Praise for the Constable Evans Mysteries
“Perfectly paced, deftly choreographed…an enchanting portrait of Wales, with genuine, flawed characters.”—Publishers Weekly
“Storytelling at its best.”—New York Times bestselling author Peter Robinson
“A fine sense of place, a compelling dual story line, and a cast of sympathetic, well-drawn characters give this small-town police procedural plenty of appeal.”—Booklist
“Going along with the likable Evans as he solves these crimes is absorbing and engrossing, but, as always, it is the wonderful Welsh ambience Bowen evokes that makes her series so enjoyable…a very pleasant read.”—Tampa Tribune
“Evans’s town of Llanfair is peopled with memorable characters in the best Agatha Christie tradition...a consistently satisfying mystery series.”—Omaha World-Herald
In Edgar-finalist Bowen's smooth, fast-paced ninth Constable Evans mystery (after 2004's Evan's Gate), the case of a girl who's disappeared while hiking on Mt. Snowdon interrupts Evan Evans and Bronwen Price's wedding preparations. A search fails to turn up the girl, but the police do find a bunker dug into the mountain, complete with survival supplies and chains and handcuffs. As the investigation continues, Evan receives an odd note, a threat in the form of music. Convinced he's dealing with a clever, twisted mind after other missives follow, Evan never suspects that Bronwen could be a target. When his fianc e goes missing, Evan is even more desperate to solve the riddle of the musical threats. Bowen keeps the suspense slowly building to a satisfying and tidy conclusion. Agent, Meg Ruley. (Aug. 8) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Detective Constable Evan Evans has no time for prenuptial jitters. He's just finished hauling his fiancee Bronwen's possessions up to their mountain cottage when a young hiker arrives claiming to have misplaced his girlfriend on the slopes of Snowden. After Paul Upfield had a tiff with his girlfriend, they separated on the mountain, and now she's missing. Because she's only 17, the police start an early search. The disappearance takes on sinister implications when the search dogs discover an underground bunker complete with handcuffs hanging from a beam. As the search continues, Evan receives several mysterious missives in the form of sheet music whose notes yield cryptic clues. The police have hundreds of people to interview because the district is flooded with summer tourists. Although there are some local possibilities that partially fit the profile, none of them seems guilty. Meanwhile, Evan is coping with his mother, who remains cool to Bronwen, and her parents, who've scrapped the happy couple's simple plans in favor of a truly grand wedding. When Bronwen vanishes, more clues from the music-loving kidnapper reveal that her disappearance is not a random event. Evan and his colleagues pull out all the stops trying to find the missing girls before it's too late. Bowen builds tension with every page simply by making Evan and Bronwen (Evans to Betsy, 2001, etc.) so likable and resourceful that you pull for them all the way.