Praise for books by philip shirley

The White Lie

Mississippi Libraries - “ . . . so enthralling that it can’t be put down . . . ”

First Draft Magazine - “ . . . a wild Southern ride of exciting twists and turns . . . ”

Marlin Barton, author of The Cross Garden - “Crime fiction of the highest order.”

Dayne Sherman, Author of Welcome to the Fallen Paradise - “ . . . worthy of the late Elmore Leonard . . . it’s arresting and unforgettable.”

Charles McNair, author of Pickett’s Charge - “…can stand by Grisham on any bookshelf.” 


Oh Don’t You Cry For Me

Mark Childress, Author of Georgia Bottoms
And 2014 Winner of the Harper Lee Award - “ . . . a memorable debut in the world of fiction.”

Sonny Brewer, Author and Editor of
Stories from the Blue Moon Café series -
“ . . . tales that can hold their own….in the proud tradition of Southern Storytelling.”

POP Matters - “ . . . consistently great stories . . . ”

Portico - “ . . . a master story teller . . . ”

First Draft Magazine - “ . . . immensely enjoyable.” 

Enter the Octopus - “A superb collection.”

The Graceland Conspiracy

Mississippi Libraries Journal excerpt
"The Graceland Conspiracy is essentially a fun read...Although fundamentally an international crime thriller, this novel is also funny with a hint of romance. I highly recommend this novel to Elvis fans, but more specifically to public libraries or any libraries with Mississippi fiction writers’ collections."
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Interview with Chris Rice Cooper literary blogger
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  The Clarion-Ledger: “. . . a fast-paced page turner . . . a great read...”
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First Draft Book Reviews
“. . . an ingenious mystery . . . fans of thrillers and Elvis alike can have reason to believe their expectations will be well-received in The Graceland Conspiracy.”
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Charles McNair, Author of The Epicureans

“Philip Shirley’s latest page-turner is preposterously entertaining … and Hollywood-ready. From Texas pool halls to Alabama hide-outs to Mexico, Munich, and Venice, this couple-on-the-run tale of government heavies and Elvis intrigues takes more turns than a Hound Dog 45 rpm from 1956. You’ll be tempted to pick up the phone and spoil the last-page surprise for your reading pals … but don’t be cruel.”  

Michelle Richmond,
New York Times Bestselling Author of The Marriage Pact and Truman Capote Prize recipien

Prodigal son meets government deception meets murder mystery in Philip Shirley's latest. Chock full of dead bodies, men in suits, and a grainy film that just might lead to one of the biggest conspiracies of a generation, The Graceland Conspiracy is crazy good fun, a pacey, globe-trotting thriller with a Southern twist.”   

Reed Farrel Coleman, New York Times Bestselling author of Robert B. Parker’s Colorblind
“Elvis has left the building … or not. Philip Shirley’s
Graceland Conspiracy is a genre-busting novel full of unexpected twists, tension, and fascinating characters.”

Tom Frankin,
New York Times Bestselling Author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter

“Philip Shirley is a terrific writer, better with each new book.”



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