Rhys Bowen Books

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Author Janet Quin-Harkin was born in the year 1941 in Bath, Somerset, and is known for writing mystery novels. Her work has found its way onto the New York Times Bestseller list. Quin-Harkin graduated from the University of London in 1963 and has worked for both Australian TV and BBC. Quin-Harkin comes from a family that is both English and Welsh. While working on a play that was not up to her liking, she decided that she would write one that she thought was better, and she showed it to the head of BBC drama, who liked it and told her they would produce it. This was where her writing career started, then she started writing picture books that were a big hit, and then she started writing young adult novels, which were also a hit.

Order of Constable Evans Series

1Evans Above 1997Description / Buy
2Evan Help Us 1998Description / Buy
3Evanly Choirs 1999Description / Buy
4Evan and Elle 2000Description / Buy
5Evan Can Wait 2001Description / Buy
6Evans to Betsy 2002Description / Buy
7Evan Only Knows 2003Description / Buy
8Evan's Gate 2004Description / Buy
9Evan Blessed 2005Description / Buy
10Evanly Bodies 2006Description / Buy

Order of Friends Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Starring Tess and Ali 1991Description / Buy
2Boy Trouble for Tess and Ali 1991Description / Buy
3Tess and Ali and the Teeny Bikini 1991Description / Buy
4Tess and Ali, Going on Fifteen 1991Description / Buy

Order of Full House: Club Stephanie Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Flamingo Revenge 1997Description / Buy
2Fun, Sun, and Flamingoes 1997Description / Buy

Order of Heartbreak Cafe Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1No Experience Required 1989Description / Buy
2Just Desserts (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
3The Main Attraction (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
4Catch of the Day (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
5At Your Service (Short Story) 1989Description / Buy
6Love to Go (Short Story) 1990Description / Buy

Order of Her Royal Spyness Series

1Her Royal Spyness 2007Description / Buy
2A Royal Pain 2008Description / Buy
3Royal Flush 2009Description / Buy
4Royal Blood 2010Description / Buy
5Naughty in Nice 2011Description / Buy
6Masked Ball at Broxley Manor (Short Story) 2012Description / Buy
7The Twelve Clues of Christmas 2012Description / Buy
8Heirs and Graces 2013Description / Buy
9Queen of Hearts 2014Description / Buy
10Malice at the Palace 2015Description / Buy
11Crowned and Dangerous 2016Description / Buy
12On Her Majesty's Frightfully Secret Service 2017Description / Buy
13Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding 2018Description / Buy
14Love and Death Among the Cheetahs 2019Description / Buy
15The Last Mrs. Summers 2020Description / Buy
16God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen 2021Description / Buy

Order of Love Stories Series with Elizabeth Craft, Katherine Applegate, Kieran Scott

1Sharing Sam ( By: Katherine Applegate) 1995Description / Buy
2The Boy Next Door 1995Description / Buy
3Who Do You Love? 1996Description / Buy
4What We Did Last Summer ( By: Elizabeth Craft) 1998Description / Buy
5Trust Me ( By: Kieran Scott) 1998Description / Buy
6Kiss and Tell ( By: Kieran Scott) 1998Description / Buy
7While You Were Gone ( By: Kieran Scott) 1999Description / Buy
8Torn Apart 1999Description / Buy
9How Do I Tell? ( By: Kieran Scott) 1999Description / Buy
10Justin & Nicole ( By: Elizabeth Craft) 2000Description / Buy
11Jake & Christy ( By: Elizabeth Craft) 2000Description / Buy

Order of Molly Murphy Series

1Murphy's Law 2001Description / Buy
2Death of Riley 2002Description / Buy
3For the Love of Mike 2003Description / Buy
4In Like Flynn 2005Description / Buy
5Oh Danny Boy 2006Description / Buy
6In Dublin's Fair City 2007Description / Buy
7Tell Me, Pretty Maiden 2008Description / Buy
8In a Gilded Cage 2009Description / Buy
9The Last Illusion 2010Description / Buy
10Bless the Bride 2011Description / Buy
11The Amersham Rubies (Short Story) 2011Description / Buy
12Hush Now, Don't You Cry 2012Description / Buy
13The Family Way 2013Description / Buy
14The Face in the Mirror (Short Story) 2013Description / Buy
15Through the Window (Short Story) 2014Description / Buy
16City of Darkness and Light 2014Description / Buy
17The Edge of Dreams 2015Description / Buy
18Away in a Manger 2015Description / Buy
19Time of Fog and Fire 2016Description / Buy
20The Ghost of Christmas Past 2017Description / Buy
21Wild Irish Rose ( With:) 2022Description / Buy

