I am a guest on the Killer Nashville blog this week: “True Crime to Cozies–A Happier Ending.” I’m writing about how I went from writing the true crimes about high-profile Nashville cold cases to writing Pursuit in Provence, which is the first in the Jordan Mayfair Mystery Series. Thanks to Killer Nashville for inviting me!
Thanks to fellow author Jacqueline Seewald for interviewing me on her lovely Author Expressions site! Jacqueline is another one of those wonderful Five Star authors!
Please drop by Author Expressions where author Jacqueline Seewald interviewed me about Pursuit in Provence.
Jacqueline is one of a wonderful group of authors at Five Star!
BOOKLIST is giving Pursuit in Provence a STARRED REVIEW, March 15: “Gobbell brings the Provence backdrop to vivid life while dropping enough clues to keep readers focused on the mystery involved.”
KIRKUS REVIEW Jan 1: “Gobbell’s debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters . . .”
LIBRARY JOURNAL Jan. 1:”Gobbell’s debut shows the deadly side of the pursuit of art and how family and friends may not always have your best interests at heart.”
“A vacation in Provence turns deadly. . . . Gobbell’s debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters . . .” – Kirkus Reviews
“. . . A twisty tale of treachery. Phyllis Gobbell’s debut suspense novel is distinguished by authentic characters and a glorious evocation of Provence.” – Carolyn Hart, author of Don’t Go Home, recipient of Mystery Writers of America’s Grand Master Award
” . . .a delight! With Jordan Mayfair, Phyllis has given us a protagonist who will resonate with every woman who’s ever lived with love, loss, and struggle, and managed to triumph over it all. Add in an exquisitely intricate plot, a quirky and appealing supporting cast, and all the flavor of the French countryside, and you’ve got a winner! So uncork a nice Semillon and enjoy this one.” – Steven Womack, author of By Blood Written, Edgar and Shamus award winner
Read about the opening of the new library in Bellevue. This was part of The Tennessean article this week:
The grand opening festivities at the new Bellevue branch library at 720 Baugh Road, at 10 a.m. Thursday include a ribbon cutting with Mayor Karl Dean, music, food and children’s activities. There also will be a dedication of the two newest additions to Nashville’s Public Art Collection: “Great Beginnings,” an outdoor sculpture by Beverly Stucker Precious, and “Rise Above,” an indoor piece by Bellevue area resident Brenda Stein that features 90 carved birds soaring through the center of the building.
There will be biscuits from Loveless Cafe and appearances through the day by 10 local authors. Attending the 10:30 a.m. session are Phyllis Gobbell, Kristin O’Donnell Tubb, Alana White, Steven Womack and Tom Wood. The 6 p.m. session will include Tracy Barrett, Chester Campbell, Andrew Maraniss, Jaden Terrell and Lisa Wysocky.
The new Bellevue branch is five times larger than the 30-year-old library it replaces. It will have Monday and Wednesday story times, and has lots of “learn while you play” spaces for little ones as well as the comfy Studio NPL for tweens and teens. It also has 26 public computers (plus laptops and iPads you can check out), vending machines with snacks and coffee and soda, a walking trail, a reading porch, and an interactive Bellevue history wall where you can learn about the area’s geography and history.
The new library is located at 720 Baugh Road in Bellevue, less than a half mile from the old Bellevue Library. Contact the library at 615-862-5854.
Last night, we raised a glass to Martha. Martha Whitmore Hickman was one of the founders of our writers group and a member for about 25 years. That’s a lot of Tuesday nights! Hundreds! The comments posted on Facebook following the announcement of her death were evidence that she was many things to many people. Last night we shared our memories of her as an elegant and wise writer. Doug Jones wrote a tribute to Martha, and I wanted to share it.