Word By Word host Gil Mansergh suggests that before listening to today’s show, you might like to pack your bags for both your honeymoon and an African Safari. You will soon find out why, because our guest is the New York Times multiple bestseller and winner of over 20 writing awards Rhys Bowen with her latest Royal Spyness book Love and Death Among the Cheetahs.
Our guest originally wrote children’s and young adult books using her married name, before she turned to writing mysteries using her pen name Rhys Bowen. She set her Constable Evans series in North Wales near the Mount Snowdon where she had spent many vacations in her childhood. After visiting Ellis Island the created the spunky Irish lass Molly Murphy whose first book, “Murphy’s Law”, won an Agatha Best Novel award.
Rhys created a second heroine named Lady Georgiana as part of the Her Royal Spyness series. She draws from her life in England to write the series in whichGeorgiana is distantly an heir to the British throne but is flat broke, and trying to make her way through The Great Depression. The series was a bestseller and “Naught In Nice” won an Agatha Award for Best Historical Mystery.
In Love and Death Among the Cheetahs, just married Georgina new husband surprises her by announcing they are going to spend several honeymoon weeks in far off Kenya.
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(Photo: Janet Quin-Harkin is an author best known for her mystery novels for adults written under the name Rhys Bowen – Courtesy of the author)