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Please Welcome Author RHYS BOWEN!

 

Merry Christmas! Please welcome this week's special guest, RHYS BOWEN, who is kind enough to share her Christmas week with us.

 

I've been a fan of Rhy's since I first discovered her Evan series many years ago. Since then I've been lucky enough to meet her (at Left Coast Crime in Santa Fe) and I would have seen her again in Bethesda last year at Malice Domestic, except an injury kept Rhys out of circulation. (Hopefully she has fully recovered!)

 

Rhys has also visited us at the Mystery Forum once before, and she has stopped in to join our discussions, too. Here are the links:

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Featured-Book-for-May-HER-ROYAL-SPYNESS-by-Rhys-Bowen...

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/Rhys-joins-Royal-Spyness-discussion/td-p/340689/highl...

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Ransom-Notes-The-BN-Mystery-Blog/On-Hillerman-Time-and-Place/...

 

http://bookclubs.barnesandnoble.com/t5/Mystery/What-are-your-favorites/m-p/91146/highlight/true#M873

 

 

Please give a roaring holiday welcome to RHYS BOWEN!

 

Picture of mystery author Rhys Bowen

 

 

New York Times bestseller and Agatha and Anthony award-winning author Rhys Bowen, is the creator of the atmospheric Molly Murphy mysteries, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and the Royal Spyness mysteries, sparkling British comedies featuring penniless minor royal Lady Georgiana in the 1930s.

 

Now in stores and online and in audio format.  And already a New York Times bestseller and nominted for RT Reviewer’s Choice award.

 

The sixth book in the Royal Spyness series featuring Lady Georgiana, impoverished minor

 

royal in 1930s Britain.

 

Chestnuts roasting round an open fire. Yule logs, carols, crackers, Christmas puddings. All the elements of the traditional English Christmas at a delightul manor house in a village called Tiddleton-Under-Lovey.  It was to be the perfect Christmas for Lady Georgie. It would have been if bodies hadn’t started appearing.

 

Enjoy a chance to experience Christmas in a simpler age with all the trimmings. The book includes recipes for traditional English Christmas goodies, games to play, English Christmas lore and everything you’ll need to re-create your own old-fashioned Christmas (if you can find a yule log, that is.)

 

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Rhys's website is here: http://rhysbowen.com/

 

She's on Facebook here: https://www.facebook.com/rhys.bowen.146?fref=ts

 

And she blogs with some friends of ours here: http://www.jungleredwriters.com/

 

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Mystery Author Rhys Bowen's Biography

 

Rhys Bowen, Long Bio:

 

Rhys Bowen is the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Royal Spyness Series, Molly Murphy Mysteries, and Constable Evans.  Wonthe Agatha Best Novel Award and nominated for the Edgar Best Novel Rhys’s titles have received rave reviews around the globe.

 

 

Rhys Bowen was born in Bath, England, of a family that was half Welsh, half English. She was educated at London University and then began her career with the BBC, where she became a drama studio manager. She had made up stories all her life. While working on a boring play she decided to write a play of her own. With the bravado of a 22 year old she marched into the office of the head of BBC drama and handed him the script. Two days later he summoned her and told her that they were going to produce the play..  Rhys has never looked back.

 

The British climate forced Rhys to escape to Australia where she worked for Australian Broadcasting before meeting her future husband, a fellow Brit who was on his way to California. So Rhys packed up again and found herself in San Francisco where she settled and has lived ever since, raising four children.

 

Finding nothing like the BBC in San Francisco, Rhys turned to writing children’s books under her married name, Janet Quin-Harkin. Her first picture book was an immediate success and won several awards. More picture books followed, then her agent asked her to write a book for young adults. This was a turning point in Rhys’s career. Her first young adult novel was an instant hit. By her third she was selling half a million copies. Many more popular YA novels followed until Rhys decided she had said all she wanted to say about teenage love and angst, and she turned her real love—mysteries.

 

The sort of books she loves to read are those with a great sense of time and place. So she considered where to set a series of her own and chose the mountains of North Wales, where she had spent many happy childhood vacations and used her grandfather’s name as her nom de plume. Constable Evan Evans was the hero of these novels that took place in a tiny fictitious village in Snowdonia. The series was well received from the start. The second book, Evan Help Us, was nominated for a Barry Award. Evan’s Gate achieved the ultimate success when it was nominated for the Edgar best novel—the highest prize in mysterydom.

 

But it was a chance visit to Ellis Island that made Rhys start thinking in a new direction. The spunky and not always wise Molly Murphy came into her head, fleeing from Ireland and finding herself implicated in a murder on Ellis Island in the first book, MURPHY”S LAW. This book won the Agatha Best Novel award, plus three others. Every subsequent book in the series has received awards, nominations and glowing reviews.  Book eleven, HUSH NOW, DON’T YOU CRY, was published in March 2012 and went straight to the New York Times bestseller list.

 

Never one to rest on her laurels Rhys reacted to the gloom and doom of real life by creating a second heroine—this one aimed to amuse. She is Lady Georgiana, 34th in line to the British throne but utterly penniless and struggling to make her own way in the cruel world of the Great Depression. Her Royal Spyness was a bestseller, nominated for many awards and instantly endeared readers to her heroine. The following books have all received award nominations. The 2011 book, Naughty in Nice started off with a starred review from Publisher’s Weekly and was then nominated for an Agatha, Bruce Alexander and RT Reviews award. The audio version is also nominated for an Audie. In April 2012 it won the Agatha Award for best historical mystery.

