Robert Brighton and His World

Robert Brighton

Robert Brighton is an authority on the Gilded Age and a great believer that the Victorian era was anything but stuffy.  On the contrary, in his books Brighton exposes the gritty realities of the time against a backdrop of meticulous research. His Avenging Angel Detective Agency™ Mysteries—in a category Brighton calls “immersive historical fiction”—have earned multiple awards for fiction.

When he is not sniffing out unsolved mysteries, Brighton is an adventurer.  He has traveled in more than 56 countries around the world, usually on only a few dollars a day, throwing himself into every situation his characters will face — from underground ruins to opium dens — and (so far) living to tell about it.

A graduate of the Sorbonne, Brighton is an avid student of early twentieth century history and literature, a relentless investigator, and an admirer of Emily Dickinson and Jim Morrison.  Currently he lives in Virginia with his wife and their two cats.

Beyond the Author Bio


Born and raised in Buffalo, New York

Most important educational moments:

Mr. Houser’s 8th Grade class and the Sorbonne, Paris

Prior to becoming a novelist, Robert has been:

… a school bus driver, bison rancher, car mechanic, and traveler (he has traveled to some 55 countries so far)

Favorite books:  Moby Dick, Leaves of Grass

Biggest inspirations:  Emily Dickinson, Jim Morrison

Favorite places:  Grand Canyon

When he’s not writing, Robert is:

Tinkering with anything mechanical and training bonsai


Antique pharmacology, patent medicine and Gilded Age anything

Resides with his wife and their two cats in Northern Virginia

Unusual predicaments:

Unplanned Trans-Siberian Railway stop in January at a gulag 

Trapped inside a giant Buddha in northern Thailand

Unusual facts:

Robert reads fiction only very rarely

Fascinated with cicadas and dragonflies

People Robert would have liked to meet (in no particular order):

Buddha, Henry Clay Frick, Frank Lloyd Wright or Stanford White, Mary Magdalene, Cleopatra, Aristide Bruant, Meriwether Lewis, Emily Brontë, Sir Richard Francis Burton, Clara Driscoll

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