Charles O’Brien began writing historical mystery novels from a lifelong love of delving into the past. It began in third grade with the tales of King Arthur and his knights of the Round Table, and evolved into a career teaching and researching history at Western Illinois University in Macomb, IL. Along the way, he served as an army medic in Korea and as vicar of a small church on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi.
In his career in academe, Charles had researched and taught a wide range of topics on American and European history.
His historical mystery series, featuring Anne Cartier and Colonel Paul de Saint-Martin, is set in England and France in the years leading to the French Revolution.
Charles lives in Williamstown, a lively small college town in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.