R. Michael Phillips is an author, classically trained artist and avid antique collector. Over the past 25 years he has illustrated children's books, designed and illustrated book jackets, and his artwork has been featured on holiday and consumer products. By combining his creative talents with his passion for art and antiquities, he conceived the fictional world of the East London Adventurers Club. His traditional English cozies follow Ernie Bisquets, a reformed London pickpocket, who joins forces with a rather unusual group of amateur sleuths in contemporary London. Murder, mayhem and villainy are never far from the doorstep of 81 Conduit Street, and the stories have introduced an odd assortment of memorable characters to the literary world.
"Along Came A Fifer" is the first book in the Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series, published by Asylett Press in July 2009. Book 2 in the series, "Rook, Rhyme & Sinker," was released January 2011.
Look for both on-line, ask for it at your local bookshop, or stop by one of the events for a signed copy!
Michael lives in an historic community in southeastern Pennsylvania with his family. He's busy working on the next mystery in the Ernie Bisquets Mystery series, "Quarter Past Death."
If you are a bit of an Anglophile (like myself) and you like a good mystery, this book is for you. This well written, fast-paced novel is delightful to read. The main characters are well developed and likable. You will become immediately attached to Ernie Bisquets, who has been given a second chance in life by Lord Patterson Coats and the East London Adventurers Club. What follows next is a dangerous adventure that takes the reader through the streets of London (and to the Musee d'Orsay in France) as Ernie and his new friends attempt to solve a mystery that begins as a missing person of interest and quickly descends into murder and mayhem. Phillips has an ear for dialogue and does a nice job of interweaving humor and suspense. A great effort for a first novel. I am looking forward with anticipation to the next book in the series.
the antics of Earnie and freinds made me feel like I was along for the ride. I hope future books in this series keep the humor flowing while creating a spine tingling mystery. All I can say is more, more more!
A wonderful read. Fun and suspenceful. You fall in love with the characters. The end of each chapter leaves you wondering what will happen next. Can't wait for the next book in the series to hit the shelves.
I always liked British writers, especially their sleuth stories. My favorites were Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie. Two fine writers and enjoyable pastimes. However, the greats are long gone now and the wintry scene appeared left barren of pleasant evenings by the fire. But then, and to my total surprise--'Along Came A Fifer.' I hurried to my Amazon.com and clicked on the book. After the mail arrived and I read the first half of it, I paused thinking: interesting, Conan Doyle is back! So, I find the book an attempt at resurrecting the famed Sherlock and, a fun surprise. Steven Nedelton, [...] Novels by Steven Nedelton: Crossroads, The Raven Affair, Fear Factor