Mystery, book 2)
Radha Vatsal
"A delightful spunky heroine defines convention in this engaging historical mystery."
Murder in Mayfair (2017)
(Atlas Catesby Mystery, book 1)
D M Quincy
"I've always been a fan of the Regency novel and enjoyed this delicious tale of scandal and villainy in Georgian England."
A Bitter Rain (2017)
James D Shipman
"Harrowing, intense, and oh so real, this story plunges the reader into the nightmare world of Nazi Germany where good and decent people struggle to survive."
The Woman in the Camphor Trunk (2017)
(Anna Blanc Mystery, book 2)
Jennifer Kincheloe
"Jennifer Kincheloe brings turn-of-the-century Los Angeles vividly to life in this novel featuring a police matron turned detective. Anna is delightfully fearless, independent, and a woman way ahead of her time. Her sparring love-hate relationship with the young police detective brings lighter moments to a tense drama involving LA’s Chinatown."
As Bright as Heaven (2018)
Susan Meissner
"It is strange that a book with death as its theme should be so life-affirming and uplifting. Told from multiple points of view in gorgeously rich prose, this is a story that will haunt the reader long after it is finished."
The Darkling Bride (2018)
Laura Andersen
"Deliciously gothic and yet peopled with real and complex characters, The Darkling Bride grabbed my attention (and my heartstrings) on page one and wouldn’t let go."
The Reluctant Fortune-Teller (2018)
Keziah Frost
"Delightful. Norbert Z is warm and real and we rejoice in his growth throughout the story. This is a real comfort read in an uncertain world."
Santa Fe Mourning (2018)
(Santa Fe Revival Mystery, book 1)
Amanda Allen
The Betel Nut Tree Mystery (2018)
(Crown Colony, book 2)
Ovidia Yu
"Charming and fascinating with great authentic feel. This book is exactly why I love historical novels."
A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder (2018)
(Countess of Harleigh Mystery, book 1)
Dianne Freeman
"A delightful tale of shenanigans among the British aristocracy. Lady Frances feels very real—not too smart and spunky but no shrinking violet either."
A Gentleman's Murder (2018)
Christopher Huang
"Dorothy Sayers is alive and well and writing under the name of Christopher Huang. A Gentleman's Murder echoes the traditional mysteries in the best sense: no car chases or explosions, just great characters and a feel for time and place."
Ask Me No Questions (2018)
(Lady Dunbridge Mystery, book 1)
Shelley Noble
"Told with wit and humor...a spirited and spunky addition to the ranks of aristocratic women sleuths of the early 20th century."
The Ragged Edge of Night (2018)
Olivia Hawker
"Harrowing and yet life-affirming, told in the richest, most eloquent prose, The Ragged Edge of Night is one of the World War II novels that will stand out and be remembered."
City of Secrets (2018)
(Counterfeit Lady, book 2)
Victoria Thompson
"[A] new, compelling and very different heroine."
What the Wind Knows (2019)
Amy Harmon
"I don’t often find a book I can’t put down, but I devoured What the Wind Knows. It’s magical, atmospheric, and compelling, a book that will haunt you for a long time."
When We Left Cuba (2019)
Chanel Cleeton
"Powerful, emotional and oh so real. One woman's fight to reclaim her own country, against all odds and no matter what the cost is intertwined with the real history of our lifetime and creates an unforgettable story."
The Long Flight Home (2019)
Alan Hlad
"Tense, heartwarming and life affirming, The Long Flight Home gives a fresh slant on heroism in WWII."
Invitation to Die (2019)
(Inspector Redfyre Mystery, book 2)
Barbara Cleverly
"I feel as if Dorothy L. Sayers has been brought back to life!."
The Diabolical Bones (2020)
(Bronte Sisters Mystery, book 2)
Bella Ellis
"The Brontë sisters as sleuths-what a delicious idea!."

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