Biography

Rhys Bowen

Rhys Bowen is the author of the award-winning Molly Murphy and Constable Evans mysteries. Her novels have garnered an impressive array of awards and nominations, including the Anthony Award for her novel FOR THE LOVE OF MIKE and the Agatha Award for MURPHY'S LAW. Her books have also won the Bruce Alexander Historical Award and the Herodotus Award, and have been shortlisted for the Edgar, the Agatha, the Macavity, the Barry and the Mary Higgins Clark Award.  She has also written Her Royal Spyness, a series about a minor royal in 1930s England, and she is the author of several short stories, including the Anthony Award–winning “Doppelganger.” Her story “Voodoo” was chosen to be part of the anthology of the best of 50 years of Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine.

Ms. Bowen was born in Bath, England, and worked as an announcer and studio manager for the BBC in London, before moving to Australia and then California. It was here she started writing children’s and young adult novels, and then moved on to mysteries with the Constable Evans novels. When not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, play her Celtic harp, and entertain her grandchildren. She lives in San Rafael, California.

Rhys Bowen

Books by Rhys Bowen

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Mystery, Suspense, Thriller

Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband Daniel’s life becomes threatened when he’s offered an assignment from John Wilkie, head of the secret service. Molly can’t draw any details of the assignment out of him, but when she spots him in San Francisco during a movie news segment, she wonders if he is in danger.  She receives a cryptic letter from him, leading her to conclude that he wants her to join him in San Francisco. Molly sets out to save her husband, embarking on a cross-country journey with her young son to discover the truth.

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Molly Murphy Sullivan’s husband, Daniel, a captain in the New York City police force, is chasing a murderer whose victims have nothing in common --- except for the taunting notes that are delivered to him after each murder. And when Daniel receives a note immediately after Molly and her young son, Liam, are in a terrible train crash, Daniel and Molly both begin to fear that maybe Molly herself was the target.

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

It's Christmastime in 1905 New York City. While listening to carolers in the street, Molly Murphy Sullivan meets two siblings who have come from England. Their mother has disappeared, and they're living with an aunt who mistreats them terribly. Molly quickly realizes that these children are not the usual city waifs. They are well-spoken and clearly used to better things. So who are they? And what's happened to their mother? As Molly looks for a way to help them and for the answers to these questions, she gets drawn into an investigation that will take her up to the highest levels of New York society.

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Caught between her high birth and empty purse, Lady Georgiana Ranoch is glad to get a new assignment from the Queen --- especially one that includes lodging in the supposedly haunted Kensington Palace. As companion to Princess Marina of Greece, who is to marry the King’s youngest son, Georgie expects to live the high life --- until she stumbles across a dead body.

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Mystery

Molly and Daniel Sullivan are settling happily into the new routines of parenthood, but their domestic bliss is shattered the night a gang retaliates against Daniel for making a big arrest. Daniel wants his family safely out of New York City as soon as possible, so Molly agrees to take their young son, Liam, on the long journey to Paris to stay with her friends. But upon arriving in the City of Lights, nothing goes as planned.

by Rhys Bowen - Fiction, Mystery

Lady Georgiana Rannoch, 35th in line for the British throne, knows how to play the part of an almost royal. But now she’s off to Hollywood, where she must reprise her role as sleuth or risk starring in an all-too-convincing death scene.

by Rhys Bowen - Mystery

 

When a trip to the post office brings a letter addressed to her old detective agency asking her to locate a missing Irish serving maid, Molly Murphy --- now Molly Sullivan --- figures it couldn’t hurt to at least ask around. On the same day, Molly learns that five babies have been kidnapped in the past month. What she uncovers will lead her on a terrifying journey through all levels of society, putting her life --- and that of her baby --- in danger.

by Rhys Bowen - Mystery

Molly Murphy, now Molly Sullivan, and her husband have been invited to spend their honeymoon on the Newport, RI, estate of Alderman Brian Hanna in the spring of 1904, but Molly doesn’t entirely trust the offer. Hanna---an ambitious man---has his eye on a senate seat and intentions of taking Tammany Hall to get it, and when when Hanna is found dead at the base of the cliffs that overlook the Atlantic, Molly’s suspicions are quickly justified.

by Rhys Bowen - Mystery

Lady Georgiana Rannoch has once again been called into service by Her Majesty the Queen. This time she's sent to Nice on a secret assignment that's nothing to sneeze at --- recover the Queen's stolen snuff box.

by Rhys Bowen - Mystery

Lady Victoria Georgiana Charlotte Eugenie, 34th in line for the throne, is flat broke. She?s bolted Scotland, her greedy brother, and her fish-faced betrothed for London. The place where she?ll experience freedom, learn life lessons aplenty, do a bit of spying for HRH?oh, and find a dead Frenchman in her tub. Now her new job is to clear her long family name.