If you enjoy a well written mystery storyline, then you’ll love this list I’ve compiled of Rhys Bowen books (in order!).
Author Rhys Bowen has written three cozy mystery series, two of which (both historical cozies) are still being written and published. In addition, Bowen also writes historical fiction novels, all of which I’ve consumed and was unable to put down.
She really is an amazing writer, evidenced by the many awards Bowen’s work has won, including the Agatha Award and the Edgar Award, both prestigious evidence of her writing talent.
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A Complete List of Rhys Bowen Books in Order
Without further ado, here is a complete list of Rhys Bowen’s mystery novels broken down by series where relevant and in chronological order.
Set in 1930’s England, this series stars a very distant heir to the English throne as the main character and offers up several superb supporting characters – a faithful friend, a quirky maid, and a handsome rogue who is a good guy to the core.
Each book features its own cozy mystery and our down-to-earth heroine plays a key role in solving each and every one. A kind grandpa and even the royal family play interesting parts in many of the books.
There is wit, humor, a very lovely historical setting and a well-done mystery plot in each book in the series. While you do not have to read the books in order to understand what is happening, it’s an easy way to watch the relationships unfold as time goes on.
At the end of each of the books in the series, you will be left with a feeling of cozy warmth with how this mystery is wrapped up but already looking forward to the next installment to see what our heroine and her set get into next. You will want to read the entire series!
For details on all the books in this series and more, check out this post!
Prequel: Masked Ball at Broxley Manor (2012)
- Her Royal Spyness (2007)
- A Royal Pain (2008)
- Royal Flush (2009)
- Royal Blood (2010)
- Naughty In Nice (2011)
- The Twelve Clues of Christmas (2012)
- Heirs and Graces (2013)
- Queen of Hearts (2014)
- Malice at the Palace (2015)
- Crowned and Dangerous (2016)
- On Her Majesty’s Frightfully Secret Service (2017)
- Four Funerals and Maybe a Wedding (2018)
- Love and Death Among the Cheetahs (2019)
- The Last Mrs. Summers (2020)
- God Rest Ye, Royal Gentlemen (2021)
- Peril in Paris (2022)
- The Proof of the Pudding (2023)
The Molly Murphy series, written by Rhys Bowen, follows the life and detective work of a feisty, independent Irish immigrant, Molly Murphy, in early 20th century New York City. With its immersive historical setting, intriguing mysteries, and memorable characters, this series has captured the hearts of mystery book lovers worldwide.
Molly Murphy, the fearless Irish sleuth main character, boards a ship headed to America and a new world. She is in search of the welcoming promise of freedom and finally arrives on Ellis Island.
Unfortunately, Irish immigrant Molly is immediately entangled in a precarious position where she becomes the prime suspect of a murder aboard the ship.
After being questioned about her own story and trying to hide the past she is running from, Molly is allowed to head off onto the anonymous shores of America and start her new life, which leads to her journey as a private investigator.
Find more details on the Molly Murphy Mysteries series here!
Prequel: The Amersham Rubies (2011)
- Murphy’s Law (2001)
- Death Of Riley (2002)
- For the Love of Mike (2003)
- In Like Flynn (2005)
- Oh Danny Boy (2006)
- In Dublin’s Fair City (2007)
- Tell Me, Pretty Maiden (2008)
- In a Gilded Cage (2009)
- The Last Illusion (2010)
- Bless the Bride (2011)
- Hush Now, Don’t You Cry (2012)
- 11.5. The Face in the Mirror (2013)
- The Family Way (2013)
- 12.5. Through the Window (2014)
- City of Darkness and Light (2014)
- The Edge of Dreams (2015)
- Away in a Manger (2015)
- Time of Fog and Fire (2016)
- The Ghost of Christmas Past (2017)
- Wild Irish Rose (2022) *co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter
- All That Is Hidden (2023) *co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter
- In Sunshine or in Shadow (2024) *co-written with Clare Broyles, Rhys Bowen’s daughter
The Constable Evan Evans series, Bowen’s first mystery series, is set in modern day idyllic Welsh village, 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.
See the complete recap of Rhys Bowen’s Constable Evans series here.
- Evans Above (1997)
- Evan Help Us (1998)
- Evanly Choirs (1999)
- Evan and Elle (2000)
- Evan Can Wait (2001)
- Evans to Betsy (2002)
- Evan Only Knows (2003)
- Evan’s Gate (2004)
- Evan Blessed (2005)
- Evanly Bodies (2006)
Standalone Novels by Rhys Bowen
Here is a list of Bowen’s standalone novels. Most of these are in the WWII setting, and all are magnificent stories!
In Farleigh Field (2017)
From the Publisher
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: she has taken a job at Bletchley Park, the British code-breaking facility.
As Ben follows a trail of spies and traitors, which may include another member of Pamela’s family, he discovers that some within the realm have an appalling, history-altering agenda. Can he, with Pamela’s help, stop them before England falls?
Inspired by the events and people of World War II, writer Rhys Bowen crafts a sweeping and riveting saga of class, family, love, and betrayal.
