Rhys Bowen’s Constable Evans Series Books in Order

Have you been looking for a list of Rhys Bowen’s Constable Evans series books in order?  Then look no more!

Author Rhys Bowen‘s Constable Evans series is the perfect definition of a traditional detective cozy mystery.

Get ready to dive into the world of Constable Evan Evans and his very cozy adventures!

Constable Evans Mystery Series Books in Order

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Constable Evans Series Books in Order

The Constable Evan Evans series is set in modern day Wales, with the first book being published in 1997.  (So I would call that modern day!)  Evan Evans has left the big city to fill the constable job in the charming village of Llanfair and discovers the ins and outs of policing everyday small village life.

Book 1:  Evans Above (1997)

Evans Above book cover

From the Publisher

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.

Book 2:  Evan Help Us (1998)

Evan Help Us book cover

From the Publisher

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.

While the village of Llanfair has always been at odds with the neighboring town of Beddgelert, an intriguing archeological find in the nearby hills brings that rivalry to dangerous extremes, and creates a circus of local enthusiasm and gossip. The circus quickly turns deadly, however, when Llanfair’s prodigal son, Ted Morgan, announces plans to erect an amusement park over the site’s excavation. Soon Constable Evans is drawn into a whirl of cultural pride, deception, and greed, and while he’s at it uncovers the town’s undaunted ambition – to earn the right to the longest name in the world.

Awards Earned

  • Barry Award nominee, best novel

Book 3:  Evanly Choirs (1999)

Evanly Choirs book cover

From the Publisher

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.

Llewelyn immediately sets about renewing old friendships, and Mostyn even persuades him to sing with the choir. But Ifor isn’t in Llanfair long before the residents decide that his presence is a mixed blessing. Noisy fights between Ifor and his wife, a threatening stranger, and Ifor’s own warped sense of humor make life in Llanfair increasingly tense. When he announces that he is planning to write his memoirs, telling all about his numerous relationships with famous and infamous women, he jokes that some people won’t be happy. But is someone unhappy enough to commit murder to stop him? While tracking down a dangerous killer, Constable Evans also manages to navigate the treacherous waters of neighborhood rivalries, lusty barmaids, and local gossip.

Book 4:  Evan and Elle (2000)

Evan and Elle book cover

From the Publisher

Constable Evans joins Sergeant Watkins to follow a trail of clues that leads them to the South of England and then to France, and finally to the conclusion that a dangerous killer is loose in Llanfair, in Rhys Bowen’s fourth Evan Evans mystery, Evan and Elle.

There is both excitement and dismay in Llanfair when a new French restaurant opens. The glamorous owner, Madame Yvette, tries to win over the locals, and everything seems to be going well until a string of fires plagues the town. One night the restaurant burns down, and a body is found in the rubble.

Book 5:  Evan Can Wait (2001)

Evan Can Wait book cover

From the Publisher

Constable Evan Evans, sole police officer in the charming Welsh village of Llanfair, is assigned to assist an expedition to raise a World War II German bomber plane from a lake. The whole venture is being filmed for a documentary on World War II and Evans tries to assist the film crew by finding them local people with stories to tell. Little does he realize that resurrecting the past can sometimes mean opening old wounds. After some unhappy confrontations, it is not just the villagers who are upset by the filmmakers. Evans’ own life is thrown into turmoil as he discovers his girlfriend Bronwen’s past relationship with someone from the film crew.

Tensions build until one of the filmmakers disappears and is eventually found dead in a nearby slate mine. The case grows more complex as Evans slowly uncovers evidence that the victim had many enemies. In the process Evans also exposes an elaborate World War II scheme to hide paintings from the National Gallery. Do these paintings have something to do with the filmmaker’s disappearance? How could he be connected to events that took place over half a century ago?

Book 6:  Evans to Betsy (2002)

Evans to Betsy book cover

From the Publisher

The charming village of Llanfair, the setting for Rhys Bowen’s beloved Constable Evans mysteries, sits amid lush, rolling Welsh meadows populated with quaint cottages and is considered by many of its colorful locals to be a kind of paradise. Unfortunately, there aren’t many opportunities for young people in Llanfair, so when an exciting and glamorous American woman breezes into town talking of dormant psychic powers and important social research, barmaid Betsy Edwards is quick to take her up on an offer of employment at the recently opened Sacred Grove New Age center not far away. Of course the locals, including the village constable, Evan Evans, think Betsy has gone around the bend, not to mention the nutty American who dragged her off to be “tested.” Betsy, though, is dazzled at the possibility of exploring her own sixth sense. And she’s only a little surprised when her new powers are put to a real-life test; when the center’s flamboyant director goes missing, clues to his fate mysteriously appear in Betsy’s dreams.

