Evans' new neighbors include two competitive ministers vying for the souls of their flock, one lascivious barmaid, and three other Evanses: Evan-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, and Evans-the-Post whose favorite hobby is to read the mail before he delivers it. Before Evans has time to sort through the complicated relationships and rivalries of his new home, he's called to the scene of a crime as brutal and fearsome as any he encountered in the big city.
Two hikers have been murdered on the trails of the local mountain, and Evans must hunt down a vicious killer - who may or may not be linked to the mysterious destruction of Mrs. Powell-Jones' prize-winning tomatoes. Evan Evans is settling into his role as Constable of Llanfair, a small town nestled in the mountains of North Wales. Here, he has been a mediator of the minor disputes of the locals, between competing ministers, country merchants, and seemingly every Welch eccentric throughout the region.
But an unusual series of events brings unseen hostilities to light, and Evan realizes just how deep the townsfolk's passions and hostilities lie. When Constable Evan Evans is persuaded to join the local male choir for the upcoming eisteddfod cultural festival , he doesn't think the addition of his mediocre voice will do them much good.
In spite of all the effort that choirmaster Mostyn Phillips puts in to the choir, it is not exactly first class. Hope arrives in the form of world-renowned tenor Ifor Llewelyn, come home to Llanfair to rest, on doctor's orders. Sometimes a book goes temporarily out of print - and sometimes no audio version has ever been recorded.
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Audible wants to give you the most complete selection we can and we'll keep adding series and filling in gaps as quickly as possible. Constable Evans 10 books in series. Evans Above Summary. Book 1. Add to basket failed. Please try again later. Add to wishlist failed. As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong year-old Emily Bryce is determined to contribute to the war effort.
She is convinced by a cheeky and handsome Australian pilot that she can do more, and it is not long before she falls in love with him and accepts his proposal of marriage. Frances Wynn, the American-born Countess of Harleigh, enjoys more freedom as a widow than she did as a wife.
After an obligatory year spent mourning her philandering husband, Reggie, she puts aside her drab black gowns, leaving the countryside and her money-grubbing in-laws behind. With her young daughter in tow, Frances rents a home in Belgravia and prepares to welcome her sister, Lily, arriving from New York - for her first London season. But no sooner has Frances begun her new life than the ghosts of her old one make an unwelcome appearance Molly Murphy always knew she'd end up in trouble, just as her mother predicted.
So, when she commits murder in self-defense, she flees her cherished Ireland, and her identity, for the anonymous shores of America. When she arrives in New York and sees the welcoming promise of freedom in the Statue of Liberty, Molly begins to breathe easier. But when a man is murdered on Ellis Island, a man Molly was seen arguing with, she becomes a prime suspect in the crime.
World War II comes to Farleigh Place, the ancestral home of Lord Westerham and his five daughters, when a soldier with a failed parachute falls to his death on the estate. After his uniform and possessions raise suspicions, MI5 operative and family friend Ben Cresswell is covertly tasked with determining if the man is a German spy.
The assignment also offers Ben the chance to be near Lord Westerham's middle daughter, Pamela, whom he furtively loves. But Pamela has her own secret. Join tearoom sleuth Gemma Rose, her mischievous feline Muesli, and the nosy Old Biddies as they tackle murder and mystery in the beautiful city of Oxford - not to forget the delights of delicious baking and afternoon tea in a quaint English village! This is your life Penny Nichols Penny Nichols is a historical researcher working on a big-budget film in the south of France when she gets an urgent call.
Her Aunt Penelope has just died, and Penny's presence is required in London for the reading of the will. With only a slim recollection of her eccentric aunt, Penny is astonished to learn that not only is she the bona fide heiress - but she's also been invited to put her research skills to work. In , British bomber pilot Hugo Langley parachuted from his stricken plane into the verdant fields of German-occupied Tuscany. Badly wounded, he found refuge in a ruined monastery and in the arms of Sofia Bartoli.
