Meadows, hedgerows, and tree-lined lanes welcome Jordan Mayfair to County Tipperary, Ireland. She's accompanied once again by her uncle, travel writer Alexander Carlyle. Their destination is the charming little town of Thurles, where old friends Colin and Grace O'Toole own Shepherds Guesthouse Bed and Breakfast. But on their arrival, the rural peace at the B&B has been disturbed by the search for a missing toddler, and the secrecy surrounding Little Jimmie's disappearance and safe return sets the tone for their stay at Shepherds.
While Alex visits the spectacular sights in the region for his travel guide, Jordan is drawn into the local drama. From the warm and welcoming B&B to the traditional Irish pub, Finnegan's, where music is "the very air that we breathe," the guests and locals harbor secrets that put Jordan at risk.
Colin and Grace have secrets of their own. Their unstable daughter, Bridget, may be charged with the murder of a well-respected doctor. Bridget, Little Jimmie's mother, has run away to the woods to the cottage of an old woman named Magdala, a believer in leprechauns and fairies. Jordan's visit to the cottage alerts her architect's eye, and her discovery of a priest hole will eventually put her-and Alex-in the most perilous situation yet.
About the Author
Phyllis Gobbell is the author Pursuit in Provencethe first Jordan Mayfair mysteryand co-author of two true-crime books based on high-profile murders in Nashville, Tennessee: An Unfinished Canvas with Michael Glasgow (Berkley, 2007) and Season of Darkness with Douglas Jones (Berkley, 2010). 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 (Prometheus, 2012). She has received awards in both fiction and nonfiction, including Tennessee’s Individual Artist Literary Award, a nomination for the Pushcart Prize for short fiction, and the Leslie Garrett Award in Fiction twicemost recently in 2014. An associate professor of English at Nashville State Community College, she teaches writing and literature.