Rhys Bowen Biography & Facts
Janet Quin-Harkin (born 24 September 1941, Bath, Somerset) is an author best known for her mystery novels for adults written under the name Rhys Bowen.
Before she began writing novels, Quin-Harkin worked in the drama department of the British Broadcasting Corporation in London and, later, for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in Sydney, Australia. She also worked as a drama teacher and a dance teacher.In 1981, she wrote one of the first six books with which Bantam launched the Sweet Dreams series.In the 1990s Quin-Harkin began writing mystery novels for adults under the name Rhys Bowen. She has written three series under this name: one featuring British aristocrat Lady Georgiana ("Georgie") in 1930s England; one featuring Irish immigrant Molly Murphy living in early 1900s New York City; and one featuring a Welsh police constable named Evan Evans.She is also author of the Boyfriend Club series for young adults featuring four freshmen girls in Alta Mesa High School (Arizona): Roni, Ginger, Justine, and Karen.
Quin-Harkin graduated from the University of London in 1963. She moved to the United States when she married John Quin-Harkin.She is the parent of four children. She now divides her time between Marin County, California, and Arizona.
Works as Janet Quin-Harkin
Peter Penny's Dance (Dial Press, 1976), picture book illustrated by Anita Lobel
Benjamin's Balloon (Parents Magazine, 1978), p.b. ill. Robert Censoni
Septimus Bean and his Amazing Machine (Parents, 1979), p.b. illus. Art Cumings
Magic Growing Powder (Parents, 1980), p.b. ill. Art Cumings
Ten-boy summer (Bantam Books, 1982), Sweet Dreams Romance
Helpful Hattie (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1983), 58 pp., ill. Susanna Natti
Wanted—date for Saturday night (1985)
The boy next door (Bantam, 1995), Love Stories 4
Who do you love? (Bantam, 1996), Love Stories 13
Torn apart (Bantam, 1999), Love Stories 18
Love potion (Avon Flare, 1999), Enchanted Hearts 4, LCCN 98-94951Works as Rhys Bowen
World War I novels
The Victory Garden (2019)World War II novels
In Farleigh Field (2017)
The Tuscan Child (2018)Anthologies and collections
2000 "The Seal of the Confessional" – finalist, Agatha and Anthony Awards
2001 Murphy's Law – Agatha Award for Best Novel
2002 Death of Riley – finalist, Agatha Award for Best Novel
2004 "Doppelganger" – finalist, Anthony Award for best short story
2007 "Oh Danny Boy - Macavity Award Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Novel
2008 "Please Watch Your Step" - Macavity Award for best short story
2009 "A Royal Pain - Macavity Award Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical Novel
2011 Naughty in Nice – Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel
2017 In Farleigh Field - Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel, Left Coast Crime Lefty Award (Bruce Alexander Memorial Award for Best Historical Mystery), Macavity Award Sue Feder Memorial Award for Best Historical NovelReferences
Interview by Claire E. White, The Internet Writing Journal (writerswrite.com/journal), 2001
Janet Quin-Harkin at Library of Congress Authorities, with 91 catalogue records
Rhys Bowen (pseudonym) at LC Authorities, with 39 records, and Bowen at WorldCat
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