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Subject: Rhys Bowen
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 11:22 AM ET
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Have you read the series by this author?  What did you think?

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 12:23 PM ET
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I have only read the first in the British Royal Family series set in the 1930's, Her Royal Spyness.  Just recently finished it.  I enjoyed it, and will read more by this author.  :)  The character development was just right to me.  Sometimes you barely get a name, and sometimes you get bogged in details, but these characters were just fleshed out to the right point, IMO.  It was a cozy for sure, no gore and minimal time spent on "the body" and the crime scene.  It was quick and didn't drag, which I like, sometimes it seems as if a cozy author is just filling space, but I didn't feel this way at all.  I was a bit bummed when I turned the last page.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 3:11 PM ET
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I like her Molly Murphy series very much. It's about a young woman detective who immigrates from Ireland to New York in the early 20th century.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 3:19 PM ET
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Ditto to what Julie said.  I've only read the first book in the Royal series, but enjoyed it thoroughly.  It's witty and fun and features a strong female character.

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 9/30/2009 4:20 PM ET
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I have Her Royal Spyness checked out from the library and will be starting it as soon as I finish the 4 I already have going.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 6:49 PM ET
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She's one of my favorite msytery writers--I like all her series that I've tried, from the Evan Evans--which is that rarity, a rather cozy-ish police procedural series set in modern-day Wales, to Molly Murphy which is early 1900's New York. I have all three of her newest series (the Lady Georginana ones) here, but haven't gotten around to starting them yet.  I am disappointed that she's put her Evans series on hold for now, but I suppose three active series would be spreading things a bit thin.

Her writing style is easy to read, her characters well-done and engaging and the plots generally flow along pretty well, too.

Cheryl

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 7:29 PM ET
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No, no, no, no!

I am buried under a pile of mysteries to read!  And these sound really good!  No more!

Sorry for the outburst.

Date Posted: 9/30/2009 7:37 PM ET
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The perils of posting on this forum Caviglia! ;)

I checked out the first in the Molly Murphy series.  Tried to start it, but it didn't grab my interest.  And since I had about 15 other books from the library I took it back and kept it on my list to try again later.

Date Posted: 10/1/2009 9:52 PM ET
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I just found her Molly Murphy series yesterday at the library and started it.  I am enjoying it so far.  I also have read one of the Evan mysteries a year or so ago (then totally forgot her name and just 'found' her again)

Date Posted: 10/3/2009 2:24 PM ET
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I liked the Molly Murphy and the Royal Spyness series but remember I didn't like the evans when I tried them some time ago: will have to try again.

You can read them out of sequence but I think with the character development you'll enjoy them more if you can get them in order.  Mind you I'm one of those people who, if I know its part of a series, has to start at book one....

Date Posted: 10/4/2009 7:47 PM ET
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I have read all the "Evans" series and really like them.  This is one of those series which is better to read in order for the character development, but I did read a couple out of order.

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 10:47 AM ET
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JOY!  Reading a series out of order! BLASPHEMY! :P

Date Posted: 10/5/2009 1:05 PM ET
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It is true confession time isn't it??   Please forgive me!!!!  

Alice J. (ASJ) - ,
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 9:22 AM ET
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I love the Molly Murphy series. I have read all but the latest Gilded Cage. I am waiting for it to come avaialbale on my WL.  The main character is great and the supporting characters develop a lot throughout the series. She paints a very good picture of turn of the century New York City.

I have the Evan series just have not read them yet.

I have read the first 3 Royal books. Light fun fluff, good but not as good as Molly Murphy series.

Alice

Ellie (EllieW) - ,
Date Posted: 10/28/2009 4:45 PM ET
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I just finished Her Royal Spyness and liked it quite a bit. I will be reading the second in the series soon.

Right now I am about half way through the first Molly Murphy book and I LOVE it. As if I needed another series and author to add to my mountain of series I follow.

Date Posted: 10/30/2009 7:49 AM ET
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Psst!  Melani!  **whispering** I tried some Rhys Bowen stuff awhile ago and it didn't speak to me either.  Just couldn't get into it.  I'll try again at some point but like you, I have towering stacks of books to get through so...Bowen got tossed back into the pile!

Date Posted: 11/15/2009 10:13 PM ET
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I like the Evan Evans series and am bummed that they stopped just when I thought they were getting somewhere in the romance part of the series.  I like the atmosphere in Wales and the characters - really entertaining.