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A classically trained artist turned mystery writer, author of the Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series. Coming Fall 2015 from Sunbury Press- Between Good And Evil, first book in the new Auburn Notch Mystery Series.

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R. Michael Phillips is a classically trained artist who has been painting for over 30 years. He has done numerous commissions, illustrations for national products and co-authored and illustrated a children's book. Writing was always something he enjoyed doing, but never had the motivation to pursue seriously until he was half way through painting a copy of a Manet to put in an antique frame he had acquired. It was during that painting the seeds of a mystery series were sewn. By combining his creative talents with his passion for London and a good mystery he conceived the fictional world of the East London Adventurers Club.  The club features a small group of Indiana Jones-type characters, led by the philanthropic Lord Patterson Coats. They all play second chair to the main character, Ernie Bisquets, a quirky yet accomplished London pickpocket. Within two years the first Ernie Bisquets mystery, Along Came A Fifer, was making it’s debut. That’s been over ten years now. Two additional Ernie Bisquets mysteries have been published since then, and the outlines for a few more mysteries are awaiting his attention in his office.

Michael travels a bit, especially to Great Britain, but also has a fondness for New England. He spent many winters in the shadow of the White Mountains, skiing and enjoying the beautiful countryside. Those fond memories are the backdrop now for a new mystery series he is currently stitching together. The main character is a damaged, yet strong-willed, female protagonist, named Promise Flynn—an ex-metro detective who was once left for dead at the hands of a serial killer. To repair her shaky confidence she becomes the sheriff of Auburn Notch, a quiet New England town. What follows is anything but therapeutic.

     "Along Came A Fifer", was released through Asylett Press, July 2009, and is now available from your favorite on-line book retailer or ask for it at your local bookstore. 

ot for modern references like the cell phone and the Eurostar, it seems to take place in late 19th century England. The characters and their manner of speaking, the description of buildings and locations, even the cadence of the narrative, all evoke a Victorian, at times Holmesian, style. It's really quite remarkable."


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Member: Crime Writers Association, Mystery Writers Of America

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A little bit about the new mystery- Between Good And Evil - With a broad smile and slight wrinkles at the corners of your eyes you snap shut your suitcase and grab the sunscreen without ever entertaining the notion murderers go on vacation too. What adds a chilling dimension to the idea is they look just like any other tourist in plaid shorts and a golf shirt until you catch a glimpse of the terrifying evil hidden behind their Foster Grants. It’s not something you’re likely to forget, especially once they look up over the postcard rack and realize you’re the one that got away. Promise Flynn was an overly impulsive Metro Detective whose disregard for procedure finally resulted in her being shot and left for dead during an investigation. To repair her bruised ego and splintered confidence she abandons the callous dark alleys of Chicago to patrol the quiet, birch-lined streets of Auburn Notch—a favorite vacation spot of her youth. For two years everything was idyllic, until the body of a young girl found in the abandoned asylum outside of town awakens the insecurities she thought her new life would insulate her from. As the new Sheriff she begins her investigation refusing to accept the similarities between the young woman’s death and her own case, oblivious to being unexpectedly recognized and penciled in at the top of a clever murderer’s To-Do list. Her internal struggle intensifies when a discredited crime reporter from the past suspiciously arrives in town to resurrect his threadbare reputation, along with an FBI agent chasing down a lead in a cold case. Both men quickly become entangled in Flynn's investigation and her attempts to finally put her past to rest. Flynn reluctantly accepts the murder might be the work of the two men responsible for her hasty departure from Chicago, but Agent MacGregor insists the evidence points to a man he’s been chasing. As the rising current of her past threatens to pull her under, Flynn finds herself unprepared for option three

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Along Came A Fifer
Website for The Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series. Book synopsis and retail links.

Between Good And Evil - Book Trailer
The book trailer for the exciting new mystery "Between Good And Evil"

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