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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

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

Order of Friends Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

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

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

Order of Heartbreak Cafe Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Her Royal Spyness Series

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

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

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

Order of Molly Murphy Series

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

Order of NBC Great Escapes Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of On Our Own Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Senior Year Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Sister, Sister Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Sugar and Spice Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Sweet Dreams Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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1 Love Match 1983 Description / Buy
2 Ten-Boy Summer 1983 Description / Buy
3 Daydreamer 1983 Description / Buy
4 California Girl 1983 Description / Buy
5 Ghost of a Chance 1984 Description / Buy
6 Exchange of Hearts 1984 Description / Buy
7 Lovebirds 1984 Description / Buy
8 The Two of Us 1984 Description / Buy
9 Follow That Boy 1985 Description / Buy
10 101 Ways to Meet Mr. Right 1985 Description / Buy
11 The Great Boy Chase 1985 Description / Buy
12 My Secret Love 1986 Description / Buy
13 Never Say Goodbye 1987 Description / Buy

Order of TGIF Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Boyfriend Club Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Red Dragon Academy Series with

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1 Dreamwalker 2014 Description / Buy

Order of True Love Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Rhys Bowen Standalone Novels

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

Order of Rhys Bowen Picture Books

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

Order of World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories Series

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1 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 1 2000 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2 2000 Description / Buy
3 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 3 2002 Description / Buy
4 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 4 2003 Description / Buy
5 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy
6 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 2020 Description / Buy

Order of Tgif! Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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

Order of Sister, Sister Series as Janet Quin-Harkin

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1 You Read My Mind 1994 Description / Buy

Rhys Bowen Anthologies

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1 Blood on Their Hands 2003 Description / Buy
2 The World's Finest Mystery and Crime Stories 5 2004 Description / Buy
3 Sherlock Holmes: The American Years 2010 Description / Buy
4 The Sherlock Holmes Megapack 2014 Description / Buy
5 Silent Night, Deadly Night 2016 Description / Buy
6 Shattering Glass 2020 Description / Buy
7 Nothing Good Happens After Midnight 2020 Description / 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.

RHYS BOWEN AWARDS

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.

BEST RHYS BOWEN BOOKS

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?

Rhys Bowen doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Venice Sketchbook and was released on April, 13th 2021.

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