 

Rhys is listed in Who’s Who in America under her married name, Janet Quin-Harkin

As well as novels Rhys has written many short stories, including an Anthony winner. She is an ex chapter president of Mystery Writers of America. When not writing she loves to travel, sing, hike, paint, play her Celtic harp and spoil her grandchildren.

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Rhys with the Bruce Alexander Memorial Award, presented at Left Coast Crime in Monterey, 2004.

 

Awards

 

Rhys's work has been honored with the following:

1999: Evan Help Us 
Barry Award nominee, best novel

2001: "The Seal of the Confessional," short story inUnholy Orders
Agatha and Anthony Award nominee

2002: Murphy's Law
Agatha Award winner, best novel
Reviewer's Choice winner, best historical novel
Herodotus Award winner, best first historical novel
Mary Higgins Clark award finalist

2003: Death of Riley
Agatha Award nominee
Reviewer's Choice Award nominee

2004: For the Love of Mike
Anthony Award winner, best historical novel
Bruce Alexander Memorial Award winner, best historical novel
Freddy winner, Sleuthfest, Florida
Macavity Award nominee, best novel

"Doppelganger," short story in Blood On Their Hands
Anthony Award winner, best short story
Agatha Award nominee, best short story

2005: Evan's Gate 
Edgar Award nominee, best novel

"Voodoo," short story in Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine
Anthony Award nominee, best short story

2006: In Like Flynn
Macavity Award nominee, best historical mystery

2007: Oh Danny Boy
Macavity Award winner, best historical mystery
Barry Award nominee, best mystery

2008: Her Royal Spyness
Dilys Award nominee
Arty Award winner (best cover art)
Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice nominee, best historical mystery
Agatha Award nominee, best mystery

"Please Watch Your Step," short story in The Strand
Agatha Award nominee, best short story

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Breaking News

The Twelve Clues of Christmas makes the New York Times and Publisher’s Weekly bestseller lists!!!

 

Twelve Clues nominated for best cozy mystery –RT Reviewer’s Choice award.

Rhys has a new Facebook Fan page. Go to Facebook, check out Rhys Bowen,author and click LIKE to get Rhys’s updates and musings. Here’s the link:www.facebook.com/RhysBowenAuthor

 

12 Molly Book, THE FAMILY WAY, due out March 5, 2013. And on Feb 5 there will be another Molly Murphy short story on Kindle and Nook for only 9 cents. You can preorder both now. AND the Molly series is now being re-released in trade paperback, the bigger paperback format.

 

BOOK CLUBS:  If you would like a list of discussion questions for any of Rhys’s books, email her by clicking the contact button.

 

If you would like Rhys to speak to your book club or organization email her at authorrhysbowen@gmail.com

 

Rhys is active on Facebook and always welcomes new friends. Also Twitter @rhysbowen. And do check her new blog, Rhys’s Pieces (www.rhysbowen.blogspot.com) and add your

comments on her sometimes controversial posts.

 

And comment from Rhys: I’ve been asked many times how I pronounce my name. It’s REECE, not Rice Risss or anything else. It’s the Welsh spelling so I know it looks odd, but y is a vowel in Welsh.

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Rhys also blogs here: http://www.rhysbowen.blogspot.com/

 

Rhys's Pieces

 

News and musings from New York Times bestselling mystery writer Rhys Bowen, creator of the Royal Spyness and Molly Murphy mysteries. Sparkling British royal comedies and atmospheric historical drama.

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The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness Series #6)  

 

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She may be thirty-fifth in line for the throne, but Lady Georgiana Rannoch cannot wait to ring in the new year—before a Christmas killer wrings another neck…

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me—well, actually, my true love, Darcy O’Mara, is spending a feliz navidad tramping around South America. Meanwhile, Mummy is holed up in a tiny village called Tiddleton-under-Lovey with that droll Noel Coward! And I’m snowed in at Castle Rannoch with my bumbling brother, Binky, and sourpuss sister-in-law, Fig.

 

So it’s a miracle when I contrive to land a position as hostess to a posh holiday party in Tiddleton. The village is like something out of A Christmas Carol! But no sooner have I arrived than a neighborhood nuisance, a fellow named Freddie falls out of a tree, dead…. Dickensian, indeed.

 

Freddie’s merely a stocking stuffer. On my second day in town, another so-called accident turns up another mincemeat pie—and yet another on my third. The village is buzzing that a recent prison break could have something to do with it… that, or a long-standing witch’s curse. I’m not so sure. But after Darcy shows up beneath the mistletoe, anything could be possible in this wicked wonderland.  

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Please welcome RHYS BOWEN!

 

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becke_davis wrote:


Yeah, what becke wrote. I'm guessing that's Welsh for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anyway, a most warm welcome to our Mystery Forum here at Barnes and Noble, Rhys.

I am sooo excited you are joining us!!!! In fact, I just bought a copy of The Twelve Clues of Christmas and have read the first chapter.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness Series #6)  

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Fricka wrote:

becke_davis wrote:


Yeah, what becke wrote. I'm guessing that's Welsh for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

Anyway, a most warm welcome to our Mystery Forum here at Barnes and Noble, Rhys.

I am sooo excited you are joining us!!!! In fact, I just bought a copy of The Twelve Clues of Christmas and have read the first chapter.

The Twelve Clues of Christmas (Royal Spyness Series #6)  


Good guess!

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Welcome, Rhys, to the forum. It was nice of you to spend Christmas week here with us. I have read some of the Constable Evans series and they were delightful. I actually have The Twelve Clues of Christmas on my wish list to Santa and I hope to get it. Thanks for being here and Merry Christmas!

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep and miles to go before I sleep - Robert Frost