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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