Smallman, Phyllis

Phyllis Smallman

Phyllis Smallman's love of books led to various library jobs in southern Ontario towns, Brantford, Grimsby, and Ancaster, where she hid out in the stacks reading mysteries. Her library card is still one of her most prized possessions.

She later became a production potter, churning out thousands of stoneware mugs, bowls, and butter dishes while listening to the CBC and dreaming of being a writer.

In 2007 Phyllis and husband, Lee, moved to Salt Spring Island, BC where Phyllis took to a life of crime. The second book in the Sherri Travis mystery series, Sex in a Sidecar, came be out in the spring of 2009. And a Brewski for the Old Man was published in the spring of 2010. The fourth book in the series is called Champagne for Buzzards.


Selected Bibliography of The Sherri Travis Series:

Margarita Nights, McArthur & Company, 2008

Down in Jacaranda, Florida, bartender Sherri Travis and her husband, Jimmy, are locked in a nasty marital war and when Jimmy is murdered, Sherri becomes the chief suspect. Sherri searches through the rubble of Jimmy’s life for answers, realizing that the murderer must be someone in their small circle of friends.

Sex in a Sidecar, McArthur & Company, 2009   

Sherri Travis pours drinks and listens to the stories out on the beach at the Bath and Tennis Club where two women have been murdered. When Hurricane Myrna hits, trapping her on Cypress Island with a dead woman and a murderer, she scrambles to stay alive, running from the storm and a mad man.  

A Brewski For The Old Man, McArthur & Company, 2010

The past doesn’t always stay dead. Two men return to Sherri’s life from her past, both bringing trouble. One man is John Ray Leenders, the man who tried to rape Sherri when she was a young girl. John Ray is now living with another single mother of a young girl. Sherri doesn’t want to get involved but it’s hard to turn away. The second man who returns is Tully Jenkins, Sherri’s father. From the Royal Palms golf course to the deep in the swamp, from murder to alligator poaching, Sherri just tries to survive.


Champangne for Buzzards, McArthur & Company, 2011

Bartender Sherri Travis doesn’t belong on a ranch. She hates horses and the neighbours who are trying to terrify her. The dead body in the back of her pick-up doesn’t give her a warm fuzzy feeling either. But there’s worse to come, more terror and more dead bodies.





  • Winner, inaugural Arthur Ellis Award for Best Unpublished First Crime Novel (aka the Unhanged Arthur), June 2007, for Margarita Nights

  • Finalist, Debut Dagger (Crime Writers Association, UK), 2004, for Margarita Nights

  • Short listed for an Ellis Award for best first novel in 2008 from the Crime Writers of Canada.


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