The Tuscan Child (2018)
From the Publisher
In 1944, 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 thirty 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.
Still dealing with the emotional wounds of her own personal trauma, Joanna embarks on a healing journey to Tuscany to understand her father’s history—and maybe come to understand herself as well. Joanna soon discovers that some would prefer the past be left undisturbed, but she has come too far to let go of her father’s secrets now…
The Victory Garden (2019)
From the Publisher
As the Great War continues to take its toll, headstrong twenty-one-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.
When he is sent back to the front, Emily volunteers as a “land girl,” tending to the neglected grounds of a large Devonshire estate. It’s here that Emily discovers the long-forgotten journals of a medicine woman who devoted her life to her herbal garden. The journals inspire Emily, and in the wake of devastating news, they are her saving grace. Emily’s lover has not only died a hero but has left her terrified—and with child. Since no one knows that Emily was never married, she adopts the charade of a war widow.
As Emily learns more about the volatile power of healing with herbs, the found journals will bring her to the brink of disaster, but may open a path to her destiny.
Above the Bay of Angels (2020)
From the Publisher
Isabella Waverly only means to comfort the woman felled on a London street. In her final dying moments, she thrusts a letter into Bella’s hand. It’s an offer of employment in the kitchens of Buckingham Palace, and everything the budding young chef desperately wants: an escape from the constrictions of her life as a lowly servant. In the stranger’s stead, Bella can spread her wings.
Arriving as Helen Barton from Yorkshire, she pursues her passion for creating culinary delights, served to the delighted Queen Victoria herself. Best of all, she’s been chosen to accompany the queen to Nice. What fortune! Until the threat of blackmail shadows Bella to the Riviera, and a member of the queen’s retinue falls ill and dies.
Having prepared the royal guest’s last meal, Bella is suspected of the poisonous crime. An investigation is sure to follow. Her charade will be over. And her new life will come crashing down—if it doesn’t send her to the gallows.
The Venice Sketchbook (2021)
From the Publisher
Caroline Grant is struggling to accept the end of her marriage when she receives an unexpected bequest. Her beloved great-aunt Lettie leaves her a sketchbook, three keys, and a final whisper…Venice. Caroline’s quest: to scatter Juliet “Lettie” Browning’s ashes in the city she loved and to unlock the mysteries stored away for more than sixty years.
It’s 1938 when art teacher Juliet Browning arrives in romantic Venice. For her students, it’s a wealth of history, art, and beauty. For Juliet, it’s poignant memories and a chance to reconnect with Leonardo Da Rossi, the man she loves whose future is already determined by his noble family. However star-crossed, nothing can come between them. Until the threat of war closes in on Venice and they’re forced to fight, survive, and protect a secret that will bind them forever.
Key by key, Lettie’s life of impossible love, loss, and courage unfolds. It’s one that Caroline can now make right again as her own journey of self-discovery begins.
Where the Sky Begins (2022)
From the Publisher
London, 1940. Bombs fall and Josie Banks’s world crumbles around her. Her overbearing husband, Stan, is unreachable, called to service. Her home, a ruin of rubble and ash. Josie’s beloved tearoom boss has been killed, and Josie herself is injured, with nothing left and nowhere to go.
Evacuated to the English countryside, Josie ends up at the estate of the aristocratic Miss Harcourt, a reluctant host to the survivors of the Blitz. Awed as she is by the magnificent landscape, Josie sees opportunity. Josie convinces Miss Harcourt to let her open a humble tea shop, seeing it as a chance for everyone to begin again. When Josie meets Mike Johnson, a handsome Canadian pilot stationed at a neighboring bomber base, a growing intimacy brings her an inner peace she’s never felt before. Then Stan returns from the war.
Now a threat looms larger than anyone imagined. And a dangerous secret is about to upend Josie’s life again. Her newfound courage will be put to the test if she is to emerge, like a survivor, triumphant.
The Paris Assignment (2023)
From the Publisher
Londoner Madeleine Grant is studying at the Sorbonne in Paris when she marries charismatic French journalist Giles Martin. As they raise their son, Olivier, they hold on to a tenuous promise for the future. Until the thunder of war sets off alarms in France.
Staying behind to join the resistance, Giles sends Madeleine and Olivier to the relative safety of England, where Madeleine secures a job teaching French at a secondary school. Yet nowhere is safe. After a devastating twist of fate resulting in the loss of her son, Madeleine accepts a request from the ministry to aid in the war effort. Seizing the smallest glimmer of hope of finding Giles alive, she returns to France. If Madeleine can stop just one Nazi, it will be the start of a valiant path of revenge.
Though her perseverance, defiance, and heart will be tested beyond imagining, no risk is too great for a brave wife and mother determined to fight and survive against inconceivable odds.
If you’re new to the world of Rhys Bowen books, then I hope you try one and fall in love with her writing! I’d love to hear your favorite book by this author, so please comment below and let’s chat books.
More Cozy Reading!
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Are you a fan of the captivating Molly Murphy Mystery Series? Or perhaps you’re new to this thrilling world of detective novels and looking to embark on a gripping journey. Either way, I’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of all the books in the series, presented in order.