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Evan Can Wait (2001)
by Rhys Bowen
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0425182762, Mass Market Paperback)The descent by a group of egocentric, flamboyant filmmakers on a small town has been the setup for a number of novels and a few movies. Rhys Bowen takes her crack at it with a tidy little story about a group of documentarians who invade a small village in Wales to capture the raising of a sunken German bomber on film. Llanfair is surrounded by abandoned mineshafts, and when the bombastic producer Grantley Smith is found murdered in one of them, Constable Evan Evans, Bowen's series hero, stumbles down more than a few dead ends before he uncovers the motive. Finding evidence of a stash of paintings from the National Gallery that were hidden at the scene of the murder, Evan uncovers a decades-old plot involving art forgery that doesn't really have much to do with the murder except coincidence. It does, however, keep the narrative moving, as does a love affair between the constable and the schoolteacher, who turns out to have been married to one of the filmmakers. All's well that ends well--except, probably, for the unfortunate title punning to which Bowen (Evan Help Us, Evanly Choirs, and so forth) seems addicted. --Jane Adams
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When filmmakers arrive in the Welsh village of Llanfair to try to raise a WWII German bomber sunk in a lake, Constable Evan Evans keeps order and tries to help out. But after the producer is found murdered in a mineshaft. and Evans discovers evidence of an old plot to hide stolen art Evans is called upon to solve the mystery.
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