But the love that kindled between them was shaken by an irreversible betrayal.
Nearly 30 years later, Hugo's estranged daughter, Joanna, has returned home to the English countryside to arrange her father's funeral. Among his personal effects is an unopened letter addressed to Sofia. In it is a startling revelation. On the night of the school prom, a young teacher is found dead in the Thames in a drug-related accident.
It seems - at first - to be another sign that Cherringham High is spiralling out of control. The new head however is convinced that the teacher's death is suspicious and quietly calls in Sarah Edwards. With her one-time detective partner, Jack Brennan, back in America, Sarah is at first reluctant to take on the case. But when she does get involved, it soon becomes clear that the tragic accident might really be a case of murder - and even Sarah herself could be in danger.
Evan Evans is a young police constable who has traded in the violence of city life for idyllic Llanfair, a Welsh village tucked far away from trouble.
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Nestled among the Snowdonia mountain range, Llanfair looks to Constable Evans like a town forgotten by time, but he quickly learns that even the bucolic countryside has its share of eccentric - and deadly - characters. Evans' new neighbors include two competitive ministers vying for the souls of their flock, one lascivious barmaid, and three other Evanses: Evan-the-Meat, Evans-the-Milk, and Evans-the-Post whose favorite hobby is to read the mail before he delivers it.
Before Evans has time to sort through the complicated relationships and rivalries of his new home, he's called to the scene of a crime as brutal and fearsome as any he encountered in the big city. Two hikers have been murdered on the trails of the local mountain, and Evans must hunt down a vicious killer - who may or may not be linked to the mysterious destruction of Mrs. Powell-Jones' prize-winning tomatoes. But this story is slow, plodding and too difficult to get interested in.
Narration ditto. The reader was stylistically very good but a bit plodding. I do recommend trying it at the higher speed. Rhys Bowen's versatility is amazing and she doesn't strike a wrong note in this series set in Wales. The narrator is a bit slow but I finally just put it to 1. Very enjoyable. A glimpse of small town Welsh life, great characters you know you'll be able to enjoy for many books in the series, a cozy mystery with a bit of excitement, and from Roger Clark, a gorgeous Welsh voice that just about sings the story.
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Well done! I hope the rest of the series becomes available! A great cozy mystery with a Welsh mountain village setting and cast of characters. I picked up a few clues along the way, but their relevance was less obvious than I'd thought. Narrator is wonderful.
This doesn't have the light touch of the author's Royal Spyness mysteries but it's no less enjoyable. I'm delighted to have found a new to me series to enjoy. Murder light Romantic comedy-no nudity or sex. Location-small town in Wales. Major plot with several smaller side plots and mysteries. Clever twists. Formulaic but fun. No horror or terror. Not offensive. And enjoyable easy lesson. Good fun, likable main character and quirky supporting characters.
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Did not have the lightheartedness of the other series and seemed to move rather slowly. Wasn't as enthralled as I hoped to be. Enjoyable but not compelling. Don't think I'll follow Constable Evans' further exploits.
Pronounciation of Welsh names and places cringe making to anyone familiar with Wales and the language. Welsh accent also shows unfamiliarity with North Wales. Unfortunately these factors distracted and irritated this listener from enjoying a reasonable story. I did find the constant references to his weight and food a bit silly but I suppose it goes to his inability to make a decision about the women in his life.
His fatal flaw is his white knight way of dealing with them. Anyway, I found it intriguing and entertaining. If you could sum up Evans Above in three words, what would they be? Warm Welsh mystery. What did you like best about this story? This is a gentle, fairly slow-paced mystery with a lot of atmosphere and detail about life in a small north Welsh village.
There is a lot of humour and some amusing characters, but it isn't too cosy and doesn't skate over the impact of crime. Which character — as performed by Roger Clark — was your favourite? I liked the detective, Evan Evans, the best. Roger Clark's narration really made it for me - he is the best narrator I've heard yet on an audio book. His Welsh accent really brings the book alive. If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?