Books by Mike Phillips

POPPY THE PIRATE DOG'S NEW SHIPMATE by Liz Kessler
CHILDREN'S AND TEEN
Released: April 22, 2014

"Poppy and her crew best be a-sparkin' up the plots and purveying the piratical prattle soon, or this series is likely to be tossed overboard. (Early reader. 6-8)"
Following her debut in Poppy the Pirate Dog (2013), the seagoing Dalmatian is back for another outing. Read full book review >
POPPY THE PIRATE DOG by Liz Kessler
Released: Aug. 27, 2013

"An adequate tale with the pull of pirates and pups, but alas, me hearties, no buried treasure here. (Early reader. 6-8)"
A family takes a seaside vacation with their Dalmatian, Poppy, who knows all about pirates from listening to books read by her young owner, Tim. Read full book review >
NONFICTION
Released: Aug. 30, 2011

"Reluctant readers, especially, will find Murphy's chatty, lighthearted approach appealing, enjoyable and informative. (source notes, index) (Nonfiction. 8-12)"
Murphy, the author of Why Is Snot Green? (2009), tackles another high-interest subject in this entertaining look at fears and phobias. Read full book review >
AN IMAGE TO DIE FOR by Mike Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 1997

"The jagged, propulsive rhythms of Phillips's writing carry Sam's fourth case (Point of Darkness, 1995, etc.) over the bogs of overplotted intrigue."
Even before he's found out why an old friend, TV producer Wyndham Davis, has asked him to pop over, rolling-stone London journalist Sam Dean's confronted with a corpse: a production assistant knifed outside the apartment where Davis is taping an interview for a true-crime program he's trying to sell. Read full book review >
POINT OF DARKNESS by Mike Phillips
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1995

"Tension-laden meets, sexual couplings, beatings, and killings, interrupted by Sam's windy flights of introspection and sidelong glances into immigrant life in New York—all make for an overextended story that sags too often despite the heavy action."
Black, Caribbean-born Sam Dean (The Late Candidate, 1990; Blood Rights, 1989), a freelance, London-based journalist, has promised to find his dying friend Hector's daughter Mary—in New York City but long-unheard from—and bring her home. Read full book review >
THE LATE CANDIDATE by Mike Phillips
Released: Dec. 1, 1990

Londoner Sam Dean, the black free-lance journalist introduced in Blood Rights, has old ties to both murder victim Aston Edwards, a savvy black politico, and the chief suspect, young Tony, who was obsessed with Aston's wife. Read full book review >