Rook, Rhyme & Sinkerby R. Michael Phillips
Just when Ernie Bisquets, a reformed London pickpocket, was settling into
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The discovery of a hoard of ivory chessmen on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 still commands the attention of scholars and museum patrons in modern-day London, but the police are more concerned with the connection an additional piece has with a body that just bobbed up in the Regents Canal.
Just when Ernie Bisquets, a reformed London pickpocket, was settling into his new life with the East London Adventurers Club, his daily routine is interrupted by the apparent suicide of an old school mate. What surprises him even more was the bequeath left to him by the deceased - an old nursery rhyme and one of the lost Lewis Chessmen. Confused about the connection, the group starts to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. They soon find it was murder, and that leads to the discovery of a second hoard of these enigmatic little figures hidden in a St. Ives bridge. What they didn’t realize was an unscrupulous antique dealer, who has been searching for this lost hoard for decades, is shadowing their every move. It’s evident more blood could be spilled if they are to keep these pieces from falling into the wrong hands.
Ernie Bisquets, Lily Jean Corbitt and Nigel Coats return in the second Ernie Bisquets Mystery, greeted by an even more engaging group of characters than they came across in the first book, as they dodge murder and mayhem in “Rook, Rhyme & Sinker.”
Originally published by Asylett Press 1/2011
Meet the Author
Michael is a classically trained artist who has been painting for over 30 years. By combining his creative talents with a passion for art and antiquities he conceived the fictional world of the East London Adventurers Club, home to The Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series. Michael has completed 2 books in the series and is finalizing the third. He has plans for at least five additional books following the adventurers of this remarkable group of London irregulars.
His short story “Oranges and Lemons” was recently published in Suspense Magazine, January 2011. Michael is a proud member of the Crime Writer’s Association.
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I just finished R. Michael Phillip's second book in The Ernie Bisquets Mystery Series and was as delighted with the book as the first in the series, Along Came A Fifer. This second book, Rook, Rhyme & Sinker, is utterly captivating from beginning to end. I am impressed with the author's attention to detail, character descriptions, and use of British phrases and adages. All of these aspects add to the credibility of the "over the pond" mystery that is taking place right under the noses of the ELAC members. This book has it all...a theft, an old nursery rhyme that needs to be decoded, a greedy murderer and a colorful character adept at disguises. Cannot wait to read the upcoming third in the series, Quarter Past Death!