• Evanly Bodies

  • By: Rhys Bowen
  • Narrated by: Roger Clark
  • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (334 ratings)

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Evanly Bodies

By: Rhys Bowen
Narrated by: Roger Clark
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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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Roger brings the story alive.

Ms. Bowen, in my opinion, did a marvelous job using two of societies pariah’s for a great illustration.
Battered women and prejudice has no place in the civilized world, but sadly the reality is that it is all cultures.
One of my favorite books of all time!

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A Serial Killer and a Pakistani Girl

Book Ten and Constable Evans and Bronwen are married now. 🥰 As they settle into their little cottage in the mountains of Llanfair ,they become acquainted with a neighboring family from Pakistan. Bronwen becomes good friends with the sixteen-year-old daughter, Jamila. It isn't long until Jamila's parents begin trying to force her into an arranged marriage. Saddened by this, Constable Evans tries to convince the parents that Jamila is now a normal Welsh teen and that it would be a mistake to force her into marriage. In the meantime, Constable Evans is dealing with the murder of three men in the village. Upon investigation Evans cannot find anything in common with the three murdered men. Evans has a full plate already, then Jamila disappears without a trace. Excellent entry into the series.

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Not as good as previous stories

This was a disappointment. It was predictable and a bit sloppy. I would have hoped for a better story line. If this was truly the last book in the series it was poorly done.

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Good story

I hope the series continues. I’ve grown fond of the characters. Please keep the story going.

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Love Constable Evans

This was not my favorite of the books. I miss the stories of the village and Bronwen. For the last book in the series I feel we are left with so much more that could be written.

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Love this!

Great storyline captivating so many different social issues and cultural sensitivities were included in this book… really interesting how they affected the investigation process. Most troublesome is the Bragg character bc I find a lot of the ‘type’.

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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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  • mazer
  • 02-01-23

disappointed from Powys

I have read all of the Evans books apart from the 10th Evanly Bodies. I could not find it on kindle so resorted to audible. I wish I hadn't bothered. I have absolutely loved all of the books and I suppose I had Evans voice in my head but the narrator was just not right. I found his voice so annoying and at one time I thought Terry Wogan was reading the book. He also sounded old. Evans is only in his early 30s. I am still listening to the book because I am invested in Evan's life but I am not enjoying it. Such a shame.

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  • Peter Osman
  • 11-12-23

Evans as good as always

Looking forward to the next book and the audible version Roger Clark made a difference with his Welsh accent

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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....

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