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Rhys Bowen

The Essential Reading List

Rhys Bowen is a New York Times and #1 Kindle bestselling author of three mystery series as well as several internationally bestselling stand alone novels. Rhys is a Brit now transplanted to the US who divides her time between California and Arizona

Books by me

The Venice Sketchbook by Rhys Bowen

The Venice Sketchbook

"This book includes all the things I enjoy as a reader as well as a writer, a puzzle and intersecting stories across time periods, plus Venice in WWII."

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Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen

Murphy’s Law

"This was the first book in the Molly Murphy series and we meet a young Irish immigrant to New York in early 1900s, implicated in a murder on Ellis Island. There are now 20 books in the series, so she’s surviving quite well."

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Peril in Paris by Rhys Bowen

Peril in Paris

"My lighter fun series involving a minor royal in 1930’s England. A romantic trip to Paris turns deadly when someone dies at a Chanel fashion show and Lady Georgie gets involved in an international intrigue."

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Books that influenced me

The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

The Forgotten Garden

Kate Morton

"This was the book that got me hooked on multiple time periods—something I’ve now used in several of my own stand-alone. A lone child steps ashore in Australia a hundred years ago. Nobody knows who she is. Finding that out will take several generations and interesting stories."

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The Blessing Way by Tony Hillerman

The Blessing Way

Tony Hillerman

"This book got me started on writing mysteries. Although it’s quite outside my sphere with a Navajo policeman in the US Southwest, I loved how he could bring a place and a culture to life and decided I wanted to do that!"

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Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

Jane Austen

"No collection could be complete without my favorite author. Everyone else would choose Pride and Prejudice but Northanger Abbey was the first book I had to read at school where I realized that literature could be fun and funny. She has such a keen wit and this is a a great send-up of the gothic novel."

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Personal favourites

A Bitter Feast by Deborah Crombie

A Bitter Feast

Deborah Crombie

"Actually I recommend all her books, but I loved this one because of the Cotswold setting and the culinary tale. Her protagonist couple, Duncan Kincaid and Gemma James never disappoint."

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Dry Season by Peter Robinson

Dry Season

Peter Robinson

"I was devastated by the death of my friend Peter Robinson. His Inspector Banks mysteries set in Yorkshire are so multi layered and his characters so human."

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Once Upon a Wardrobe by Pattie Callahan

Once Upon a Wardrobe

Pattie Callahan

"This charming novel starts with the question: "Where is Narnia?". A dying boy wants to know. His big sister makes friends with C S Lewis and learns of his early life that formed Narnia."

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The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan

The Keeper of Lost Things

Ruth Hogan

"Another quirky story in which an old man has collected found objects and entrusts his assistant to find their owners. Essentially it’s a collection of small stories but so warm and heartfelt."

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