• Evanly Bodies

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (290 ratings)

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Evanly Bodies

By: Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: Roger Clark
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Publisher's Summary

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 16-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 10th 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 listeners.

©2006 Rhys Bowen (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Wonderful as usual!!!

I just LOVE Constable Evans. Or should I say Detective Constable? I only wish there were a lot more of this series.

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Should’ve stopped at 9

I just binge-listened to the entire series over the course of a handful of days and this book is awful and tarnishes the entire series simply bc it’s the last book and definitely the most memorable. It’s a Heinz 57 of delicate, social trigger-topics addressed as insensitively as possible. The extreme racial stereotyping is the worst and is absolutely inexcusable. And, just when you think it can’t possibly get more offensive, it does.

I know you’ll still listen to the book after reading this bc it’s impossible to believe that this could be true after having listened to 9 fun books, and I can’t fault you for that - if I were you, I probably wouldn’t believe me, either, since it’s such a drastic departure from the tone & content of the previous books in the series. Just remember that I told you so!

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Weird Politics

The politics of this book troubled me. I usually find Rhys Bowen's books to be a pleasant diversion, but I really struggled with the tired, vaguely racist trope of the angry Muslim man. The portrayal wasn't nuanced at all.

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Glad series is over

This book and previous one in series lacked a lot. I always loved the information about Wales but these two had little of that.

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Great

This series is so wonderful, I just hope there will be many more to come.

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Disappointed in the storyline

I’m kind of surprised about the whole Muslim extremist angle. Seems unnecessary and fairly racist.

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Resigned.

Couldn't put it down. Well done. A unique and interesting twist to the plot, that's the whole point, isn't it?

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Disgusted by this book; Encourages abuse of woman.

Three woman physically and emotionally abused; coercive control, forced miscarriages, isolation from friends and family, rape, financial abuse. Evan goes in confidence to a woman’s shelter promising to keep the secrets and women there safe. Then without even a thought to his promise and what these women have been though—after the law has completely failed them and they have no where to go—he arrests them and violates the safety of these women he promised to keep safe. I’m absolutely disgusted. I will never read this series again. And I’m even debating cutting off all Ryhs Bowen despite my love of her Royal Spyness.

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Really racist

I’m surprised a publisher opted to make an audiobook of this in 2020. It’s quite troubling.

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Love this series

Here’s to Rhys Bowen for her characters and her sense of humor. Here’s to Roger Clark for bringing it all to life. He’s a master at Welch pronunciation and making it clear, without changing his tone, as to who is talking. I hope we haven’t heard the last of Constable Evans and his adventures in a small town where big things happen.

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  • Evie
  • 10-19-22

Very disappointing

Disappointing. I usually like Evans, but this wasn’t very well thought through and alas pretty racist

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  • Charlotte Gilio
  • 04-27-22

Never want these stories to end.

I've enjoyed these books so much. the little twists and turns all the while learning about Evan. You feel like your in Wales Imagine the little pub. feel the Welsh pride. and then the murder mystery with it.

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  • Ali Elmes
  • 09-10-20

The Last One?!! Oh no!!

Sure enough, I have reached the end of the last book in the series. Always a sad event, I'm thinking I might re-listen to them all over again!

Another great story about Evan but it ended with an air that said 'we'll be back', rather than a reassuring 'they all lived happily ever after'. So I'm living in hope....