An Unfinished Canvas: A True Story of Love, Family, and Murder in Nashville

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Diversion Books
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5.43 X 8.43 X 1.18 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author
Michael Glasgow is the author of An Unfinished Canvas, Feeding Memphis, and Feeding Charleston, and of The Career Chronicles and The Bridge: The Eric Volz Story (writing as Michael Gregory). He lives in Tennessee.
Phyllis Gobbell is the author of the Jordan Mayfair Mysteries, Pursuit in Provence, Secrets and Shamrocks, Treachery in Tuscany-which won the 2019 Silver Falchion Award for Best Cozy Mystery-and the newest, Notorious in Nashville, published by Encircle Publications in October 2023. She is also the co-author of two true-crime books based on high-profile murders in Nashville, Tennessee: An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow (Berkley, 2007, reprinted by Diversion, 2022), and Season of Darkness with Douglas Jones (Berkley, 2010). Gobbell 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 (Prometheus, 2012). She has published and won awards for short stories and creative nonfiction, and has received Tennessee's Individual Artist Literary Award. Faculty Emeritus at Nashville State Community College, she taught composition, literature, and creative writing. Recently she has taught creative writing in Lipscomb University's Lifelong Learning Program and has worked as a writing coach. Look for Phyllis on Facebook and Instagram, and visit for the latest news.
An Unfinished Canvas

"Michael Glasgow and Phyllis Gobbell have created a tense saga that fully paints the amazing series of events that make up the Janet March murder case...An Unfinished Canvas paints a broad swath of facts-from news reports, court documentation and interviews--and lets the reader decide whether justice was done...The authors' enticing storytelling pattern results in a comprehensive guide to the legal wrangling that eventually brought Perry down."

--The Tennessean

"Tortuous tale...Michael Glasgow and Phyllis Gobbell paint a portrait of a man who, if not for his arrogance, could have gotten away with murder."

--Nashville Scene

Praise for Phyllis Gobbell and Pursuit in Provence

"Gobbell brings the Provence backdrop to vivid life while dropping enough clues to keep readers focused on the mystery involved."

--Booklist starred review

"Seasoned with humor and evocative descriptions of magnificent historic sites, this whodunit should appeal to fans of both cozies and traditional mysteries."

--Publishers Weekly

"Gobbell's debut, first in a planned series, combines mystery, informative travelogue and enjoyable characters."

--Kirkus Review

"A twisty tale of treachery. Phyllis Gobbell's debut suspense novel is distinguished by authentic characters and a glorious evocation of Provence."

--Carolyn Hart, 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, Edgar and Shamus award winner

Praise for Phyllis Gobbell and Treachery in Tuscany

"There are plot twists and intrigue, family secrets and rivalries, a debonair lover, a delicious locale and all the usual accoutrements of the satisfying travel cozy, but Phyllis Gobbell gives the proceedings her own particular spin."

--Kate Falvey, Ph.D., Editor in Chief, 2 Bridges Review

Praise for Phyllis Gobbell and Secrets and Shamrocks

"A visit to the verdant Irish countryside is marred by murder. The second in Gobbell's travel series is filled with delightful descriptions of Ireland and offbeat characters."

--Kirkus Review

"Gobbell's enjoyable sequel to 2015's Pursuit in Provence takes Savannah, Ga., architect Jordan Mayfair and her travel writer uncle, Alex Carlyle, to Ireland. Jordan's keen knowledge of architecture and history comes in handy in her efforts to uncover the truth. Fans of travel cozies will find plenty to like."

--Publishers Weekly