A Season of Darkness by Doug Jones and Phyllis Gobbell

On a spring-like February afternoon in 1975, nine-year-old Marcia Trimble went across the street to deliver Girl Scout cookies.  She never returned. Her disappearance prompted a massive search, unlike anything Nashville had ever known.  The discovery of her body on Easter sparked a murder investigation that would take the police on a trial of twists, turns, and frustrating dead ends for more than three decades. The killer, who was identified by DNA, came as a shock to many in Nashville who had believed someone from Marcia’s neighborhood must have committed the crime.

A Season of Darkness is the true crime Marcia Trimble story. Many Nashvillians remember the night she disappeared and the day her body was found. The book illuminates some of the mysteries surrounding the crime and shows how one little girl profoundly affected the whole city of Nashville.

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An Unfinished Canvas by Mike Glasgow and Phyllis Gobbell

Janet March, attractive wife of corporate lawyer Perry March, had it all: two children she adored, a promising career as an artist, supportive parents, and a dream house she had designed. What no one knew was that her husband led a double life of secrets and lies. On August 16, 1996, Janet would finally file for divorce. But she never made the appointment. On the night of August 15, she vanished.

The Janet March disappearance incited a media frenzy, revealing Perry’s true nature to the world. But he took his children and started a new life in Mexico. For ten years, Janet’s parents and Perry battled through the court system for custody of the children. Meanwhile, the Nashville Police Department investigated but never found a body. In spite of overwhelming odds, Cold Case detectives and prosecutors were determined to find justice for Janet – and with the help of a shocking surprise witness, they did.

This Nashville true crime novel recounts in detail the infamous Janet March case that rocked the world.

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5 thoughts on “True Crime

  1. Marcy

    I have just finished reading A Season of Darkness and passed it on to someone else to read. The book was one of those Wonderful-but-Terrible stories with which I was familiar just because of being in Nashville.

    A well written story that made me hurry to the next page while trying to absorb it all. (My friend asked, “Will this book make me cry?”)

    I had a problem with two facts presented in the book, neither of which is important to the story line: 1. Where in Nashville was Washington Junior High located? 2. I thought Ronal Serpas was from New Orleans originally. I didn’t remember that he came to Nashville from Washington. (Neither fact terribly important to anybody but me.)

  2. Angie Elkins

    Phyllis, I just discovered you’re a published author! Congratulations! I always knew you would achieve great things, since our high school days. I plan to pick up “Season of Darkness” as soon as I can. Let me know if you ever come to Huntsville. Would love to see you.

    • phyllisgobbell

      Me, too! I have seen some of your posts on Facebook. It has been fun to re-connect with some high school friends. I hope you like the book, and if you’re ever coming to Nashville, please let me know!

  3. DA

    I am about 150 pages into a “Season of Darkness” and can’t put it down. There is so much going on during that time that I did not even know about even though I’ve heard about the case throughout my life. I can only imagine how these events changed the Nashville neighborhoods!
    I am excited to finish the book and get you to sign my copy 🙂

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