Janet Quin-Harkin

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Janet Quin-Harkin
Born (1941-09-24) September 24, 1941 (age 80)
Bath, Somerset
Pen nameRhys Bowen
Occupationnovelist, dance teacher
EducationLondon University
Genrehistorical mystery novels

Janet Quin-Harkin (born 24 September 1941, Bath, Somerset[1]) 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.[2] She also worked as a drama teacher and a dance teacher.[3]

In 1981, she wrote one of the first six books with which Bantam launched the Sweet Dreams series.[4]

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.[2]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Quin-Harkin graduated from the University of London in 1963.[citation needed] She moved to the United States when she married John Quin-Harkin.[3]

She is the parent of four children. She now divides her time between Marin County, California, and Arizona.[2]

Works as Janet Quin-Harkin[edit]

  • 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 98-94951

Works as Rhys Bowen[edit]

World War I novels[edit]

  • The Victory Garden (2019)

World War II novels[edit]

  • In Farleigh Field (2017)
  • The Tuscan Child (2018)

Anthologies and collections[edit]

Anthology or Collection Contents Publication


An Apple for a Creature[9] Low School Aug 2012



  1. ^ Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, ed., Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd ed. Greenwood Press, 2007, p. 27.
  2. ^ a b c "Rhys Bowen: Still a place for faith in mystery writer's body of work". The Visitor. Catholic News Service. 6 June 2016. Archived from the original on 7 June 2016. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  3. ^ a b DeBruyne., Ammon, Bette (1993). Rip-roaring reads for reluctant teen readers. Libraries Unlimited. pp. 126. ISBN 156308094X. OCLC 44963622.
  4. ^ Quin-Harkin, Janet (6 September 2014). "Why 1980s teen lit is still relevant today". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Funerals-Maybe-Wedding-Spyness-Mystery/dp/0425283526
  6. ^ "Rhys Bowen: New York Times Bestselling Author". Rhys Bowen. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  7. ^ "The Last Mrs. Summers by Rhys Bowen: 9780451492876 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 12 April 2021.
  8. ^ https://rhysbowen.com/the-royal-spyness-series/#godrestye
  9. ^ "An Apple for the Creature". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 12 April 2021.

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