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. 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.
Evans Above is the first novel in Rhys Bowen's popular Constable Evans Mystery Series.
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But this story is slow, plodding and too difficult to get interested in. Narration ditto. Love Rhys Bowen's Molly Murphy and Spyness books but Even is not for me.
A good British cozy/village crime novel. The reader was stylistically very good but a bit plodding. Amazingly the performance improved quite noticeably by just upping the speed to 105%. I do recommend trying it at the higher speed.
"Another great series!"
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 1.25 speed and it was fine. Very enjoyable.
Wasn't as enthralled as I hoped to be. Enjoyable but not compelling. Don't think I'll follow Constable Evans' further exploits.
Plot and story good. reader or person doing recording not good. I'm not sure I will use a credit to get another of these if same person is reader. disappointing.
"Enjoyable Cozy Mystery"
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.
"Has it all"
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. Well done! I hope the rest of the series becomes available!
loved it looking forward t o more in this series. well written well plotted story
"Really enjoyed this first outing with PC Evans"
First I have to say that Roger Clark is fantastic! The timbre of his voice, his voice characterizations, and the way he rattles off the Welsh names really brings the story to life. I thought the story was well balanced with enough mystery, peril, interesting characters, humor, and a touch of romance. It is told from Evans point of view. There's a sort of brooding that comes across in this Welsh story that I think suits the Welsh landscape. There are many touches that give this story authenticity...the ladies homemaking pride, the obvious pride and warmth of the community, the good natured teasing, the beautiful and sometimes dangerous landscape. Ms Bowen did a wonderful job of painting a picture of this community all with a friendly tone not in a snarky stereotypical way. I felt the plot was very well done with plenty of twists and turns and the ending was exciting. I will be reading more.
"I found this book delightful and relaxing."
I have read the reviews and found that I am always glad that I never follow them. Everyone complained about the narration, but I found the narration worked perfectly with the main character. I also found it to be a very rewarding read. I listen to my books exclusively when I drive which is 100 miles a day. I will be listening to another Evans book.
"Why this reader"
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.
"Mr. Clark sent me to sleep!"
I would give Rhys Bowen a second chance but not Roger Clark.
I never got to the end as, for the first time ever, I nodded off so missed the end and did not feel like going back to hear the bits I had missed. I buy and listen to several audiobooks a week, as I am sight disabled, and although I have returned some books as I did not like the reader I cannot ever remember trying to persevere so hard to finish a book, so I think that the story was quite good but Mr. Clark's voice made the book so flat. It was a great relief to start the next book I had bought.
More spirit, a change of pace and some feeling that Roger Clark was interested in what he was reading. A strong Welsh voice would have been great.
The book seemed O.K. not exactly a Muir or Ewart Hutton but it did move along quite nicely. The main problem was that as it was read in such a boring way a lot of the book got lost when I got distracted and, unlike my usual listening habit, I did not feel like going back to listen to the bits I missed as it would mean I would have to listen to more of Roger Clark!
As my sight is poor I do put more weight on a good reader than others might. I cannot go back and read the original as I know many do. It is disappointing when, who ever does such things, takes little care in matching voices to books. When it it is done well it makes such a difference. I do think that some of the best readers like Peter Forbes add a lot to the listening experience.
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