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Publication Order of Jordan Mayfair Mystery Books

Pursuit in Provence (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Secrets and Shamrocks (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Treachery in Tuscany (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Notorious in Nashville (2023)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Non-Fiction Books

A Season of Darkness (With: Doug Jones) (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Lost Innocence (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Unfinished Canvas (With: Michael Glasgow) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon

bio written by Phyllis – thank you so much Phyllis

Phyllis Gobbell writes short stories, creative nonfiction, and books, and she has earned awards in both fiction and nonfiction. Her short works have been published in literary journals, anthologies, and magazines. She has received the Leslie Garrett Fiction Prize twice, North Carolina Writers Workshop First Place Award in Creative Nonfiction, Knoxville Writers’ Guild First Place Award in Creative Nonfiction, and the Tennessee Writers Alliance Short Story First Place Award. One of her short stories, published in Bellevue Literary Journal, earned her a Pushcart nomination.

Gobbell is a recipient of Tennessee’s Individual Artist Literary Award.

She writes the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series. Treachery in Tuscany, published in 2018, won a Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery. This book follows Secrets and Shamrocks and Pursuit in Provence, the first in the series, now available as an audiobook.

Prior to writing her mystery series, Gobbell co-authored two true crime books based on high profile murders in Nashville: An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow and A Season of Darkness with Douglas Jones. Gobbell wrote “Lost Innocence” for the collection, Masters of True Crime, a narrative that is now an audiobook.

A native of Tennessee, she lives in Nashville. She earned her B.S. in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received her M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. An associate professor of English at Nashville State Community College, she teaches composition, literature, and creative writing. She was editor of the literary journal, Tetrahedra, for eight years.

Pursuit in Provence is the first book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series. Jordan Mayfair, an American architect, accompanies her travel-writer uncle, Alexander Carlyle, to Provence, never expecting to be pursued through ancient ruins and twisting village streets or entangled in the dramas of Fontvieille’s inhabitants. Jordan solves the mystery surrounding a valuable Elvis recording, helps recover stolen Van Gogh sketches, and meets a charming patron of the arts, Paul Broussard, who will become the on-again off-again romantic interest in the series. Reviewers at Booklist (*STARRED* review), Kirkus, Library Journal and Publishers Weekly call the book “a glorious evocation of Provence” with “all the flavor of the French countryside.” Another reviewer advises, “Uncork a nice Sémillon and enjoy this one.”

Secrets and Shamrocks, the second book in the series, finds Jordan Mayfair and her travel-writer uncle in a village in Ireland where old friends, Colin and Grace O’Toole, own a Bed and Breakfast. Jordan immerses herself in the history, music, and passions of the Irish who “never forget.” She also learns that in this enchanting setting, secrets are as plentiful as shamrocks, and the O’Tooles’ secret is connected to the murder of a prominent citizen. Her architect’s eye leads her to a “priest hold,” a secret hiding place that will put her and Alex in a perilous situation before Jordan finally discovers the truth about the murder—and about so much more.

Treachery in Tuscany, the third book in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery series, takes Jordan and Alex to a 15th century convent in Florence, Italy. Jordan anticipates a romantic interlude with Paul Broussard, charming patron of the arts, who is flying to the Renaissance city just for her. She does not anticipate the arrival of his treacherous daughter. Amateur sleuth that she is, Jordan is intrigued with a burglary by jewel thieves and guests of the convent who are not who they seem to be. And then one of the guests falls to her death from the third floor of the convent. Jordan’s mission to find justice for the victim leads her to discoveries as dark as the labyrinths of the convent that she explores.

An Unfinished Canvas is an account of a high-profile murder in Nashville, the true story of the Janet March case. A beautiful young artist and her husband, attorney Perry March, seemed to have it all. Then Janet vanished. Perry, under suspicion from police and Janet’s parents, took their small children and left Nashville for Mexico. For ten years, Janet’s parents battled Perry for the children, and Nashville police investigated the case. When Cold Case detectives gathered evidence that allowed ADA Tom Thurman to act, Mexican authorities were eager to deport Perry. An Unfinished Canvas covers the investigation, the trial, and how, in spite of no body and no cause of death, justice for Janet was achieved.

A Season of Darkness begins in 1975 with a nine-year-old girl’s disappearance, after she had crossed the street in her Nashville neighborhood to deliver Girl Scout cookies. The massive search for Marcia Trimble was unlike anything Nashville had ever seen. Thirty-three days later, on Easter Sunday, her body was found in a garage in the neighborhood, and the statement by police came to define the Marcia Trimble murder: “In that moment, Nashville lost its innocence.” A Season of Darkness tells the story of a family, a neighborhood, and a city. The investigation seemed stalled until the reopening of another bizarre cold case led to the shocking revelation of Marcia Trimble’s killer, more than three decades after her death. This high-profile case has become part of the fabric of Nashville.

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