Order of NBC Great Escapes Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1The Secrets of Lake Success 1993Description / Buy
2Trade Winds 1993Description / Buy

Order of On Our Own Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1The Graduates 1986Description / Buy
2The Trouble with Toni 1986Description / Buy
3Out of Love 1986Description / Buy
4Old Friends, New Friends 1986Description / Buy
5Growing Pains 1986Description / Buy
6Best Friends Forever 1986Description / Buy

Order of Senior Year Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Homecoming Dance 1991Description / Buy
2New Year's Eve 1991Description / Buy
3Night of the Prom 1992Description / Buy
4Graduation Day 1992Description / Buy

Order of Sister, Sister Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Cool in School 1996Description / Buy
2You Read My Mind 1996Description / Buy
3One Crazy Christmas 1996Description / Buy
4Homegirl on the Range 1996Description / Buy
5He's All That 1997Description / Buy
6Summer Daze 1997Description / Buy
7Star Quality (Short Story) 1997Description / Buy
8All Rapped Up 1997Description / Buy

Order of Sugar and Spice Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Flip Side 1987Description / Buy
2Two Girls, One Boy 1987Description / Buy
3Trading Places 1987Description / Buy
4The Last Dance 1987Description / Buy
5Dear Cousin 1987Description / Buy
6Nothing in Common 1987Description / Buy
7Tug of War 1987Description / Buy
8Surf's Up 1987Description / Buy
9Double Take 1987Description / Buy
10Make Me a Star 1987Description / Buy
11Big Sister 1988Description / Buy
12Out in the Cold 1988Description / Buy
13Blind Date 1988Description / Buy
14It's My Turn 1988Description / Buy
15Home Sweet Home 1988Description / Buy
16Dream Come True 1988Description / Buy
17Campus Cousins 1988Description / Buy
18Roadtrip 1989Description / Buy
19One Step Too Far 1989Description / Buy
20Having a Ball 1989Description / Buy

Order of Sweet Dreams Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1California Girl 1983Description / Buy
2Love Match 1983Description / Buy
3Ten-Boy Summer 1983Description / Buy
4Daydreamer 1983Description / Buy
5Ghost of a Chance 1984Description / Buy
6Exchange of Hearts 1984Description / Buy
7Lovebirds 1984Description / Buy
8The Two of Us 1984Description / Buy
9Follow That Boy 1985Description / Buy
10101 Ways to Meet Mr. Right 1985Description / Buy
11The Great Boy Chase 1985Description / Buy
12My Secret Love 1986Description / Buy
13Never Say Goodbye 1987Description / Buy

Order of TGIF Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Sleepover Madness 1995Description / Buy
2Four's a Crowd 1995Description / Buy
3Forever Friday 1995Description / Buy
4Toe-Shoe Trouble 1996Description / Buy
5Secret Valentine 1996Description / Buy

Order of Boyfriend Club Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Ginger's First Kiss 1994Description / Buy
2Roni's Dream Boy 1994Description / Buy
3Karen's Perfect Match 1994Description / Buy
4Queen Justine 1994Description / Buy
5Ginger's New Crush 1994Description / Buy
6Roni's Two-Boy Trouble 1994Description / Buy
7No More Boys 1995Description / Buy
8Karen's Lessons in Love 1995Description / Buy
9Roni's Sweet Fifteen 1995Description / Buy
10Justine's Baby-Sitting Nightmare 1995Description / Buy
11The Boyfriend Wars 1995Description / Buy
12Dear Karen 1995Description / Buy

Order of Red Dragon Academy Series with

1Dreamwalker 2014Description / Buy

Order of True Love Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Kiss and Lie 2001Description / Buy
2Secrets 2001Description / Buy

