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When Constable Evan Evans is persuaded to join the local male choir for the upcoming eisteddfod (cultural festival), he doesn't think the addition of his mediocre voice will do them much good. In spite of all the effort that choirmaster Mostyn Phillips puts in to the choir, it is not exactly first class. Hope arrives in the form of world-renowned tenor Ifor Llewelyn, come home to Llanfair to rest, on doctor's orders.

Llewelyn immediately sets about renewing old friendships, and Mostyn even persuades him to sing with the choir. But Ifor isn't in Llanfair long before the residents decide that his presence is a mixed blessing. Noisy fights between Ifor and his wife, a threatening stranger, and Ifor's own warped sense of humor make life in Llanfair increasingly tense. When he announces that he is planning to write his memoir, telling all about his numerous relationships with famous and infamous women, he jokes that some people won't be happy. But is someone unhappy enough to commit murder to stop him? While tracking down a dangerous killer, Constable Evans also manages to navigate the treacherous waters of neighborhood rivalries, lusty barmaids, and local gossip.

With her third book in this acclaimed series, Rhys Bowen offers another pause-resisting tale of small-town mayhem and murder in Evanly Choirs.

©1999 Rhys Bowen (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Good but not Bowen's best work

I enjoyed this little mystery, that unfolds in Wales, with the good-hearted Constable Evan Evans at work doing what he does best--using his knowledge of local people and his keen intuitions to solve the murder the higher-ups cannot. It's also fun to get a sense of the local Welsh names and customs.

This short series precedes the "Royal Spyness" stories, where I think Rhys Bowen has created a more engaging set of characters. But they are a pleasant listen in their way. I thought this one was a little flat (perhaps due to the narration as much as the story), and it was a bit choppy in getting all the characters and clues in place. But it has mostly well-drawn characters, and the ending was not obvious throughout the story. It is interesting to put these two series side by side to see Bowen's development as an author, and a good read, if you are not seeking anything too flashy.

This is a good cozy mystery--certainly worth a listen. But the quality of the recording is not as good as one might wish, and that detracts from what is less than stellar narration. I guess what this book was missing was anything that made it "pop" (as they say about colors and styles). Get it, enjoy it, just know it's more like a cup of herbal tea than an exciting cocktail.

One good thing about this series--they can be read out of order (which I did, years ago) with no real loss of continuity.

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Good for escape to wilds of wales

Perfect for not-scary, fun (if not complex) characters with Welsh accents. Not as much laughing as Her Royal Spyness, yet smiles of amusement frequently.

Why are next books in series not available?
It's a a bit like your pub refusing to refill your glass...

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Do Re Me

This book is about a singing contest that the local choir could have, should have won if only they could have some faith in themselves. But a murder can have an affect on anyone's performance! This is a good story, enjoy!

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Enjoyable light crime story.

Rhys Bowen is my go-to for delightful light mysteries. No gore and dark-side, delightful characters and fun to listen to. Refreshing.

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Welsh cozy.

Loved this in audio after reading the first two. Narrator did a great job with the Welsh names. I wish the next was available.

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evanly choirs

narrator was very enjoyable. the twists and turns of the words spoken make it come alive.

the story line was gripping. this is the third book in the series. we've enjoyed each one. my husband and I listen to them together. delightful.

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a favorite series

There is something about Constable Evan Evans and the townspeople in Llanfair than I find charming. This was the first mystery series written by the author who uses the pseudonym of Rhys Bowen. Constable Evans (aka Evans the law) is still having women trouble. There seems to be a severe shortage of single young men in Llanfair. In this "episode", the Powell's lease their home for the summer to a famous Welsh operatic tenor who, frankly, wrecks havoc in the village, upsetting many of the villagers, including Evan Evans. When he is killed there are no shortage of suspects. Evan Evans proves yet again that, though he is a mere constable, he was born to be a detective.

I like the sound of the narrator's voice. When he speaks Welsh, it is lovely (though I have no idea if his pronunciation is correct).

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Love this series

I love listening to these stories. They are a comfortable, delightful read while I am driving. The characters are charming, the story and mystery will hold your attention and might even surprise you and make you laugh on occasion.

2 things, however. There were 2 different narrators, thus 2 different voices for the characters during the first 3 books! This I did not like. Second, Audible.com published books 1, 2, 3, and 9. Seriously!! Why the hell would you jump to book #9?? I cannot read this. Too much happens in between.

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Cant stop listening

I got the first book and had to get all the rest in the series, theyre charming and captivating, kinda feels like harry potter in that some of it is really melow, other parts are tense, others are dark, its just so good.

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Cymru am byth!

passable whodunit worthwhile for its welshness. Pity the reader couldn't pronounce Welsh worth a damn.