Monday, October 1, 2007

A True Nashville Murder Mystery

The story of one of the South's most infamous and drawn out murder mysteries is coming to paperback on Tuesday, October 2 with the release of An Unfinished Canvas: A True Story of Love, Family, and Murder in Nashville. Most everyone living in the Nashville, TN area over the last 10 years is surely quite familiar with the tragic story of a promising young artist who mysteriously disappeared from her wealthy suburban home more than 10 years ago. Her husband, a prominent local attorney, initially alleged that she left following an argument.

What followed was a made-for-tv story full of court proceedings and the prime suspect, husband Perry March, moving first to Chicago and then to Mexico and taking the couple's children with him. Speculation swirled for years, including features on 48 Hours and Nancy Grace, but the evidence was never there to indict March. That was until about a year ago, and thanks to the tireless work of two detectives. Below are a couple of excerpts from recent reviews. Also, the authors of the book will be taking part in a book signing event and the Davis-Kidd Booksellers in Green Hill on Tuesday, Oct 2 from 6 until 7 p.m.

From the Sunday, September 30th edition of The Tennessean, reviewer Shannon Thurman writes:

With their new book, An Unfinished Canvas: A True Story of Love, Family, and Murder in Nashville, local writers 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.

The authors portray the complex details of the case, which stretch along a 10-year timeline, in a tightly constructed present-tense account. It's easy to feel as though the reader is peeping through a window as the case unfolds.
From the September 27th edition of the Nashville Scene, reviewer Chris Scott writes:
Even more than people love a violent family drama, they love a murder mystery. And even more than they love a murder mystery, they love to see the rich and powerful self-destruct. So the country sat up and noticed 11 years ago when Janet March disappeared, and suspicion immediately fell on her husband, Perry. Now the first book about the case has been published. In the aptly titled An Unfinished Canvas: A True Story of Love, Family, and Murder in Nashville (Berkley, 384 pp., $7.99), Nashvillians Michael Glasgow and Phyllis Gobbell paint a portrait of a man who, if not for his arrogance, could have gotten away with murder.
You can currently pre-order the book from any of the major online sellers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. If your local book store does not have a copy in stock, kindly ask them to order it and to keep a few on the shelves.

You didn't think I would leave you without some theme music now did you?
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds - Song of Joy (Murder Ballads)
Johnny Cash - Delia's Gone (Mono) (Love, God, Murder)


Anonymous said...

It is disappointing to see that the authors are completely wrong in their assertion at the very beginning of the book that the Parthenon was erected during the "country's Centennial celebration." It makes me wonder about the accuracy of their research in general.
The Parthenon was erected as a temporary building for the 1897 STATE centennial celebration. It was re-erected as a permanent building in the twenties.