Order of Rhys Bowen Standalone Novels

1Tommy Loves Tina ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1984Description / Buy
2Winner Take All ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1984Description / Buy
3Wanted: Date for Saturday Night ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1986Description / Buy
4Write Every Day ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1986Description / Buy
5Madam Sarah ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1989Description / Buy
6Summer Heat (As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1990Description / Buy
7Fool's Gold ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1991Description / Buy
8My Phantom Love ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1992Description / Buy
9On My Own ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1992Description / Buy
10Amazing Grace ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1993Description / Buy
11The Apartment ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1994Description / Buy
12The Sutcliffe Diamonds ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1994Description / Buy
13Getting Personal ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1994Description / Buy
14The King and I ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1999Description / Buy
15Love Potion ( As: Janet Quin-Harkin) 1999Description / Buy
16In Farleigh Field 2017Description / Buy
17The Tuscan Child 2018Description / Buy
18What Child Is This 2018Description / Buy
19The Victory Garden 2019Description / Buy
20Above the Bay of Angels 2020Description / Buy
21The Venice Sketchbook 2021Description / Buy

Order of Rhys Bowen Picture Books

1Peter Penny's Dance 1976Description / Buy
2Benjamin's Balloon 1978Description / Buy
3Septimus Bean and His Amazing Machine 1980Description / Buy
4Magic Growing Powder 1981Description / Buy
5Helpful Hattie 1983Description / Buy
6Billy and Ben 1992Description / Buy

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

1The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000Description / Buy
2The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000Description / Buy
3The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002Description / Buy
4The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003Description / Buy
5The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004Description / Buy

Order of Tgif! Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

1Friday Night Fright (Short Story) 1995Description / Buy

Rhys Bowen Anthologies

1 Blood on Their Hands2003Description / Buy
2 Sherlock Holmes: The American Years2010Description / Buy
3 Silent Night, Deadly Night2016Description / Buy
4 Shattering Glass2020Description / Buy
5 Nothing Good Happens After Midnight2020Description / Buy
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She then decided that she had run out of things to write about in the young adult section, and decided to devote her writing time to mystery novels. Quin Harkin uses her grandfather’s name as her nom de plume. At one time, she served as president for her chapter of Mystery Writers of America. She likes to sing, play her Celtic harp, spoil her grand kids, hike, paint, and travel around the world. She met her husband while in Australia working in broadcasting there, who was about to move to California. She has four kids with her husband and lives in California and Arizona.

Rhys Bowen is the pseudonym for the author Janet Quin-Harkin. She writes both under the pen name and under her own, but has written a lot less under her own name. She has written childrens books under her married name and mystery novels under her pen name. Rhys Bowen has three series that keep coming out and include: “Molly Murphy” series, “Lady Georgiana” series, and “Constable Evan Evans” series. She also pens the “Boyfriend Club” series that is meant for young adult readers. She has also written short stories, which includes one that won an Anthony Award.


She has won the Agatha Award twice, once for “Murphy’s Law” (best novel) and “Naughty in Nice” (best historical novel). She has also been nominated for many more, including an Edgar award, which is the highest prize in the mystery writing game.


For those readers looking to get into Rhys Bowen’s work, this section will help you get started with that. It will go over “Evans Above” and“Her Royal Spyness”.

Evans Above: This is the first novel in the “Constable Evan Evans” series that was released in the year 1997. Evan Evans is a young constable for the police who has traded city life for a life in an idyllic Welsh village called Llanfair. It looks to be forgotten by time, and not just nestled in Snowdonia mountain range. He finds quickly that there are some deadly and eccentric people living in this place. His neighbors are two ministers who are trying to sway some people to join their flock. There are Evans the Meat, Evans the Milk and Evans the Post (who enjoys reading the mail before delvering it), and a barmaid. Before he can settle in to things here, he is called to a murder that involves two hikers killed on the trails of a mountain.

Her Royal Spyness: This is the first novel in the “Lady Georgiana” series that was released in the year 2007. Her full name is Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie and she is the daughter of the Duke of Atholt and Rannoch. That being said, it does not change the important fact that she is broke. Georgiana has not been taught a lot of things in her time, except how to curtsey really well. Her position is only good enough for thirty-fourth in line for the throne. Her brother cuts her off, money wise; so she leaves Scotland, not to mention her fiance who has a fish like a face where she heads to London. She falls for a minor royal, works housekeeping (incognita) and behind a cosmetics counter (where she gets fired after only five hours). She is also ordered to spy on the Queen’s playboy of a son. A Frenchman (who would like to get his hands on the eight year old estate) dies in her bathtub. Her next task is to clear her name, and that of her family.

When Does The Next Rhys Bowen book come out?

The next book by Rhys Bowen is Wild Irish Rose and will be released on March, 1st 2022. It is the newest book in the Molly Murphy Series.


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