It’s a tantalizing mystery for lonely Betsy, who can’t help doing a little investigating on her own. But Constable Evans has been involved with Sacred Grove before-looking for a missing American college student who was lured there by Druid worship. As Betsy does her own sleuthing on the spot, Evan comes to realize that there is nothing straightforward about this case and that Betsy has no idea at all of the terrible danger she is in.

Book 7:  Evan Only Knows (2003)

Evan Only Knows book cover

From the Publisher

When Constable Evan Evans and his new fiancée decide to travel south from home in Llanfair, Wales, to visit his mother in Swansea, they’re not expecting the disturbing news that greets them on their arrival: the young thug convicted of murdering Evan’s father several years earlier is suspected of murder once again. Tried as a juvenile for Evan’s father’s death, Tony Mancini only served four years in prison. Now he’s been accused of killing Alison Turnbull, a local teen and the daughter of Mancini’s boss. But when Evan goes to meet the boy face to face he’s surprised to find not the stone-cold killer he expected but a scared young man who swears his innocence.

Against his own wishes, and ignoring his superiors, Evan believes the boy’s claim of innocence and decides to investigate, at potential peril to his career. But is his instinct correct, or is Mancini just trying to save himself? And how will he reconcile his actions with his memory of his father’s murder, which has haunted him for so long? Evan Evans is up to the challenge, to be sure, and faces it all with characteristic good humor and the Welsh charm that sets Rhys Bowen’s successful cozy series apart.

Book 8:  Evan’s Gate (2004)

Evan's Gate book cover

From the Publisher

When Constable Evan Evans discovers a beautiful shepard’s cottage in the mountains of Llanfair, Wales, he and his fiancée are thrilled. It’s only months before their wedding and they are eager to begin their new life together. The cottage is in need of renovation so Evan wastes no time before he begins making much-needed repairs.

But it turns out that Evan’s discovery extends far beyond the beauties of a mountain-top view and a cozy dream-house when Evan finds the skeleton of a child buried in the front yard. His professional inclinations soon get the best of him and he cannot rest until he discovers the identity of the child.

The skeleton is decades old, but the discovery eerily coincides with the case of a present-day missing girl. Although discouraged by his fellow detectives, Evan dives into the mystery of both missing children. He soon realizes that if he can solve the decades-old death, he just might find a crucial insight into the whereabouts of the child missing in the present day.

Awards Earned 

  • Edgar Award nominee, best novel

Book 9:  Evan Blessed (2005)

Evan Blessed book cover

From Publishers Weekly

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 fiancée 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.

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Book 10:  Evanly Bodies (2006)

Evanly Bodies book cover

From the Publisher

Detective Constable Evan Evans and his new bride, Bronwen, are settling into married life in their little cottage above the village of Llanfair when they meet the daughter of one of the village’s newest families, a sixteen-year-old Pakistani girl named Jamila. Bronwen and Jamila are becoming good friends when Jamila finds out from her parents that they have arranged a marriage for her back in Pakistan. Evans tries to convince her family not to enforce the custom, arguing that Jamila is a normal Welsh teenager, but just as the tensions increase, the girl suddenly vanishes. Bronwen is distraught, but there’s no trace of her.

At work, Evans is investigating the murder of a man shot to death through the open window of his home while eating breakfast. After the man’s wife is jailed as a suspect, a second man is killed—and then a third—and Evans and his team are on the hunt for a serial killer. But they can’t seem to find any connections between the three men….

In the surprising climax of Edgar Award finalist Rhys Bowen’s tenth Constable Evans mystery, Evans risks everything to solve the murders and discover what happened to Jamila. All in all, the novel is a triumph for fans of Bowen’s acclaimed Evans series, and a wonderful discovery for new readers.

I encourage you to give this series a try if you enjoy traditional detective stories and small town settings.  I think the lovely covers alone make the books worth reading!

Frequently Asked Questions

​Do I have to read the Constable Evans series in order?

Technically the books in this series can be read as stand-alone novels, but, as always, I highly recommend reading the books in order so you can get full enjoyment from the storylines!

Who are the main characters in the Constable Evans series?

The main character is Constable Evan Evans, though there are many supporting characters from village life. 

Happy reading!

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