Phyllis Entis

Award-winning mystery writer and food safety microbiologist

Author Spotlight

Today, the Gone Writing spotlight is shining on my new release, courtesy of Vicki Mejia-Gewe of FanGirlNation

TGDC audiobook final cover

The Gold Dragon Caper, audiobook edition

Phyllis Entis is the author of the Damien Dickens Mysteries series, which includes The Green Pearl Caper, The White Russian Caper, The Chocolate Labradoodle Caper and The Gold Dragon Caper. Her debut novel, The Green Pearl Caper, was a Library Journal SELF-e Selection. Phyllis is a free-lance writer and retired food safety microbiologist with degrees from McGill University and the University of Toronto. In 2007, ASM Press published her non-fiction book, Food Safety: Old Habits, New Perspectives.

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Announcing a new arrival

The Gold Dragon Roars

The Dragon has been soaring, and now it’s roaring.

Less than five months after its release in paperback and ebook formats, The Gold Dragon Caper is now available in an audiobook edition.

I was thrilled to collaborate once again with Tom Lennon, the original voice of Damien Dickens, in the production of the fourth audiobook in the Damien Dickens Mysteries series. This is the third time Tom and I have worked together, and I enjoyed renewing our collaboration.

And, speaking of collaboration, a tip of the hat to my talented cousin, Hilary Quint, for her assistance in the design of the audiobook cover.

TGDC audiobook final cover

Hear Here!

No need to do a double-take. The heading is not a misprint. You can HEAR a sample of the audiobook HERE. Just turn up the sound, and click on the link.

Free Audiobook

Not yet an Audible subscriber? Then, I’ve got a deal for you.

Sign up for a FREE 30-day trial subscription with Audible and download your copy of The Gold Dragon Caper audiobook absolutely free. If you choose not to continue your subscription at the end of the 30-day trial, you get to keep your copy of The Gold Dragon Caper anyway. No strings attached.


This update wouldn’t be complete without a current picture of Shalom. Here she is, in one of her favorite poses, as she looks out the window to watch the street. She has taken to jumping right over the back of the sofa when she spots someone or something of interest outside.



My Not-so-Secret Garden

IMG_1190I can’t remember a time when I didn’t want to plant something and watch it grow.

As a child, I planted potatoes. The crop was small, and the new potatoes were kid-sized, but I was delighted with the outcome. My parents were more concerned about the apparent ‘invasion’ of potato bugs that coincided with my first experiment in food production.

img706I suspect that I gravitated toward microbiology as a career due to my predilection for growing things. Bacteria grow quickly, are easier to plant, and can be played with any month of the year – a big advantage in a four-season climate. I spent the better part of forty years growing bacteria, yeasts and molds in the lab.

After retiring from the lab bench in 2001, I returned to more conventional gardening.


I look upon my writing as a form of gardening, too. I take a seed (the idea), prepare the soil with fertilizer and amendments (the plot line and main characters), plant (write the first draft), and mulch the bed (edit). Then I add some TLC in the form of a cover, a blurb and advertising, and watch my project bear fruit (sales and reviews).

As with any other form of gardening, there can be successes, near misses and (gasp!) failures. But the true gardener is intrepid. Dead wood must be discarded, failing plants pruned, and hungry ones fertilized. Thus, I have ventured into both fiction and non-fiction, novels and blogs, news summaries and opinion pieces. When a field ceases to be fruitful, I let it lie fallow for a while and dig in a different garden.

I have high hopes for my new garden. There will be strawberries and blueberries, Santa Rosa plums and Meyer lemons. Hibiscus and bird of paradise will add a semi-tropical flavor, and bougainvillea will line the fence. I look forward to sharing the fruits of my labors with you in the coming months and years.