Edward O. Phillips

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Edward O. Phillips
Born November 26, 1931
Occupation novelist
Nationality Canadian
Period 1980s-present
Notable works Sunday's Child, Buried on Sunday

Edward O. Phillips (born November 26, 1931) is a Canadian novelist, who has written both mystery novels and mainstream literary fiction. He is best known for his mystery novel series featuring gay detective Geoffrey Chadwick.[1]


Phillips has lived most of his life in Westmount, Quebec.[1] He earned a law degree from the Université de Montréal in 1956, but decided against legal practice. He subsequently graduated from Harvard University with a Master's Degree in Teaching, and later earned a second Master's Degree in English Literature from Boston University. After teaching school for seven years, he pursued a long-time interest in painting. His work was exhibited in five one-man and numerous group shows.

His first novel, Sunday's Child, was published in 1981.[1] Phillips won the Arthur Ellis Award in 1987 for his novel Buried on Sunday.[1] His short story "Matthew and Chauncy" was adapted by Anne Claire Poirier into the 1990 film Salut Victor.[2]

He is out as gay.[1]


  • Sunday's Child
  • Where There's a Will
  • A Voyage on Sunday
  • No Early Birds
  • The Mice Will Play
  • Buried on Sunday
  • Sunday Best
  • Working on Sunday
  • Hope Springs Eternal
  • Landlady's Niece
  • The Queen’s Court


  1. ^ a b c d e "Whodunits set in 'duchy of Westmount' will appeal to tweed-curtain aficionados". Victoria Times-Colonist, August 1, 2004.
  2. ^ "Tales of foibled Westmount; Edward O. Phillips changes genre, but stays close to home". Montreal Gazette, April 25, 1992.