Parnassus Books is thrilled to welcome Phyllis Gobbell as she reads from and signs Secrets and Shamrocks.
Meadows, hedgerows, and tree-lined lanes in every shade of green in the artist’s imagination welcome American architect Jordan Mayfair to County Tipperary, Ireland. She’s traveling again with her uncle, prominent travel writer Alexander Carlyle, to a charming little town, Thurles, where friends from years past, Colin and Grace O’Toole, own Shepherds Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast. Jordan and Alex arrive at the B&B in the midst of a search for a missing toddler. The secrecy surrounding Little Jimmie’s disappearance sets the tone for their stay at Shepherds, where secrets are as plentiful as shamrocks.
Jordan can’t help but let herself be drawn into the dramas of the people around her—guests of the B&B and townspeople alike, including Bridget, the troubled daughter of Colin and Grace who is accused of murder, and Magdala, an old woman who believes in leprechauns and fairies. Jordan’s curiosity and her “architect’s eye” lead her to the discovery of a centuries-old priest hole that puts her and Alex in the most perilous situation yet.
The second book in the Jordan Mayfair Series finds the Savannah architect immersed in secrets and more—the history, music, passions, and the indomitable spirit of the Irish who “never forget.”
Phyllis Gobbell is the author of Secrets and Shamrocks, continuing the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series that began with Pursuit in Provence. She also co-authored two true-crime books based on high-profile murders in Nashville: An Unfinished Canvas (with Mike Glasgow) and A Season of Darkness (with Doug Jones). She was interviewed on Discovery ID’s “Deadly Sins,” discussing the murder case in An Unfinished Canvas. Her narrative, “Lost Innocence,” was published in the anthology, Masters of True Crime. She has received awards in both fiction and nonfiction, including Tennessee’s Individual Artist Literary Award. An associate professor of English at Nashville State Community College, she teaches writing and literature.