Janet Quin-Harkin

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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".


Quin-Harkin graduated from the University of London in 1963.[citation needed] She has worked for both BBC and Australian TV.[citation needed]

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.

Personal life[edit]

Quin-Harkin is married and the parent of four children. She now divides her time between Marin County, California and Arizona.

Selected 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]


  • 2000 "The Seal of the Confessional" – finalist, Agatha and Anthony Awards
  • 2001 Murphy's LawAgatha Award for Best Novel
  • 2002 Death of Riley – finalist, Agatha Award for Best Novel
  • 2004 "Doppelganger" – finalist, Anthony Award for best short story
  • 2011 Naughty in Nice – Agatha Award for Best Historical Novel


  1. ^ Elizabeth Blakesley Lindsay, ed., Great Women Mystery Writers, 2nd ed. Greenwood Press, 2007, p. 27.

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