Years after the Willis Asylum closed, the secrets of its past lingered in its decaying halls as a reminder to the good people of Auburn Notch—when Evil closes a door, he also opens a window. Sheriff Promise Flynn was new to the town, and she was about to find out some windows should never be opened.

Promise Flynn is 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 was found in the abandoned asylum outside of town.

Between Good and Evil
by R. Michael Phillips


Between Good and Evil
(Auburn Notch Mystery)
(Volume 1)

Crime – Mystery
Sunbury Press, Inc. (January 24, 2016)
Hardcover: 224 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1620066607
Paperback: 222 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1620067291

Q: Sheriff Flynn, thanks for joining us today at Island Confidential. Tell our readers a little bit about yourself–maybe something readers might not guess?

A: Without going into too much detail, I’ll tell you I used to be a decorated Metro Detective. My captain said I was ‘overly impulsive’ and it was going to get me in trouble one day. Well, that day came. My disregard for procedure finally resulted in my being shot and left for dead during an investigation. It had a devastating affect on me that I’m still wrestling with. I’ve never really admitted this to anyone, but the bitter scent of ashes still sends chills up my spine and I just freeze.

Q: Who’s the character you get along with the best? Why?

A: I would happily say my deputy, Hank Harris. We got off to a rough start, since the mayor decided to give the newly vacant sheriff’s position to . . . how did Hank put it? . . . “some burned out, out of town detective.” He’s a good cop. Once I got to know him I could appreciate where his anger was coming from. Things are great between us now and I’m very thankful for that—it wasn’t that far into our first big case together when he saved my life.

Q:  Which other character do you have a conflict with? Why?

A: Agent MacGregor of the FBI makes my blood boil. I’ve dealt with the Feds before, but Mac is operating on his own agenda. He’s showed up in town twice now unexpectedly, and both times on the heels of a suspicious murder. We’re cordial, and at times you might even think we’re friends, but make no mistake, he’s like a flu vaccine—once you get it, it take a few days for the pain to go away.

Q:  Just between you and me: What do you really think of your author, R. Michael Phillips?

A: I think he’s pretty creative, a bit long-winded at times, but creative. Being a big-city detective I figured I’ve seen just about everything when it comes to crime, but Mr. Phillips still manages to surprise me. I like that.

Q: What’s next for you?

A: I would love to say I’m going to sit back in my office chair, put my feet up on the desk, and enjoy the quiet for a while, but Hank just told me he saw a stranger in town with Alice Newbury. Hank said he seemed pleasant enough, but something about the stranger just rubbed him the wrong way. Alice recently retired and just lost her husband to a tragic accident, so maybe I’ll drive out to her place on Lake Auburn and see who this fellow is and what he’s up to.

Q: Thanks for stopping by!

A: It’s been a delight talking to you. Thanks so much for inviting me over and allowing me to share a little about myself with your readers.



Michael is a classically trained artist turned mystery writer. By combining his creative talents with a passion for mysteries he conceived his first series—The Ernie Bisquets Mysteries. It introduced Ernie Bisquets, a retired London pickpocket who decided he was going to assist the London police with their most difficult cases—whether they want his help or not. Michael has completed 3 books in the series, and has plans for at least five additional books.

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 the new Auburn Notch Mysteries being published by Sunbury Press. The main character is Sheriff Promise Flynn—an ex-metro detective who left a dark past and her big-city detective shield behind and moved to a small New England town. What follows is anything but therapeutic.

When he’s not painting or writing Michael is an avid antique collector, filling his current home—an 1894 Queen Ann Victorian he, his wife, and son are restoring—with an assortment of antiques from around the world. Michael also enjoys cooking, working in the garden, and playing in the yard with their two rescues, Beau and Pup.


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