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Janet Quin-Harkin (born 24 September 1941, Bath, Somerset is the author of more than one hundred books. She graduated from the University of London in 1963 and has worked for both BBC and Australian TV.
In the 1990s Quin-Harkin turned to writing mystery novels for adults under the name "Rhys Bowen". "The Seal of the Confessional", a short story that appeared in the anthology Unholy Orders, was a finalist for the Agatha and Anthony awards. "Doppelganger", from the anthology Blood on their Hands, won the 2004 Anthony Award for best short story (both written under the name Rhys Bowen). She has written three series under this name: one featuring a British aristocrat, Lady Georgiana "Georgie", in 1930s England; one featuring an Irish immigrant, Molly Murphy, living in early 1900s New York City; and one featuring a Welsh police constable named Evan Evans.
Murphy's Law, the first in the Molly Murphy series, won the 2001 Agatha Award for Best Novel, and the second in the series, Death of Riley, was a finalist for the 2002 Agatha Award for Best Novel.
She is the author of the Boyfriend Club, a series for young adults featuring four freshmen girls in Alta Mesa High School (Arizona): Roni, Ginger, Justine and Karen.
Quin-Harkin is married and the parent of four children. She lives in San Francisco.