The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves Blog Tour


I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the THE CURIOUS LEAGUE OF DETECTIVES AND THIEVES: EGYPT’S FIRE by Tom Phillips Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

About The Book:
Author: Tom Phillips
Pub. Date: June 7, 2022
Publisher: Pixel+Ink
Formats: Hardcover, eBook, Audiobook
Pages: 352
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Kindle, Audible, B&N, iBooks, Kobo, TBD,

“The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves is a great ride, but you don’t have to take my word for it.” —LeVar Burton

Follow the world’s greatest detective you’ve never heard of in this madcap middle grade mystery for fans of A Series of Unfortunate Events and Enola Holmes.

After twelve-year-old John Boarhog’s mom dies, the last thing he wants is to be schlepped off to the Jersey Home for Boys, where kids are forced to make skinny jeans for hipsters and are fed nothing but kale. Instead, he makes himself a snug home in the ceiling of the New York Museum of Natural History, where he reads anything he get his hands on and explores the artifacts afterhours.

But when a rare Egyptian ruby—the highlight of the museum’s new exhibit—goes missing, John is accused of the crime. That is until the unpredictable Inspector Toadius McGee sweeps in to wrestle control of the case, certain that the true culprit is a notorious criminal he’s been tracking for years.

John quickly becomes the Watson to Toadius’s Holmes as they race from Broadway to back alleys to a speak-easy that only serves root beer. And along the way, John uncovers secrets about his own past, including that he’s a lot more involved in this web of endearing ne’er-do-wells than he ever could have imagined.

A love letter to classic middle grade, Egypt’s Fire introduces a remarkable new duo that will steal your heart as surely as it leaves you begging for their next grand adventure.

A Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection


Absolutely enjoyed this read, the characters and setting were so interesting with very fun moments.

About Tom Phillips:
As a dyslexic child, Tom Phillips eagerly listened to any story his mom or older sister would tell him. Today, he writes books that kids can not only enjoy on their own, but also can be read aloud and shared. Tom employs his passion for storytelling as an artist and video editor in Los Angeles, California. His work includes editing for the acclaimed LeVar Burton Kids, and he is currently at work on a screenplay for a major studio. An armchair detective and Sherlockian, he is an obsessive watcher of crime dramas. Tom can often be found walking his dog, Dr. Watson, with his wife Autumn.
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Giveaway Details:
1 winner will receive a finished copy of THE CURIOUS LEAGUE OF DETECTIVES AND THIEVES: EGYPT’S FIRE, US Only.

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The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves 1: Egypt’s Fire
By Tom Phillips

Excerpt for Rockstar Book Tours


The time you discovered the greatest detective who ever lived.

Most detective stories start with a phrase such as “It was a dark and stormy night” or “The moment she walked through the door, I knew she was trouble.” But this story, I dare say, is not like most detective stories.

This is the story of the greatest detective who ever lived, and whom you’ve never heard of.

Now, before I continue, I’ll answer a couple of questions: First, the set of keys your mother is frantically looking for can be found under the left cushion of your couch, and sec- ond, the reason why you have never heard of the detective in question is that you haven’t read this book. But I am sure after you do, you’ll agree with me.

And who am I? Just a humble observer who feels com- pelled to set the record straight.

Throughout my lifetime, I have witnessed, collected, and recorded mysterious events all over the world, but the strange happenings I am about to recount are by far the most inter- esting I have ever laid witness to. I’ve changed some of the names to protect the not-so-innocent, but every other detail is exactly as tit occurred.

It all began with a lonely boy, a priceless ruby, and an inspector named Toadius McGee.

Excerpt from The Curious League of Detectives and Thieves 1: Egypt’s Fire / Text copyright © 2022 by Tom Phillips. Reproduced by permission from Pixel+Ink. All rights reserved.


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